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Softron OnTheAir Video Software

B&H # SOOTAV Mfr # 3.IB20
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Product Highlights
  • Intuitive And Efficient Playout App
  • Import, Create Playlists, Broadcast!
  • Schedule Dates & Times For Auto-Playout
  • Drag And Drop Clips Into Playlist
  • Drop Different Formats Into One Playlist
  • Supports Almost Every I-Frame Format
  • Drag And Drop Playlists Into Scheduler
  • AppleScript/GPI/MIDI Controls
  • Logo/HD/CG/Scheduler Options

The Softron OnTheAir Video Software is a Mac-based playout application capable of fully-automated playout of video playlists or of serving as a clip store for live operations. OnTheAir Video is an efficient, intuitive, highly simplified way of running a TV station.

It imports video files from almost any editing software in almost any format. These files, all in different formats, can then be dragged and dropped into the same one or more playlists, and the playlists can then be broadcast in full automation or with more hands-on involvement.

OnTheAir Video does come in three versions -- PCI, DV, and PCI Express.

PCI Express is the junior of the three and reads and outputs through Quicktime as opposed to Softron's output engine. Such and other reasons limit it in many ways including making it incompatible with many add-on features that very, very highly enhance OnTheAir Video. The product that you've clicked on is a choice between the PCI or DV versions.

The way it works is your purchase overnights to you an envelope containing a serial number. Then you download the PCI or DV version -- whichever suits your needs, or you download both. And then you enter your serial number into one of the two and thereby activate that version. You can at anytime deactivate that version and enter your serial number into the other one.

Also -- there are many optional software and hardware add-ons, such as the Logo Overlay, the Character Generator, or the GPICommander options, that can be purchased and integrated into OnTheAir Video for enhanced functionality. These add-ons are also activated with serial numbers.

So let's now discuss which version and which features are what and why.

PCI vs. DV
Your purchase overnights to you an envelope containing a serial number with which you can activate either the PCI or the DV version of OnTheAir Video.

OnTheAir Video PCI

Works using a PCI video card.
Supports almost every I-frame format in the same playlist as long as the frame sizes are identical.
Supports ProRes, M-JPEG, MPEG IMX, MPEG-4 (I-Frame only), DVCam, DV, DVCProHD, DVCPro, DVCPro-25, DVCPro-50, DV50, AVI, and uncompressed video. Uncompressed video (analog or SDI) requires a video playout card. Only codecs working with GOPs, like HDV, H.264 or MPEG-2, are not supported.

OnTheAir Video DV

Works using a FireWire port. Broadcasts through a converter, a camera or a deck connected to a Firewire port. This version thus consumes very low processor speed and so can run on simple laptops and MacMini.
Only supports DV stream files.
The main advantage of this version is it can output several video channels from one computer when integrated with the OnTheAir Video DV Multi-Channel option.
Playlists
After files are imported from an NLE, they can be dragged and dropped into playlists, and the playlists thereafter broadcast. Even entire folders can be dropped in, and the color of their finder label gets retained.
Once the playlist is created, it can be saved and later recalled.
While a playlist is playing out, another one can be created and worked on. Many can be created and worked on. And they can all be copied and pasted between -- even the one playing out.
A playlist can be as long as -- there is no limit, but one with about a few hundred clips instead of a few thousand is recommended because it would be easier to manage, especially in the case of making a mistake.
Two different playlists can be played out concurrently from one computer, as long as the two are being output from separate OnTheAir Video licenses on that computer. And as simple as copying and pasting is between two word processor documents, copying and pasting is just as simple between two playlists playing out from two separate licenses on one system.
The playlists are XML-based. Any text editor can be used to create them. They can, for example, be created in a spreadsheet and the spreadsheet then exported into OnTheAir Video.
The file format of the playlists is not proprietary. It is completely open and documented.

