High End Virtual Studio

ProSet, Orad’s extensive virtual studio solution provides a powerful dimension to virtual studio productions. With tight integration between its dedicated hardware, software and tracking technologies, ProSet provides a realistic environment that comes to life with rich textures, depth, and perspectives.

ProSet is ideal for all types of productions including elections, sports, entertainment, and news.

Powerful, intuitive and flexible
ProSet enables flexibility both for graphic design modifications as well as for operation. During the design and operation stages graphic rundowns are created by simply dragging and dropping the graphic items into a playlist. A local preview including both graphics and animation from the relevant studio camera’s perspective is available prior to going on air.

ProSet includes a set of tools that address the specific needs of virtual studio productions such as positioning the virtual set graphics in the studio, masking, and more. Insertion of semitransparent foreground objects into the set is done easily using Orad’s internal Infuse chromakeyer as well as external chromakeyers such as Ultimatte 11.

Design capabilities
ProSet provides powerful tools for interfacing with 3D modeling software such as 3D Studio Max, Maya, Cinerma 4D, and Softimage. Using either the VRML or Collada formats, 3D models along with their animations, textures and materials can be imported, enabling sets that were previously either impossible to build, too complex or just too expensive to manufacture.

While designing a virtual set, mask objects can easily be created by having fill disabled / alpha enabled objects, placing a virtual object in front of either the talent or real props in the virtual set. ProSet allows the option of blending the objects as part of the scene or creating a different scene which will be enabled while playing the scene from ProSet's controller.

ProSet relies on Orad’s 3Designer authoring software to retrieve bitmap files from composting applications such as Adobe Photoshop while retaining the original layer and blending structure. Each element is retrieved as a 3Designer file, permitting per layer manipulation and animation. A "merge" mode also allows importing all Photoshop layers and retrieves them as a single 3Designer layer.

Dynamic scene blending
ProSet implements a unique dynamic scene blending architecture. This architecture allows triggering of multiple graphic scenes at the same time using the same system. A virtual background can be generated from one scene while foreground objects such as lower third and tickers can be generated from an additional scene. Both can be then combined into one unified output channel even though generated from independent scenes, providing a total graphic solution.

Flexible production workflow
ProSet is designed to address the dynamic needs of today's production. It allows loading multiple sets, which can be switched instantly.
ProSet has two working modes: a design mode, in which rundowns are created, and a production mode in which the rundown items are sent to air.
ProSet integrates seamlessly with all types of newsroom systems allowing significant production workflow enhancements. ProSet’s integrated Newsroom Plugin enables direct contact with Orad’s rendering, allowing instant communication with newsroom systems such as ENPS, Dalet, OCTOPUS, Pebble Beach, etc.

Intelligent automation system integration
ProSet offers a flexible workflow application which enables integration with all commonly used automation systems such as Avid's Command and Grass Valley's Aurora in a studio environment.
Additionally, ProSet introduces the possibility of using a mixed manual/automated operation.

Camera tracking capabilities
Orad offers a full range of camera tracking solutions that address any production need or budget. ProSet can utilize either the Pattern Recognition tracking system, CamTrack for free camera movement, mechanical sensor tracking systems, and Xync infrared tracking system for free camera movement.

ProSet supports all types of broadcast cameras, lenses and tripods. Multiple camera configurations are easily integrated with no reliance on 3rd party technologies. ProSet offers a 360-degree shooting range and by utilizing the Xync infrared tracking system both handheld and crane mounted cameras are supported for total freedom within the virtual set.
Extracting accurately the zoom and focus parameters from the camera lens is mandatory for generating accurate camera tracking data. ProSet is equipped with unique tools that specifically deal with lens distortion and aberration. ProSet supports both digital and analog lenses, box and eng, 4X3 or 16X9 aspect ratio. 

ProSet integrates with numerous tracking providers including; Vinten-Radomec, Shotoku, Egripment, Mo-Sys, TechnoCrane, Stype Grip, NCam, Telematrics, etc, enabling the user to rely on encoded cranes, manual/robotic pedestals and more.

