Release 5.5 - Layout Edit Mode

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Release 5.5 - Layout Edit Mode

Post by varghesesa » Thu Sep 16, 2021 3:54 pm


In BI5 v5.5+, we introduced the Screen Layout Edit functionality.
The motivation for this change was to associate camera groups to layouts. Why?

With all the different endpoints, console, TV, mobile phones, tablets users kept asking for ways to tweak layouts so they looked good on different endpoints. With the new Screen Layout, it becomes much easier to associate groups to layouts.
Say you have a group of cameras. Because of your monitor it looks good under one layout. Call it group1_console.
On the iPad, maybe the layout is not so great. Create an iPad layout for the same set of cameras. Call it group1_iPad.
Maybe reduce the number of cameras on the iPad. Call it group2_iPad.
A lot more flexibility.

This functionality should allow users tighter control of their camera views and camera positioning in order to maximize their endpoint view.

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This article piggy-backs off of the Screen Layout and Frames section of the Help file.

Short Video Tutorials
Gotchas: Known problems / fixes based on past tickets

Gotcha 1: Where did all my right click display functionality in Cameras (Mosaic view) window go?

It's still available. You now first have to go into Edit layout mode.

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Gotcha 2: My floating windows have disappeared

Not a problem. The functionality was just moved to the Edit layout mode.
To recreate your floating frames select Edit layout mode -> Right click to bring up context window.
You can float a camera or the group.

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Gotcha 3: My camera has a 16:9 aspect ratio but came in as 1:1. How is that possible?

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This would be called an "anamorphic" video. Use the anamorphic setting on the Video tab to set the correct aspect ratio.

However, this would only be possible with a single stream, not dual-stream, as the software uses the anamorphic setting already to force the sub stream into the same aspect as the main stream if they are not by default.

Gotcha 4: Disabled cameras are now visible in UI3.

When upgrading to V5.5, the new layout editor defaults to turning on Disabled cameras.

The fix:
Go to Group settings. Choose the appropriate selection.

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Group settings are available in UI3 if you want to override settings set on the console. Right click on a camera window -> Group settings.
  • No preference: Use same settings from the console.
  • Force OFF
  • Force ON
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Gotcha 5: Camera titles

Similar to Disabled camera, camera titles can be set at the Console. Option to override is also possible in the UI3 interface.
See Gotcha 4.

Gotcha 6: Frame Aspect Ratio

Problem: With the 5.5 Edit Layout functionality, the apps are now DYNAMIC, meaning it will change depending on the size of the display. The software is now trying to maximize the space available on the endpoint (i.e, TV, iPad, Tablet etc) instead of displaying the console view.

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However, some users may just prefer to see the SAME view on all their endpoints.

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Tell BI to use the same frame aspect ratio that is on the console screen for the group view.
Now the endpoints displaying this view are forced to use the same aspect ratio and thus deliver the same view.
FYI, since knowing the frame aspect ratio is challenging, BI provides some common screen aspect ratios to choose.
Try the different choices to see if any work for you.

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Notice how forcing the phone (iOS device) to use the console's aspect ratio results in less screen layout being used.
That is a trade-off today. Sure it will be resolved with future releases.

Gotcha 7: UI3 - Reduce Margins between cameras

A bit limited from just UI3. Gotcha 6 may be the better solution.
I recommend resizing the browser window until the layout is acceptable, then right click > Group Layout > Lock aspect ratio. Besides this, there is no ability to fine-tune the layout from within UI3.

Pro Tips

Pro Tip 1: Stop using hidden cameras
Hidden cameras are messy. You forget you have them often times.
The original reason for hidden cameras was to provide ability to NOT show cameras on remote devices.
With the new Layout editor, groups are associated to layouts.
So, now you can create groups/layouts for every endpoint.
For example, you can have a console and mobile app group.
Each group would have it's unique set of cameras. Thus, you no longer need to worry about hiding cameras!

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