Features

New features

Gain greater efficiency—just added
Maestro | News provides new support for the Array control and exposers functions introduced in Maestro | Designer (formerly 4Designer) and RenderEngine. With Array control, you can set the timing of exported elements directly in the Maestro | Designer animation timeline while creating content, which will then trigger data being sent to a Maestro | News property. Maestro | News pages can also now retrieve data values directly from a RenderEngine-loaded scene and send them to a completely different scene, providing you with a fast and easy way to reuse information or mirror data between different production systems.
Simplify your workflow—just added

Greatly accelerate the Maestro | News page creation process with new extended timeline scripting capabilities. This feature extends page script functionality further, enabling scripts to send exports and control animation, reducing the number of tracks needed in the timeline.

Find stories faster—just added

With new rundown filtering capabilities, managing the content of complex stories and large rundowns is easier than ever. Simply use different search keywords or phrases to apply a filter in your rundown to locate stories. This filtering goes beyond just the item name—it applies to the content inside of any item too, making it easier to find the exact story you need.

Expand your capabilities—just added

Maestro | News offers a new Auto Still Cue settings option for the video playback module, enabling a clip to display relevant metadata in its first frame or In point when the video item is cued, facilitating better information sharing with production teams. You can also add video items from the MediaCentral | Maestro News app directly to a MediaCentral | Newsroom Management rundown. This enables access to media storage, quick creation of media In and Out points, and the ability to preview media and add it to your Maestro | News rundown, improving graphics and video workflows in news and production environments.

Interact with Maestro | News from anywhere

With MediaCentral | Maestro News, a new MediaCentral app, you can access the full Maestro | News (formerly Maestro) graphics production workflow from anywhere, using any Internet-connected computer or mobile device. Add graphics and quickly position and preview them over a sequence. Drag and drop images and clips into Maestro | News templates from any connected storage device, MediaCentral | Asset Management, or Interplay | MAM to add to your rundown. And because graphic elements can be automatically re-created, you can increase the value of archived material, without any effort.

Discover the story-centric workflow

Add MAM capabilities

With the new MediaCentral | Graphics Management workflow module, you can browse, search for, and transfer clips and images directly from within the software interface. This powerful and easy-to-use graphics asset management solution delivers seamless workflow integration across your graphics production environment, providing teams with greater access, efficiency, and collaboration.

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.

Gain new workflows with RenderServer

RenderServer can now render graphic elements as clips in several formats, opening up many new workflow possibilities. Make graphics content available for publishing to social media. Make rendered content available to third-party editing systems without requiring native graphics integration. Store rendered graphics in MediaCentral | Asset Management and MediaCentral | Production Management as video material. And enable designers to create rendered versions of graphics for approval or preview.

Find relevant content faster

Maestro | News now offers access rights management, metadata per asset type, and search capabilities natively, enabling you to find the content you need faster and more easily. In addition, Maestro | News can also connect to multiple MediaCentral | Asset Management, MediaCentral | Production Management, Interplay | MAM, and/or Interplay | Production systems, so you can search for and retrieve media from multiple sources. No matter where they’re stored. You can also retrieve MediaCentral | Newsroom Management and iNEWS rundowns without using MOS, making your workflow simpler and more efficient.

Play stored content on air

No need to transfer content to your playout device. You can simply connect Maestro | News components to MediaCentral | Production Management and/or Interplay | Production, enabling you to browse and search media that can be played on air (via the Maestro Media Engine) directly from Avid NEXIS or Avid ISIS storage, minimizing the time to air of edited media. This new extension makes Maestro | News a sophisticated controller for video and graphics in your production workflow.

Get extended user management

With the widespread use of graphics in today’s complex production environments, you need to be able to know and control who has access to what to maintain security and prevent accidents, such as bringing the wrong content to air. Maestro | News makes things easier, enabling you to 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

Modernize your entire broadcast graphics production with support for ultra-high-definition media. And with upcoming support for video and graphics over IP, you can use your existing Ethernet infrastructure to ingest, insert, monitor, and play out content easily—without the costly infrastructure upgrades.

Total workflow control

Control video and graphics from a unified interface

Maestro | News can now control Avid FastServe | Playout or the Maestro Media Engine, a new video server that enables you to ingest and play out media—images and clips—in multiple formats. This includes alpha channel playout and the ability to play back-to-back media clips—in a single channel—in different formats and codecs.

