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Softron Media Services announces support for Blackmagic Design's Videohub in OnTheAir Node, OnTheAir Live and OnTheAir Manage

(April 07, 2011)
DMN Newswire--2011-4-7--Las Vegas, NV, April 7, 2011 - Softron Media Services today released a plug-in for its OnTheAir Suite of client-server products, OnTheAir Node, OnTheAir Live and OnTheAir Manager, that directly supports Blackmagic Design's family of Videohub products from within the Softron applications. The Videohub Plug-in will work with any of the Videohub family of products, which includes the Micro, Smart, Studio, Compact, Broadcast and Enterprise Videohub products. The Videohub Plug-in will also work with the new Universal Videohub, which includes two card based SDI routers that allows customers to build their own router by adding interface cards for custom designed routers up to a massive 288 x 288 size and features redundant cross point and power cards for a reliable design.

When the Videohub is connected to a Mac on the network via a USB port, the Videohub becomes available through Bonjour. The Softron Videohub plug-in for OnTheAir Node will then automatically see it and make it available. Users will be able to choose which output each node can control, rename them and give it a default value Softron's OnTheAir Live and OnTheAir Manager can subsequently communicate with the selected named outputs and thus avoid confusion. Only those outputs added to the named list in the Preferences will be seen by the user with the default value set.

?We feel that our Videohub Plug-in for our client server applications is a major innovation, said Pierre Chevalier, Softron's Technical Director for Softron Media Services. ?It provides incredible flexibility while keeping things easy for the users of our applications and the Blackmagic Design Videohubs. What's more, it is provided at no charge. This is just one more example of how Softron provides added value to our applications.

OnTheAir Node is Softron's next generation playout and ingest engine for the Mac. It has been designed to be an inexpensive, reliable and customizable video server that uses existing off-the- shelf technology. OnTheAir Live is a playlist manager that comes bundled with OnTheAir Node and provides the user interface for adding media and controlling playback. OnTheAir Node is designed for network use and multiple licenses can be installed on any number of workstations in a network to output multiple different channels.

In addition to being controllable by OnTheAir Live, OnTheAir Node can be controlled through Telnet, an open, standards-based protocol used in a lot of broadcasting equipment. Softron Media Services has also announced that it will soon ship OnTheAir Manager, a scheduling application that will allow users to prepare scheduled programming for output from any of the nodes installed on the network.

About Softron Media Services
Softron Media Services, is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. Its US affiliate, Intelligent Broadcasting Solutions is based in Las Vegas, NV. Softron has been providing Macintosh based video and audio solutions for almost 30 years. Softron applications are in use at small, midsize and large broadcasters throughout the world and have been used to broadcast everything from the World Cup and Beijing Olympics to single channel public service stations regular television programming. What distinguishes Softron Media Services is the companys long dedication to providing the highest professional quality video support for Apples Macintosh platform. Softron Media Services applications offer intelligent and easy to use interfaces. Softron Media Services software applications are available online and by Apple ProVideo specialists throughout the world. Resellers are listed on the Softron Media Services website ( Softron Media Services can be contacted at: 470, avenue Moliere, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium, Phone: +32 2 771 7371. For marketing and sales information about Softron Media Services products, please contact Mike Skibra, Softron Media Services Business Development Manager at +1 702 275 6353 or sales- [email protected]

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