Sun always shines onXTV SuiteTV Automation

One for all, all for one

XTV Suite is a professional complete set of software tools for TV stations which manages video capture, trimming, scheduling and playout. Completely automatic and unattended efficiency 24/7.XTV is perfect for TV stations, Satellite Channels, Cable TV, News Room, Web TV, CCTV, Corporate TV, Presentation, hotel pay TV channels, museums info channels and video wall display, which can take advantage of its user-friendly interface.

Designed to achievea true universal format compatibility

At the same time, multi-channel TV stations and TV networks can enjoy XTV’s scalable structure and universal file compatibility. XTV is designed to achieve a true ‘universal format’ compatibility. XTV ties together all production departments allowing direct playout of DV, HDV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, H.265, QuickTime, AVI, MXF, XDCAM, PRORES, DNXHD, GXF, LXF, etc, in any resolution or framerate with automatic adaption.

XTV Suite is able to satisfy those customers looking for second generation CIAB - Channel In A Box, able to provide traditional playout deployment reliability and functionalities with the typical CIAB TCO.

Mediacompatibilityand multiformatbenefits

XTV plays out any kind of media in any resolution:DV, HDV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MPEG-1, H.264, QuickTime, MXF, XDCAM,PRORES, DNXHD, GXF, LXF, etc.XTV allows to play and mix any media format according to broadcaster’sproduction workflow and pros and cons of each AV codec.Hardware Compatibility: BlackMagic, AJA, BlueFishDynamic Playlist: Real time playlist managementwithout black frames nor freezes.Advanced Scheduler: Unlimited playlist length with automaticclip skipping and cutting when late.Duration stretching when ahead of time. Sequence loop.Automatic filler insertion for gap handling.Log Report: Status and playout logging, with XMLexport for easy processing and printing.No Database: Metadata is saved directly into media file,allowing file rename,copying and moving.

Suite contentswith lots of free apps

Licenced apps

XPlayout  > 24/7 AutomationXIngest  > real-time capture from SDI-NDI-IPXMirror  > Playlist media cache copierXMusic  > Automatic musical playlist creator

Free apps

XTrimmer > Metadata injector and quality controlXScheduler > Offline playlist managementCGComposer > CG template creatorXLogsViewer > As run logs viewerXInfo > Playlist information displayXRouter > Routing switcher sharing on LANXRemote > Remote control or routing switcherXEmergency > N+1 playout redundancy (needs xplayout licence)

XTrimmer

XTrimmer is the free app for quality control and metadata insertion. It allows to mark the clips for in and out points, segment the clip for advertisement interruption, but also modify the clip’s video and audio parameters to exactly match the desired output. Parameters include aspect ratio correction modes, vertical and horizontal crop to minimize letterbox on air, field dominance inversion, but also precise audio level correction with automatic loudness calculation. XTrimmer allows secondary CG events insertion to air graphics precisely superimposed and timed with the playlist also defining crossfade/wipe effects between clips. Video file is leaved untouched as an original, while all parameters are saved as metadata, invisibly piggy-backed to the video file, so you can copy, move and rename the file, as the metadata follows automatically. XTrimmer is a completely free application allowing to be installed on any networked computer and so participating effectively to the automation workflow. XTrimmer can be used with the computer screen and loudspeakers, but also features video outputs on most blackmagic or aja video devices and/or NDI output, allowing quality control in full video resolution, also with CG and graphics. Suggested system requirements are i-7 on Windows 10, decklink mini monitor and 32” HDMI TV.

XScheduler

XScheduler is the free app for offline playlist creation. It allows to manage and edit playlist simply dragging and dropping video files on the GUI, defining starting dates and times, and allowing to modifiy the clip parameters individually, such as aspect ratio correction modes, vertical and horizontal crop to minimize letterbox on air, field dominance inversion, but also managing secondary events like GPI and character generation and graphics. Clips are highlighted by color matching the clips’s gender. Live sources and URLs can be inserted directly in the playlist, and, like Xtrimmer, realtime video preview with graphics is available on the computer screen and also as a video output on most blackmagic or aja video devices and/or NDI output, allowing quality control in full video resolution, also with CG and graphics. XScheduler is a completely free application allowing to be installed on any networked computer and so participating effectively to the automation workflow. Suggested system requirements are i-7 on Windows 10, decklink mini monitor and 32” HDMI TV.

