Client Software Applications for Content Management, Playout & Ingest Channels Control, Graphics Creations
Client Software Applications for Playout Channels Control
Client Software Applications for Content Management & Ingest Channels Control
Graphics Client Software for Dynamic Compositions Creation

Branding & Graphics

Graphic design of on-air channels and live broadcasts

One of the main functions of SkyLark SL NEO 3000 and 5000 series servers is graphic design generation, both in broadcast studios for channel formation and during program production in production studios. 3000 series servers tie in graphics layers to propagating video, input MPEG2 transport streams, and file materials being processed. 5000 series servers support Fill and Key generation. 

The creation of programs and broadcast channels involves the automatic or manual broadcast of previously prepared multi-layered compositions/templates consisting of captions on animated underlayers, clips with the alpha channel, live video, and PIP, 2D, and Chroma Key effects. 

Basic graphic design elements

Being a part of broadcasting or live-production studio, the SL NEO server may be used as a multi-functional graphics design & playout station, which will tie graphics into the propagating video and format multi-layered compositions consisting of captions, scrolling text, video effects, on-screen graphics, logos, animated banners, live video fragments, Chroma Key, and 2D effects.

Each output (program) channel of SL NEO 3000 contains up to eight simultaneously functioning virtual channels for graphics output. Each channel contains its own playlist, with playing back graphic events. Each event may contain a multi-layered combination (without limitation on the number of layers) of text/graphic events.

Dynamic Graphics Compositions

Dynamic compositions technology is designed for Branding, Promo, TV News, Weather Forecasts, Economic information, Music Channels, etc. In addition to text and animation, compositions may contain 2D effects, elements of PIP, video, and live sources from server inputs, and audio track mixes.

Functions for the automatic parameterization of text objects contained in compositions have been implemented in SL NEO 3000 server line. A flash video shows an example of the composition using PIP and simple captions. Animation may be played in the form of a file chain or from avi/mov files from alpha-channel.

Logos, clock, captions, scrolling and crawling text

Logos, captions, scrolling and crawling text are played back on dynamic backgrounds. Number of these objects is unlimited; upon generation of the format, they may be combined free-form with any other graphic objects. In addition to text, images may be used as moving objects. The content of scrolling text may change dynamically due to the reading of RSS information.

Clock visualizes current time in the form of digital and analogue clocks (full or partial screen) of any design with sound. Collages may be created from digital and analogue clocks with animated backgrounds for several time zones, as well as direct and reverse counters. 

RSS, visualization of sensor indications

SL NEO 3000 servers allow using different options for visualization based on the dynamic reading of information from RSS resources or text files: SMS chats, weather and currency exchange panels etc. Visualization of various sensor indications (temperature, humidity, pressure, background radiation, etc.) is implemented through the technology of periodic reading of measurement results from text files at the required intervals. The limitations on sensor type and model are therefore removed. A flash video shows an example of the composition that shows the weather. Recording has been made from the SL NEO server output.

Automated playout of graphic events

SL NEO servers permit the full automation of graphics playout. Associating graphic events with time markers in events of the main playlist is implemented through the secondary events and special marker technology.

Network graphics editor

The client software package contains a multi-functional network graphics editor which permits the creation and editing of compositions. All initial materials and results of the work are archived in the server array under the management of a database, which makes joint work by users possible, and the server’s high-performance “motion” facilitates instantaneous broadcasting of compositions without preliminary errors. 

The external appearance of the graphics editor’s GUI is presented in the illustration: