ScreenPort SDI+ USER GUIDE

Introduction

Apple devices feature amazing displays that often exceed the quality of dedicated portable and on-board SDI monitors. In addition to color accuracy, wide gamut, and slim form factor, they offer responsive touchscreen interface and incredible computing power. But they lack video input.

ScreenPort SDI+ adds video input to iPad, iPhone or Mac and turns it into professional 3G-SDI monitor capable of capturing up to 1080p60 video feed with your personal portable device. ScreenPort app provides monitoring, recording, playback and image processing tools unmatched by most professional monitors.

Features

  • Video, audio, metadata monitoring & recording
  • SDI embedded or analog audio capture
  • Auto-recording using camera SDI flags
  • Streaming to remote monitors over internet
  • Compatible with QTAKE applications
  • Battery powered operation
  • Bus-powered operation when using Mac
  • Wired and wireless connection to host device
  • Predefined and custom frame-lines (coming soon)
  • Custom 3D LUT import and processing
  • Waveform, vectorscope and histogram analysis (coming soon)
  • Focus peaking and customizable false color (coming soon)
  • Future-proof design upgradable by firmware

Box Contents

ScreenPort SDI+ package includes:

  • ScreenPort SDI+ device
  • Two WiFi antennas
  • Power adapter with international plugs
  • USB-C to USB-C power & data cable
  • USB-C to Lightning power & data cable
  • Cardboard box with protective foam insert

Connectors and Controls

Video Input:
3G-SDI

Audio Input:
3.5mm unbalanced stereo / balanced mono

Video Output:
3G-SDI loop-through

Data ports:
Ethernet
WiFi (2.4/5.0 GHz, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2 x 2 MIMO)
USB-C

Power:
5V DC 15W USB-C port
Dual Sony NP-F style battery mount

Control:
Software control over USB-C or network

Operating frequency:
2400 - 2483.5 MHz
5150 - 5850 MHz

Max RF Output power:
< 20dBm EIRP

Power Options

ScreenPort SDI+ offers multiple power options for its operation:

USB-C Power Adapter (included)

When portability is not an issue, ScreenPort SDI+ can be powered using included AC/DC power adapter. Moreover, power will be passed to iOS device allowing users to charge it. Power adapter accepts input of 100-240V, 50/60Hz, 0.55A max and produces output of 5V 3A.

Battery slots

The most portable powering option is to use on-board batteries. ScreenPort SDI+ has two battery slots for Sony NP-F style batteries. Users can opt for original Sony NP-F970 (7.2V, 7800mAh), or compatible batteries from other brands. Some vendors offer NP-F batteries with lower capacity and smaller size, which may be more suitable in some cases. Please note that ScreenPort SDI+ cannot charge batteries.

USB-C Power Bank

More portable powering option is to use external battery or power bank. Compatibility requirement for power bank is 5V 3A USB-C power output.

Computer USB

When used with computer, USB connection can be used to transfer both data and power, so no additional power source is needed for ScreenPort SDI+ operation.

Mounting

ScreenPort SDI+ contains 3 holes at the bottom side of the device for custom mounting accessories. Holes will fit 2.2mm self-tapping screws.

Getting started

Follow these steps to use ScreenPort SDI+ connected via USB cable to iOS device or Mac:

  1. Install ScreenPort or QTAKE Monitor application on your iOS device.
  2. Connect power source to ScreenPort SDI+ device using USB-C power connector or insert charged battery into designated slot.
  3. Power on ScreenPort SDI+ device using the power switch (status LED will turn white). Power up sequence takes around 20 seconds.
  4. Connect SDI output of the camera to SDI input of the ScreenPort SDI+ using SDI cable (status LED will turn green if the valid signal is detected).
  5. Connect USB-C data port of the ScreenPort SDI+ to your iOS device using data cable.
  6. “Trust This Computer?” dialog will appear on your iOS device. Click the “Trust” button.

Connections

ScreenPort SDI+ offers multiple ways to connect to a host device.

USB

Connecting ScreenPort USB data port to your host device provides the connection with the highest bandwidth. This means you can use the best visual quality without worrying your data connection will drop frames. Downside of the USB interface is the limitation to a single device.

Ethernet

If you need to connect multiple ScreenPort devices to multiple host devices, ethernet interface is the solution. When connected to your network with an ethernet cable, signal from each ScreenPort SDI+ will be available to any device connected to the same network.

Wi-Fi

Similar to ethernet, Wi-Fi interface is used to connect to your network, but this time wirelessly. This is the most practical way to stream from ScreenPort SDI+ to monitoring devices. However, it is also the most fragile way to connect, because data packets can be easily dropped due to lower signal quality or interference.

