OnTheAir Switch can control many matrix video switchers through RS232 or Ethernet. The application is AppleScriptable, and has a REST API, allowing it to be controlled from any application (even applications from third parties). It can be used as a standalone application or integrated with OnTheAir Video, MovieRecorder or OnTheAir Node. Check the specifications page to see which router is supported.
Note that some of our applications can control selected routers directly, and you may not need OnTheAir Switch to control your router. OnTheAir Video and MovieRecorder can control Blackmagic-Design Videohub or Ross routers directly. While OnTheAir Node can control AJA Kumo, Blackmagic-Design Videohub or Ross routers.
We can theoretically support any video router, but we need to implement the protocol for it of course. Before buying OnTheAir Switch, you can check the specifications page to check which Matrix Video Switcher is already supported and if yours is not in the list, simply contact us to ask if your Switcher can be supported and how to proceed.
Much easier than working with RS232, we can control some routers simply through your network. Check the specifications page to know which router is compatible.
OnTheAir Switch can be controlled by AppleScript or a REST API, and thus third-party can easily integrate and use OnTheAir Switch to control video routers.
Make sure to test with our free DEMO version available for download before purchasing so you are sure it fits your need. In DEMO mode, the application will quit after 10 minutes. That's the only limitation and difference. After your test, you will keep on using the same application, just with the demo mode unlocked.
|Control routers via RS232|
|Control routers via network|
|Integration & Control|
|Remotely Controllable using a REST API|
|Control from Elgato's Stream Deck|
|Controllable via AppleScript|
|2.7 or later|
|2.0 to 2.6|
|Recommended macOS||macOS 10.14.6 or later*|
|Recommended RAM||2 GB|
|Additional Hardware required||
USB to RS232 converter (only needed for the video routers controlled in RS232 - not needed for AJA KUMO and Blackmagic Videohub.
|Other requirements||Check the protocol used to control the router in the table below. If it is controlled through a RS232 or RS422 protocol, you will need a USB to RS232 (or RS422) converter. If the router is controlled through Ethernet (AJA KUMO and Blackmagic Design Videohub), you will only need your mac to be connected to the same Network as the router you want to control. It will show up in Bonjour.|
|RS422 port of Video card support||No the RS422 port of the video cards is not configurable.|
|Recommended Mac||All Mac should be supported.|
|Router Brand||Protocol||Model||Baud Rate||Parity||Bits||Stop Bit||Other Settings|
|AJA KUMO||Ethernet||All (automatic detection)||Not Applicable|
|Blackmagic Design Videohub||Ethernet||All (automatic detection)||Not Applicable|
|Evertz||RS232||32 x 32||38.400 baud||No Parity||8 bits||1 stop bit|
|Knox||RS232||8 x 8||19.200 baud||No Parity||8 bits||1 stop bit|
|Kramer 2000||RS232||8 x 2||9.600 baud||No Parity||8 bits||1 stop bit|
|Kramer 2000||RS232||8 x 8||9.600 baud||No Parity||8 bits||1 stop bit|
|Kramer||RS232||8 x 2||1.200 baud||No Parity||8 bits||1 stop bit|
|Leitch||RS232||32 x 32||38.400 baud||Even Parity||8 bits||1 stop bit|
|Panacea (Leitch )||RS232||All sizes (automatic detection)||19.200 baud||No Parity||8 bits||1 stop bit|
|Sigma MRX||RS232||32 x 32||38.400 baud||No Parity||8 bits||1 stop bit||xon-xoff flow control|
|Sony BRS-200||RS422||12 x 2||38.400 baud||Odd Parity||8 bits||1 stop bit|
|Triton||RS232||8 x 8||19.200 baud||No Parity||8 bits||1 stop bit|
|Triton||RS232||32 x 32||19.200 baud||No Parity||8 bits||1 stop bit|
|Triton||RS232||64 x 64||19.200 baud||No Parity||8 bits||1 stop bit|
We know that some of our users can not upgrade their macOS very often. This is why Softron tries to maintain compatibility with older versions of macOS as much as possible, but it is not always possible to achieve. Because Operating Systems are usually significantly improved over previous versions, Softron must use many of the more capable built-in functionalities inherent in Apple's latest OS releases. Failing to do so would mean that Softron software would essentially be blocked from using the new Frameworks provided in the OS. For this reason, Softron's free support is provided only on the current and previous macOS versions. Also, most of our tests will be done on these macOS versions, and only basic tests will be done on the previous OS. We will always try to help, but in some cases, the best solution is to upgrade your macOS to a more recent version.
Softron does not warrant that these recommended configurations will always meet specific user requirements. They are intended as guidelines and are based on extensive testing that Softron has done, they can be changed without notice. Hardware, drivers, software and operating systems change regularly and we advise users and prospective users to evaluate their requirements in their specific environment/workflow using Softron demo licenses that are available for downloading from Softron's web site.
Version 2.9.4 - 30 December 2021
Once downloaded, unzip the file, and drag and drop the Application in your Applications Folder.
In DEMO mode, OnTheAir Switch will quit after 10 minutes.
Just download the latest version and replace your previous version. It is always recommended to run extensive tests with your specific workflow and setup before putting a new version in production. You can use a free demo version for that on a separate computer. Previous legacy versions are available from the general downloads page.
You do not need to deactivate and reactivate your serial number when updating your Softron software. Read the following article to know when to deactivate.
This software uses code of FFmpeg, licensed under the LGPLv2.1 and its source can be downloaded here.