For live or 24/7 operations
- Redundancy and automatic restart
- Output to NDI®
- Redundant Mode: Main - Secondary
- 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
- Universal for version, optimised for Apple Silicon M1 chip
- Secondary Audio Output
- Support for Subtitling OP47
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 uses the same playout engine as OnTheAir Video.
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 media 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 can be retrieved using a RESTful API, 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.)
NDI® is an open, low-latency, video-over-IP protocol developed by NewTek, Inc. It uses a simple gigabit ethernet cable to transmit video and audio over a local area network between multiple video systems. Now, thanks to NDI®, you can transfer HD and 4K video over a simple Ethernet cable. There is no need for additional routers or even SDI cables anymore, further demonstrating the ease-of-use and reliability of our products. NDI® opens the world to a different way of doing video production and to an ecosystem of devices supporting the protocol.
NDI® is a registered trademark of NewTek, Inc.
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).
Play multiple codecs, file types, formats and frame rates in the same playlist. Support for Apple ProRes®, AVC-Intra, Avid DNxHD®, H.264, HEVC, XDCAM and many more codecs. Multiple file types are supported: movie files (such as .mov, .MXF, .M2T, .M4V), still images or sound. (Check the list in the Tech Specs section.)
Additionally to the video output on the selected video device, you can now also output to another available audio output on your Mac. Works with CoreAudio, so supports the audio devices that are available for macOS (including Dante or MADI).
If you are a Web-TV broadcasting only to the web, you will love this feature. With OnTheAir Video and the Softron Streaming Pack in MovieRecorder, you can stream your video directly to YouTube, Facebook, Twitch or your Wowza or RTMP Server. No need to have a video output device.
If you are producing a live show, control OnTheAir Node with OnTheAir Live (FREE) to have a playlist type of application. If you are running a TV channel, control OnTheAir Node with OnTheAir Manager (paid option), it has a beautiful Calendar type of application where you can create events, playlists, handle redundancy, have attributes hierarchy and categories, add live clips. All that in a very easy-to-use application.
Combined with OnTheAir CG you can add Dynamic Graphics Overlay using the same video output (does not require an additional card thanks to the direct link between OnTheAir Node and OnTheAir CG). Create stunning dynamic graphics in the free OnTheAir CG Designer application, import it in OnTheAir CG Server to control from OnTheAir Node. You can give a default status to each project, and change variables, so for example if you need to add coming next, you can have just one project and just modify the text and the image used.
Buy or Upgrade
Download OnTheAir Node
|OnTheAir Node 4
Pre-release Version (Universal)
|OnTheAir Node 3
Version 3.8.4 - 16 March 2020
- Release Notes
- System requirements: macOS or driver requirements may change between versions, so make sure to check.
- Help Center: Includes a lot of useful information, sometimes not available in the user manual
- User Manual
- YouTube Channel
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 video device:
Recommended drivers for Intel
Recommended drivers for Apple Silicon
You will also need to download a client application to control OnTheAir Node
For Live productions - Free application
Schedule 24/7 playout - Requires Purchase
In DEMO mode, OnTheAir Node 3 will burn a blue demo frame in the recorded file every few seconds, and output a blue demo frame every few seconds. That's the only limitation and difference. After your test, you will keep on using the same application, just with the demo mode unlocked
How to unlock the DEMO version ?
Just download the latest version and replace your previsous version. It is always recommended to run extensive tests with your specific workflow and setup before putting a new version in production. You can use a free demo version for that on a separate computer. Previous legacy versions are available from the general downloads page.
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.