Softron's OnTheAir Video DV can be used for automated playout using its own scheduler, or it can serve as a clip store for live news operations, local broadcast, or live shows. Schedules can be created weeks in advance.
Thanks to its powerful and reliable playback engine, OnTheAir Video supports within the same playlist many video formats such as Apple ProRes, MPEG-4, MPEG IMX, DVCam, DV, DVCProHD, DVCPro, DVCPro 50, DV50, Photo JPEG, M-JPEG, etc. OnTheAir Video can support full HD (optional) resolution playback using Apple ProRes, DVCProHD, or uncompressed video clips. All codecs can be mixed but the frame size must be identical. Soon, you'll be able to mix not only codecs, but also different frame size (SD, HD1440, HD1920) in a playlist. Downscaling and upscaling will be automatic.
With OnTheAir Video unequaled efficiency, you can playout 4 streams of HD simultaneously on one Mac. OnTheAir Video's playback engine (NAVI) has been developed since 2004 and used to be running on G4s (in SD of course) and is thus optimized to take advantages of multiple cores. It also doesn't use the Graphic card for the play out, and you do not need to have a monitor connected to your Mac to keep Open GL active as with other play out solutions.
Control OnTheAir Video from a video mixer. When pushing on a video mixer button, you can send a GPI trigger which will start or stop a clip in OnTheAir Video (this feature requires GPI Commander to convert GPI triggers to USB).
Thanks to its flexible system of "Actions", OnTheAir Video can take control of multiple external devices such as video routers (through RS232 or Ethernet), Character Generators, logo inserters (using GPI triggers). Actions can be triggered at any moment of a clip within a playlist.
OnTheAir Video is in use by many TV stations worldwide as their main automation software. Thanks to an easy to use scheduler, you can schedule playlists to be played automatically at given time of days. Prepare your playlists and schedules in advance and let OnTheAir Video do the rest. OnTheAir Video can play 24/7 for days and days without having to worry about it.
OnTheAir Video is also ideal for Live shows as you can trigger the play out of clips in a playlist using MIDI notes or when a given Timecode is met. This is the perfect solution when you have to start video clips together with music and when your show is all based on timecode.
OnTheAir Video DV is the FireWire version of OnTheAir Video. Instead of playing out through a PCI card, as OnTheAir Video does, OnTheAir Video DV uses the FireWire port of your Mac to output the video. you just need to connect a FireWire converter, camera or deck to the Firewire port, and you are ready to air. It means that OnTheAir Video DV can run on simple laptops and MacMini. It is consuming very low processor speed, so you can run other things at the same time.