TC-200 Beginner Setup Guide
Nov 03 2020
CG-200 & TC-200
TC-200 Beginner Setup Guide
The TC-200 is capable of keying your titles and graphics in a variety of ways. For the following example, we are going to use our SEB-1200, a kit that combines our SE-1200 6 input HD switcher and our RMC-260 Control Panel.
You will need the following:
- SDI Video Source (Switcher or Camera)
- Laptop with HDMI output and Intel or ATI graphics
- Latest CG-200 Software
- TC-200 Unit
- 2 SDI Cables
- 1 HDMI Cable
To configure your TC-200 with your laptop and switcher, you need to set the TC-200, CG-200, and your switcher to the same video standard, otherwise known as video format, or frame rate and resolution.
On your switcher, you can usually find this information in the Setup menu, as you will see on the SE-1200.
On the TC-200, you can set the matching video standard by setting DIP Switches 1 through 3 to the matching combination on the below table:
1 to 3
So if the switcher is set to 1080i 59.94, set the TC-200 DIP Switches 1 through 3 to Off On Off, or 010.
Then set DIP Switches 4 through 5 to Off On, or 01.
So, your switches from left to right should be Off On Off Off On Off, or 010010.
Note: Always leave DIP switch 6 Off. Turning it on disables the other DIP switches and may cause a video format mismatch with your CG software.
Note: Whenever you change DIP switches, make sure to disconnect power and reconnect again to reboot the TC-200.
Connect an HDMI cable between your laptop's HDMI output and TC-200's HDMI input.
Connect a SDI cable between your switcher or camera's program output to the TC-200's SDI input
Connect a SDI cable to either TC-200 output to your recorder (DVR), streaming encoder, or monitor. Both outputs are the same in Overlay Mode, so you do not need to worry about Key and Fill.
Note: Do not loop these outputs back into your switcher.
Next, power on the TC-200, then click the Start button in Windows 10 and begin typing "Change Display Settings" until it appears on the list, then click on it to open.
You should see two monitors depicted in the settings. If you do not, scroll down to Multiple Displays, make sure the drop-down option reads, "Extend These Displays".
Click on monitor 2 so it is highlighted in blue. Scroll down to resolution and make sure it matches your switcher and TC-200, which will be either 1920x1080 or 1280x720.
Next, you will configure your CG software's video standard to match your TC-200 and video source:
- Install and open CG-200, then click Settings, followed by Preferences, and change the Mode to match your TC-200 and switcher:
Once all three are set to the same video resolution and frame rate, click on the TV icon on the toolbar to activate the laptop's output.
If there are no errors, create a test graphic page, and click the Play All button on the toolbar, and check the monitor receiving the TC-200's output. You should see the graphic on the screen
If you get an error or do not see any CG graphics, restart the switcher, laptop, and TC-200 and try again.
Congratulations, you now have the TC-200 integrated into your workflow! There are additional ways to configure it, depending on your preferred workflow and switcher channels available.
For a more advanced guide that covers upstream keying as well, and configuring the SE-1200's keyers, please read the Advanced Guide. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.