Clips

A clip in a playlist can be trimmed into segments with in and out points, or it can be shortened, but the actual stored clip itself remains unaffected because OnTheAir Video uses pointers to identify the starting and stopping points.
A clip can be paused and restarted during playback. It can also be resized and its playout position changed even while the playlist is being output.
Scheduler
The Scheduler is an add-on option with which playlists can be scheduled weeks in advance to play out at specific times on specific days in full automation.
Just like video files can be dragged and dropped into playlists, playlists can likewise be dropped into the Scheduler. Schedules can alternatively be created from a menu or in any text editor such as a spreadsheet.
Logo Overlay
The Logo Overlay is an add-on option that overlays static logos and other graphics onto individual clips of a playlist or onto the entire playlist as the playlist plays out.
Device Control
OnTheAir Video can control and be controlled by separate devices.
The Softron GPICommander can be controlled by AppleScript commands from within OnTheAir Video. Any GPI device can be controlled from OnTheAir Video.
OnTheAir Video can be controlled through MIDI -- each clip on each playlist can be assigned to a specific MIDI note/channel combination and therefore GPI to MIDI converters can be used with OnTheAir Video.
Sound
OnTheAir Video comes with a stereo pair -- left and right. However, a Multi-Channel Audio add-on option is available to provide six channels of audio, and each be assigned and saved in an NLE.
HD
OnTheAir Video is an SD application. But an add-on HD option is available to provide full HD capability. It supports full HD output of ProRes, DVCProHD and uncompressed files. The HD option is only compatible with the OnTheir Video PCI.
CG
OnTheAir CG is a standalone character generator application that can be integrated into OnTheAir Video to overlay text or animated graphics, such as tickers and animated image sequences, onto video being played out.
MovieRecorder
OnTheAir Video is a playout application only. It does not capture video. But the add-on option of MovieRecorder or MovieRecorder DV can be used to record video clips.
More Add-Ons
There are other add-on products that can be of use with OnTheAir Video. There's OnTheAir Switch for controlling matrix video switchers. There's the GPICommander -- a USB to GPI Converter and its software. The OnTheAir Video PCI Multi-Lingual option is for playout of playlists with multiple audio tracks for different languages. And OnTheAir Video DV Multi-Channel option is for using multiple DV converters to play out multiple playlists concurrently from one computer.
Dongle
An add-on dongle option is available to be used instead of a serial number in instantly activating or switching between versions of OnTheAir Video, and in activating add-ons, or in deactivating any of these. The dongle is a USB with the serial numbers of OnTheAir Video and any of its add-ons stored on it.
System Requirements
Minimum System Requirements OnTheAir Video PCI:
(For one output): G5 Dual, OS 10.4.11, 4GB RAM (6 GB RAM with Mac OS 10.6)
(For dual output): Mac Intel, OS 10.4.11, 8GB RAM
(For quad output): Mac Intel, OS 10.4.11, 12GB RAM
OnTheAir Video DV:
(For one output): G4, OS 10.4.11, 2GB RAM
(For dual output): G4, OS 10.4.11, 2GB RAM
(For quad output): G4, OS 10.4.11, 2GB RAM, Additional FireWire BUS with PCI card
Supported Graphics Cards All graphic cards supported
Monitor No monitor required for playout (Open GL not needed)
Task
Typical Use (not exhaustive) Live Shows, news production, music shows, 24/7 unattended playout, etc...
Options Available For Order PCI:
HD, Logo Insertion, Schedule, Multilingual (more than one stereo track output)
DV:
Schedule, Multichannel (video)
Client/Server Architecture No
Multi-User Control No (can only be controlled from the local workstation or using Apple Remote Desktop)
Automatic Restart/Resume No
Video Capabilities
Video Engine PCI:
Navi (Softron's Playout Engine)
DV:
DV stream playout
Seamless Playback Yes
Video Outputs PCI:
PCI Video Cards (AJA, Blackmagic-Design, Matrox, MOTU)
DV:
FireWire DV only (Canopus ADVC, Camera, etc...)
Video Outputs Modes PCI:
8bit
DV:
N/A
HD Capable PCI:
Yes(option required)
DV:
No
Supported Video Codecs PCI:
Most Quicktime i-frame Codecs (see list below - some codecs require to be installed in the Quicktime Component Library)
No support for Long GOP codecs
DV:
DV stream only
Video/Audio Buffering/Strong PCI:
Yes (not configurable)
DV:
Yes (configurable from 10 - 25 seconds)
Maximum Outputs PCI:
4 (one license per output)
Option needed for multiple output: One full license per output with all options (including scheduling option)
DV:
