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Switching the XCR Personality from Dual to Quad Channel

The Makito XCR encoder can support two or four input video channels: in four channel mode, each channel can support up to 1080p30, and in two channel mode, each channel can support up to 1080p60.

The personality CLI command provides a means to change the number of input video channels supported. For example, you may need to switch from four-channel (X4R) to the two-channel variant (X2R) because the X4R does not accept 1080p60 signals.

2 channel (X2R) = 4 video encoders and maximum 1080p60 input video support
4 channel (X4R) = 8 video encoders and maximum 1080p30 input video support


You can tell whether the encoder has been set to the two-channel or four-channel variant by checking the Web interface Video Encoder page: the X4R Encoders list has eight (8) H.264 encoders, whereas the X2R Encoders list has four (4) H.264 encoders (as shown in Setting Up a Test Stream).

The change of personality takes effect after the next reboot of the unit. This command may only be used by an administrator. XR personalities do not change due to a factory reset.

To set the encoder personality:

  1. Open a serial, telnet or SSH session to the encoder.
  2. At the login prompt, type your username and password.
  3. At the command prompt, type in the following command:
    personality set <TYPE>
    Where TYPE is either X2R or X4R. For example:

    # personality set X4RSets the personality to X4R.
    # personality getShows the following results: Current Personality: X4R
  4. Reboot or power-cycle the encoder. For more information, please refer to the Makito X Encoder User's Guide.

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