QTAKE Monitor User Guide 4.2

About

QTAKE Monitor is the client-side application used to connect to QTAKE Stream, QTAKE Server, QTAKE Cloud and other software or hardware products from the QTAKE ecosystem. It provides multi-camera live monitoring, clip browsing with advanced metadata filters, synchronized playback of multiple clips, metadata collaboration and more. When used on film location or inside studio, it uses local wired or wireless network to connect to stream source. However, it can also connect to QTAKE Cloud over the internet to provide the most advanced remote workflow solution from around the world. QTAKE Monitor app is available for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV.

Live Streaming

QTAKE uses proprietary QLS protocol designed to provide secure, ultra-low latency audio, video and metadata streaming. QTAKE Stream has less then 2 frames of latency on the local network and less than 4 frames latency over the fast internet connection. Internet connection to live stream requires QTAKE Cloud Stream service.

Playback and Notes

QTAKE Server is used to provide independent clip playback and metadata editing through the QTAKE Monitor for iOS and Mac over the local network. Internet access to clips and metadata requires QTAKE Cloud Sync service.

Installation

Download the app from the Apple App Store on your selected device.


iPad, iPhone and Mac

iOS and macOS version of the QTAKE Monitor is the most advanced one. In addition to receving up to 4 local or cloud streams, it provides access to QTAKE Server. This means users can independently browse and playback recorded clips as well as edit rich clip metadata. QTAKE records proxy media on the fly, so remote playback in QTAKE Monitor is available just seconds after the camera cuts.

iOS and macOS System Requirements

Any iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 12.2 or later. Any Mac running macOS 10.15.


Apple TV

tvOS version of QTAKE Monitor is currently used only for local and cloud streams. But unlike iOS version, Apple TV can display up to 9 simultaneous streams.

tvOS System Requirements

Any 4th or later generation Apple TV device running tvOS 12.2 or later.


Legacy Mac

QTAKE Monitor (Legacy) for macOS can be used only for local and cloud streams. One window can show up to 4 local or cloud streams, but QTAKE Monitor for Mac can use multiple windows to provide monitoring of multiple units.

macOS System Requirements

Any Mac running macOS 10.12 or later.


Configuration

Ports

In most cases, no additional configuration is required to use QTAKE Monitor on your network. However, users on restrictive networks may need to allow traffic on certain ports depending on the QTAKE Monitor functionality they want to use.

QTAKE Stream

To stream over the local network, enable traffic to and from the following ports on the QTAKE Video Assist System:

  • TCP 7000, 7007
  • UDP 8567

For QTAKE Cloud Stream, enable traffic to and from the following QTAKE Cloud ports in addition to the above:

  • TCP 443, 8500
  • UDP 8550, 8551

The QTAKE Cloud Service uses the following domain names:

  • api.qtake.cloud
  • live.qtake.cloud
  • sync.qtake.cloud

If at all possible, do not rely on any particular IP address these currently resolve to.

QTAKE Sync

To access independent playback over the local network, enable traffic to and from the following ports on the QTAKE Server System:

  • TCP 8500 – 8600
  • TCP 44443

For QTAKE Cloud Sync, enable the above ports for the domain you received as part of your project link.


User Account

After running QTAKE Monitor app for the first time on any platform, you should create your user account. User account is not required for local stream, but it is mandatory for cloud stream and playback.

App Login

Open QTAKE Monitor app for iOS and click the top left button

Click the LOG IN button inside the PROJECTS window.

Enter your EMAIL address and click LOG IN.

Enter strong PASSWORD. Password must contain at least 3 of the following: lowercase letters, uppercase letters, digits, special characters. Optionally enter your FULL NAME for your co-workers to recognize you.

Click SIGN UP button and wait for the activation email.


Web Login

Alternatively, you can use web interface to create user account. Click the following link to open your web browser and load the QTAKE Cloud login page.

Note that initial page is used for existing users. If you haven’t registered your QTAKE Cloud account, click the Don’t have an account? link. This will load the Sign Up page.

Enter your EMAIL and a strong PASSWORD. Optionally enter your FULL NAME to allow your co-workers to recognize you. After entering all required information, click CREATE ACCOUNT button and wait for the activation email.


Account Activation

After creating account in QTAKE Monitor app or using the QTAKE Cloud website, you will recieve an activation email, which is used to confirm your email address. Click the link contained in the activation email to finalize your QTAKE Cloud account registration.


Two-Factor Authentication

In order to provide higher level of security, your QTAKE Cloud Account can be protected using two-factor authentication (TFA). Click the orange ENABLE TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION button below email address.

Alternatively, switch to USERS list and swipe left on the user to reveal ACCOUNT SETTINGS.

Turn on TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION and allow push notifications. You can authorize multiple devices for TFA and use account settings to manage them.

