Total workflow control

Optimize your operation

Maestro | News easily integrates into existing production environments, reducing operational costs. It offers workflow-specific tools for designers, journalists, editors, and other team contributors to collaborate. It further optimizes your operation by establishing logical relations between different devices in your control room, making it a versatile solution for news, branding, studio productions, OB vans, editing, and post production.

Connect into MediaCentral news workflows

Maestro | News now offers direct integration with MediaCentral, enabling journalists and production staff to access, edit, and use Maestro | News graphics templates to build MediaCentral | Newsroom Management stories—right from MediaCentral | Cloud UX. And because MediaCentral | Cloud UX runs in any web browser or on an iOS or Android mobile device, journalists and producers can work from any location—wherever the story takes them.

Gain fast turnaround workflows

Maestro | News enables you to play back non-flattened sequences, eliminating the need to flatten projects to a single file and transcode media—before or after editing—to a single codec, so you can get edited video to air faster. A critical requirement for live news and studio productions. You can also play out media directly from Avid NEXIS instead of transferring it to your playout device, eliminating the time wasted and need to render projects.

Get better Simple Search

As graphics libraries continue to expand, Maestro | News now makes finding content even easier. With scaled and improved Simple Search, search results automatically update as you type. Plus, new wildcards enable better filtering, greatly enhancing content management. Simple Search also works across all integrated solutions too, including MediaCentral | Asset Management, MediaCentral | Production Management, and the MediaCentral | Newsroom plugin.

Get easy clip playback

Play clips directly from any Maestro | News page with new template controls. With access to Avid’s new clip playback engine, which combines graphics and video clip content on the graphics platform, you can take simple control over clip playback during production, with support for a variety of broadcast industry-standard formats, including DNxHD, XAVC, H.264, and XDCAM.

Get easy user management

Easily know and control who has access to what content to maintain security and prevent accidents, such as bringing the wrong content to air. With Maestro | News, you can simply connect its user rights management to your MediaCentral user management system or to Windows Active Directory, so you can manage all users on a single system.

Transition to UHD and video over IP—just added

Modernize your entire broadcast graphics production with support for UHD media when using the new Maestro | Engine 4K rendering platform. Maestro | Engine also supports video and graphics over IP, so you can use your existing Ethernet infrastructure to ingest, insert, monitor, and play out content easily—without the costly infrastructure upgrades.

Create intelligent tickers 

Display multiple tickers and take control of the speed, loop, content, and more. You can introduce content manually or extract it from external databases, RSS feeds, or even social media. You can also add “intelligence” to their behavior, enabling different content to play out depending on context.

Expand and automate control 

With the free OradControl app, you can control newsroom or manually created playlists from your iPad. Directly play graphics on-air at any moment, making the relevant graphics follow the flow of the conversation—without any restrictions on movement. You can also use a third-party device to control playout, minimizing mistakes in more demanding broadcast operations.

Save time with smart logic

Easily compose graphics that automatically change based on onscreen events and/or predefined rules. This ensures that data and animation always display properly—regardless of the playout order. And it allows graphics to react differently to different situations, without adding complexity. You can have a single operator managing visually complex productions, while drastically reducing the risk of on-air mistakes.

Control video playback

Maestro | News can control Avid VideoEngine devices, including FastServe | Playout, to manage and play video and graphics. Add video elements to a news rundown or directly on Maestro | News. And easily retrieve content from MediaCentral | Production Management and Interplay | Production, as well as rundowns from MediaCentral | Newsroom Management and iNEWS, enabling a single operator to control all video and graphics content for an entire show.

Flexible integration and powerful features

Work with content created in Maestro | Designer

Maestro | Designer is the new core graphics authoring application for Maestro | News, which also extends support for the new RenderEngine7. You gain the graphics benefits these new 3D applications provide, including enhanced template options and more.

Add graphics directly in the MediaCentral timeline

Maestro | News now offers even deeper integration with MediaCentral, enabling newsroom teams and production staff to drag and drop Maestro graphics templates right into the MediaCentral video timeline while editing a story. Because all in and out points are preserved, all graphics data will populate automatically when triggered during playback, saving storage space while allowing for last-minute changes.

Access content outside of MediaCentral

In addition to accessing MediaCentral-managed content, you can now browse and search for video, audio, and image content housed on local network storage in the same way. This extended integration enables teams to browse and select content from both MediaCentral and any Maestro-accessible storage location and drop assets directly into Maestro graphics templates—all within the same browser.

