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Softron OnTheAir Node (Bundled With OnTheAir Live)

Softron OnTheAir Node (Bundled With OnTheAir Live)

Softron OnTheAir Node (Bundled With OnTheAir Live)

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Softron OnTheAir Node (Bundled With OnTheAir Live)

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Product Highlights

  • Playout Server And Ingest Engine For Mac
  • Controlled Via OnTheAir Live Application
  • HD, Logo Overlay Options
  • Play Out 4 Simultaneous HD Streams
  • For Any Intel-Based CPU Plus Video Card
  • Works With Xserve, MacPro, MacBook Pro
  • Compatible With MacBook Air, iMac, Mini
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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).

Playback

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

External Controls

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

Media Management

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

Other Features

As-run-logs
May be started automatically when computer starts
Authentication for taking control of playback
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Specifications
Minimum System Requirements Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later (10.6.8 or later for OnTheAir Live)
RAM: 6.0 GB for single configuration; 8.0 GB for dual; 12 GB for quad (2.0 GB for OnTheAir Live)
MacPro: PowerMac G5 for single configuration, MacPro 2009 6 Core for dual, MacPro 2010 12 Core for quad; iMac: 2011 with Thunderbolt for single configuration, 2011 with Thunderbolt and AJA Io XT for dual, not supported by quad; MacBook Pro: 2010 with ExpressCard and 2011 with Thunderbolt for single configuration, 2011 with Thunderbolt and AJA Io XT for dual, not supported by quad; MacBook Air: 2011 with Thunderbolt for single configuration, not supported by dual or quad; Mac mini: 2011 with Thunderbolt for single configuration, 2011 with Thunderbolt and AJA Io XT for dual, not supported by quad
HD (optional): Appropriate hardware required for support (not included)
Connected monitor not required in order to keep Open GL active
Compatible External Storage Any capable of sustaining required constant write speed (depending on number of streams, codec and format)
Connectivity Thunderbolt support
Compatible Video Cards AJA Video Systems:
Io - FireWire, playout not supported
Io Express - ExpressCard, single playout supported, multi not
Io HD - FireWire, single playout supported, multi not
Io LA / LD - FireWire, playout not supported
Io XT - Thunderbolt, single playout supported, multi not
Kona 3G - PCI card, single playout supported, maximum 3 supported for multi playout (with limitations)
Kona LHE - PCI card, single playout supported, maximum 3 supported for multi playout (with limitations)
Kona LHI - PCI card, single playout supported, maximum 3 supported for multi playout (with limitations)
Kona LSE - PCI card, single playout supported, max of 3 supported for multi playout (with limitations)

Blackmagic Design:
Decklink 4K - PCI Card, single playout supported, multi playout supported with max of 2 using 1 card
Decklink Duo - PCI Card, single playout supported, multi playout supported with max of 6 using 3 cards
Decklink HD Extreme 3D - PCI Card, single playout supported, multi playout supported with max of 3 using 3 cards
Decklink Optical Fiber - PCI Card, single playout supported, multi playout supported with max of 3 using 3 cards
Decklink Quad - PCI Card, single playout supported, multi playout supported with max of 8 using 2 cards
Decklink SDI - PCI Card, single playout supported, multi playout supported with max of 3 using 3 cards
Decklink Studio - PCI Card, single playout supported, multi playout supported with max of 3 using 3 cards
H.264 ProRecorder - USB, playout not supported
Intensity Extreme - Thunderbolt, single playout supported, multi not
Intensity Pro - PCI Card, single playout supported, multi playout supported with max of 3 using 3 cards
Intensity Shuttle - USB 3.0, playout not supported (no USB 3.0 port available on Mac)
Multibridge Eclipse - PCI Breakout box, single playout supported, multi playout supported with max of 3 using 3 cards
Multibridge Pro - PCI Breakout box, single playout supported, multi playout supported with max of 3 using 3 cards
UltraStudio 3D - Thunderbolt, single playout supported, multi not
UltraStudio Pro - USB 3.0, playout not supported (no USB 3.0 port available on Mac)
UltraStudio SDI - USB 3.0, playout not supported (no USB 3.0 port available on Mac)
Matrox Digital Video Solutions:
Mojito MAX - PCI Card, single playout supported with 4 frames A / V desync, multi not
MXO - PCI Card, playout not supported
MXO2 - Express Card, PCI Card or Thunderbolt, single playout supported with 4 frames A / V desync, multi not
MXO2 Min - Express Card, PCI Card or Thunderbolt, single playout supported with 4 frames A / V desync, multi not
MXO2 Rack - Express Card, PCI Card or Thunderbolt, single playout supported with 4 frames A / V desync, multi not
Multi - PCI Card, playout not supported

MOTU:
MOTU HD Express - FireWire, playout not supported
MOTU HDX-SDI - FireWire, playout not supported
MOTU V4HD - FireWire, playout not supported

FireWire devices (such as Canopus or a camera): FireWire, playout not supported (supported by OnTheAir Video DV and OnTheAir Video Express)
Supported Codecs AJA 8-bit: Yes (AJA QuickTime Component required)
AJA 10-bit: Yes (AJA QuickTime Component required)
Animation: Yes (Alpha Channel supported only in version 2.5 and later)
Apple Intermediate Codec: Yes
Apple Pixlet Video: No
Apple ProRes 422 Family (HQ, LT, Proxy): Yes
Apple ProRes 444: Yes (Alpha Channel supported only in version 2.5 and later)
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
Blackmagic 8-bit (2Vuy): Yes (Blackmagic QuickTime Component required)
Blackmagic RGB 10-bit: Yes (Blackmagic QuickTime Component required)
Cineform: Yes (Blackmagic QuickTime Component required)
DV-stream (NTSC / PAL): Yes
DV-PAL: Yes
DV / DVCPRO-NTSC: Yes
DVCPro-PAL: Yes
DVCPro HD 1080i: Yes (DVCPRO HD QuickTime component required)
DVCPro HD 1080p: Yes (DVCPRO HD QuickTime component required)
DVCPro HD 720p: Yes (DVCPRO HD QuickTime component required)
DVCPro 50: Yes
H.264: Yes (i-frame only)
HDV 1080i: No
HDV 1080p: No
HDV 720p: No
JPEG 2000: No
Matrox MPEG2 i-frame: No
MPEG IMX (30 / 40 / 50): Yes (IMX QuickTime component required)
MPEG-2: No
MPEG-4 Video: Yes (i-frame only)
None: Yes
Photo-JPEG: Yes
PNG: No
Uncompressed 10-bit: Yes
Uncompressed 8-bit: Yes
XDCAM EX 1080i / 1080p / 720p: No
XDCAM HD 1080i / 1080p: No
XDCAM HD422 1080i / 1080p / 720p: No
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