Access Point Mode

Access Point Mode transforms how you can use your ScreenPort device. Instead of relying on existing Wi-Fi infrastructure, ScreenPort can create its own Wi-Fi network with support for up to 8 wireless clients. This mode requires firmware 2.54 or higher and ScreenPort app 1.6 or higher.

New devices ship with Access Point Mode enabled by default. To enable Access Point Mode on your existing ScreenPort device, open the ScreenPort app and tap SETUP, then tap Network and set Access Point to ON.

When you need to connect to an on-set Wi-Fi network, set Wi-Fi to ON instead. This will automatically turn Access Point off, but your settings will be retained for future use.

ScreenPort app

ScreenPort SDI+ device can be operated using the ScreenPort application. When connected to iOS device, ScreenPort SDI+ will be automatically detected. Basic functionality for monitoring, recording and playback is described below.

Monitor

Make sure that the LIVE/DISK button located in the top left corner is set to live mode. Viewer will display the image of the incoming SDI feed. FORMAT label located in the top bar will show the format of the SDI signal.

Audio Meters

If SDI signal contains audio, meters above the image viewer will show the audio level of the live signal. During playback, meters will show the audio levels of the playback.

Metadata

If the SDI signal contains camera metadata, ScreenPort will extract them and display them in UI toolbars. Timecode and clip name is located in the bottom part of the screen. Camera and lens metadata is located in the top part of the screen.

Record

When the view is in the LIVE mode, you can tap the white circle icon to initiate recording session. Incoming video and audio signal will be recorded into a media file. Tap the record icon again to finish recording. If the SDI signal contains timecode, it will be recorded too. In case of missing timecode, current time of day will be used instead.

Auto-record

In addition to manual recording, some cameras provide SDI record flags that can be used to initiate automatic recording. To set the ScreenPort SDI+ to auto-record mode, tap the AUTO REC button (ARRI and SONY cameras are currently supported).

Browse

Tap the VIEW/CLIPS button in the bottom left corner to show the clip browser. Use the DAYS/CLIPS button in the top left corner to switch between days and clips mode. Each day item represent folder that contain all clips shot during that day. Tap the day thumbnail to show corresponding clips.

Load

Tap the LOAD/SELECT button to switch between load and selection modes. When the load mode is active, you can tap the clip thumbnail to load the clip into the viewer.

Select

When selection mode is active you can tap or drag your finger through browser items to select them. Selected items are marked with blue color.

Delete

Tap the DELETE button to remove items from the browser and delete corresponding media files from the device.

Playback

Once the clip is loaded into viewer, it can be played back. In addition to realtime playback, there are two buttons to the right of the PLAY button that allow you to navigate clip frame by frame. Two buttons to the left of the PLAY button are used to jump to the start or the end of the clip.

Slider

Time slider is placed above playback icons and it is used to scrub through the clip. Slider represents the whole duration of the clip.

Jog

For more precise navigation through the clip, you can drag your finger horizontally over the viewer.

Functions

Switching the INFO/FUNC button to function mode provides access to various functions of the ScreenPort app.

SDI Source

This field is used to identify connected camera. Currently, only ARRI cameras are supported. More camera vendors will be available via firmware update.

Setup

Bottom right corner of the ScreenPort user interface contains TOOLS/SETUP button. Switching this button to setup mode reveals additional controls.

Device Control

Tap the BITRATE field to select the quality of the encoder output. Lower bitrate is useful for wireless streaming, but if you intend to use wired connection, higher bitrates are available to provide better image quality. You can further control encoder by setting it to constant (CBR) or variable (VBR) bitrate. NETWORK field is used to connect to existing Wi-Fi network.

Mute

Live audio can be turned off using MUTE LIVE button. Use MUTE DISK to mute playback audio. Muting live audio will not affect audio recording.

Network

Tap the NETWORK field to access Wi-Fi and Access Point controls. Enable Wi-Fi to connect to existing Wi-Fi infrastructure. To create a new Wi-Fi network for client devices to connect to, enable Access Point instead.

When enabled through the ON/OFF switch, the Wi-Fi section expands to show available Wi-Fi networks. Allow a few seconds for scanning to complete after enabling. Tap a network to connect and enter the Wi-Fi password if prompted. The connected Wi-Fi network is shown with a checkmark on the right side.

When Access Point is enabled, Wi-Fi will automatically turn off. The Access Point section will expand to show additional settings. To edit a setting, tap the corresponding row.

To change the access point password, tap the SSID field. This will open a dialog where you can set both SSID and password. To change the SSID only while keeping your current password, leave the password field blank.

