Softron OnTheAir Video 3

by Softron MFG# ST-3.A001

Softron OnTheAir Video 3

An affordable playout solution for live and 24/7 operations

Open and powerful playout solution for the Mac

    • Dynamic Graphics Overlay (with OnTheAir CG) or still logo
    • Mix-and-match HD and SD contents in high quality
    • Support for Closed Captioning CEA-708
    • Support for audio only files
    • 4K Playout
    • Actions like secondary events to control CG, routers, ...
    • Direct link to MovieRecorder for streaming

OnTheAir Video can be used for automated playout using its own scheduler or it can serve as a clip store for live news operations, local broadcast or live shows. Schedules can be created weeks in advance.

Thanks to its powerful Smart Playout Engine, OnTheAir Video supports multiple video formats such as Apple ProRes®, AVC-Intra®, Avid DNxHD®, H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MPEG IMX, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, etc... 

OnTheAir Video can also play different file types, such as QuickTime, MXF and transport stream (without an additional software) and even still images in png, tga, tiff, etc... It is also much flexible in terms of the audio formats that are supported (5.1 tracks for example).

All these files can be mixed within the same playlist, even using a different frame size. You will be able to choose an automatic resize mode (Fill, Pan-and-Scan, Letterbox), or decide a manual resize. The resize feature has been developed with quality in mind.

Combined with OnTheAir CG you can add Dynamic Graphics Overlay using the same video output (does not require an additional card thanks to the direct link between OnTheAir Video and OnTheAir CG).

And also, OnTheAir Video is the ideal solution for web-TVs on the Mac as it allows a direct connection with MovieStreamer HLS, in order to stream directly to the web without the need of an additional video card. MovieStreamer HLS will "just" receive the frames from the Smart playout engine and encode them in HTTP Live Streaming.

Main features 

Mix-and-match multiple codecs

Play multiple codecs in the same playlist. Support for Apple ProRes®, AVC-Intra, Avid DNxHD®, H.264, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD and many more codecs. (check the list in the Tech Specs section). You do not need to install any additional software or codec. You can even mix different resolution in the same playlist.

QuickTime, MXF and Transport Stream

You can play the standard QuickTime files (.mov), but also transport stream (.ts) or MXF (.MXF). The beauty is that you don't even need to install an additional software to read MXF files. They support for MXF files is built in the Smart Playout Engine.

Dynamic Graphics Overlay
The standard license of OnTheAir Video comes with a static logo overlay feature. Add a license of OnTheAir CG to allow the overlay of incredible graphics over your video, using the same video card. No need anymore to use an additional video card.
Smart Resize

The smart resize feature is available for OnTheAir Video and OnTheAir Node. It offers a much better resize then the one offered by the basic resize feature of OnTheAir Video Express. With interlaced materials, OnTheAir Video (with the smart resize enabled) will produce a perfect resize while OnTheAir Video Express will show some artifacts in movements. Check the screenshots below to see the difference, or check the video higher up on this page (the difference can only be seen in the higher resolutions 720p and 1080p)

Stream on the same Mac

If you are a Web-TV broadcasting only to the web, you will love this feature. If you play your files in OnTheAir Video 3, and run MovieStreamer HLS on the same computer, you get direct access to the output of OnTheAir Video 3 from MovieStreamer HLS and thus don't need any additional video card to stream!

Overlay Graphics also during Live shows ! Optional 

Use an additional video input on your Mac as a source for your Live shows. OnTheAir Video will overlay graphics on top of this video signal before it is either output to the video card or for streaming.

Actions for secondary events

Thanks to its flexible system of "Actions", OnTheAir Video can take control of multiple external devices such as video routers (through RS232 or Ethernet), Character Generators, logo inserters (using GPI triggers). Actions can be triggered at any moment of a clip within a playlist.

Schedule your Playout for 24/7 unattended playout

OnTheAir Video is in use by many TV stations worldwide as their main automation software. Thanks to an easy to use scheduler, you can schedule playlists to be played automatically at given time of days. Prepare your playlists and schedules in advance and let OnTheAir Video do the rest. OnTheAir Video can play 24/7 for days and days without having to worry about it.

(XDCAM and the XDCAM logo are trademarks of Sony. HDV and the HDV logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation and Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. ProRes and QuickTime are trademarks of Apple Inc. Avid DNxHD, and Media Composer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc.)