Future-proof IP workflows

Support of IP I/O such as NDI, SMPTE 2022 & SMPTE 2110 (only with specific video cards) turns XTV Suite to a game changer. Public and Private Cloud deployment is welcome. NDI and IP sources are also supported directly on the playlist, allowing playout of NDI, UDP, RTP, RTSP, RTMP, HTTP streams and setting parameters specifically, such as aspect ratio correction modes, vertical and horizontal crop to minimize letterbox on air, field dominance inversion, etc. An internal IP encoder allows sending playout output via UDP to external multiplexers, or via RTMP,HLS,RTSP,IIS Live smooth, or windows media streaming to cloud servers for media distribution on internet. If an Nvidia GTX or better board is installed, GPU accelerated compression allows to use H264 and H265 codecs without affecting the computer’s CPU.

Integrated multi layer CG

Advanced graphics can be overlayed on top of the playlist and can be used for simple channel branding or may include complex multi layered objects with tickers, rolls, crawls, time, countup/down and slideshows. The free app CG composer allows creation of graphics templates to be aired manually or associated as secondary events in the playlist for automatic workflows. CGcomposer allows importing of any bitmap file format, sequence of bitmaps or video file, and manages alpha channel for perfect transparencies. TGA or PNG sequences, animated GIF, Quicktime Anim and Prores 4:4:4:4 are fully supported for animations with alpha channel. Text and file paths for graphics can be specified in Xtrimmer, Xscheduler or Xplayout for dynamic text workflows like song info animations for music TVs, for example. Data source for text, rolls, crawls and tickers can be imported from TXT files, CSV or XLSX, updating automatically on content changes. Front color, back color, font and alignment are imported from XLSX files allowing rich text format for tickers, rolls and crawls. Animations can be inserted into cells as hyperlinks and aired seamlessly for a really professional look. XLSX formulas, macros and database connectors can be used to create your own custom application for CG management. In Xplayout the CG layer can optionally be output as a separate KEY and FILL SDI signal for external DSK insertion, or a NDI stream with alpha for Video over IP usage.

CGComposerAmazing SqueezeBacks

The built-in 2D DVE and an additional multi-layer CG backround allow smooth squeezbacks on top of customizable animated graphics with tickers, rolls, crawls and time with dynamic text and countdowns for your “Now showing”, “Up next” and “Coming back in ..” workflows. Video files in any format can also be added to the backround layer as Picture in Picture objects. Squeezebacks can be associated to playlist items, like normal CG pages, and used as secondary events to be aired automatically following exact timing.

Remote controlof external devicesand LIVE events

Xplayout is a modern IP based - any file format - automation, but also allows traditional remote control of external devices such as Cart machines, VCRs, logo generators and especially GPIs and master controls, video mixers and routing swicthers, such as Blackmagic Atem, Videohub, Newtek Tricaster or any device with RS232/422 control. Live events can be inserted directly on the playlist and TCPIP or serial commands will be automatically sent to the external devices. Alternatively, live sources can be aired in “AV bypass mode” connecting them to capture card inputs of the system. In this case a delay from 3 seconds to several days can be applied to accomplish a time shifter mode, very handy when managing country time zone differences.

Secure and Reliable24/7 with redundancy

Xplayout is among the most reliable automation systems on the market, offering a variety of redundancy options:

1+1 Master and Slave workflow is built in the automation. Whatever the master XPlayout does, the slave follows automatically. If a changeover is used, it can send a GPI signal to the slave, transforming it into the master. (Axel Tech DML can be used as a sw changeover)

Discover DML

N+1 with the free app XEmergency. XEmergency monitors the audio coming from up to 8 Xplayout systems using add-on audio capture cards. Whenever audio levels drop for a specific length of time, XEmergency fires up a local XPlayout, resuming the playlist from the point of interruption and blacklisting the failing system to the routing switcher. Alarm notification is achieved through SMS or email.


Media redundancy is built in the XPlayout, allowing to define a main media path to a networked NAS for example, a backup media path to a secondary NAS, and a preferred media path to a local hard disk copy of the media. Switching from one path to the other is completely automatic, and, in case of main media path failure, resume from backup path is available after just a few frames.


Media redundancy is also achieved with the optional app XMirror, the media cache sw, which keeps a copy of the media on local hard disks.