After enabling TFA you will receive email containg Recovery Key. Follow instructions contained in this email to recover your account in case you can not access your authorized devices.


Local Streaming Instructions

To start local streaming, you will need to establish a network connection between the streaming device and the device running QTAKE Monitor. A standard Wi-Fi router will do the job. Existing studio infrastructure can be used too, but it is recommended to use dedicated Wi-Fi network.

Enable Stream in QTAKE

Launch QTAKE and create a new project or load an already created project. To enable remote discovery via Bonjour you will need to enable STREAM in QTAKE. Click the STREAM button in the bottom row of the interface to display the toolbar. Now click the STREAM button to enable it. See STREAM Menu for more information.

Scan QR Code in QTAKE Monitor

QTAKE Monitor application uses bonjour network discovery to find QTAKE projects on the local network. That means that both the streaming device and the device running QTAKE Monitor needs to be connected to the same network.

Launch QTAKE Monitor on the iPad, a window listing available QTAKE projects will appear. If there are no projects listed, click the SCAN PROJECT LINK button.

Once the QR code is scanned, project name will appear in the list. Tap on the project name to connect. QTAKE Monitor will now display two views with the text “Waiting for approval…”.

Approve the connection from QTAKE

When QTAKE Monitor attempts to connect to QTAKE one of the sixteen buttons in the STREAM toolbar will become active displaying the name of the device attempting to connect. The connection can be approved by clicking on the button. This will start streaming to the QTAKE Monitor application.

Long clicking the STREAM button brings up the STREAM SETUP window. From here you can get an overview of the clients connected to QTAKE. This window also allows you to enable TALKBACK from one of the connected clients as well as setting a CLIENT TITLE that will appear in the STREAM toolbar. FORGET button allows you to manually disconnect a client to make room for other clients to connect. Note that an active client will try to reconnect even after being disconnected.

Talkback

When TALKBACK is enabled that client will see a TALK button in the iPad app (bottom right of the interface) this can then be used by the QTAKE Monitor client to talk back to the QTAKE operator. Only one client at a time can have talkback enabled. Talkback can also be enabled directly from the STREAM toolbar by long clicking the corresponding client button. The button will appear brighter and “Talk” will be added to the label as an indicator that TALKBACK is enabled.

See the TALKBACK section for more information on setting up TALKBACK in QTAKE.

You can control the name of the machine running QTAKE as it appears in the app by going to System Preferences - Sharing and changing the Computer Name field.


Cloud Streaming Instructions

QTAKE provides remote streaming over the internet in case clients need to connect to QTAKE stream from remote location. This is called CLOUD STREAM, because it uses QTAKE Cloud to provide secure connection between computer running QTAKE and client device running QTAKE Monitor.

Enable Cloud Stream in QTAKE

On QTAKE side, cloud streaming works the same way as local stream with few exceptions:

  • QTAKE computer has to be connected to internet.
  • QTAKE user has to be logged in into QTAKE Cloud. See more in QTAKE Cloud Login section.
  • QTAKE Cloud Account has to have stream data. See more in Cloud Stream Data section.
  • QTAKE operator needs to invite QTAKE Monitor client. See more in Cloud Stream section.
  • After client connects, prompt in QTAKE will appear asking to enable cloud stream for this client.

On the client side, following steps need to be taken in order to receive cloud stream:

  • Device running QTAKE Monior has to be connected to internet.
  • QTAKE Monitor user has to be logged in into QTAKE Cloud.
  • Client needs to open email from QTAKE operator and click the link.
  • QTAKE Monitor will open and load the project.
  • After connection is approved by QTAKE operator, streaming will start automatically.

Open Cloud Stream Project on Apple TV

After logging into QTAKE Monitor for Apple TV, active projects associated with your QTAKE Cloud Account will automatically appear in the app. If there is no active stream from QTAKE at that time, project will not appear.


UI

QTAKE Monitor supports up to four views, just like QTAKE HDx4. These views are mirroring the four views of the connected QTAKE system in their default, automatically patched state.

MAIN SCREEN in QTAKE Monitor consists of top bar, view area, sidebars and toolbars.

Top Bar

Top bar of the main screen is always visible to allow access to most important functions. The only exception is a full screen mode which is accessed by reverse pinching the view.

OPEN PROJECT

The top left button shows the title of the active project. Tap this button to open PROJECTS window with the list of available projects. Each project has a name on the left side and the label on the right side. Tap the project to initate connection to QTAKE.

  • Orange LIVE label means the project is available for local network streaming.
  • Pink LIVE label is used when the project is available for cloud streaming over the internet.
  • Green PLAY label marks the project available for clip playback and metadata editing.
  • Gray PLAY label shows that the server is offline, but local playback is available.
  • Gray OFFLINE label means that the server is offline.

