Features

Work faster and more easily

Create and present real-time HDR content—just added

Captivate audiences and elevate the look of your broadcasts with richer, more realistic imagery. Maestro | Designer and RenderEngine now support real-time HDR graphics workflows on the Maestro | Engine platform, enabling you to design and preview content with greater shadow and highlight detail and more faithful color accuracy. Plus, you can combine HDR and SDR content in the same environment—across UHD or HD workflows—and all content will display correctly.

Work more easily in UHD with 2SI—just added

Gain better efficiency when working in or transitioning to UHD with support for 2SI (2 Sample Interleave) video insertions and outputs in RenderEngine. From better digital video effect coordination and greater signal resilience, to the ability to preview HD from a UHD signal, it gives you an easy and flexible way to work with UHD over quad link SDI connections.

Integrate designers into your MediaCentral workflow

Forget having to switch between Maestro | Designer and MediaCentral for graphics production. MediaCentral | Cloud UX is now integrated as a panel within the Maestro | Designer interface, giving graphic designers easy access to all of the powerful media search, browse, and preview capabilities MediaCentral offers—right inside of Maestro | Designer. You can even drag and drop media directly to the object tree or RenderEngine preview window. And journalists using MediaCentral | Cloud UX can easily insert assets into Maestro | News templates from the field.

Archive graphics directly into MediaCentral

With extended MediaCentral integration, you can now archive graphics and scenes into MediaCentral | Asset Management directly from the MediaCentral | Cloud UX panel in Maestro | Designer. Not only does this make it easier for designers to archive and recall content quickly and create additional metadata for each scene—without leaving the Maestro | Designer interface—it enables your design and editorial teams to better manage your ever-growing graphics library and collaborate more easily, with full search, browse, and preview capabilities.

Enable back-to-back playback

With the new Maestro | Designer video playback engine, you can now play a variety of video content back to back—including Avid DNxHR, DNxHD, XDCAM, MOV with alpha channel, and AVC media. Get content on air faster without the fuss and take advantage of new playback capabilities, including start time scheduling, audio mapping, reversing clips, changing speed, and more.

Bring content to life with animation

Design cool effects, motion graphics, or alter the look of an object over time. With easy-to-use animation tools, you can set keyframes along the timeline with just a click. The expanded animation window features both “dope sheet” and “curves” timeline views, so you can edit your work in a familiar environment. You can even create events that cascade through the scene—triggered by animation playback—without scripting. Or add multiple tickers that run simultaneously.

Boost efficiency with advanced tools and features

Along with the 64-bit performance boost, you also get revved up functionality. Maximize efficiency with the Expression Editor, which now offers color-coding, auto-complete, error checking, and data path connections functionality. Manage objects and scenes more easily with the Batch Renaming tool. Resize and wrap text box copy. Create mirrored environments easily with Mirror Geometry. Group objects fast with a shortcut. And so much more.

Simplify communication

Provide direction and other important information through notes that designers can attach to any object or to the scene for other designers working on the same project. It’s also a great way to provide embedded feedback during the review and approval process.

Work with intelligent templates

Repurposing content is key to maximizing efficiency. Maestro | Designer makes it easy using graphics templates. Each can have “exported” elements that can be updated quickly and dynamically during production—from text captions and live video feeds, to textures, chart bars, audio sources, and other data. You can also crunch large volumes of data easily by using data connections and statistical functions on different values—ideal for updating financial and election graphics.

Expand your Trigger capabilities

Extend the functionality of Triggers with trigger scripts that can be run inside scenes without issuing commands from the controllers. Using the new scripting language, you can simply drag and drop any scene property into the script and then control it using the scripting tool.

Empower artists

Create animated characters quickly—just added

Directly import third-party FBX 3D models into Maestro | Designer—complete with complex animations, multiple animation groups, and skeletal meshes. You can then create, edit, and animate virtual characters completely inside the software to accelerate your workflow.

Turn bitmaps into vector graphics

We listened and are excited to bring a frequently requested feature to Maestro | Designer. With the newly enhanced Cut editor, you can now load an image into the background of the editor and have an artist trace the outline, making it fast and easy to turn a bitmap image into a vector graphic.

Accelerate animation creation

Maestro | Designer makes what’s old new again. With its cut and split animation features, you can now extract any part of an existing animation group for reuse in a new animation, dramatically cutting down the time needed to edit and adjust animations, while expanding your creative possibilities.

Build beautiful bar and line charts easily

Forget having to design a graph from scratch when you need to share a range of data to viewers. You can now accelerate the process of creating and customizing high-quality bar and line charts using a wide range of premade elements and tools. And because all of these elements are editable, you can quickly update charts as data or needs change.

