Mapping is used to select an input or output device, and its settings and to pair them in a preset. This preset can later be easily used anytime during your workflow.
Mapping works best if you want to reuse the same device-mode setting many times in your production and if you are sure that the device settings won't change.
This is because if you map a device, you will only be able to use it with the mapped settings, so if the device settings change then you have to remap the device or unmap it and use it without mapping.
By default, all of Aximmetry's camera compounds use mapped devices.
You can map a device only once.
How to map devices
Aximmetry's Device Mapper can be accessed from the Startup Configuration screen when you start Aximmetry, or if Aximmetry is already running, from the Edit menu.
Select the Device Mapper from the list of settings on the left
Under the Category list, you can find all categories of devices with which Aximmetry is compatible. Both inputs and outputs.
You can select a device under Devices and a corresponding setting under Mode in every category.
The number in front of each line will represent the mapping id.
In Aximmetry, the devices mapped will appear as:
As an example, we will map a Video input device.
Select the device you would like to map at #1 mapping id.
To set up a mode for the device, click the rectangle in the mode field with the three dots on the right.
This will give you the option to select the mode you want. The mode of course should be the same as the settings of the video output device (for example a studio camera).
We have selected an NDI device with a mode of 1080p30 and mapped it to id #1.
The AUTO mode only applies to inputs.
If you leave the Mode empty it is the same as if you would set it to AUTO.
The AUTO setting will automatically detect the input signal's resolution and frame rate.
As for camera tracking devices, you can select a calibration profile.
Calibration Profile is an XML file that is created by the Aximmetry Camera Calibrator application to be used and recognizable by Aximmetry. It contains tracking and lens calibration data.
The list of calibration profiles comes from Aximmetry Camera Calibrator, however, there is the option to select an external file.
By clicking OK you can browse your PC for such files.
More on Camera Tracking, calibration, camera profiles here.
In Aximmetry, the devices mapped will appear as Mapped:#mapped id device name.
Again, if you select the mapped device, the Mode pin value will be greyed out, since you have already mapped a mode for it.
If you select the same device not as mapped, the Mode pin value will be greyed out, since you have already mapped the mode for it, and at the beginning, we have discussed, that a device can only be mapped once, and if it is mapped, the mode cannot be changed.
If you want to change the device mode, you have to unmap the device.
Unmapping and changing device mode
Go to the Device Mapper the already known way, or Aximmetry running, click Edit in the menu, and select Device Mapper.
Find the device you want to unmap and select none of the devices.
In order to change the mode of a device, you don't have to unmap it, you can just change the Mode settings.
Click OK to finalize the changes.