Softron’s Smart Playout Engine for MacOS
August 20, 2013
Softron has launched a completely new Smart Playout Engine (SPE) with radically enhanced capabilities for television and web stream playout from the MacOS platform.
Driving the playout functionality for Softron’s OnTheAir Video 3.0 and OnTheAir Node 3.0 products, the Smart Playout Engine offers greatly increased versatility with support for most major industry codecs, graphic overlays such as tickers, clocks, RSS, bugs and logos, and the capacity for simultaneous output to broadcast and web streams.
These capabilities make OnTheAir Video 3.0 and OnTheAir Node 3.0 the first applications for Mac OS to support all the most major popular codecs in any resolution, with graphic overlay support and streaming at the same time. Broadcasters can now output SD, HD and UltraHD from Mac hardware running Mac OS 10.7 or later, with the addition of a broadcast video output card from manufacturers such as AJA, Blackmagic-Design or Deltacast. WebTV operators can even stream directly from a simple Mac mini, without any additional hardware or software.
Users can mix content clips at different resolutions and codecs without having to reformat the video to a different size or re-render it to a different codec. Clips are simply dropped into a playlist to be instantly ready for playout.
“The Smart Playout Engine we’ve built into OnTheAir Video 3.0 and OnTheAir Node 3.0 makes it incredibly easy and cost-effective to broadcast or stream sophisticated productions from the Mac platform,” said Daniel Tapie, CEO of Softron Media Services. “It’s much simpler to configure and operate a broadcast or WebTV system as a result, without worrying about segregating media types because of format differences, and without investing in complex hardware setups.”
Softron’s second-generation playout engine is the most widely used Mac OS playout application, used by broadcasters, production facilities and WebTV operators around the world for 24/7 channels and live broadcasting.