Softron OnTheAir CG Software

Softron OnTheAir CG Software

Softron OnTheAir CG Software

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  • Mac-Based Standalone Character Generator
  • Fully Integrates With OnTheAir Video
  • Overlays Animations/Crawls/Text/Clocks
  • Push/Alpha/Expand/Text Settings
  • Automatic Ticker Feeds Through RSS
  • Scripting & TCP/IP Variable Interchange
  • Supports Multiple Layered Projects
  • Internal and External Keying
  • Supports SD and HD & PAL and NTSC
  • Client-Server Suite of 3 Applications
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  • 1Description

The Softron OnTheAir CG Software is a Mac-based standalone character generator that can fully integrate with OnTheAir Video to overlay text and graphics. It is a client-server solution suite of three applications -- OnTheAir CG, OnTheAir Server, and OnTheAir Controller. Info is sent from client to server through Ethernet. OnTheAir CG also fully integrates with OnTheAir Live and OnTheAir Manager.

OnTheAir CG overlays video with crawls, text in multiple fonts and sizes and languages, digital or analog clocks, shapes and images with transitions, and animated bugs and smiles. Shapes can be created within OnTheAir CG, and they can be made colored or transparent. Images can be imported and resized, and animations made in external programs can be imported and settings applied to them.

Animations
OnTheAir CG supports bugs and smiles. Larger ones can be dropped as clips into OnTheAir Video playlists.
Bugs are processed as sequential TGA files.
Smiles use the same amount of memory as bugs but are dynamically resized to fit the chosen ticker height. Smiles can be TGA but could also be the smaller PNG.
Animation Settings
The animations in OnTheAir CG can have one of four settings.
Push -- moves the animation up, down, left or right.
Alpha-blend -- fades the animation in and out using the alpha channel.
Expand -- expands the animation at the beginning and shrinks it at the end. This setting is not available for text.
Text -- a typewriter-style setting that types out a text from side to side.
Tickers
OnTheAir CG tickers display text in crawls. Text can be entered manually or automatically through RSS feeds. Ticker height gets defined upon the selection of the font size used in the ticker.
With the use of OnTheAir Controller, text can be automatically fed into tickers from selected URLs at designated time intervals through RSS feeds.
The feeds get dropped into the tickers and also into the folders that the tickers are linked to. Once the text is displayed, the folders automatically get emptied.
Scripts
OnTheAir Controller has a feature with which scripts can be made in AppleScript and exported for use as actions triggered from within OnTheAir Video.
Hardware Requirements
OnTheAir CG requires a MacPro equipped with a strong graphics card and a supported video card.
The Mac should have OS x 10.5.1 or higher and at least 2 GB of internal memory.
The graphics card should be at least as strong as the nVidea 7300 for SD and as the Radeon HD 2600 XT for HD.
Blackmagic Design has a number of compatible Decklink video cards. OnTheAir CG uses the Livekey function so only those Decklink cards that have Livekey are compatible.
The three OnTheAir CG applications can all run on the same workstation or on separate workstations. In integrating with OnTheAir Video, OnTheAir CG can run in the same Mac with OnTheAir Video, or it can also run in another Mac and communicate to OnTheAir Video via TCP/IP.
Additional Features & Functions
OnTheAir CG supports multiple-layered projects, internal and external keying, and PAL and NTSC, and SD and HD.
Its package includes a dongle as part of its authentication procedure and operation.
CG saves projects as xml files with .cg extensions.
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Minimum System Requirements MacPro, Mac OS 10.4.11 or later, 4GB RAM - Xserve

Mac mini

MacBook Pro not supported because OnTheAir CG heavily uses the graphic card which is too light on these models
Outputs Supports PAL and NTSC, SD and HD resolutions and outputs
Support Mac OS X Server: Yes

MacPro 1.1 - Woodcrest - 2006:
Only in SD with the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT. Other cards not tested

MacPro 2.1 - Clovertown - 2007:
Only in SD with the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT. Other cards not tested

MacPro 3.1 - Harpertown - 2008:
HD and SD with the standard Radeon HD 2600 XT. SD with the GeForce 8800 GT. Other cards not tested

MacPro 4.1 - BloomField, Gainestown - 2009:
HD and SD with the standard NVIDIA GT120. The ATI Radeon HD4870 is only compatible since OnTheAir CG Server 1.9.7. Other cards not tested

MacPro 5.1 - Nehalem - 2010:
All standard cards supported (since OnTheAir CG Server 1.9.7)
Monitor Monitor required (DVI monitor, mini display port monitor or a switch with active ports needs to be connected to the MacPro): Yes

Monitor supported resolution:
1280 x 960
1600 x 1200
1920 x 1200
Additional Features RSS feeds: Yes
Ticker: Yes
Shape: Yes
Text: Yes
Analog clock: Yes
Digital clock: Yes
Still image: Yes (PNG, TGA with Alpha)
Animated image sequence: Yes (PNG, TGA with Alpha)
Hardware Not supported: AJA Kona 3 - 3G
Not supported: AJA Kona LHI
Not supported: AJA Kona LHE
Not supported: AJA Kona LSE
Not supported: AJA Io HD
Not supported: AJA Io Express
Not supported: AJA Io
Not supported: AJA Io LA/LD
Not supported: AJA Io XT
Not supported: Blackmagic-Design Intensity Extreme (Thunderbolt)
Not supported: Blackmagic-Design Intensity Pro (USB 3.0)
Not supported: Blackmagic-Design Intensity Shuttle (USB 3.0)
Not supported: Blackmagic-Design UltraStudio Pro (USB 3.0)
Not supported: Blackmagic-Design UltraStudio SDI (USB 3.0)
Not supported: Matrox MXO
Not supported: Matrox MXO2
Not supported: Matrox MXO2 Mini
Not supported: Matrox MXO2 Rack
Not supported: Matrox Multi
Not supported: MOTU HD Express
Not supported: MOTU HDX-SDI
Not supported: MOTU V4HD
Not supported: FireWire converters or cameras (DV)
Not supported: FireWire converters or cameras (HDV)
Not supported: FireWire converters or cameras (DVCPro HD)

Blackmagic-Design Decklink DUO:
Internal key -- supported
External key -- not supported
HD -- not supported

Blackmagic-Design Decklink HD Extreme 3D:
Internal key -- supported
External key -- supported
HD -- supported

Blackmagic-Design Multibridge Eclipse:
Internal key -- supported
External key -- supported
HD -- supported

Blackmagic-Design Multibridge Pro:
Internal key -- supported
External key -- supported
HD -- supported

Blackmagic-Design Decklink Optical Fiber:
Internal key -- supported
External key -- not supported
HD -- not supported

Blackmagic-Design Decklink SDI:
Internal key -- supported
External key -- not supported
HD -- not supported

Blackmagic-Design Decklink Studio:
Internal key -- supported
External key -- supported
HD -- not supported

Blackmagic-Design Decklink QUAD:
Internal key -- supported
External key -- not supported
HD -- not supported

Blackmagic-Design UltraStudio 3D (Thunderbolt):
Internal key -- supported (but check the compatibility with a Mac that has Thunderbolt connections)
External key -- supported (but check the compatibility with a Mac that has Thunderbolt connections)
HD -- supported (but check the compatibility with a Mac that has Thunderbolt connections)
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