RouteMaster

Expand router control with RouteMaster

EXPAND

Expand your routing system with RouteMaster. More control panels, more network connections, more protocols, more flexibility.

CONVERT

Use RouteMaster to convert protocols, allowing incompatible systems to work together. Construct hybrid SDI/IP systems using multiple routers and tie-lines.

CONTROL

Control routing direct from the browser, using RouteMaster’s built-in web server and WebSocket-based API. Build custom control panels with Helm Designer. Use hardware panels and automation systems from other vendors.

RouteMaster uses Rascular’s proven router control and emulation technology to form a powerful yet flexible router control system. Built on tried and tested software modules, RouteMaster can be used with a wide range of video and audio routers  from all major manufacturers.

It’s equally suitable for new router installations or increasing the capabilities – and lifetime – of existing systems. You can add third-party hardware panels to existing systems, add IP connectivity to older serial routers, or simply increase the number of control ports available.

The integrated web server means operators can control routers from any web browser, using custom control panels built with Helm Designer. And because it’s built on HTML5 standards, there’s no need for browser plugins.

Multiple Routers and Tie-Lines

RouteMaster allows you to use multiple routers in several ways. The simplest is making “Stack Routers”, where each router appears as one or more levels of a larger router. This means you can combine a separate audio router and video router into a single entity, controlled from a single panel – even if they’re from different vendors. Stack routers can also map multiple physical levels to a single virtual level, for extra flexibility.

RouteMaster can also construct MultiRouters – where several physical routers are joined together with tielines to form a larger routing system, potentially spread over multiple sites or even continents. RouteMaster can display tieline status and automatically allocate tieline resources.

Routing for NewTek NDI™

NewTek’s NDI is a royalty free standard that allows video systems to identify and communicate with one another over IP, enabling video workflows across Ethernet networks.

RouteMaster can act as a virtual router for NDI signals. This combination is incredibly powerful, particularly with RouteMaster’s ability to work with multiple routers. You can add a virtual NDI “layer” to an existing router, allowing you to switch IP video for monitoring simultaneously with baseband SDI video. Or, using SDI to NDI converters, construct a hybrid NDI/SDI routing system using converters to act as tielines between the two domains.

Because the NDI signals are not processed directly by RouteMaster, you can use it with large numbers of SDI sources and destinations.

Case Study: Distributed routing, Distributed control

Routing system grow and evolve over time: Our client started with a large serial-controlled SDI router at their main hub, then added several low cost compact routers at remote sites. For operators, this meant two control systems to deal with, and the increased risk of mistakes under pressure.

Using RouteMaster’s tie-line management and protocol conversions, operators are able to treat the entire set of routers as a single system, with easy routing direct from the hub to the remote sites. In addition to web-based control panels, operators can still use their existing hardware panels, which can now route signals directly from the hub.

Applications
  • Add web-based control panels to an existing router
  • Extend the number of TCP/IP connections available on your router
  • Use low-cost hardware panels with your existing routers
  • Add TCP/IP control to a serial-only router
  • Bridge between incompatible routers and control systems
Features
  • Available in configurations supporting up to 256 incoming control connections
  • PC application (Windows 7, Windows 1o and Windows Server operating systems)
  • Transport conversion (TCP/IP to serial)
  • Serves HTML5 web control panels for use on desktop and mobile devices
  • Supports hardware and software control panels
  • Tie-lines
  • Multiple simultaneous protocol conversions
  • Supports source, destination and level names
  • Salvos
  • Lock and Protect
  • Wide range of available protocols
  • Controllable via WebSockets for third-party web environments

RouteMaster Protocols

A wide choice of protocols for control and emulation
“Downstream” Control Protocols

RouteMaster can control routers using the following common protocols.

  • Blackmagic Videohub
  • Evertz/Quartz Type 1
  • GVG Jupiter ASCII
  • GVG Native
  • Harris LRC
  • Harris/Leitch Passthru
  • Kramer 2000 and 3000
  • NewTek NDI™
  • NVision NV9000
  • NVision Compact Router
  • Nevion Sublime MRP
  • Nevion Compact NCB
  • PESA P1N
  • Pro-Bel SW-P-02 General Switcher
  • Pro-Bel SW-P-08 General Remote
  • Sierra Aspen
  • Utah Scientific RCP3
“Upstream” Emulation Protocols

Routemaster can in turn be controlled using any of the following emulated protocols. Multiple emulations can be active concurrently.

  • Blackmagic Videohub
  • Evertz/Quartz Type 1
  • GVG Jupiter ASCII
  • GVG Native
  • Harris/Leitch Passthru
  • Harris LRC
  • Kramer 2000 and 3000
  • NVision NV9000
  • NVision Router
  • Nevion Sublime MRP
  • Nevion Compact NCB
  • PESA P1N
  • Pro-Bel SW-P-02 General Switcher
  • Pro-Bel SW-P-08 General Remote
  • Rascular WebSocket
  • Sierra Aspen
  • Utah Scientific RCP-3

Hardware Panels

Panels that use the above protocols can be used with RouteMaster. The following hardware panels have been verified for use.

  • Blackmagic Smart Control
  • Blackmagic Master Control
  • Nevion Sublime
  • Sierra Aspen