XTV Compact version

Four rack unit machine with simultaneos play and capture on local storage


XTV Server solution

Each machine capture and play directly from a shared server storage

XMirror and XMusic,the options for XPlayout

XMIrror is a great feature when using a network NAS workflow. XMirror copies all files which populate the playlist from the big NAS onto a small local hard disk. Copies are performed slowly (to avoid saturating LAN bandwidth) and constantly (any modification to the playlist will trigger the copy process). Old files are deleted automatically to preserve disk space. If LAN or NAS fails, files will be played automatically from the local disk. If Local hard disk path is specified as a preferred path, media will always be played locally.XMusic is the add-on which allows automatic playlist creation following rules that are typical of the radio world. Daily schedule is divided into “clocks” where musical genders can be listed according to the time of day. Then XMusic chooses the songs automatically, not repeating same songs and same authors, thus creating confortable and pleasant musical selection. XMusic is great for MUSIC TVs, or for channels which need a random, not repetitive, automatic media selection.

XMAMarchive and catalogueoptional

XMAM is Axel Tech’s web based media asset management system to organize video and audio files, photos and documents. It integrates seamlessly with XPlayout and XScheduler allowing to Drag & Drop any media directly from the web browser to the playlist.

Discover XMAM
XTV Suite worlflow

Main Specs

All in one broadcast 4K - 2K - HD - SD playoutComplete workflow management tools: scheduling, trimming, graphic composerMultiple codec playout in the same playlist with resolutions and framerates automatic adaptionMultiple formats playout, automatic up/down scaling and aspect ratio adjustment (16/9, 4/3, etc.)File sharing on LAN architectureDirect file playout from NLE (no transcoding)Up to 16 audio channels managementSimultaneous NDI outputDirect streaming output transport stream MPEG2 and H.264 codec, or RTMP.Automatic management of time during playout (delay/ahead) with fillerLive source full handling inside the playlist control of VTR, Switcher, GPI to Cart MachineMultichannel and high availability configurationsHot Key feature for instant videos playoutGraphic overlay: logos, clocks, tickers, animationsHigh quality sqeezebacks with animated backroundSubtitles in overlay and Closed captionClip trimming and Metadata for advertisement intentioned graphic contentsUser friendly playlist view with explicative colour schemeAs run and system logs for certification

XPlayout

Specifications

  • Supported Video Cards: Blackmagic Design DeckLink and Intensity, AJA Corvid, Bluefish
  • Resolutions: SD, HD, 2K, 4K (depending on AV card)
  • Simultaneous NDI output
  • Simultaneous WebRTC output
  • Preview output on SDI
  • Up to 16 Audio channels
  • Up to 16 Audio channels
  • Timecode rp188
  • Virtual device emulation for use as cpature device in 3rd party sw
  • Split CG layer on separate SDI or NDI in Key and Fill
  • Sdi or NDI inputs for LIVE sources in AV bypass

GUI

  • Full screen GUI optimized for 1920x1080 monitor
  • Channel Alias
  • Preview framerate adjust for RDP optimization
  • CC preview
  • Drag and Drop of multiple files
  • Single clip position duration and position display
  • Total playlist duration and remain display
  • First frame positioning
  • Dual graphical or grid style playlist GUI
  • Drag and Drop to GUI
  • OSD vu-meters and waveform
  • Realtime video preview
  • GUI lock with password
  • Customer Logo on main screen
  • Colors according to file gender or status

Features

  • Virtually any video and file format compatibility
  • Automatic upscale, downscale, framerate adaptation and aspect ratio correction
  • CG overlay
  • Key output on SDI with 32 bits Quicktime Anim, Quicktime ProRes 4:4:4:4, bitmap sequence
  • As run logs
  • Log files
  • VGA compatibility mode for old VGA cards
  • Separate audio track file management
  • Remote control of Blackmagic Design ATEM and NewTek TriCaster
  • MarkIn and MarkOut management (triggering)
  • Frame accurate loops REC while PLAY (for specific formats) with endless MarkOut
  • Realtime Vertical and Horizontal Crop
  • Realtime field swap: top bottom progressive
  • Realtime aspect ratio correction mode: Letterbox, no letterbox, stretch
  • Detailed info on playlist, preview and output status
  • AGC – Automatic Gain Control
  • Automatic switch on backup path in case of main path failure
  • Automatic play from preferred path if same media copy is available
  • Status file and thumbnail update of main output
  • Autofill from folder when ahead of time or end of playlist
  • Automatic load of playlist according to file syntax
  • Emergency file with hotkeys, also with numeric keyboard
  • Automatic load of last playlist at start-up
  • Routing switcher remote control : Blackmagic Design ATEM and Videohub, NewTek TriCaster, any RS232 or RS422 routing switcher or master control
  • VCR automation UVW, VP9xxx or and RS422 SONY
  • Cart machine control: PROMATIC, DIGICART
  • Fast CG for emergencies: clock, text and crawl
  • Automatic CG according to file gender or user custom types
  • Remote control of external CG
  • Integrated master and slave workflow
  • From 5 seconds to 1 day delay for SDI/NDI sources as time shifting
  • Subtitle rendering for SRT files
  • Advanced CG with clocks, tickers, rolls, crawls, bitmap animations, any video file format
  • 2D Squeezeback with advanced backround graphics layer
  • All CG graphics as secondary events
  • GPI in/out
  • Automatic skip/cut if schedule is late
  • Exact time management in cut/wait for end of current event
  • CG composing tool for template creation
  • Non-intrusive sub clip creation for advertisement insertion
  • Crossfade/effects between files
  • Traffic scheduling tool
  • Quality control tool with SDI/NDI output, metedata insertion and loudness control
  • Automatic media copy tool from NAS to local hard disk (optional)
  • Automatic music playlist creator (optional)