HELP SCREEN

Tap the HELP button in the project window to reveal touch controls.

  • Tapping a view will make that view active. QTAKE Monitor will only play audio from the active view.
  • Double tapping on either view will toggle between DUAL/QUAD and SINGLE view.
  • Long press on either view will show VIEW MENU.
  • Swiping up or down will switch to previous or next clip.
  • Panning left or right will scrub the clip to begenning or end.
  • Swiping down using three fingers you can pause that view.
  • Swiping up using three fingers you can lock the screen, mute the audio or access settings.
  • A reverse pinch will bring a view into fullscreen mode.
  • Two-finger tap will take a screenshot.


SET ACTIVE VIEW

Next to project button you will see button with V1, V2, V3, V4 segments. This control is used to switch the active view. Active view is marked with white outline. When QTAKE is recording, the outline will change the color to red. QTAKE Monitor will only play audio from the active view.

VIEW LAYOUT

Long press this button to switch between DUAL VIEW and QUAD VIEW mode. To switch to a single view mode, double tap the view you want to watch.

REPLAY

This button is used to quickly access the last recorded take. Tap the arrow on the right side of the REPLAY button to show RECENTLY SHOT and RECENTLY PLAYED clips and tap any of them to load that into active view.

BROWSE

Tap this button to enter the BROWSER screen. Long press it to switch between FULL SCREEN and SPLIT SCREEN browser modes.

LIVE

This button is used to load LIVE clip. Live clip is the clip which is currently being shot. As soon as the camera cuts, new live clip is created. Turn on this button when you want to edit metadata of the current take, shot or scene.

CLIP | MONITOR

Next button in the top bar consists of CLIP and MONITOR segments.

CLIP MODE

In the CLIP mode, QTAKE Monitor user is in control of playback. User can decide which clip to load and review. This mode also gives user access to shared metadata for each clip, based on access permissions. Use this mode when you want to review takes independently of video village or when you want to edit notes.

MONITOR MODE

In the MONITOR mode, QTAKE Operator is in control of playback. This is a classic, video village style of centralized control where QTAKE Monitor users are passively monitoring video assist feeds. Use this mode when you want to remotely monitor whatever QTAKE is performing on set.

SELECT VIEW SOURCE

Last button in the top bar is the SOURCE selector for each view. Based on project type and access permissions there can be various sources available. When the number of active streams changes, red badge with the number of available streams appears on top of this button to notify user.

MONITOR

MONITOR section will show available live stream sources. Usually there is a separate stream available for each camera.

DEVICE

DEVICE section will show available devices, such as internal camera or ScreenPort device if the user is approved to record or import clips.

DISK

DISK section will show camera letters of recorded clips available for playback. Setting each view to a different camera letter lets you easily navigate through multi-camera projects.

Bottom right button is used to show sidebar controls. This is a multi-purpose area, which can be switched between various modes, depending on the project type and access permissions.

META

META sidebar shows metadata for active clip or project. Click the METADATA button to switch between clip and project metadata. Each metadata group uses a different color to make the navigation easier. Access permissions are also based on metadata groups. You can have read, write, add and remove field permission for each group, based on your user role. If you need to edit metadata for multiple clips at the same time, select clips in the split browser and use the same sidebar to edit values.

IN-OUT

IN-OUT sidebar shows in-out ranges for active clip. Ranges marked by QTAKE Operator are using green color. User ranges are blue. Each user can mark his own range and annotate it with a text or a drawing.


FX

FX sidebar is used to apply view effects.

DVE

DVE is used to apply simple 2D effects, such as scale, position, flip and flop.

MASK

MASK effect is used to mark the region of interest and dim the outside area. Specified rectangle can also be used to crop the image using CROP TO MASK tool.

ADMIN

If user role is set to Administrator, ADMIN sidebar will become available. This sidebar is used to approve users and devices, assign and edit roles and edit watermark settings.

Views

Views are used to display video. QTAKE Monitor on iOS supports up to 4 views. Each view can be display live stream or recorded clip. Use the top right SOURCE button to select source for each view. Basic touch controls of the views are described in the HELP SCREEN section.

PLAYBACK CONTROLS

Playback controls in QTAKE Monitor are invisible in order to avoid obstructing the image.

  • PLAY PAUSE command is located in the bottom center of the image.
  • PREVIOUS FRAME command is located in the bottom left corner of the image.
  • NEXT FRAME command is located in the bottom right corner of the image.
  • GO TO IN MARK command is located in the top left corner of the image.
  • GO TO OUT MARK command is located in the top right corner of the image.
  • SCRUB command uses middle part of the image from left to right edge.

VIEW MENU

Long press any view to access VIEW MENU. This menu provides quick access to VIEW LAYOUT, CLIP OR MONITOR mode, BROWSE screen and playback of the last recorded take.