Features

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.

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—just added

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 plug-in.

Get easy clip playback—just added

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

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.

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 Avid 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

Add asset management

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.

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.

Connect your newsroom with HTML5—just added

As production moves to decentralized workflows, you need innovative tools to provide editorial access to stories. With new HTML5-based newsroom plug-ins, 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 plug-ins work with all newsroom systems that use the HTML5 MOS plug-in specification, including MediaCentral | Newsroom Management.

Control Unreal-rendered virtual studios—just added

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—just added

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—just added

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 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.

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 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

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.

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. 

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 | Branding, and Maestro | PowerWall (formerly Maestro | TD Control) 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 | Ultimate, 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

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