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The OnTheAir Manager For OnTheAir Node from Softron is a Client-Server software application that serves as the ideal complement to OnTheAir Node and OnTheAir Server. It builds on the features of Node by adding the ability to create schedules, hierarchical playlists and live events, and send them to any Node in your network to be played out. The software previews clips, checks which ones are ready to air, and is capable of controlling multiple OnTheAir Nodes--all from one networked workstation.
OnTheAir Manager's graphical calendar-style user interface allows you to easily view the schedule for the day, the week or the month and produce playlists simultaneously. You'll find that the software greatly simplifies the task of scheduling programming for single and multiple channels. It sends schedules to any number of OnTheAir Nodes and automatically assigns graphics, manages video routers, and sends GPI triggers-- while taking into account the various user defined categories of every event, playlist and clip. Compatible with live events capable of being triggered automatically or manually--by GPI, for example--this smart software tool ensures smooth, problem-free playout. It gives you detailed reports of potential problems, including overrun and underrun conditions, in addition to offline clips, enabling you to quickly address these issues before their potential becomes realized.
OnTheAir Manager requires that every workstation it will control has Softron's OnTheAir Node playout engine for Mac installed.
Playback (Node Features)
Play most i-frame codecs
Output to virtually all major video cards, including those from AJA, Blackmagic-Design and Matrox
Output to PAL and NTSC formats, and enjoy HD 1080i, 1080p or 720p resolution
Overlay logo on top of video (fixed png logo)
External and internal keying supported, provided you have the supported video hardware and codecs (not included)
Automatic relink when a file goes online or offline
Duplicate Clip in Media Browser
Extend clip trimming to all occurrences in playlists and events
Available database with all file information, including duration, format, metadata and more
Manual refresh for Xsan integration
Create as many schedules as you require
Assign both a Main and a Backup OnTheAir Node to every schedule for redundant backup
Intuitive, calendar-style user interface
Simultaneously display up to 10 days of scheduled items
Zoom in or out to more visibly display small or large events
Validate schedule and export a list of all potential issues, such as offline files, missing playlists, underrun and overrun
Send the same schedule to numerous OnTheAir Nodes for redundant backup
Events And Playlists
Repeat events every day, week, weekday, or weekend day
Duplicate events and playlists
Replace clips: Choose one occurrence, all occurrences in a playlist, or all occurrences in a schedule
Enables last-second changes
Preset event and playlist duration with warnings and live updates in the event of underrun / overrun
Live events support enabled: Control a video router or take video card input (only AJA)
Can control the following via OnTheAir Node Attributes: GPI triggers (with GPICommander connected in USB); Blackmagic-Design Videohub (Ethernet); AJA Kumo (Ethernet); other video routers, including Grass Valley, Leitch, Kramer and more (RS232 or Ethernet); and OnTheAir CG (Ethernet)
Authentication to take control of playback
Database may be placed on shared storage to enable access from multiple computers, a single user at a time
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Minimum System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later 2.0 GB RAM At least one running OnTheAir Node MacPro, iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini (any)