The Playout Control Application
Ventuz Director is the Control Application within the Ventuz ecosystem used for Live Events or Broadcast projects. Director allows operators to run through playlists, preview and take graphics in a manual or automatic fashion and make last minute changes to the content.
Ventuz Director can control any number of playout machines from one or more control seats with ease. It can control not only various machines independently, but also independent Graphic Layers, Split-screens or even Graphical Elements in a Virtual Set/AR scenario. Channels can be operated either manually, via GPI input or other automation systems, or even using automated or manually triggered Playlists.
The use of template-based graphics allows separating design from data population and playout control, resulting in a more flexible and scalable workflow. You can fill your templates with data quickly by using manual live editing, playlists or plug-ins for more specific use cases. With Director it is easy to make last minute changes to your playout graphics and integrate live data in your workflow.
Freely Customizable Workflow
Ventuz Director features a very flexible Window Layout and the User Interface can be easily customized to meet your needs. Additionally, you can use Plug-Ins for creating more specific User Interfaces or advanced functionality. Furthermore, Director features macros to automatize and control commonly used tasks in a more efficient way.
In addition, the Remoting API and GPI interface provide a very flexible, yet powerful, medium to integrate with any 3rd party control or automation systems in the market.
By the use of MOS protocol, Ventuz Director integrates easily with your NewsRoom Computer System (NRCS); the NRCS solutions currently supported are AP ENPS, Avid iNEWS, Octopus and Annova OpenMedia.
Journalists can browse, edit and preview the graphics needed using Ventuz Newsroom Plugin, embed them into their stories and add them to the show rundown. Ventuz Director polls and plays the pages created by the journalists and plays them out as requested by the program rundown.
The system also includes a centralized asset management, including local caches, a sophisticated user rights management and several mechanisms to prepare for system outages and to ensure the maximum reliability.
Besides the easy embedding in Newsroom Systems the Director can also be automated using its HTTP Websocket Remoting API or via CII, VDCP and Mosart Integration. To accept more specific 3rd party protocols or process any incoming data you can create custom Plug-Ins or customise the Automation Service to your needs.
In its simplest use case, Ventuz Director allows you to create and manually or automatically control a cue list of the VENTUZ scenes and templates. Requiring only the easiest and minimal learning curve to use as an operator, it provides a simple out of the box control for any VENTUZ configuration or show. To even further minimize barriers to entry, Director adheres to familiar concepts and workflows, such as a template/page paradigm, playlists and shot-boxes, or timeline based workflows reminiscent of NLE systems. Thereby, Director brings powerful real-time, data-driven 2D and 3D content into a standard and instantly familiar environment that requires little or no extensive retraining.
Director allows operators to quickly and easily run through playlists, preview graphics, make last minute changes to the content and take graphics live. The flexible interface can be completely customized to suit any workspace environment, even across several screens. With lightning fast response times, it is built with the requirements of a live production environment in mind. But for those projects that require that extra level of customization, Director has its own flexible API allowing for deep customizability to fit the projects’ needs. It even allows you to develop bespoke applications and custom elements that run directly within the Director interface.