2 with built in FireWire. More with FireWire buses added (option required for multiple out)
Logo Overlay PCI:
(on top of video clip - no additional video card needed): Yes (option required)
DV:
No
ARGB Support PCI:
(for external and internal keying using medias with alpha channel): Yes (requires version 2.5 or higher)
DV:
No
Scrubbing (move playout at time position): No
Supported Video Containers PCI:
MOV, AVI, DV
DV:
DV
Audio Capabilities
Audio Destinations PCI:
All available for Mac (to ensure A/V sync, use the same audio output as the video output)
DV:
FireWire DV
Audio Format PCI:
Linear PCM, 48Khz, Stereo or Mono, 16 or 24 bit
DV:
DV Stream - 32Khz/44.1Khz/48Khz
Multiple Audio Channels Output PCI:
Yes (option required for more than one stereo track output - only stereo Quicktime tracks supported)
DV:
Only stereo
Scrubbing (move the playout output at given position): No (only possible in the trimming window)
Media Management
Media Cataloging No
Media Validation No
Metadata (read metadata from QT file): only Quicktime title
Finder Label Yes
Clip Relative Path PCI:
(Clips Folder root): Yes
DV:
No
Clip Trimming Yes
Clip Splitting Yes
Reference Movie No
MXF Files Support PCI:
Yes (only with MXF Quicktime Component installed)
DV:
No
Still Image Support No
Clip Resize Clip Manually: PCI: Yes DVI: No
Position Clip In Frame (when resized): PCI: Yes DVI: No
Clip End Behaviors: Normal, Stop at End, Hold Last Frame, Play Next Clip, Loop
Create Offline Clip (to program a clip that is not yet present on disk): Yes
Create Live Clip: No
Auto Detection of Offline Clips and Auto-Recovery (in Media List and Playlists): No
External Device Controls
Remotely Controllable (by telnet): No
GPI Output Yes (requires GPI Commander Box and additional GPI Commander software installed)
GPI Input Yes (requires GPI Commander Box and additional GPI Commander software installed)
Controllable By MIDI Yes
Autostart With Timecode In Yes (Adrienne Broadcast Protocol in RS422 port)
Secondary Events Yes (Actions)
AppleScript Capability Yes
TimeCode Sources PCI:
Mac Clock, RS422 (only with Adrienne Protocol - not compatible with Schedule option)
DV:
Mac Clock, Device TC, RS422 (only with Adrienne Protocol - not compatible with Schedule option)
Integration with EAS Integration with EAS encoders/decoders: Yes (requires EASController)
Playlist
Generate As-Run-Logs Yes
Cue Mode PCI:
Yes
DV:
No
A/B Roll No
Edit Playlist (while it is playing): Yes
Show/Hide Thumbnails PCI:
Yes
DV:
No
Import ASCII Playlists Yes
Cross VPLS Playlist Support Open all vpls playlists, except OnTheAir Live vpls
Scheduling
Scheduled Playout (unattended 24/7): Yes (option required)
Event Fixed Start Time Yes
Event Conditional Start Time (for Live shows flexible start/end time): No
Import Schedules Open all vpls playlists, except OnTheAir Live vpls
Live Events Yes (can control video router for switching to studio, but no real live events in schedule)
iCal Like Scheduling (Graphical Calendar UI): No
Dynamic Calendar Display Resize No
Event & Playlist Categories No
Category Inheritance No
Hierarchical Playlists No
Repeat Events (Alias) by day, weekdays, weekend days, month: No
Duplicate Events No
Stick Events (to close gaps in scheduling): No
Real-Time Display (of overruns and underruns): No
Scheduling Create and control multiple Schedules for multiple outputs using one single application: No
Detailed report of all coming Offline Clips, Missing Playlists, Overrun, Underrun in Schedule: No
Generate As-Run-Logs Yes
Supported Output Devices
PCI Video Output Cards PCI:
Yes: AJA Io HD
Yes: AJA Io Express
Yes: AJA Io (requires ProRes Codec to be installed)
Yes: AJA Io LA/LD (requires ProRes Codec to be installed)
Yes: AJA Io XT
Yes: AJA Kona 3G
Yes: AJA Kona LHE
Yes: AJA Kona LHI
Yes: AJA Kona LSE
Yes: Blackmagic-Design Decklink 4K
Yes: Blackmagic-Design Decklink Duo
Yes: Blackmagic-Design Decklink HD Extreme 3D
Yes: Blackmagic-Design Decklink Optical Fiber
Yes: Blackmagic-Design Decklink Quad
Yes: Blackmagic-Design Decklink SDI
Yes: Blackmagic-Design Decklink Studio
Yes: Blackmagic-Design Intensity Extreme (Thunderbolt)
Yes: Blackmagic-Design Intensity Pro (PCI)
Yes: Blackmagic-Design Multibridge Eclipse
Yes: Blackmagic-Design Multibridge Pro
Yes: Blackmagic-Design UltraStudio 3D (Thunderbolt)
Yes: Matrox Mojito MAX (not tested yet)
Yes: Matrox MXO2 (with ExpressCard, PCIe or Thunderbolt)
Yes: Matrox MXO2 Mini (with ExpressCard, PCIe or Thunderbolt)
Yes: Matrox MXO2 Rack (with ExpressCard, PCIe or Thunderbolt)
Yes: MOTU V4HD (SD only)
Yes: MOTU HD Express: (Not tested but reported as supported)
Yes: MOTU HDX-SDI: (Not tested but reported as supported)
No: Blackmagic-Design UltraStudio Pro (USB 3.0)
No: Blackmagic-Design UltraStudio SDI (USB 3.0)
No: Blackmagic-Design Intensity Shuttle (USB 3.0)
No: Matrox MXO
No: Matrox Multi

