Proficient EVS software users are familiar with XNet Monitor’s feature called Remote Desktop: an exact emulation of EVS XT server’s VGA screen is reproduced in a window allowing the operator to control the server remotely. This article will explain how to fine-tune this feature to give better user experience to your remote operators.
Usually the Remote Desktop feature is accessed from the EVS XNet Monitor interface: an XT server is right-clicked and the respective option is selected:
Simplify access for the operator
If our only goal is to give a remote EVS operator access to a specific XT VGA then getting him to run the whole XNetMonitor may be excessive. Instead of having the operator launch the complex monitoring software, we can allow them to bring up the remote VGA by double-clicking an icon on their desktop.
To make this possible, let’s create a Windows Shortcut to the following executable:
“C:\Program Files (x86)\EVS Broadcast Equipment\XNet Monitor\LssConsole\Version010005\LinXConsole.exe”
LinXConsole is the actual application that emulates the EVS XT VGA on Windows desktops.
This path may differ from one version of XNetMonitor to another, so navigate to the Program Files folder to get to the application itself. Right-click on the .exe file and select Create shortcut
Right-click the created shortcut and select Properties. We will need to supply some arguments for when this executable is launched, so inspect the target input prompt and get ready to add things to the end of the executable path:
/l=10.10.10.215 This is the local IP of the remote machine (the one the operator uses, and the one usually running XNet Monitor).
/x=10.10.10.102 This is the IP address of the XT server that you are connecting to.
/r=10 is the refresh rate. This is an optional parameter. If you choose to add it, try to keep this value as high as possible, as you don’t want to overload the server with unnecessary requests. On the other hand, if you absolutely must get a faster response than what you usually have in XNet Monitor, you can decrease this value and get a faster response time
Now the Target string should look like this:
“C:\Program Files (x86)\EVS Broadcast Equipment\XNet Monitor\LssConsole\Version010005\LinXConsole.exe” /r=10 /l=10.10.10.215 /x=10.10.10.102
Save the changes by pressing OK. Now, upon double-clicking the shortcut you should get the familiar remote VGA emulator!
Make it work
Operators using XT Remote Desktop on Windows 10 machines may find that their Paste (Ctrl+V) and Cut (Ctrl+X) key combinations will no longer work. That is because in Windows 10 the Command Prompt (that the Remote Desktop LinXConsole is based on) has become more interactive and now allows some previously unavailable Copy/Paste operations ‘out of the box’. This behaviour, sadly, overrides the LinXConsole expectations of how the Windows Command Prompt behaves.
To make the new Windows 10 Command Prompt compatible with LinXConsole, right-click on the window header and select Properties. On the Options tab, tick ‘Use legacy console’.
I would like to thank Dominic Eaves from Timeline Television for sharing this tip with me.
Make it pretty
Operator may find that their XT VGA emulator window is too small.
On Windows 7 system, to make the window larger you can simply right-click its header, select Properties, switch to Font tab and select the largest font size available.
On Windows 10, you can also set the font size to a larger value:
Make sure not to go for size 72, as that will render the window unusable!
Again, thanks to Dominic for this observation.