ChyronIP powers 3D graphics for NewTek TriCaster
Chyron has released ChyronIP, a real-time HD/SD 2D and 3D character and graphics generator that brings the company’s full-motion, data-driven 3D graphics to NewTek TriCaster live production systems for the first time. Loaded with all of the features and functions offered by Chyron’s Lyric PRO software, ChyronIP delivers key and fill signals via the TriCaster network interface, which gives producers two full HD or SD live full-motion channels of Chyron graphics without tying up any of the TriCaster’s video inputs.
“ChyronIP for TriCaster makes the quality and sophistication of Chyron graphics available at an unprecedented price point,” said Bill Hendler, chief technology officer at Chyron. “From the largest media companies down to local sports production teams, broadcasters working with TriCaster systems can now easily incorporate Chyron’s dynamic animated elements and information-rich graphics into their live productions.”
NewTek chief technology officer, Dr. Andrew Cross, commented, “The SDK we’ve developed for TriCaster makes it very easy for companies to integrate their technologies with our products — and we’re thrilled that Chyron is enabling our customers to take advantage of the world-renowned graphics capabilities that have made Lyric a standard in the broadcast industry. Video producers using TriCaster will be pleased with how easy it is to create compelling, high-quality motion graphics with integrated data and statistics that deliver the same type of experience found in major network broadcasts. This represents another great opportunity for TriCaster customers to further polish the professional look of the high-quality multi-camera network-style television programs they produce.”
Intended for sports, news, entertainment, and any other live production, ChyronIP allows TriCaster users to employ the same type of high-impact graphics typical of premier sports and entertainment broadcasts. Because graphics data is delivered via a network connection, broadcasters can take advantage of ChyronIP for TriCaster without giving up any of the needed camera inputs that also are critical to live production.
ChyronIP for TriCaster is a self-contained system that boasts a compact lightweight chassis. Users can simply plug it in and get to work. Those companies or production teams already working with Chyron graphics systems can employ ChyronIP to bring any existing Chyron graphics into their productions.
Chyron also announced the integration of its ENGAGE second screen and social TV platform with the zeebox companion app and website that makes watching TV better. With seamless access to zeebox from within their existing Chyron graphics systems, broadcasters can cost-effectively leverage the leading second screen app to complement their live programming.
“The second screen applications running on tablets and other devices serve as an exciting new platform for publishing synchronized content that enhances the viewer’s experience,” said Jim Martinolich, vice president of integration technology at Chyron. “zeebox is the leading second screen app and its integration with our ENGAGE platform aids broadcasters in creating and managing second screen content without introducing significant new production costs. We are very excited to be adding zeebox to our list of ENGAGE charter partners.”
“Broadcasters are clamoring to embrace social TV and second-screen engagement, but the combination of fragmented market, myriad of consumer apps, and lack of integration with their existing workflow has — until now — made this a complex and expensive process,” said Anthony Rose, CTO and co-founder of zeebox. “By giving broadcasters the ability to publish directly into the zeebox platform using their existing tools and production workflow, we’re making it as easy for a broadcaster to create a play-along, social TV or interactive experience delivered within zeebox as it is to pop up an on-screen graphic — and that’s a huge game changer.”
ENGAGE gives broadcasters the ability to add viewer interactivity such as votes, polls, and tweet battles into their live news and sports programming, along with rich call-to-action graphics and infographics. By integrating with popular second screen and social data partners including zeebox, the Chyron platform eliminates the need for custom integration while allowing broadcasters to maintain their routine production workflows. zeebox boosts the ability of broadcasters to offer TV programming that grabs the attention of viewers and fuels greater interactivity. The app gives broadcasters a single program-based destination where fans can chat, share, and interact.
Within the Chyron graphics workflow, the zeebox companion app becomes another layer of rich informational graphics, driven by the newsroom rundown or by the live sports graphics team using the same tools they rely on for daily production. The second screen graphics are created in Chyron’s Lyric graphics creation software, share the same look as the station or group’s on-screen graphics, and are fed by the same sports data feeds that feed on-air programming. Users can even decide on-the-fly which graphics go to air and which graphics go to the second screen.
Lastly, Chyron is demonstrating the newest release of the Axis World Graphics platform, a cloud-based graphics creation system designed specifically for broadcasters. By simplifying, streamlining, and facilitating the graphics creation process, Axis World Graphics enables reporters, production assistants, and news producers to create broadcast-quality graphics.
Chyron will highlight for attendees the newest features of order, the Axis World Graphics electronic order management system, which equips anyone in the newsroom with essential tools for graphics fulfillment. A new points system within order allows organizations to track the amount of art department time allotted to different graphics teams, thus providing a form of flow control for the whole operation. In addition, new custom order forms offer flexibility for handling many different asset types.
Throughout IBC2012, Chyron will also highlight updates to Axis World Graphics maps and news. maps enables producers and a wide variety of news staff to create high-resolution maps for broadcasts quickly and easily. The capabilities of maps have been expanded to include language support in German, French, and Spanish; a more interactive user interface; faster renders; support for more streamlined collaboration; and enhanced search capabilities. The latest enhancements to news include unlimited image layers, faceted search capability, streamlined collaboration, and an updated user interface.
“In demanding broadcast news environments, graphics departments often spend a large amount of time managing the graphics ordering and creation processes,” said Todd Martin, senior vice president, strategic solutions group at Chyron. “The latest version of Axis World Graphics simplifies both processes, saving operations both time and money.”