Busby Control

Busby control allows manual control of devices or services connected to the Busby ESB using virtual control panels. All controlled devices appear on the Busby ESB and can also be controlled from workflows including timed operation.

Router Control

The router control modules consist of Drivers to control broadcast routers, a routing core which deals with name tables, macros, tie-lines and level associations and virtual panels. Associations can span routers so it is possible for example to use Dante for audio and SDI for video and to switch them together.


Macros can be set up to make multiple routes from a single button. This can be used to change over control rooms for different modes of operation or styles of programme, to switch reserve facilities into use or any application where presets are useful. If the system has device control a macro can also recall settings on other devices as well as making routes.

Audinate Dante® Support

A Dante® driver is included in the router control package. It will scan a network for Dante devices and allows devices to be marked as discovered or installed. Installed devices can have their inputs and outputs used in conventional router control operations with fixed keypad positions and related associations to video and other router levels. Discovered devices appear on a special dynamic keypad which can be added to panels which must deal with ad-hoc devices e.g. musicians equipment. The Busby Dante® driver supports Dante® domain manager or the ad-hoc domain model.

Device Control

Busby supports the remote control of devices including modular “glue” products, disk recorders, satellite receivers, encoders, mixers, multi-viewers and many other devices. A list of included drivers is below. Custom drivers can be added to the system and can be written by third parties.

Included Drivers

  • GV SW-P-08 Controller Protocol – Supports many routers including Ross, GV, Snell and most legacy routers
  • Dante Driver – Interfaces system to a Dante environment
  • GV SW-P-02 Router Protocol – Supports simple crosspoint systems from GV
  • Reverse SW-P-08 Allows the routers controlled by the system including Dante to be addressed from another control system e.g. ATOS BNCS
  • Ross / Opengear Dashboard Protocol – Supports almost all Ross products and third party Opengear products
  • Evertz RCP01 – Controls all Evertz and Quartz routers
  • Reverse RCP01 – Enables router control of all routers including Dante to be controlled by Evertz Magnum
  • Evertz Vistalink – Controls all Evertz modular products
  • ArtNet Receiver – Allows actions to be triggered from show control and lighting control systems
  • For-A Switchers – Controls all For-A switchers
  • Blackmagic Hyperdeck – Controls all Blackmagic disk recorders
  • Blackmagic Router – Controls all Blackmagic routers
  • TSL UMD – Sends status to many multi-viewer and tally systems
  • Reverse TSL UMD – Follows tally information from many systems

Standalone System

To meet the needs of integrators and facilities who require a flexible control system for routing and other device control without the overhead of a complete ESB system Busby Control can be purchased as a standalone package to run on a single server with a full set of drivers included. The server can be any computer capable of running Rocky Linux and having 16GB RAM. An intel NUC machine is an ideal small server. An option is available to add a second server to run as a hot standby providing failure resilience. Configuration from a standalone system can be transferred to a complete Busby ESB system if the requirements grow.

As part of a Large Busby system

Like all Busby modules Busby control can be used as part of a large Busby ESB installation. The modules can run on the Busby cores or for very large systems on separate machines either on-prem or cloud, virtual or physical. When used as part of a Busby ESB system all user interfaces are available across the entire system. Drivers can be used as part of workflows and control can be achieved across District trunks for large distributed systems.

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