Controlling FlowCaster

FlowCaster SwirlFlowCaster creates a virtual I/O board for your creative software, desktop, real 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
-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
-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

 

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