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Softron OnTheAir Video Express

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Product Highlights
  • Professional-Looking Playlist Playout
  • SD / HD Output
  • Outputs Any File QuickTime Can Read
  • Play Video/ Audio/ Stills In 1 Playlist
  • Overlay Graphics On Top Of Video
  • Usable As A Character Generator
  • Add Basic Slow Motion Effect To Clips
  • Control From A Video Mixer
  • For Mac

OnTheAir Video Express from Softron is a QuickTime playout video software application for Mac. It gives you professional-looking playlist playout when using third party video cards or the Mac's own Mini DisplayPort or HDMI ports. OnTheAir Video Express is capable of outputting in both SD (standard definition) and HD (high definition) and even resizes your SD clips to HD when outputting HDMI. The software can also output to your screen any file that QuickTime (QT) is capable of reading.

You can play out video and audio files, as well as photos or other still images, in the same playlist. Specify a play duration for your still images and they will comply, just as if they were standard QT files. Overlay stunning graphics on top of video and utilize OnTheAir Video Express as a Character Generator. Enjoy the ability to export your animations from your preferred animation software to a QuickTime file with Alpha Channel, and overlay them on top of an incoming video signal.

Manage the playback speed of your clips to add a basic slow motion effect. You can set one playback speed for all your clips, or use an optional Jog Shuttle control (not included) like the ShuttlePRO from Contour Design, and benefit from the numerous shortcuts available. Manage OnTheAir Video Express from a video mixer. Additionally, when pushing on a video mixer button, you have the ability to send a GPI trigger that will start or stop a clip in OnTheAir (requires GPI Commander, not included) to convert GPI triggers to USB.

Playback

Versatile application plays any file that QuickTime can read. You can add more codec support by installing QuickTime components
Output to all available QuickTime outputs, including PCI cards, FireWire and Monitor
Output to all formats that the selected video output supports
Play video clips, audio files and still photos
Define duration of still images
Cue Mode holds the first frame of video, rather than starting playback instantly when you hit the play button. This feature is great for live and news production
External and Internal Keying are both supported (with supported video hardware / codecs, which are not included)
Supports scrubbing
Control playback speed to make it faster or slower
You can set one playback speed for all your clips, or use an optional Jog Shuttle control (not included) like the ShuttlePRO from Contour Design

External Controls

Numerous keyboard shortcuts available
GPI trigger enables control of Video Mixer
Can be manipulated via Video Mixer with GPI
Open to third party integration, courtesy of XML based playlists

Clip Info / Trimming

Set in and out points
Read all metadata from files
Customize information in playlist cell
Minimum System Requirements Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
4.0 GB RAM
Monitor connected to keep OpenGL active - unless one of following conditions met: Use an "active" KVM that will keep the output active; use a device like "DVI-Detective" from Gefen; use the DVI (or mini-DisplayPort) to VGA converter and add a device such as the Dr. Bott gHEAD / gHEAD II; or, for mini DisplayPort only, use products like those from Kanexlive that keep the output active
MacPro, iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac mini (any type)
HD - single playout
Thunderbolt - single playout
Any QuickTime compatible video card
Storage device: Any capable of sustaining required constant read speed (depending on number of streams, codec and format)
Video Outputs Supported:
AJA Video Systems:
Io - FireWire, single playout not supported
Io Express - ExpressCard, single playout
Io HD - FireWire, single playout
Io LA / LD - FireWire, single playout not supported
Io XT - Thunderbolt, single playout
Kona 3G - PCI card, single playout
Kona LHE - PCI card, single playout
Kona LHI - PCI card, single playout
Kona LSE - PCI card, single playout

Blackmagic design:
Decklink 4K - PCI Card, single playout
Decklink Duo - PCI Card, single playout
Decklink HD Extreme 3D - PCI Card, single playout
Decklink Optical Fibre - PCI Card, single playout
Decklink Quad - PCI Card, single playout
Decklink SDI - PCI Card, single playout
Decklink Studio - PCI Card, single playout
H.264 ProRecorder - USB, single playout not supported
Intensity Extreme - Thunderbolt, single playout
Intensity Pro - PCI Card, single playout
Intensity Shuttle - USB 3.0, no USB 3.0 port available on the Mac
Multibridge Eclipse - PCI Breakout box, single playout
Multibridge Pro - PCI Breakout box, single playout
UltraStudio 3D - Thunderbolt, single playout
UltraStudio Pro - USB 3.0, no USB 3.0 port available on the Mac
UltraStudio SDI - USB 3.0, no USB 3.0 port available on the Mac

Matrox Digital Video Solutions:
Mojito MAX - PCI Card, single playout
MXO - PCI Card, single playout not supported
MXO2 - Express Card, PCI Card or Thunderbolt, single playout
MXO2 Min - Express Card, PCI Card or Thunderbolt, single playout
MXO2 Rack - Express Card, PCI Card or Thunderbolt, single playout
Multi - PCI Card, single playout not supported

MOTU:
MOTU HD Express - FireWire, reported to support single playout but not tested (as of Feb 1, 2011)
MOTU HDX-SDI - FireWire, reported to support single playout but not tested (as of Feb 1, 2011)
MOTU V4HD - FireWire, single playout

Other outputs:
FireWire Devices - FireWire, single playout (with Canopus or a camera)
Built-in outputs - HDMI, DVI, Mini DisplayPort, or Thunderbolt, single playout (with required hardware / connectors on Mac)
Video Codecs Supported:
AJA 8-bit - QuickTime component required
AJA 10-bit - QuickTime component required
Animation
Apple Intermediate Codec
Apple Pixlet Video
Apple ProRes 422 Family
Apple ProRes 444
AVC-Intra (50 and 100) - QuickTime component required
AVCHD - QuickTime component required
Avid 1.1 - QuickTime component required
Avid DNxHD - QuickTime component required
Avid Meridien - QuickTime component required
Avid Packed - QuickTime component required
Avid RGB Packed - QuickTime component required
Blackmagic 8-bit (2Vuy) - QuickTime component required
Blackmagic RGB 10-bit - QuickTime component required
DV-PAL
DV / DVCPRO-NTSC
DVCPro-PAL
DVCPro HD Interlaced - QuickTime component required
DVCPro HD Progressive - QuickTime component required
DVCPro 50
H.264
HDV 1080i
HDV 1080p
HDV 720p
JPEG 2000
MPEG IMX (30 / 40 / 50) - QuickTime component required
MPEG-2 - QuickTime component required
MPEG-4 Video
None
Photo-JPEG
PNG
Uncompressed 10-bit
Uncompressed 8-bit
XDCAM EX 1080i, 1080p, 720p - QuickTime component required
XDCAM HD 1080i, 1080p - QuickTime component required
XDCAM HD422 1080i, 1080p, 722p - QuickTime component required 1
Please Note:

See http://softron.zendesk.com/entries/20213723-about-the-support-of-quicktime-codecs-in-softron-products for more info on QT component

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Supported Video Formats MOV
MPEG-1
MPEG-2 - QuickTime Component required
MPEG-4
3GPP
3GPP2
JPEG
DV
Motion JPEG
AVI
MQV
H.264
Supported Audio Formats AIFF / AIFC
Audio CD
CAF
MOV
MP3
MPEG-4
AU
WAV
iTunes audio
Supported Still Image Formats BMP
GIF
JPEG / JFIF
JPEG 2000
PDF
MacPaint-4
PICT
PNG
Photoshop
SGI
Targa
FlashPix
TIFF

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