Originally Posted by socorob
well, i guess im not really sure, i guess it would have been better worded as how to control it. I guess what im asking is how to spit out serial strings to change inputs, or are all they all live all the time, and you just change inputs on the tv?
If I follow your question correctly, if you have a piece of equipment that has a CQC driver it's a moot point - it's a truly network distributed architecture, so all you do is plug the equipment into the PC of your choice, and CQC handles the control. You're insulated from what the actual serial string is, you just use a point&click like the one below. Also, CQC allows you to use this same point&cliick editor for PDA control as well as PC/UMPC control, so it's not like you need to learn html or some other language to do this. My PDA screens were created in probably 10minutes each because all I did was cut&paste from my existing fullscreen UIs.
FWIW, CQC has drivers for several (could be a dozen by now) devices, so it's not like you're locked into choosing between 2-3 alternatives.
Granted, these steps are a denon, but you can see from the list on the left that i could have point&clicked to any of the devices I have connected, and chosen any field to set. These just happen to be the screenshots i've already taken.
MControl could provide the Camera integration very easily. I'm looking now into controlling an Autopatch with MControl. IVB's setup with CQC is amazing. I'd love to hear his comments on CQC vs MControl.
I'm not educated enough on mControl to have a good conversation about it. I know controlling stuff with CQC is pretty simple. One of CQC's big strengths is that it's got drivers for 135ish devices now, and another 40 are in development. If there isn't an existing driver, and if you know the serial commands it's pretty straight forward to create your own. But for all I know MControl is the same way, so it could be a tossup.