TVU Producer is a cloud based, multi-camera live video production platform that includes audience participation, graphics, recording, slow-motion and replays, with one-click delivery to multiple platform and SDI out.
Prepping the Overlays
Before you can output your overlays with TVU Producer, you have to prep them in Studio. If you already know how to do this, skip this step.
A - Log into Singular, Download a Theme
Sign up for Singular (if you haven't already), log in to your Dashboard, and download a free theme from the Marketplace. To access the Marketplace, hit the "New" button in the upper left corner and select "Market".
Selecting "New" and then "Singular Market"
Downloading a theme
If you need a more thorough explanation, check out a quick tutorial on how to do the previous steps, here.
B - Open up your theme into Studio, prepare your overlays.
Right click on your newly downloaded theme, select "Open with" and then choose "Studio". This is the Control Application you will use to prepare and operate your live overlays.
Prepare your overlays by choosing the "Auto Playlist" button from the three dot menu in the upper right corner and then updating the contents of the overlays within the Overlay Editor.
Selecting "Auto Playlist"
Editing overlay contents in the "Overlay Editor"
To learn more Studio overlay operation tips, click here.
C - Generate an access token
Select the gear icon and choose "Manage Access".
Selecting "Manage Access"
Then make sure to hit the "Generate" button. Without hitting this button, TVU Producer will not have access to your show.
Generate an access token so that TVU Producer can have access to your Studio show.
D - Drag Studio show into "My Shows"
Once you've prepped your Studio show, drag and drop it into the "My Shows" folder in the Dashboard. This folder is where TVU looks when accessing Singular.
Dragging Studio Show into "My Shows" folder
Outputting with TVU Producer
The following is a tutorial on how to add your Singular overlays into TVU Producer:
1 - Log In to TVU
The login page will look like this:
2 - Server Initializing
After you log in, you'll see this window where it will initiate your server. If you notice after a minute that it stays at 88%, just refresh the webpage.
TVU Server Initializing
3 - Select Overlay then Singular/URL
Now that you're in TVU Producer, choose the "Overlay" button in the left panel and then choose the "Singular/URL" tab.
Selecting "Overlay" and "Singular/URL"
Select "Authenticate" under the Singular.live section in the panel.
4 - Log In to Singular
After hitting Authenticate, a new window will open where you'll need to log in with your Singular credentials.
Log In to Singular Account
After you successfully logged into to your account, you'll see your Studio show appear as a thumbnail in the panel:
Log In to Singular Successful
If you aren't seeing your show(s) appear in the left panel, double check that they have been dragged into the "My Shows" folder within the Singular Dashboard. This folder is where TVU looks when accessing Singular. You'll also have to make sure you have generated an access token for TVU to be able to access your show. Refer to steps C and D in the "Prepping the Overlays" section at the beginning of this tutorial.
5 - Select the show, hit "Edit"
Select your show and choose the Edit button.
Selected Singular Overlay in Producer
Now you can see all the controls for your show appear in the lower middle section of TVU. All the overlays inside of your show will appear as control buttons and will be grouped according to layer. So, for example, all your Fullscreen overlays will be grouped together in one row. Same thing with your Lower Thirds and so on.
Overlay Control Buttons Appear
6 - Taking on/off overlays and updating their contents
Clicking on a button will toggle on or off the overlay. Selecting the Edit button will open up the fill in form for that specific overlay.
Buttons Toggle On/Off the Overlays. Selecting Overlay Edit Button
Once the Edit button for that specific overlay has been selected, the corresponding fill in form will appear in the left panel:
Overlay Fill In Form Appears
At this time, you're only able to update text and image fields in TVU.
The second TVU and Singular integration allows you to operate your Show within your Singular Control Application instead of with the buttons inside TVU. You may want to use this method if you want to take advantage of the features in your Control Application such as playlists, timers and more. Or you might want to use this method if you are just generally familiar with operating overlays inside your Control Application.
A - Unbind the Show
First, you'll have to unbind your current show by hitting the "Unbind" button on the bottom of the left panel. Make sure to follow the additional prompt after hitting the red button.
Hitting the Unbind Button on the Bottom of Left Panel
B - Select the Graphics URL Option
Select the Input URL button in the second main option titled "Graphics URL"
Selecting "Input URL"
C - Grab Your Studio URL
Jump over to your Studio show and hit the "Share" button in the upper right corner to access your show's URL.
Selecting the "Share" Button
Then copy it by hitting the clipboard icon.
D - Paste URL into TVU Producer
Jump back to TVU Producer and paste in your URL. Then select "Done".
Pasting URL and Selecting "Done"
A couple things to note with this method:
- You are now able to operate your overlays out of your Control Application
- Your overlays will not show up in preview, only in the output
- You'll have to have a video source connected in order for your overlays to show up in the output.
If you have any questions about Singular and TVU, please submit a request here.