Lighting shaders and reflections
ProSet offers an extensive variety unique real-time depth of field shaders that enhance production.
With Orad’s depth of field shader, the virtual background focuses and defocuses depending on the rate of zoom, exactly as it would have had it been a real background. Orad offers other shaders, such as real-time video shaders, that are applied to the incoming video insertions. Bump, displacement and cubic mapping, which provides a realistic reflection on objects, ensure the highest level of photorealism.

Real-time material shaders
With more than 100 different styles of material, photorealism can be created without investing time in texturing in external modeling applications. The shaders which are available in multiple material categories, including; brick, ceramic, glass, metallic, mosaic, plastic, stone and wood, can easily be used in any conventional environment.

In addition, real-time lighting and shadow effects can be simulated on the computer and altered at will. Scene objects can be set as Shadow Projectors (the light source), Shadow Casters and Shadow Receivers, which provide infinite points enabling parallel shadows for increased realism.

Interactive capabilities
ProSet supports interaction thereby enabling the television presenters to control and direct interactive elements in their virtual studio. The presenter can rotate, scale, move, drag, tap, hold, draw, highlight, etc virtual elements from their iPad, touch screen, virtual video walls, and more.

Multiple productions
Orad’s powerful and flexible platform enables the studio owner to increase dramatically the utilization of his resources and provides him with higher revenues. With ProSet, a new set can be uploaded to the graphics engine very quickly. With the wide selection of shows that can be produced using virtual studios, a more intensive use of the existing studio can be made.

Connection to social networks
With ProSet, viewers at home can watch broadcasts on their TV, get additional information that was not displayed on TV on their iPad, and interact with the broadcaster by sending feedback via his iPhone/iPad or Twitter or Facebook. The viewer’s feedback is then displayed during the broadcast.

State of the art technology
Relying Orad’s latest video graphics rendering platforms, HDVG+ and HDVG4, ProSet is equipped with unmatched rendering power that allows virtual sets to run in real-time.

Orad's platforms support multi formats which include Orad’s internal video delay as part of the system providing the required video delay.
ProSet runs on a Linux operating system and comes with a dual power supply ensuring that even in the event of power loss ProSet will continue its regular operation.

To increase system reliability, Orad’s bypass mechanism ensures continuous broadcast by switching automatically to an alternate auxiliary signal when the power is cut. When the power returns, a manual command is required to restore the system’s settings, enabling the user to verify that the system is running properly and that the graphics are loaded before taking back the signal. This ensures that the viewer does not see an empty blue/green screen.

Incredible number of video insertions and video clips
ProSet provides up to 16 video insertions in SD and HD, as well as 12 in 3G when using Orad’s HDVG4 rendering engine. When using Orad’s HDVG+, ProSet provides up to 8 video insertions in SD/HD.

ProSet allows mapping video clips on any element within the virtual studio. Avi, MPEG, DV, DVC25, Quick Time and other commonly used formats are fully supported and multiple clips can be played at the same time. It is possible to mix between video streams and video clips, as well as mix HD and SD inputs, as all HD formats are supported. ProSet also now comes with 2 SATA drives of 500GB each, configured on RAID 0, which is particularly useful for accelerated playback speed for high bit rate clips. The SATA drives are also available for RAID 1 configurations where mirroring can be used for backup purposes.

ProSet Key Features

  • Seamlessly integrates with all of Orad's tracking systems including Xync infrared tracking, Pattern Recognition, CamTrack, and mechanical sensors
  • Integrates with all types of tracking methods available on the market today
  • 360 degrees shooting range with sensor or infrared based tracking
  • Virtual studio and on-air graphics are both controlled from the same application
  • Free camera movement including dolly, handheld and crane
  • Does not require any special 3rd party add-ons
  • HD/SD switchable
  • Multiple platforms are supported
  • Up to 16 full resolution SD/HD video inputs
  • Minimal setup time and calibration
  • Minimal video delay
  • Can operate as a standalone system or as part of a larger solution
  • Easy interfaces to external databases
  • Integrates with all major newsroom and automation systems
  • Extensive shader package such as bump mapping, defocus, displacement mapping and real-time video effects shaders as well as object and layer blending modes

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