Work faster and more easily
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—just added
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.
Turn around better content faster
Thanks to feedback and user requests, the latest Maestro | Designer offers many new enhancements and improvements to ease your workflow and boost productivity. Find fonts faster with better categorization and handling. Set specific animation start and end points for more precise playback. Work with and edit object masks more easily with the new Show Masks function. Apply a Scissor mask to a whole layer for more creative flexibility. Get resolution independence with Scalable Vector Graphics. And more.
Handle exports and splines with ease
With the enhanced control interface for handling exports, you can create and test arrays of data easily from a single editor. And with the cross-section editor, which supports cutouts from splines, not only can you build complex cross-sections from scratch, you can also import SVG files containing these elements.
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.
Create intuitively with the streamlined interface
Taking the needs and approach of today’s graphic and 3D artists in mind, we’ve modernized the interface from 3Designer to provide a more intuitive and customized experience in Maestro | Designer. That said, we made sure to maintain existing workflows, so if you have 3Designer, you’ll feel right at home when you upgrade. This new interface takes full advantage of 64-bit Microsoft environments, providing even greater power. And it offers tons of user-requested UI improvements.
Boost efficiency with advanced tools and features
Along with the 64-bit performance boost, you also get revved up functionality. Maximize efficiency with the rebuilt and enhanced 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.
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.