Tutorial: How to setup dual position text using an auto key on a Ross Carbonite

**Note, this can be done on most production switchers, however, I will show you how to do it on a Ross Carbonite, but the principals can be applied on other makes and models.

I have heard many times of churches wanting to display text from a single source in 2 different locations on separate outputs using the same source.  Currently on the Carbonite you cannot float a key unless it is a DVE.

Also, this is really the best way to do it, you can format your text differently, add a moving lower third background, even use a different font.  Also, don’t worry about timing because we will only use a single channel of CG.

First let’s talk about your CG,  It may sound strange, but, format your text in 2 locations on the same output.

Ex: Image

What we will do next is create a mask on both key channels, one dedicated for the top text location, and the second one for bottom text location.

A mask allows you to use a Box or pattern to cut holes in the Keyer to take out a section of the key regardless of the alpha channel, luminance or Chroma value

On a 2 MLE Carbonite, set 1 MLE for 1 output, and the second MLE for the Second output.

EX:  MLE 1 to center screen,  MLE 2 for Side Screens

On each key select key 1-Auto select in the menu hit Next (It is different depending on the type of key selected) until you see Mask, turn on Box mask (Or pattern if you prefer)

Press Next, going through the menu options and use the Size, and X and Y position to adjust the mask to cut out what you want or don’t want (You may also need to either M-Force or M-invert)

Next, copy the keyer to the key in the other MLE you want to use.  To do this press and hold the keyer select button you want to copy to, or your Destination, then press the keyer select of the key you just configured.  This will copy all your settings.

Press key select of the keyer you just copied too, hit next until you come to the mask menu.  Find M-invert and initiate. This should show the text you masked out (AKA, swap the text fields).

If all else fails, re-build for the second text field

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I freelance doing a few different thing in the video and live production market. I worked for a church for 5 years directing services and designing control rooms.
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2 Responses to Tutorial: How to setup dual position text using an auto key on a Ross Carbonite

  1. Mark says:

    Nice really cool tip, I thought about doing a similar thing with the triple head to go, and formatting each section differently.

  2. I will appreciate if you continue this in future. Numerous people will be benefited from your writing.

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