For live or 24/7 operations
- Redundancy and automatic restart
- Master - Slave mode
- Media management (clip validation and notifications)
- Remote control with a REST API
- Advanced scheduling with OnTheAir Manager
- Plug-Ins enable integration with video routers, GPI, CG
OnTheAir Node has been designed to be an inexpensive, reliable and customisable video server that has an open client-server architecture. OnTheAir Node can be controlled remotely over the network. One client computer in a control room can control multiple OnTheAir Node playout servers located in the machine room.
With its unequaled openness, OnTheAir Node brings a new era to the world of Mac based playout servers. OnTheAir Node allows third party applications such as Traffic and Media Asset Management solutions to easily take control of a reliable playout server with real-time media cataloging and validation.
OnTheAir Node will not only output video to any of the available video output on the Mac, and allow it to be controlled remotely, but it will also catalog the available assets in one or more scan folder and it will inform any of the client application (OnTheAir Live or OnTheAir Manager) when a new asset arrives or is deleted. It will also check for validity and compatibility. Information on the clips is provided as XML, making it easy for any other third party application to retrieve the clip's characteristics. (Ex: video codec, audio sample rate, creation date, last modification date, finder label etc.)
OnTheAir Node’s open architecture will allow any third party application as Traffic or Media Asset Management software to control the playout and see the list of available media. OnTheAir Node uses Telnet for its communications meaning that the protocol is a proven and open standard that doesn’t need any special requirements.
Send GPI triggers from OnTheAir Node to a video mixer or any GPI compatible device to take control of it thanks to our GPICommander box which connects in USB to your Mac and provides 24 inputs and 8 outputs of GPI.
You can also control video routers very easily. Blackmagic-Design Videohub and AJA Kumo routers have a dedicated plugin that connects through the Network to take control of the crosspoints. That is with this type of control that our users handle Live events in their 24/7 playout.
Thanks to its flexible system of "Attributes", OnTheAir Node can take control of multiple external devices such as video routers (through RS232 or Ethernet), Character Generators, logo inserters (using GPI triggers). Attributes are changed for the whole length of a clip and reverted back to the default value at the end.
The logic of Attributes make it very easy to handle in broadcast operations. Attributes always have a default value (such as logo on, or GPI on), and you decide to modify the default value only on the clips you want (set logo off for commercials for example).
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Download OnTheAir Node
- OnTheAir Node 3.3.1
26 October 2015
OnTheAir Node 3 is a paid upgrade. If you own a version 1.x license, you can purchase an upgrade here.
Once downloaded, unzip the file, and double-click on the installer to start the installation. Make sure also to download and install the drivers for your AJA, Blackmagic-Design or Deltacast card. !!! AJA Drivers 12.1 / Decklink Drivers 10.3.1 or later are required !!!
OnTheAir Node plays a blue a DEMO frame every 10 seconds on the output, and only lists 100 media files per Media folder. All options are enabled in DEMO mode, make sure to purchase the option you need.
How to unlock the DEMO version ?
Purchase a license through one of our resellers or the Softron online store, then just activate your serial number in the License window or plug your dongle in the computer.
Just download the latest version and replace your previsous version. You do not need to deactivate and reactivate your serial number when updating your Softron software. Read the following article to know when to deactivate.
This software uses code of FFmpeg, licensed under the LGPLv2.1 and its source can be downloaded here.
!! Download a client application to control OnTheAir Node
- OnTheAir Live (Free)
For Live productions
- OnTheAir Manager
Schedule 24/7 playout
Hardware Requirements and Specifications
Software you have:
Software you need:
The original CG dongle has to be returned and will be exchanged against a serial number. If another dongle is needed then you should order a USB dongle in addition to the upgrade.