Vertigo Suite

Graphics Automation and Asset Management

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Centralized Graphics Asset Management
Workflows: Dynamic Rendering Using Automation
Workflows: Dynamic Rendering Using ID/time-based Look-up
Workflows: Dynamic Rendering Using Traffic Data

Centralized Graphics Asset Management

Graphics are typically not managed by a station’s asset management system. This is because they come in many formats from different workstations, and they require complex file-flipping/conversions for every rendering device.
Hence, there is a need for dedicated graphics asset management which can automatically push/delete/manage content on rendering devices, with minimal operator intervention.
The Xmedia Server, in combination with the Vertigo Xplorer asset management application, allows all branding assets to be ingested once for central archiving. Files can be  automatically converted, and subsequently directed to the right graphics processor.
This process allows more dynamic handling of content, and a more natural workflow. People creating graphics no longer need to worry about which devices their graphics will be played out from.
Centralized media asset management is especially valuable for the following types of facilities:
  • Larger facilities with multiple channels
  • Facilities where the workflow separates media creation from media management
  • Facilities seeking to share assets between channels without having to duplicate the assets
The Xmedia Server system is ideal for rules-based publishing with automatic distribution and removal of assets based on pre-defined criteria.
The asset management process can also be made aware of schedules to provide a higher level of workflow integration.

Workflows: Dynamic Rendering Using Automation

With dynamic graphics rendering using an automation data-push, the workflow involves template population at air-time using traffic data provided by the playout automation system. This highly automated process results in a very streamlined workflow, and it simplifies the updating of graphics due to the use of objects within templates (graphics, text, clips), which can be readily substituted at a later time. The approach also creates smaller files than with pre-rendering, and hence it minimizes bandwidth requirements for media distribution.

The process is performed as follows:
  • Graphics elements are created using Adobe Photoshop, or another creation package, and the graphic template is prepared with the Vertigo Xstudio application.
  • The templates are ingested into the Xmedia Server, and can then be automatically moved to the correct channel branding processor, or an operator can manually move the content to the device.
  • Playout automation sends a command to the channel branding processor to Cue a specific template, using a single ID per promo type, and the template is then populated via the playout automation with the variable text such as on-air dates/times and show names.
  • The fully populated template is then played out to air by the channel branding processor.

Workflow compatible with following processors:
  • Imagestore 750
  • Imagestore-Modular
  • Vertigo XG
  • Intuition XG
  • LGK-3901

Workflows: Dynamic Rendering Using ID/time-based Look-up

With dynamic graphics rendering using an ID or a time-based look-up, the workflow involves template population at air-time using traffic data supplied by a database, using a look-up triggered by the playout automation. This highly automated process results in a very streamlined workflow, which simplifies the updating of graphics due to the use of objects within templates (graphics, text, clips) that can be readily substituted at a later time. The approach also creates smaller files than with pre-rendering, and hence it minimizes bandwidth requirements for media distribution.

These processes are performed as follows:
  • Graphics elements are created using Adobe Photoshop, or another creation package, and the graphic template is prepared with the Vertigo Xstudio application.
  • The templates are ingested into the Xmedia Server, and they can then be automatically moved to the correct channel branding processor, or an operator can manually move the content to the device.
  • The playout automation sends a command to the channel branding processor to Cue a specific template.
  • With ID-based look-up, a single ID per promo type plus a specific promo ID is sent by playout automation to the channel branding processor.
  • This specific promo ID triggers the template logic to query a traffic/promo database to obtain the data for template population, including the variable text such as on-air dates/times and show names.
  • With time-base look-up, the process is similar except that the template population is triggered by time/date data, rather than a specific promo ID.
  • The fully populated template is then played out to-air by the channel branding processor.
Workflow compatible with following processors:
  • Vertigo XG
  • Intuition XG

Workflows: Dynamic Rendering Using Traffic Data

The Vertigo Suite can also perform several variants of dynamic graphics rendering to best suit different facility workflows, including graphics template population via a traffic spreadsheet, an automation push and by an ID/time-based look-up. In this example, a traffic spreadsheet is used for template population. This process provides easier updating of the graphics due to the use of objects within templates (graphics, text, clips), which can be readily substituted at a later time. The approach also creates smaller files than with pre-rendering, and hence it minimizes bandwidth requirements for media distribution.

Dynamic rendering of in-show promos is performed as follows:
  • Graphics elements are created using Adobe Photoshop, or another creation package, and the graphic template is prepared with the Vertigo Xstudio application.
  • The operator opens an Excel spreadsheet from the traffic or promo department, which lists all the details for each branding event, including the template to be used, the variable text such as on-air dates/times and show names, as well as any associated images and the output file format. The file names are also provided for effective integration with the station’s playout automation.
  • Using the Vertigo Xbuilder software, a single page for each branding event is created, and ingested into the Xmedia Server. A page is an instance of a template containing the final text, image and clip info, as indicated the spreadsheet.
  • The pages can then be automatically moved to the correct channel branding processor, based on “target device” data in the spreadsheet, or an operator can manually move content to the device.
  • Playout automation sends a command to Cue and Take a secondary event by a Unique ID, and the pre-rendered clip with the matching name is then cued and taken to-air by the channel branding processor.
Workflow compatible with following processors:
  • Vertigo XG
  • Intuition XG