Create unique objects

Maestro | Designer offers geometry modifiers, enabling you to create completely new objects from Maestro | Designer primitives, as well as from objects imported from third-party applications. And because objects can be modified in real time without pre-rendering, you can design at the sheer speed of your imagination.

Collaborate easily

Thanks to the intuitive object tree workflow, you can manage even the most complex templates easily. Take any template element—from a single object to a complete set of layers—from the Maestro | Designer object tree to your Avid asset management system and then share it with other artists in the studio for easy collaboration.

Design in any resolution

Maestro | Designer offers resolution independent authoring, so you can create graphics in any format and aspect ratio. View safe areas for 4:3 and 16:9, with layout options for cropping, scaling, and alignment. Access multiple views for visualizing complex 3D environments. You can even view extreme aspect ratios when designing for video walls—without the need for hardware. Plus, text will always look sharp—no matter the resolution—thanks to unique font-rendering features.

 

Gain more masking flexibility

With the “per object” mask, you can quickly mask a single object without affecting all other objects in the scene, making it easy to crop out elements. And with mask groups, you can assign masks to different objects, effectively allowing an unlimited number of masks to exist within a scene.

Compose graphics quickly with built-in assets

Assets are the building blocks of any template. These include 2D and 3D object primitives, textures, predefined materials, fonts, effects, and other elements. You can use and modify any combination and number of elements to create a wide range of high-quality static or animated graphics for just about every need. You can even map live video and clips directly onto scene objects, opening up new possibilities for 3D video transitions.

Make graphics pop with high-end effects

Whether you’re looking to bring realism to a virtual world or want to grab a viewer’s attention, a whole suite of effects tools awaits. Add real-time motion blur to objects in action. Build depth of field into a virtual studio environment. Add realistic texture to 3D objects with the material library. And create and animate effects in real time with shaders—from simple sepia toning, edge detection, and luminance filtering, to complex morphing and warping.

Get unlimited creativity

Whether you work with 2D content or 3D graphics, you’ll feel at home with Maestro | Designer. Unleash your creativity with unlimited 2D and 3D layers. View your work with the adaptive preview, which supports up to 16K video wall resolutions—without dedicated rendering hardware. And get robust 2D/3D text handling, including effect animations, counters, and emoticons.

Control playback with Master Animation tools

Take command of complex scenes with new tools that enable you to control multiple animation groups from a single timeline. Fully cover all animation playback production requirements by simply creating multiple “Master Animations,” which minimize the prep work needed in the control surfaces. In addition, you can also precisely set when an external data export will be sent to a scene using Timeline Export.

Accelerate your existing workflow

Speed up review and approvals

With new improvements and advancements made to RenderEngine, creating and sending previews of the content for which you seek editorial approval has never been easier. You can now send scene content directly to RenderEngine’s internal VideoEngine—locally or remotely—to render a clip or sequence of images displaying the scene content. This eliminates the added steps of having to externally capture content or use Maestro | News or Maestro | TX to render files.

Work with files from your favorite creative tools

Maestro | Designer easily integrates into any studio graphics workflow. It supports popular 2D graphics and other formats, including BMP, DDS, GIF, JPEG, TIFF, TGA, PNG, PDF, SVG, PPT, TTF, and OTF. It preserves Photoshop layers through PSD import, and Adobe motion graphics assets through the Maestro | Designer After Effects plugin. It interfaces with 3D modeling software, including 3ds Max, Maya, and Cinema 4D. And it supports FBX, OBJ, DAE, DXF, 3DS, LWS, X3D, and VRML 3D models.

Engage audiences with interactive graphics

Empower your talent to drive the story. Using a touch device, you can tap, drag, hold, manipulate, pinch, zoom, and interact with any scene element—with realistic physics, including object inertia and collisions. Without any scripting or programming. And with the telestration module, you can draw on screen to enhance sports events and analysis. Or interact with content as you freely move around the studio with the iPad app and Maestro | Interactive.

Quickly transfer content

The Maestro | Designer After Effects plugin enables you to transfer content created in After Effects into Maestro | Designer for pre-visualization, promo, or online use—without having to re-create all of the graphics from scratch. The plugin supports basic shapes, colors, materials, textures, texts, masks, keyframe animations, and layer/camera properties, and exports them as a native Maestro | Designer scene file.

Expand your creative capabilities with design bundles

Boost your graphics production capabilities and workflow with a choice of Maestro | Designer bundles that offer real-time hardware rendering power. For HD/SD production, the HDVG-powered bundle is an easy fit into any existing SDI workflow. Or choose the new Maestro | Engine-powered bundle, which provides a scalable, future-proof rendering platform to support SD, HD, 3G, UHD, and (coming soon) HDR workflows, offers simultaneous RenderEngine and Unreal Engine rendering, and makes it easy to transition from SDI to video over IP workflows whenever you're ready.

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