Xingest

Specifications

  • Supported Video Cards: Blackmagic Design DeckLink and Intensity, AJA Corvid, Bluefish
  • Resolutions: SD, HD, 2K, 4K (depending on AV card)
  • Simultaneous NDI output
  • Simultaneous WebRTC output
  • Preview output on SDI
  • Up to 16 Audio channels
  • Up to 16 Audio channels
  • Virtual device emulation for use as cpature device in 3rd party sw

GUI

  • Full screen GUI optimized for 1920x1080 monitor
  • Channel Alias
  • Preview framerate adjust for RDP optimization
  • CC preview
  • Drag and Drop of multiple files
  • Single clip position duration and position display
  • Total playlist duration and remain display
  • First frame positioning
  • Dual graphical or grid style playlist GUI
  • Drag and Drop to GUI
  • OSD vu-meters and waveform
  • Realtime video preview
  • GUI lock with password
  • Customer Logo on main screen

Video Codecs

  • MPEG 4 part 2
  • Cisco OpenH264
  • Intel Quicksync H264
  • Nvidia NVEnc H264
  • Nvidia NVEnc H264 lossless
  • Nvidia NVEnc H265
  • MPEG 1
  • MPEG 2
  • DV
  • DVCPRO
  • MJPEG
  • FLV Sorenson
  • HuffYUV
  • WMV 8
  • Google VP8
  • Apple Prores proxy, LT, 422, HQ
  • QuickTime ANIM
  • Uncompressed 422 8-bit
  • Uncompressed 422 10-bit
  • DNxHD
  • VC3
  • OPEN JPEG2000
  • DPX

System requirements depend on

  • Video capture resolution
  • Video codec format
  • Number of simultaneous capture/streaming/proxy

Features

  • Virtually any video and file format compatibility
  • Automatic upscale, downscale, framerate adaptation and aspect ratio correction
  • CG overlay
  • Key output on SDI with 32 bits Quicktime Anim, Quicktime ProRes 4:4:4:4, bitmap sequence
  • As run logs
  • Log files
  • VGA compatibility mode for old VGA cards
  • Separate audio track file management
  • Remote control of Blackmagic Design ATEM and NewTek TriCaster
  • MarkIn and MarkOut management (triggering)
  • Frame accurate loops REC while PLAY (for specific formats) with endless MarkOut
  • Realtime Vertical and Horizontal Crop
  • Realtime field swap: top bottom progressive
  • Realtime aspect ratio correction mode: Letterbox, no letterbox, stretch
  • Detailed info on playlist, preview and output status
  • AGC – Automatic Gain Control
  • Automatic switch on backup path in case of main path failure

File format wrappers

  • Mpeg Program (MPG)
  • Mpeg Transport (TS)
  • MPEG4 part 14 (MP4)
  • QuickTime (MOV)
  • DNxHD (MOV)
  • IMX MPEG4
  • MXF
  • MXF D-10 (IMX)
  • GXF
  • DV
  • FLV
  • DVD VOB
  • ASF
  • iPod Mp4
  • AVI
  • Matroska (MKV)
  • WebM
  • Image Sequence (DPX, PNG, JPG)

Audio codecs

  • WAV (16, 24, 32, Cinema, signed, floating etc)
  • MP2
  • MP3
  • AC3 (ATSC A/52A)
  • AAC
  • ALAC
  • ADCPM
  • VORBIS

Suggested system requirements

  • I7 8700K CPU
  • Windows 10
  • 16GB RAM
  • NVidia GTX

Minimum system requirements

  • I3 CPU
  • Windows 7
  • 4GB RAM

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