**We can only give support for the connection from the mixer to the VPU. If someone is struggling with the configuration of the mixer or other announcer equipment, they may need to contact the equipment manufacturer for further support.
The Pixellot camera comes with a pair of microphones in it so that your broadcast can have the natural sounds, or "nat audio" of the event automatically incorporated into it. Adding your own external audio, whether it's play-by-play announcers or just a feed from your PA, is a very simple connection. Here are the steps:
1) Locate a usable output on your announcer setup or PA. If you are using a separate setup for play-by-play announcers that isn't being used for anything else (e.g., the PA), then you can use the main output to feed audio into your Pixellot computer. If your announcer setup is being used for something else, the main output will most likely already be in use. You'll need to find another output to use (e.g. headphone out, control room out, tape/cd out) or find a way to split the signal. The options here will depend entirely on your equipment. The same is true if you want to plug the PA announcer into your Pixellot. Some PA's will have plenty of connections to use while others are quite limited. Below are some examples of typical outputs on an audio mixer.
2) Get the appropriate adapter for your equipment. These can generally be found at any online retailer that sells electronics or audio equipment. Below are examples of adapters to match the examples of mixers seen above:
Notice that one side of each adapter cable matches the mixer's output and the other side is always a 1/8" stereo plug - like you might see on headphones. This side will plug into the Pixellot computer, so make sure that the cable you get is long enough to reach from the audio mixer to the back of the Pixellot computer.
To connect the mixer to the Pixellot computer, look for the LINE IN symbol on the 1/8" jacks on the computer and plug in the adapter. If your unit is an older model, the jacks may be color coded - look for the BLUE jack for line in. Regardless of color or location, the jack is marked with an arrow pointed inwards.
If your Pixellot computer looks like the image below (notice the "Z1" text above the power button), you'll see two ports on the back that are not color coded. One port has the symbol with the arrow pointed inwards, and one pointed outwards- plug into the one pointing inwards.
If the Pixellot computer looks like the image below (notice the angels edges and the “Z1” text at the bottom of the computer), there will only be one port on the back to plug into. Instruct the school to plug their audio source into the headphone jack. Once it’s plugged into the headphone jack change the audio source from mic in to line in.
Once the connection is made, the Pixellot computer will automatically insert the LINE IN audio into the broadcast.
Because there is no true real-time monitoring of your stream, you may want to first try this on an unlisted practice stream so that you can dial in the audio levels. The camera's mics will also still be running when you plug in announcers to give you a mix of crowd/game sound and play-by-play commentary.
If you want to adjust the camera's mics, or have any other issues with your line-in configuration, contact Production Support by going to help.nfhsnetwork.com and submitting a support request.