DV:
No: AJA Io HD
No: AJA Io Express
No: AJA Io
No: AJA Io LA/LD
No: AJA Io XT
No: AJA Kona 3G
No: AJA Kona LHE
No: AJA Kona LHI
No: AJA Kona LSE
No: Blackmagic-Design Decklink 4K
No: Blackmagic-Design Decklink Duo
No: Blackmagic-Design Decklink HD Extreme 3D
No: Blackmagic-Design Decklink Optical Fiber
No: Blackmagic-Design Decklink Quad
No: Blackmagic-Design Decklink SDI
No: Blackmagic-Design Decklink Studio
No: Blackmagic-Design Intensity Extreme (Thunderbolt)
No: Blackmagic-Design Intensity Pro (PCI)
No: Blackmagic-Design Multibridge Eclipse
No: Blackmagic-Design Multibridge Pro
No: Blackmagic-Design UltraStudio 3D (Thunderbolt)
No: Matrox Mojito MAX
No: Matrox MXO2 (with ExpressCard, PCIe or Thunderbolt)
No: Matrox MXO2 Mini (with ExpressCard, PCIe or Thunderbolt)
No: Matrox MXO2 Rack (with ExpressCard, PCIe or Thunderbolt)
No: MOTU V4HD
No: Blackmagic-Design UltraStudio Pro (USB 3.0)
No: Blackmagic-Design UltraStudio SDI (USB 3.0)
No: Blackmagic-Design Intensity Shuttle (USB 3.0)
No: Matrox MXO
No: Matrox Multi
No: MOTU HD Express
No: MOTU HDX-SDI
Other Types Of Video Output PCI:
No: DVI output
No: FireWire converters or Cameras (DV)
No: FireWire converters or Cameras (HDV)
No: FireWire converters or Cameras (DVCPro HD)
No: HDMI (built-in on Mac mini 2010)
No: Mini DisplayPort

