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Getting Started

The best way to get started is to watch the tutorial.

BoinxTV comes with professional looking Templates that help you get up and running quickly. In addition, various how-to screencasts including a short overview help you learn all common tasks. All how–to documents can be accessed via the BoinxTV Help menu, the overview screencast can also be found in the Extras folder of your BoinxTV installer disk.

BoinxTV can use various visual inputs like video cameras, microphones, and pre‐recorded material like movies and sound clips. They are organized in the Source Repository. You can use those inputs in any number of Layers that can be placed on top of each other, toggled on and off and interactively controlled. Simple layers are a fullscreen display of a video camera (Placer), other layers like a ticker tape, a Station Logo, Lower Third and others can be placed on top of that. Interactive control means that important aspects like a movie, its title, the caption of a lower third and such can be changed at any time while the show is being recorded/broadcast.

Two basic concepts are important for understanding how BoinxTV works: Layers and Settings.


  • A Layer is an element that will be drawn to the output.
  • Each layer can contain up to three video inputs that can be fed with cameras, movies, animations or still images.
  • A layer can contain any number of other inputs like colors, fonts, text, and so on.
  • Layers will be drawn on top of each other, starting with the bottom, ending with the topmost layer.
  • Of course, a layer does not have to fill the whole screen.
  • A layer can be disabled or LIVE. If LIVE it will be drawn to the main output.
  • In the Document Window layers are represented as bars, located in the center of the window.

Now build your show by dragging layers from the layers repository on the bottom into the layers stack in the middle. Or just use one of the templates as a starting point.

Select a layer in the middle column. Each layer comes with its specific parameters. The current layers are examples that give you an idea of what is possible. Layers can be customized and created by using Quartz Composer.

You can always see the result of the selected layer drawn in the left hand preview. The right hand preview shows you the current LIVE image, this is what would be recorded or rendered to an external screen.


  • Settings are where you set a layer's parameters.
  • Different types of layers will have different settings to configure.
  • Each layer can have multiple presets of settings which can be switched between during the show.
  • One setting holds all parameters of a layer.
  • To create a new setting hit the small plus (+) button inside the layer bar.
  • Switch between the settings of a layer using the left and right arrow buttons in the row of the layer.
  • You can always edit the parameters of the selected setting in the left column.
  • Only one setting on a layer can be LIVE at a time. The currently LIVE setting is indicated by a red light.
  • Settings can be triggered by mouse or keyboard shortcuts.
getting_started.txt · Last modified: 2013/05/05 17:41 by david