Types of Objects in Graphics Editor, Creating and Editing. Part 3

Note: the description is valid for software versions 1.7.50 and higher


Object “Text Counter”

gr_editor_7.jpgBy pressing the button New Text Counter in the Graphics Editor Top-menu, you create a new object - a digital text counter. If you select this element in the section Elements, you will be able to choose one of the work modes of the object Text Counter (in the field Type):


Wall Clock is a mode for displaying the current system time;

Counter is a digital counter;

External is used for receiving data from an external source;

Date is a mode of displaying the current system date.


Algorithms of configuring parameters for the objects Text Counter and Text are mostly identical. You can find the detailed description for the object Text in the second part of this section.

Mode Wall Clock

Wall Clock is a mode for displaying the current system time. The time of a machine (server) that generates the output program signal is displayed at a program (signal) output. The editor displays the time of the machine that implements editing.


In the field Sp1 you can set the horizontal bias between the values of hours, minutes, seconds, and the delimiter that follows every value (delimiters are the symbols between values of hours, minutes and seconds);

In the field Sp2 you can set the horizontal bias between the delimiter and the value of mins/secs that follows it;

In the fields Sep you can specify the symbols for delimiters, separately for every value;

In the field Offset you can define the static time for the bias of system clock indications forward and backward (Forward and Backward respectively);

The parameter Proportional font allows choosing the displaying mode, in which the symbols with smaller width (for example, 1) get the character cell of standard width (for example, 2);

In the field Counter you can turn on/off different values when displaying time: hours, minutes, seconds, tenthshundredths.

Mode Counter

Counter is the mode of a digital counter.


Settings for the fields Sp1, Sp2, Sep and Offset are identical to the settings of the mode Wall Clock. In the field Count from you can set a point that will start counting; you can also choose a mode of direct counting or countdown. Countdown is possible, for example, when setting the composition duration in the section General.

Mode Date

Date is a mode of displaying the current system date. You can choose a format of displaying in the field Date format.

Object Color Rectangle

gr_editor_6.jpgBy pressing the button New Rectangle in the editor Top-menu, you create a new element with an attribute Rect. This is a static object that is used, as a rule, as a backing for the text. In the field Frame type of the tab Elements you can choose one of the modes for displaying this element:


Rectangle is a rectangle mode;

H Line/V line - modes for displaying horizontal and vertical lines (you can specify width of a line in the field Outline - Width);

Rounded is a mode for the rectangle with round corners (you can set the degree of rounding in the field Radius);

Diamond is a mode for a rhomb, parallelepiped (you can set the degree of slope in the field Slope).


In the field Fill you can set up parameters for color "filling” of an object:

In the field Color choose the main color and the degree of transparency in percent (100 for non-transparency, 0 for complete transparency);

In the field Grad you can choose the type of gradient filling; in the field GCol set up the second color for gradient; in the field GOpac set the degree of transparency for a gradient color;

In the field Outline configure the parameters for the edging of an object:  Width - the edging width, Color - the main color of edging, Grad - the type of gradient filling. In the field GCol set up the second color for the gradient. In the field GOpac define the degree of transparency for a gradient color of the edging;


Algorithms of configuring the parameters and effects for the objects Rectangle and PIP are mostly identical. You can find the detailed description for a PIP object in the part one of this section.

Object «Audio Level»

gr_editor_8.jpgBy pressing the button New Audio Level in the editor Top-menu you create a new element with the attribute UV Meter. This type of object is used for displaying audio levels in multiscreen compositions that are generated at the outputs of MultiViewer servers and SL NEO processors.


First, open the item Elements and find the field Clip: you should choose a clip with a level you want to be displayed (choose it in the field Url). For displaying levels of signals (signals from the server outputs, signals from the outputs of program channels, signals that come to the inputs), specify the name of an appropriate Live-clip.


“LIVE” is a specialized type of clip in the server database that contains a link not to the media-file, but to the source of a signal/stream that comes to the server input, or a signal generated by the server. Creating new LIVE-clips is implemented in the Air Manager application, when running server software. You can create a new LIVE-clip by the command New/Local Stream at the right part of the Media Browser window.


In the field Video Mode you can choose a standard of input video; in the field Local Stream name specify the name of an appropriate capture service, or a playout service. You can view the list and names of the configured services in the field Status of the server control panel. You should create a separate LIVE-clip for every input/output.


Let’s get back to the object Audio Level. In the field Parameters you can implement the main adjustments of an object: 


Base Level is the item for defining the static bias of the level indicator readings in dB, it can be used for adjusting the indicator according to the needed scale type;

Bar width - adjusting the width of rectangles that display levels;

Font size - adjusting the font sizes for the numbers that display level values;

Show numbers turns on/off the numbers;

Channels sets up the number of audio channels displayed by the indicator: from one to sixteen. Channel Map is a routing matrix field that allows the user to set the order of channels displaying by the indicator.