branding graphics for sequences such as coming up next, promo over credits, squeeze backs, multiple tickers, and so on. Beyond that, when the production’s flow is unpredictable, such as in election programmes, game shows, sports broadcasts, and other special events, 3DPlay provides a really workable solution.” Sharir describes 3DPlay as an action based, flexible, graphics controller that can perform graphics in a nonlinear way through the triggering of the selected action. “All the user has to do is arrange the created actions, put them into the relevant groups, and then place them in the relevant workspace to match the needs of the production. In some instances, these created actions can be dragged and dropped into a playlist and displayed as events.” These sequences can be
triggered manually by a standard keyboard or via a GPI/O, or through automation systems and interfaces, including Snell (Probel) Morpheus, Harris ADC 100 and D Series, Pharos and Pebble Beach. After a playlist is loaded, the automation programme integrates with 3DPlay to check the status of each event and to verify that all the relevant graphic elements — such as text, clips and textures — are available on the system. If any element is missing, the operator will be alerted, allowing sufficient time to remedy the situation. Where changes in content in
the playlist affect the graphics element, 3DPlay has the capability to check that the loaded information remains relevant. “This facility is especially useful where a graphic has a time or date dependency,” states Sharir. “For instance, before a ‘coming up next’ graphic is triggered by the system, the programme’s data is pulled automatically from the station’s traffic information and combined with graphics. In this way, only the most recent details and updated sequences are shown on-air.” Olivier Dusautoir, assistant
director in charge of broadcasting and networks at TF1, says the investment has proved very satisfactory. “This solution will last us for quite some time, with its many advantages in broadcasting as well as in production. There are no more operating errors, as was the case in the past.
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“Technicians can now play clips with the graphical overlay using the preview mode, before they are aired. On the master control room side, the operator can also see and preview the contents that are lined up for broadcast.