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Controlling FlowCaster

FlowCaster SwirlFlowCaster creates a virtual I/O board for your creative software, desktop, SDI I/O board, or NDI source that sends a high quality video signal through the network for display on a local monitor.  This article covers controlling and configuring FlowCaster through command line, its settings, and via remote control.

 

Command Line Parameters

 

Usage: d:\drastic.trunk\bin64\flowcaster.exe [options]

Options:
-n, --ndisource NDI Source
-u, --urldestination URL to send to
-N, --name User name
-p, --password SRT password (min 10 char)
-I, --sourcenumber Source ID number
-s, --source <0-12 See Docs> A/V Source
-t, --transport <0-5: NDI,UDP,RTP,TR01,SRT,RTMP> Output Transport Type
-M, --mode Transmit Mode exact: 0-srtCaller,1-srtListener,2-srtRendezvous,3-rtp,4-udp,5-rtmp,6-2110,7-2022,8-hls,9-dash,10-cdi,11-webrtc,12-tr01,13-bls,14-rist,15-whip,80-vcam,100-ndi,200-file
-x, --extrastreams <0-allow, 1-disable> Extra streams that HaiVision Player can't handle
-a, --audchan <1 (st mix), 2, 4, 8, 16, 24, 32> Number of output audio channels
-c, --codec <0-4: h264,h264_10,HEVC,HEVC_10,J2K> Codec
-i, --iframeorder <0-IBBP, 1-IPP, 2-III> Frame order
-b, --bitrate <# kilobits per second> Kilobits per second
-l, --latency <# milliseconds> Latency in milliseconds
-e, --encryption <0-none, 1-128, 2-256> Encryption level
-B, --board <# kilobits per second> Source 0-All, 2-AJA, 3-AJA
Shared, 4-Bluefish444,
5-Blackmagic, 6-UltraScope,
7-Matrox, 8-USB, 11-NDI,
12-Screen
-f, --format Signal format
-P, --playlocally Play audio locally
-V, --screen <# kilobits per second> Screen or board to send 0..n
-X, --watermarkx X position of the watermark
-Y, --watermarky Y position of the watermark
-W, --watermark Path and name of the watermark file
-o, --overlaycc Overlay closed captions/xps data over video: 0=disable,1-4=CC1-4,5-8=708Service,9=OP-47,10=XPSOnly
-z, --netx Parent Net-X-Code
-m, --minimized Start app minimized
-C, --config <0-All, 1-CS, 2-FCApp> Just display config page
-S, --saveconfig <0-NC, 1-CS, 2-FCApp> Save to settings
-L, --license Run for licensing
-?, -h, --help Displays this help
-v, --version Displays version

 

Windows (registry)

Creative Software Settings:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Drastic\FlowCaster

Applications (SDI/HDMI/NDI/Desktop) Settings:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Drastic\FlowCaster1

 

macOS (~\Library\Preferences\)

Creative Software Settings:

/Library/Application\ Support/Drastic/com.drastictech.flowcaster.plist

Applications (SDI/HDMI/NDI/Desktop) Settings:

/Library/Application\ Support/Drastic/com.drastictech.flowcaster1.plist

 

Linux (~\.config\)

Creative Software Settings:

FlowCaster.conf

Applications (SDI/HDMI/NDI/Desktop) Settings:

FlowCaster1.conf

 

Settings:

  • AudioMode - what audio channels to send
    • Stereo - 0
    • Stereo Mix - 1
    • 4 channels - 2
    • 8 channels - 3
    • 16 channels - 4
  • ColorSpace
  • Compression - compression for stream as a fourcc code
    • h264 - 875967080
    • h264 10 Bit - 1630680628
    • HEVC - 1752589105
    • HEVC 10 Bit - 1752589153
    • JPEG 2000 - 1598501450
  • DataRate - in kilobits per second (megabits per second divided by 1000)
  • Email - email address for licensing
  • Enabled - enable transmission of SDI/HDMI/NDI
  • Encryption - type of encryption to use
    • 0 - None
    • 1 - AES 128
    • 2 - AES 256
  • FPS
  • IBP - the IBP structure of the compressed stream
    • IBBP - 0
    • IPPP - 1
    • IIII - 2
  • Latency - the number of milliseconds to use to recover packets
  • Password - password to use for the encryption (must be at least 10 characters)
  • SDR_HDR
  • SendHDRSignals - 1 if it should send HDR signals to the receiver
  • StreamNo - stream number to set for this send
  • TransferType
  • Type - protocol to send the stream as
    • SRT - Caller
    • SRT - Listener
    • SRT - Rendezvous
    • RTP
    • UDP
    • RTMP
    • NDI
    • CDI
    • RIST
    • WebRTC
    • SMPTE 2110
  • URL - the target address (eg. srt://199.0.0.123:5000?mode=caller)
  • User - the user name to use with the URL you are sending to (optional)
  • UserName - user name for licensing
  • Watermark - a path to a watermark file (normally PNG 32 bit)
  • WatermarkX - the horizontal offset at which to display the watermark image
  • WatermarkY - the vertical offset at which to display the watermark image

Trademarks, Registered Trademarks, and Copyrights
AJA Video Systems, Inc. - AJA® is a registered trademark of AJA Video Systems, Inc. AJA™ is a trademark of AJA Video Systems, Inc. Corvid Ultra®, KONA®, IO®, KUMO®, U-Tap®, and T-Tap® are registered trademarks of AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Apple Inc. - Apple, the Apple logo, Final Cut, Final Cut Pro, Apple TV, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, iTunes, Mac, Mac OS X, macOS, Shake, Final Cut Pro, ProRes, High Sierra, Mojave, M1, M2, and QuickTime are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Blackmagic Design Pty. Ltd. - DaVinci Resolve, DaVinci Fusion, UltraStudio, DeckLink, Intensity Pro 4K, and UltraScope are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackmagic Design Pty. Ltd. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.
Bluefish Technologies - Bluefish444, IngeSTore, Symmetry, Kronos, Epoch, Epoch:Neutron, and Epoch:SuperNova are trademarks of Bluefish Technologies
Drastic Technologies, Ltd. – Drastic Technologies, Drastic, Drastic.tv, videoQC View, videoQC Pro, videoQC Inspect, videoQC Workstation, FlowCaster, Network Video Analyzer, 2110Scope, HDRScope, 4KScope, sdiScope, Net-X-Code Server, Net-X-Code Channel, Media File Scanner, MediaReactor, MediaReactor Workstation, MR Lite, ccConvert, Net-X-Proxy, Net-X-Convert, MediaNXS, ndiScope, DrasticPreview, QuickClip, DDRConfig, and SyncControl are registered trademarks of Drastic Technologies, Ltd.
HaiVision Systems, Inc. - Haivision is a registered trademark of HaiVision Systems, Inc.
Linus Torvalds - Linux® is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries.
Matrox Electronic Systems, Ltd - Matrox and Matrox product names are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of Matrox Electronic Systems, Ltd.
Microsoft Corporation – Microsoft: Windows®, Video For Windows (VFW), DirectShow, Microsoft, Skype, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Teams, Wave Mapper, Microsoft, Windows NT|2000|XP|XP Professional|Server 2003|Server 2008 |Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows 8, Media Player, Media Encoder, .Net, Internet Explorer, SQL Server 2005|2008|2012|2014, Windows Media Technologies and Internet Explorer are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
MPEG LA - MPEG LA licenses patent pools covering essential patents required for use of the MPEG-2, MPEG-4, IEEE 1394, VC-1, ATSC, MVC, MPEG-2 Systems, AVC/H.264 and HEVC standards.
NewTek, Inc. - NDI, TriCaster, 3Play, TalkShow, Video Toaster, LightWave 3D, and Broadcast Minds are registered trademarks of NewTek, Inc.
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers - SMPTE is a trademark of Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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