Rogers Sportsnet, the exclusive Canadian national broadcaster of the NHL, is using Orad TD Control to manage studio content distribution for its new state-of-the-art “Hockey Central Studio.” The groundbreaking build-out features a myriad of content display surfaces including an LED floor that shows game videos and graphics, and a main stage with a massive 3.3m x 11.6m ultra high-resolution monitor. The installation also includes an interactive “Puck Wall.” The futuristic design features 30 puck-sized slots, one for each NHL team. When a team’s puck is placed in the slot, it triggers that team’s statistics on a large touchscreen monitor. Orad’s TD Control simplifies the distribution of content to these and the studio’s other non-standard display surfaces by reducing the amount of resources required to facilitate the complex graphics and content workflows into one easy-to-use solution. Read more
Orad provides N1 - Adrian News with a complete broadcast solution
United group, Adria region largest cable with over 1.5 million viewers, has chosen Orad’s integrated solution for their CNN affiliated N1 news channel. Orad’s solution includes video servers for playout, news graphics, and media asset management. N1 are using Orad’s solutions for their 24/7 news channel which broadcasts out of their main studio in Belgrade and their studios in Zagreb and Sarajevo.
Orad's complete solution covers the entire workflow from ingest to playout for both videos and graphics. It offers a fast turnaround digital workflow which enhances production value and decreases time to air. In addition to relying on Orad's server and graphic suite, N1 is able to integrate to third parties thanks to Orad's media asset management solution.
New Orad Social Media Hub Release Simplifies Engagement with Viewers
Orad has released a new version of its Social Media Hub (SMH) platform, an easy-to-use solution that lets broadcasters engage with viewers. Based on an open architecture, SMH serves as a gateway for interfacing with third-party Social Media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. SMH lets users query, retrieve, review, filter and aggregate data into carrousels of messages that can be distributed alongside the broadcast thanks to seamless integration with Orad graphic controllers Maestro, 3DPlay and Morpho.
Orad and Kronomav Bring Curved Tracking to Virtual Studios
Orad and Kronomav announced today that they have added the Kronomav K2 robotized curved dolly to the list of Orad Virtual Studio and Augmented Reality, and Kronomav robotic system integrations. With support for curved tracking, broadcasters have the ability to move within the studio on a straight and curved rail, opening up endless possibilities for creating rich virtual studio productions and immersive graphics for real studios.
A long-time Orad technology partner, Kronomav designed a new protocol that provides Orad tracking systems with the required real-time tracking position and orientation of the K2 robotized dolly. The new protocol features an easy-to-use wizard that allows users to move the dolly in different predefined locations on the rail. The system's absolute encoders are integrated in the K2 dolly, ensuring all relevant tracking data is sent to the Orad tracking system. Orad's Tracking Set application receives the tracking data and transmits it to its HDVG rendering platform, allowing the graphics to be positioned anywhere in the studio, while the camera moves along the rails.
Orad’s video wall solutions now enhanced with a web-based configurator tool for increased efficiency
Today, Orad has announced that its video wall solutions have been enhanced with a Layout Configurator, allowing operators to create or edit the layout of their HDVG video rendering signals from a web browser. The configuration changes are updated in real time so all changes can be observed live.
The Layout Configurator allows for quick setup and configuration of the layouts that will be used for any type of production. Easily adapting to the difficult aspect ratios and arrangements that are possible with studio wall configurations, the Layout Configurator can adjust the placement and orientation of the signals being sent from the HDVG4 to the displays. Built-in color correctors for each output help control the look of the content on the wall without requiring expensive external systems or technical adjustments on the wall itself.
Accessible from any PC on the same network as the Orad HDVG4 video rendering platform, a user simply opens a browser and connects to the HDVG in order to change the layout. New layouts can be quickly created either from scratch, or based upon an existing layout.
All operations carried out in the Layout Configurator are done live when RenderEngine is running. The user has immediate feedback regarding the changes that are being made, and no system restarts are required. Layouts can be switched between productions in the event that the same system is connected to different wall layouts.
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