Access and trigger media fast

With support for the programmable SmartShot II control surface, you can quickly access and play out pre-assigned graphics and video, as well as access additional functions, with the press of a button, greatly increasing efficiency.

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. For example, a ticker could display a certain color based on content type, hide itself after displaying all items, or even show/hide a graphic based on the displayed data.

Automate control 

While an operator can trigger Maestro | News manually, you can minimize mistakes in more demanding broadcast operations by using a third-party device to control playout. This is especially ideal in environments with high production complexity or if you have low operational cost requirements. And you won’t have to give up such key features as smart playout logic.

Get even more control 

Access and playout media with speed and ease using your iPad or a control surface. 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. And with the SmartShot control surface, which offers 28 programmable LCD buttons that display different graphics for easy ID, you can quickly access and trigger media to play out instantly.

Create and playout content more intuitively

Maestro | News features a newly redesigned graphic user interface, providing artists and content creators with a much more intuitive experience. And forget having to go back to the assignment stage—you can now apply different transitions to the same graphic element without backtracking.

Find assets more easily with the rich user rights database

Maestro | News now offers access rights management, metadata per asset type, and search capabilities natively, enabling you to find relevant content faster and easier. And now that Maestro | News can connect to multiple MAM systems, including MediaCentral and Interplay systems, you can search for and retrieve media from multiple sources.

Save time with smart logic

With advanced logic for playout, you can compose intelligent 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, so you can manage and play both videos and graphics. Video elements can be added to a rundown on a newsroom system or directly on Maestro | News—and they can be cued and played with the same tools. Together with the ability to retrieve content from MediaCentral | Production Management and Interplay | Production, as well as rundowns from MediaCentral | Newsroom Management and iNEWS, Maestro | News offers a powerful studio production tool, 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 (formerly 4Designer) 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.

Integrate with other Avid graphics solutions

Maestro | News enables you to expand its workflow seamlessly to other Avid graphics and studio products, including Maestro | Virtual Set (formerly ProSet), Maestro | AR previously RealSet, Maestro | Interactive (formerly Interact), Maestro | Branding (previously 3DPlay), and Maestro | TD Control (previously TD Control) giving you greater creative possibilities. And you can do so while still maintaining its operational workflow and advantages.

Optimize and expand your operation

With Maestro | News, you can reduce operational costs by integrating the suite into your existing production. It offers workflow-specific tools for designers, journalists, editors, and other team contributors to collaborate. In addition, Maestro | News further optimizes your operation by establishing logical relations between different devices in your control room. And it offers versatility for news, branding, studio productions, OB vans, editing, and post production.

Interact with social media 

Increase viewer engagement and interaction by bringing MediaCentral | Research into your Maestro | News workflow. With it, you can retrieve, filter, and moderate content—and download the associated media—posted across a variety of social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You can also publish content generated for on-air broadcast to social media directly from Maestro.

Integrate with your newsroom

Streamline graphics production by linking Maestro | News to your newsroom system using the News Producer plug-in. 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 plug-ins, 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

With RenderServer, an optional Maestro Suite module that makes it easy to generate clips from existing graphic items, you can quickly repurpose content for different media, including Internet or mobile. For example, a journalist can render an animated sports results table for real-time playout, and also render it to a video clip for viewing online and in other environments.

Get powerful rendering and reliability

Maestro | News works in conjunction with all Linux-based Avid HDVG platforms for real-time 3D graphics rendering, delivering reliable stability and performance. These engines also provide multiple live video feeds; ClipPlay, which can reproduce multiple simultaneous clips independent of their format; and security safeguards, including redundant power supplies, optional RAID system disk, and mechanical bypass. 

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.

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, Adobe Premiere, Quantel qEdit, Sobey, Sony SONAPS, and EVS Xedio
  • Studio automation—MediaCentral | Command (formerly iNEWS | Command), Ross OverDrive, Viz Mosart, Sony ELC, Aveco ASTRA Studio, Grass Valley Ignite, and Dalet Playout
  • MCR automation—Imagine Communications (formerly Harris Broadcast), Snell Advanced Media, SGT, Aveco ASTRA, and Pebble Beach Systems
  • Traffic—MediaGeniX and PROVYS