Softron OnTheAir Node 3 (Electronic Download)

BH #SO3A002 • MFR #ST-3.A002
Softron
Softron OnTheAir Node 3 (Electronic Download)
Key Features
  • Mac-Based, Video Server Playout Software
  • Open Client-Server Architecture
  • Supports Network Remote Control
  • Supports 3rd Party Control Applications
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Softron's OnTheAir Node 3 (Electronic Download) is Softron's highest-end playout software. It's a Mac-based, customizable video server with an open client-server architecture, and it can be controlled remotely over the network. One client computer can control multiple OnTheAir Node servers, and third party applications, such as Traffic and Media Asset Management, can be used to provide control with real-time media cataloging and validation. Where in previous versions of OnTheAir Node, HD support and a static logo overlay feature were optional, they are now built-in.
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Softron ST-3.A002 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Flexible Codec/Resolution Support
  • 3Automatic / Manual / Smart Resize
  • 4Play Out Up to 4 Channels
  • 5Media Management and Validation
  • 63rd Party Integration
  • 7GPI Control
  • 8Video Router Control
  • 9Attributes for Secondary Events
  • 10Video & Audio Features
  • 11Playlist Features
  • 12Scheduling Features
  • 13Media Management
  • 14Other Features

Softron's OnTheAir Node 3 (Electronic Download) is Softron's highest-end playout software. It's a Mac-based, customizable video server with an open client-server architecture, and it can be controlled remotely over the network. One client computer can control multiple OnTheAir Node servers, and third party applications, such as Traffic and Media Asset Management, can be used to provide control with real-time media cataloging and validation. Where in previous versions of OnTheAir Node, HD support and a static logo overlay feature were optional, they are now built-in.

OnTheAir Node 3 doesn't have a user interface but rather supports two client applications for UI functionality: the free OnTheAir Live, for playlist playout; and the optional OnTheAir Manager, for scheduling. OnTheAir Live is a playlist manager for live productions. It provides a user interface for adding media and controlling playback, and it has all the features required for live operations, such as cue mode and A/B roll. OnTheAir Manager is the solution for 24/7 unattended playout. It uses a calendar user interface for scheduling, and it provides advanced features such as EPG, categories, and redundancy. OnTheAir Node 3 requires one license per output channel and supports up to four HD channels on one Mac, and one OnTheAir Live and/or OnTheAir Manager can control as many OnTheAir Node 3 channels as you need.

In OnTheAir Node 3, Softron uses its own playout engine called Smart Playout Engine. This player allows mixing multiple codecs and resolutions in the same playlist without installing any additional software, and it features three resize tools that will help efficiently scale frame sizes. Automatic Resize scales to Fill, Pan-and-Scan, or Letterbox; Manual Resize lets you define parameters; and Smart Resize produces an advanced resize of interlaced clips, limiting artifacts to a minimum or none. The standard playout file type is QuickTime (.mov), but you can also select Transport Stream (.ts), MXF (.MXF), and others. Still images play in PNG and other formats, and audio support ranges up to 5.1 channels.

OnTheAir Node 3 also supports direct-to-web streaming via the optional Softron MovieRecorder 3, without any additional output card; and it supports streaming with an additional card via the optional Softron MovieStreamer HLS.

Flexible Codec/Resolution Support

OnTheAir Node 3 features Softron's Smart Playout Engine that allows mixing multiple codecs and resolutions in the same playlist without installing any additional software.

Automatic / Manual / Smart Resize

Automatic Resize will scale different resolution clips to Fill, Pan-and-Scan, or Letterbox; Manual Resize will let you define parameters; and Smart Resize produces an advanced resize of interlaced clips, limiting artifacts to a minimum or none.

Play Out Up to 4 Channels

OnTheAir Node 3 requires one license per output channel and supports up to four HD channels on one Mac, as the built-in Smart Playout Engine can take advantage of multiple cores. (Please download the matching OnTheAir Node 3 version -- Single, Dual, or Quad).

Media Management and Validation

OnTheAir Node 3 catalogs available assets in scan folders and informs the client application (OnTheAir Live / Manager) when a new asset arrives or is deleted. It also checks for validity and compatibility. Information is provided as XML, facilitating the use of third party applications in retrieving clip characteristics. (Ex: video codec, audio sample rate, creation date, last modification date, finder label, etc.)