Connect your newsroom with HTML5

As production moves to decentralized workflows, you need innovative tools to provide editorial access to stories. With new HTML5-based newsroom plugins, journalists and editors can build stories, preview content, and add graphic elements to Maestro | News stories directly from any web browser—no additional software required. These plugins work with all newsroom systems that use the HTML5 MOS plugin specification, including MediaCentral | Newsroom Management.

Control Unreal-rendered virtual studios

Maestro | Virtual Set now supports Epic’s Unreal Engine for rendering high-end virtual studios, and Maestro | News provides the seamless integration you need to control both existing graphics templates, as well as virtual studios running on Unreal from the Maestro | News Controller—without introducing additional tools to your workflow.

Get better MediaCentral | Command integration

We heard you—thanks to user feedback, Maestro | News now offers improved integration with MediaCentral | Command, enabling Maestro | News to communicate changes. That means when you, say, manually play graphics in Maestro | News, MediaCentral | Command will now display the updated status of the item. As part of this reimplementation, you can also now use aliases for channel names, enabling better integration with automation systems.

Work with more channels

Forget about the 16-channel limitation. You can now control up to 26 different channels of graphics, enabling you to produce richer, more complex graphics and video content with ease.

Integrate your newsroom

Streamline graphics production by linking Maestro | News to your newsroom system using the News Producer plugin. Journalists can then browse or search templates, enter relevant data, preview the graphic on their workstation, and add it to the newsroom system’s rundown. Once updated, a mirrored rundown within Maestro Controller is automatically updated as well.

Use graphics in post production

With the included News Producer NLE plugins, you can use an existing Maestro graphic template you created for broadcast within your video editing system environment too. This enables you to achieve a unified look for both real-time and post-production elements—without requiring extra work to create new graphics.

Repurpose content easily with RenderServer

The RenderServer module option makes it easy to generate clips from existing graphics and quickly repurpose content for different applications, including Internet, social media, and mobile. You can also make rendered content available to third-party editing systems without requiring native graphics integration. And enable designers to create rendered versions of graphics for approval or preview.

Produce beautiful graphics in real time

Maestro | News also supports the new Maestro | Engine platform, giving you the dedicated hardware rendering power you need to composite high-res graphics, video, text, and data into stunning visuals for any type of real-time graphics production. This scalable future-proof solution supports SD, HD, 3G, UHD, and HDR workflows and makes it easy to transition from SDI to video over IP workflows whenever you're ready.

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Integrate animated maps

Need a visually interesting way to convey location? Create animated map locators and embed them into graphics automatically with the WorldMapper option for Maestro | News. Any Maestro | News page can have a map item embedded, and every user with access to the page can use attractive map templates to create compelling, animated maps that seamlessly integrate into the graphics.

Streamline your workflow

With tight MediaCentral and Maestro solutions integration, you can extend your workflow in many ways. Connect to MediaCentral | Production Management, MediaCentral | Asset Management, or Interplay to browse and retrieve media—no matter where it’s stored. Play content on air directly from Avid NEXIS. Access the full graphics production workflow from anywhere using the MediaCentral | Maestro News app in MediaCentral | Cloud UX. And expand your workflow to other Avid graphics solutions, including Maestro | Virtual Set, Maestro | AR, Maestro | Interactive, Maestro | TX, and Maestro | PowerWall for more creative possibilities.

Choose your favorite tools

Maestro | News works with all leading vendors who provide newsroom, editing, automation, and traffic management systems used across today’s broadcast environments. These include the following:

  • Newsroom—Avid MediaCentral | Newsroom Management, iNEWS, AP ENPS, OCTOPUS Newsroom, ANNOVA OpenMedia, Dalet+, NorCom NCPower, and Dayang
  • Editing—Avid Media Composer | Enterprise, Adobe Premiere, Quantel qEdit, Sobey, Sony SONAPS, and EVS Xedio
  • Studio automation—MediaCentral | Command, Ross OverDrive, Viz Mosart, Sony ELC, Aveco ASTRA Studio, Grass Valley Ignite, and Dalet Playout
  • MCR automation—Imagine Communications, Snell Advanced Media, SGT, Aveco ASTRA, and Pebble Beach Systems
  • Traffic—MediaGeniX and PROVYS

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