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Broadcast Graphics systems no longer exist in a standalone environment. Broadcasters increasingly need to deliver graphics across multiple platforms and to do so in an automated templated way.

Graphic assets may originate from third party applications such as Photoshop or 3D studio max
and need to be ingested transparently. Playout of graphics needs to be done from a variety of places within the broadcast facility chain and once played out, the graphics need to be available to other systems and locations for re-use. All this needs to be controlled and automated, often remotely or even in the cloud.

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Import from third party applicationsWant to use assets from third party applications in your playout graphics? No problem. All RT Software systems support all the standard graphic and clip formats. In addition, 3D files are imported as .fbx from applications such as 3d Studio Max.

CollaborativeWith plug ins available for applications such as Photoshop or Avid editors, assure your brand consistency by sharing RT Software graphics across multiple platforms.

Automated distribution and ingestAutomate the ingest or assets and data using MediaWatcher and control their distribution to network points with Repository.

Playout control – Flexible gallery playout with WebControl. Control any renderer in any gallery from any position through a web browser with control sessions, rights and permissions managed by DataServer. Automate playout from rundowns with MosControl.

Infrastructure Product Details

MediaWatcher

Automate the ingest of external data or graphic assets into your on air graphic.

With MediaWatcher, media assets such as images or video clips are automatically converted into a format that that can be used in your RT Software on-air graphics.

Text data heavy graphics such as results or stats can be automatically updated from feeds such as OPTA, RSS or or any Serial feed. The text is automatically ingested, processed and loaded for use by RT Software graphics.

Licensing

Sold as part of a more complete system (including Swift and Live)
Sold on a per licence / machine basis.

Platform

This application requires no special hardware and is supported on both Linux
and Windows. There are the following caveats:

• Office spreadsheet files are not supported on Linux
• extension through plugins is not supported on Windows.

Key Benefits.

  • Automates arduous housekeeping tasks, lowering costs and time associated with prepping graphics prior to going on air.
  • Text data for news graphics, sports results or stats are always up to date and can even be updated whilst live on air. Be ahead of your competition by giving your viewers the most up to date information.
  • Media assets can be converted from a wide variety of formats, receive assets in whichever format you wish.
  • Watches a specific folder, ensure the correct assets or information is going to air.
  • Plugins for data sources such as CSV, RSS, XLS or Opta, take data from any source.

Repository

Repository is a valuable tool for installations of multiple Live render and
edit stations allowing central storage, management and distribution 
of graphic Projects and assets to all RT Software devices.

The system administrator can create the central repository and manage
user rights and permissions. Once a graphical asset is created, the designer checks
the asset into Repository, and assigns it to the appropriate project.
These assets are then distributed to multiple playout devices in a controlled
or automated way either by being pushed by Repository or retrieved by
the playout operator.

All subsequent changes and modifications to any project assets are tracked,
giving the ability to rollback to previous versions if required.

Once a designer has finished a design all they need to do is to check it in.
Repository takes care of the rest by making sure the assets are delivered
to the relevant renderers. Invaluable for multi camera Virtual Studios.

Licensing

Sold as part of a more complete system (including Swift or Edit-3d and Live)
Repository server licence required for central repository
(usually only one needed per installation).
Repository client licence required for each RT Software edit station.

Platform

This application requires no special hardware and is supported on both Linux
and Windows for both the server and client applications.

 

Key Benefits

  • Users are added and rights set by administrator, minimising
    the risk or unskilled operators deleting or modifying valuable
    assets in error.
  • Backups can be automated, never lose your assets.
  • Automated distribution makes sure most recent assets are where
    they need to be, guaranteeing consistency.
  • Distribution across multiple production machines is achieved with just one click, your playout devices always play out the latest graphics.
  • Specifically designed to handle RT Software Projects and associated structure.
  • Interfaces to industry-standard source management system SVN.
  • Revert, remove or archive local project changes.
  • Have confidence that all your Virtual Studio cameras are rendering the
    correct graphic.

 

WebControl

Providing flexible gallery playout using a dynamic and configurable HTML5 based control running through a Chrome browser. Any connected workstation can control any renderer as long as permission has been granted. User permissions and rights are configured by an administrator through DataServer to prevent unauthorised or accidental control.

The optional Preview functionality allows the WebControl user to see a full preview of the next graphic from within their interface before taking the graphic to air.