3rd Party Integration

OnTheAir Node 3's open architecture allows any third party application, such as Traffic or Media Asset Management, to control playout and view available media. OnTheAir Node 3 uses Telnet for its communications; the protocol is a proven and open standard that doesn't need any special requirements.

GPI Control

Using an optional Softron GPICommander Box, you can send GPI triggers from OnTheAir Node 3 to a video mixer or any GPI compatible device. GPICommander connects to your Mac by USB and provides 24 inputs and 8 outputs of GPI.

Video Router Control

You can control video routers using an optional Blackmagic-Design Videohub or AJA Kumo router. These have dedicated plug-ins that connect to your network and control crosspoints. Video router control is useful for live events in 24/7 playouts.

Attributes for Secondary Events

Thanks to its flexible system of "Attributes," OnTheAir Node 3 can control multiple external devices, such as video routers (through RS-232 or Ethernet), character generators, or logo inserters (using GPI triggers). Attributes are changed for the whole length of a clip and reverted back to a default value at the end. Attributes always have a default value, such as "Logo On" or "GPI On", and you decide to modify the default value only on the clips you want. For example, you can set "Logo Off" for commercials.

Video & Audio Features

- HD support and a static logo overlay feature are built in
- Seamless playback
- YUV and ARGB video output modes, depending on the video card
- External and internal keying, if the video card supports keying in the desired resolution
- Scrubbing (move playout at time position)
- 4K capable in "standard mode" (i.e. without logo, Smart Resize, or streaming)
- Still image output
- Still logo overlay (png image)
- Smart Resize (handles interlaced formats without artifacts)
- Automatic Resize (automatically resizes clips to fit the video output)
- Manual Resize (user defined per clip)
- Supports direct-to-web IP streaming without any additional card via MovieRecorder 3, sold separately
- Supports IP streaming using an additional card via MovieStreamer HLS, sold separately
- Audio/video buffering
- One output per Mac if with Smart Resize and the optional Dynamic Graphics Overlay
- Same audio destinations as video output
- Linear PCM, MP3, MP2, AAC, Apple Lossless audio formats
- Plays audio only files
- Multiple audio channels output
- Audio auto-mapping (using QuickTime track languages)

Playlist Features

All these require the use of OnTheAir Live, available free, as a user interface.

- As-run-logs
- Cue Mode
- A/B roll (two video cards required)
- Playlist editing during playout
- Show/Hide thumbnails
- ASCII playlist import
- Opens all vpls playlists (but cannot save in .vpls -- only in .xpls)
- Event fixed start time
- Schedule imports (imports all vpls playlists)
- Live events

Scheduling Features

All these require the use of the optional OnTheAir Manager as a user interface.

- Scheduled playout
- Graphical calendar scheduling
- Dynamic calendar display resize
- Event and playlist categories
- Category inheritance
- Hierarchical playlists
- Repeat events (alias) by day, weekdays, weekend days, month
- Duplicate events
- "Stick" events to close gaps in scheduling
- Real-time display of overruns and underruns
- Create and control multiple schedules for multiple outputs using one application
- Detailed report of offline clips, missing playlists, overrun, and underrun

Media Management

- Media cataloging
- Media validation
- Finder label
- Clip relative path (Clips Folder root)
- Clip trimming
- Clip splitting
- Reference movie
- MXF files support
- Still image support
- Resize clip manually
- Position clip in frame (when resized)
- 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)
- Create live clip (using the optional OnTheAir Manager)
- Auto detection of offline clips and auto recovery (in Media List and Playlists)

Other Features

- Remotely controllable by Telnet
- Matrix video routers control (requires free plug-in)
- GPI output (requires optional plug-in and optional Softron GPI Commander Box)
- GPI input (requires Softron GPI Commander Box connected to OnTheAir Live computer)
- Secondary events (Attributes)
- Integration with EAS encoders/decoders (requires optional EASController)

Softron ST-3.A002 Specs

General
Delivery MethodDownload
License TypeStandard
Number of Users Supported1
System Requirements
Supported Operating SystemsmacOS 10.8.5 or Later
Memory Requirement4 GB (12 GB Recommended)
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