Reliable playout and real-time branding graphics
Play a variety of video formats
Maestro | Channel in a Box (formerly Blend) supports playback of all commonly used file formats and codecs, including MPEG 2, MPEG 4, DNxHD, DVCPRO HD, DV 25/50, IMX, and wrappers such as MXF, MPEG, and QuickTime. You can also combine SD and HD clips into a single playlist, respecting the clip's aspect ratio. Clips are copied to Maestro | Channel in a Box’s local storage without disturbing the current playout. You can trigger playback either using the Maestro | Channel in a Box playlist or from external automation using the standard VDCP protocol.
Maestro | Channel in a Box is a frame-accurate system that supports back-to-back clip playback, allowing several clips to be cued for playout. You can start with a single channel and gradually increase the server to a multichannel setup by adding additional Maestro | Channel in a Box playout systems.
Mix audio with ease
Maestro | Channel in a Box supports 16 channels (8 stereo pairs) of embedded audio, which can be mixed with additional inputs and with audio clip files to a single output. Maestro | Channel in a Box provides control over volume level, cross fading, and other embedded audio features.
Play out branding graphics in real time
Maestro | Channel in a Box is a native 3D solution that offers real-time graphics playout. It works with all commonly used graphic elements, including tickers, lower thirds, full frames, and animated logos. Plus, smart logic can be easily introduced to graphics without the need for scripting or programming. The video server’s output can be fed back to the graphics engine to enable video manipulation for end credits, squeeze backs, and more.
Maestro | Channel in a Box enables you to insert live video inputs into the graphic scene for use as Digital Video Effects and video clips. Data can be pumped into the graphic templates from external databases supporting all commonly used database formats. Maestro | Channel in a Box can also query the relevant scheduling playlist and its associated data from different databases. This enables you to update “playing now “and the “coming up next” information with the relevant graphics template.