Advanced Network Settings

To set a manual IP address for your ScreenPort device’s Ethernet or Wi-Fi interface, tap the MORE button to reveal Advanced Network Settings. Tap the corresponding Configure IP row and set the mode to Manual. When set to Manual, you can edit the IP address, subnet, router, and DNS fields by tapping any of them.

Audio Settings

Tap MORE button to open Audio Settings popover. If your SDI source is using audible timecode, you can set TC Channel to Left or Right to mute it.

QTAKE Monitor app

ScreenPort SDI+ device can be operated using the QTAKE Monitor application. When connected to iOS device, ScreenPort SDI+ will be automatically detected by the application. Basic functionality for monitoring, recording and playback is described below.

Create Project

QTAKE Monitor is a client application that connects to QTAKE Server. After existing QTAKE project is downloaded into QTAKE Monitor, the app can be used as a standalone monitor/recorder without connection to server. Once QTAKE Monitor is re-connected, it will sync media and metadata back into QTAKE ecosystem.

Select SDI Input

QTAKE Monitor can display up to 4 views and each view can display different content. In order to set the active view to SDI input, tap the button in the top right corner and select ScreenPort SDI+. If the device is not listed, refer to troubleshooting page.

Record SDI Input

When the view is in the LIVE mode, you can tap the bottom middle part of the SDI view to initiate recording session. Incoming video and audio signal will be recorded into a media file. Tap the bottom middle part of the view again to finish recording. In addition to manual recording, some cameras support SDI record flags that can be used to initiate automatic recording. To set the ScreenPort SDI+ to auto-record mode, please refer to Device Settings section.

Set In/Out Range

Each clip in QTAKE Monitor can have multiple ranges to allow only selected parts of the media file to be played back. Use IN and OUT buttons to set the desired range during recording or playback.

Playback

Tap the REPLAY button in the top bar to play the last recorded clip. Tap the BROWSE button to open the clip browser and select the clip to be loaded into active view. View mode will change from LIVE to DISK. Tap the bottom middle part of the active view in the DISK mode to initiate playback. Tap the top middle part of the view to switch between two playback modes: using ranges or ignoring ranges. Tap the top left or right view corner to skip to previous or next range. To move the playhead frame-by-frame, tap the bottom left or right corner.

For more details about advanced functionality please refer to QTAKE Monitor User Guide.

Firmware Update

Firmware update of the ScreenPort SDI+ is a simple procedure. To update your ScreenPort firmware, launch the ScreenPort app on an iPhone or iPad connected to the internet, then connect your ScreenPort device via USB. ScreenPort application will notify you if there is a newer version of the firmware available. If you proceed with the update process, new firmware will be downloaded and applied. Tap UPDATE to start the firmware update, then wait for the process to finish. Update progress will be displayed via playback slider. Your device will restart twice.

Troubleshooting

Following table provides instructions on solving most common problems related to use of ScreenPort SDI+. In case your problem is not listed, please contact the manufacturer or your reseller.

Problem Possible reason Solution
Power LED does not light up. Device is not powered up. Turn power switch on.
Device does not power up. No external power. Supply external power.
No input signal. Invalid signal sent by SDI source. Provide valid SDI signal.
No pass-through output signal. Missing input signal. Check the input signal.
No input or output signal. Broken SDI cable. Replace SDI cable.
No video in the app. Broken data cable. Replace data cable.

Important Safety Instructions

  • Carefully read and follow all instructions and keep them for future reference.
  • Do not use this device with water.
  • Clean only with dry cloth.
  • Do not use this device with any heat sources or near fire.
  • Protect all cables.
  • Use the antenna included in the package that is approved by the manufacturer. The antenna gain that is used with this device cannot exceed 3.2dBi.
  • Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. * Servicing is required when the device has been damaged in any way, either by physical or electrical means.
  • This product uses semiconductors that can be damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD). When handling, care must be taken so that the device is not damaged. Damage due to inappropriate handling is not covered by the warranty.

Disposal Information

ScreenPort SDI+ shall be disposed of separately from household waste. When it reaches its end of life, take it to a collection point designated by local authorities. Separate collection and recycling at the time of disposal will help conserve natural resources and ensure that ScreenPort SDI+ is recycled in a manner that protects human health and the environment. For more information about electronic and electrical waste equipment that will ensure the safety of human health and environment disposal, recover and collection points, please contact your local city center, household waste disposal service, reseller or manufacturer of the equipment.

COMPLIANCE

If for import of ScreenPort SDI+ to or it’s operation within any country other than Slovakia it is required to fulfill additional legal requirements than those provided by the manufacturer herein, you agree to obtain all permissions and for legal compliance.

ScreenPort SDI+ is a trademark of IN2CORE s.r.o.
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