The OnTheAir Node (Bundled With OnTheAir Live) from Softron is a playout server and ingest engine for Mac that is controlled by the included OnTheAir Live and opened to third party applications. Designed to be an affordable, dependable and customizable video server with an open client-server architecture, Node can be controlled remotely over the network. A single client computer in a control room can manage multiple OnTheAir Node playout servers found in the machine room.
Featuring unrivaled openness, Node ushers in a new era of Mac-based playout servers. It enables third party applications like Traffic and Media Asset Management solutions to easily control a reliable playout server with real-time media cataloging and validation.
The software launches automatically at startup and resumes operation, even in the event of a power loss. Node is compatible with any Intel-based processor equipped with a video card (AJA, Blackmagic Design or Matrox) and installed in the Xserve, MacPro, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, or Mac mini machines. OnTheAir Live may be installed on the same computer as Node or on a laptop, iMac or other less powerful computer in a control room. Node typically gets installed on an Xserve or MacPro in the server room. OnTheAir Live is targeted at live production and offers features like A / B Roll playlists, Chain Mode and Cue Mode. You can control as many Nodes as you like from a single Live application.
The Node software is equipped with the same playout engine as Softron's flagship product OnTheAir Video, so it delivers the same reliability that this product has demonstrated over time. It offers the capability to control this engine via TCP / IP, which means you can even manage your playout while on the road! Not only does Node output video to any available video output on the Mac and enable it to be controlled remotely, it also catalogs the available assets in one or more scan folders and informs any of the client applications, such as OnTheAir Live or the optional OnTheAir Manager (not included), when a new asset arrives or is removed. Additionally, it checks for validity and compatibility. Information on the clips is given as XML, which makes it easy for any other third party application to retrieve the clip's characteristics, such as video codec, audio sample rate, creation date, last modification date, or finder label.
OnTheAir Node features open architecture that permits any third party application, including Traffic or Media Asset Management software, to manage the playout and view the list of available media. Node utilizes Telnet for its communications, which ensures that the protocol is a proven and open standard that has no special requirements.
With OnTheAir Node's virtually unbeatable efficiency, you have the ability to play out 4 streams of HD simultaneously on a single Mac. The software's playback engine (NAVI) has been developed since 2004 and is the same one used by OnTheAir Video. It does not employ the graphics card for playout, and you need not have a monitor connected to your Mac in order to keep Open GL active, as you do with other playout solutions.
You can send GPI triggers from OnTheAir Node to a video mixer or any GPI compatible device in order to take control of it. The software's versatile system of "Attributes" permits it to take control of multiple external devices, including video routers (via RS232 or Ethernet), Character Generators and logo inserters (via GPI triggers). Attributes are altered for the entire length of a clip and changed back to the default value at the end.
The HD option (not included) activates the high definition output formats. Logo Overlay (also not included) allows you to overlay a logo over the video without extra hardware. The OnTheAir Node Remote option for OnTheAir Live allows you to control OnTheAir Node playlists (not schedules) from an iPad, and is available from the AppStore (not included).
- Play most i-frame codecs
- Output to virtually every major brand of video card, including AJA, Blackmagic-Design and Matrox
- Output to PAL and NTSC formats, and get 1080i, 1080p or 720p HD resolutions
- Overlay logo on top of video (fixed png logo) - requires Logo Overlay option (not included)
- External and Internal Keying supported, provided you have supported video hardware and codecs (not included)
Playlist Controls (OnTheAir Live)
- A / B Roll: 1 playlist output to 2 OnTheAir Nodes
- Cue Mode for Live production
- Last second change possible
- Chain Mode
- Node may be controlled via: OnTheAir Live for simple / AB Roll playlists; OnTheAir Manager for scheduled playout; OnTheAir Node Remote for playlist control on your Apple iPad; or any third party application with Telnet and XML support (open protocol)
- Live may be controlled via GPI (with GPICommander connected via USB to computer hosting Live)
- Node (via Live) may control: GPI triggers (with GPICommander connected via USB); Blackmagic-Design Videohub (Ethernet); AJA Kumo (Ethernet); other video routers: Grass Valley, Leitch, Kramer (RS232 or Ethernet); OnTheAir CG (Ethernet): Start / stop projects, modify text fields (with variables), modify conditions
- Automatic relink when a file goes online / offline
- File validation
- Thumbnail creation at any position and size
- Database with all file information available, including duration, format and metadata
- Manual refresh for Xsan integration
- May be started automatically when computer starts
- Authentication for taking control of playback