The control interface is user configurable to allow the the playout operator choices in: types of templates to insert into a rundown, ticker, clock, lower third, virtual studio graphics etc. In addition, the operator can be given control over content, either to select content from an external data source or to manually enter content for last minute requirements.

Multiple instances of Live renderers can be controlled from a WebControl interface making it perfect for multiple camera VR studios. From one post, an operator can control each camera’s renderer allowing transitions between graphic elements or even the background set whilst the program is on air. A single operator has complete control of all virtual studio graphics with an interface specifically tailored to their needs.

Failover is built in to WebControl with the ability to assign a new renderer to a camera in the event of failure, or even control the set in a completely different studio.

With a completely configurable control interface and an option to show a rendered preview, risk of mistakes in the rundown are minimised.

Licensing

Sold as part of a more complete system (including SwiftEdit-3d and Live)
Sold on a per licence / machine basis.

Platform

This application requires no special hardware and is supported on both Linux
and Windows.

Key Benefits

  • Central control from one control point of multiple studios.
  • Cost effective redundancy is achieved easily as only a basic PC with a network connection is required.
  • Interface is easily configurable by the customer, you do not need the help of RT Software when the Virtual Studio is re-designed.
  • Minimal training and skills required, can be operated by a PA.
  • Controlled swapping of a renderer in case of failure minimising down time.
  • More than one control point can be used at the same time to control the same studio, one operator can be controlling graphics, another doing the keying.
  • Optional preview ability to increase on air confidence.
  • Manage permissions and user account sessions to prevent unauthorised or accidental control.
Overview

An integral part of any large or small scale integrated RT Software graphics workflow, allowing centralised management and administration of the entire networked infrastructure from one point.

Manage multiple instances of Live renderers from a centralised location and give operators or editors both edit and control access from any location through a chrome web browser with DataServer.

The administrator of DataServer defines which Live or Preview instances are available on the network, manage which web applications can control these machines and in which use cases by creating sessions. Once a session is created, administrators can then define which users have access to each session.

Additionally, DataServer can configure sharing of day to day assets (images, movies) between machines, either by handling synchronisation itself or given permissions to alternative means of sharing.

Licensing
Sold on a per licence/machine basis,additional licences available for multiple Live or Preview renderers and WebControl clients.

Platform
DataServer
requires no special hardware and is supported on both Linux and Windows operating systems.

Key Benefits

  • Manage permissions and user account sessions for the whole infrastructure from a central point.
  • Limit and access to permitted users only to prevent accidental or unauthorised control, preventing on air mistakes.
  • Build in redundancy by defining network paths to eliminate single points of failure.
  • Licence multiple renderer instances to allow preview from any control point on network.
  • Define synchronisation methods ensuring that assets are always where they need to be and ready to go to air.

Avid Media Composer and the RT Software Avid Plugin

Overview

RT Software Integration with Avid Media Composer

• Use the Avid Editor for simple configuration of graphics and data into stacks
• Close integration between Avid Editor and Avid MC speeds up update graphics tweaks
• Live rendering of these stacks inside the Avid Media Composer using the RT Software Avid Plugin
• Uses the RT Software embedded renderer wrapped in an AVX2 effect plugin

Licensing

Sold as part of a more complete system (including Swift, Edit-3d and Live)
One licence required per Avid Media Composer installation

Platform

This application requires an nVidia graphics card capable of running the graphics
and an installed instance of Avid Media Composer. It is supported only on Windows.

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Duncan Foot, Managing Director - Moov
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Jamie Aitchison, Sports Editor - Channel 4, UK
We really wanted to push the creative boundaries with our UEFA Champions League coverage and the RT Software solution stood out because of the quality of the rendering – essentially what you see on the screen looks fantastic. RT Software has a desire to do graphics better than anyone else and a solid history of innovation around that. They are the perfect match for us, both technically and culturally
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It’s a great pleasure to be associated with RT’s powerful software. The emergence of virtual broadcasting is beginning to rapidly take centre stage across the world, with many networks now seeking out new ways in which to rapidly deploy not only a superior quality of graphics but a more challenging visualisation of VR/AR. With the combination of RT Software’s capabilities backed up by a wealth of experience and Ncam’s advanced tracking capabilities, boundaries are being pushed to higher levels. This means the delivery of quality graphics in new innovative ways and it’s a pleasure to achieve this with such a key player in the industry as RT Software
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