DV:
No: DVI output
Yes: FireWire converters or Cameras (DV)
No: FireWire converters or Cameras (HDV)
No: FireWire converters or Cameras (DVCPro HD)
No: HDMI (built-in on Mac mini 2010)
No: Mini DisplayPort
Supported Codecs
Supported Codecs PCI:
Yes: AJA 8bit (AJA Quicktime Component required)
Yes: AJA 10bit (AJA Quicktime Component required)
Yes: Animation (Alpha Channel supported only in version 2.5 and later)
Yes: Apple Intermediate Codec
Yes: Apple ProRes 422 Family (HQ, LT, Proxy)
Yes: Apple ProRes 444 (Alpha Channel supported only in version 2.5 and later)
Yes: Blackmagic 8bit (2Vuy) (Blackmagic Quicktime Component required)
Yes: Blackmagic RGB 10bit (Blackmagic Quicktime Component required)
Yes: Cineform (Avid Quicktime Component required)
Yes: DV-stream (NTSC/PAL)
Yes: DV-PAL
Yes: DV/DVCPRO-NTSC
Yes: DVCPro-PAL
Yes: DVCPro HD 1080i (DVCPRO HD QuickTime component required)
Yes: DVCPro HD 1080p (DVCPRO HD QuickTime component required)
Yes: DVCPro HD 720p (DVCPRO HD QuickTime component required)
Yes: DVCPro 50
Yes: H.264 (frame only)
Yes: JPEG 2000
Yes: MPEG IMX (30/40/50) (IMX Quicktime component required)
Yes: MPEG-4 Video (i-frame only)
Yes: None
Yes: Photo-JPEG
Yes: Uncompressed 10-bit (Quicktime component required) (will convert to 8-bit output)
Yes: Uncompressed 8-bit
No: Apple Pixlet Video
No: Apple VC (H.263)
No: AVC-Intra
No: AVID 1.1
No: AVID DNxHD
No: AVID Meridien
No: AVID Packed
No: AVID RGB Packed
No: Flash
No: HDV 1080i
No: HDV 1080p
No: HDV 720p
No: Matrox MPEG2 Iframe
No: MPEG-2
No: PNG
No: WMV
No: XDCAM EX 1080i
No: XDCAM EX 1080p
No: XDCAM EX 720p
No: XDCAM HD 1080i
No: XDCAM HD 1080p
No: XDCAM HD422 1080i
No: XDCAM HD422 1080p
No: XDCAM HD422 720p

DV:
Yes: DV-stream (NTSC/PAL)
No: AJA 8bit
No: AJA 10bit
No: Animation
No: Apple Intermediate Codec
No: Apple ProRes 422 Family (HQ, LT, Proxy)
No: Apple ProRes 444
No: Blackmagic 8bit (2Vuy)
No: Blackmagic RGB 10bit
No: Cineform
No: DV-PAL
No: DV/DVCPRO-NTSC
No: DVCPro-PAL
No: DVCPro HD 1080i
No: DVCPro HD 1080p
No: DVCPro HD 720p
No: DVCPro 50
No: H.264
No: JPEG 2000
No: MPEG IMX (30/40/50)
No: MPEG-4 Video
No: None
No: Photo-JPEG
No: Uncompressed 10-bit
No: Uncompressed 8-bit
No: Apple Pixlet Video
No: Apple VC (H.263)
No: AVC-Intra
No: AVID 1.1
No: AVID DNxHD
No: AVID Meridien
No: AVID Packed
No: AVID RGB Packed
No: Flash
No: HDV 1080i
No: HDV 1080p
No: HDV 720p
No: Matrox MPEG2 Iframe
No: MPEG-2
No: PNG
No: WMV
No: XDCAM EX 1080i
No: XDCAM EX 1080p
No: XDCAM EX 720p
No: XDCAM HD 1080i
No: XDCAM HD 1080p
No: XDCAM HD422 1080i
No: XDCAM HD422 1080p
No: XDCAM HD422 720p

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