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Monarch Brodcaast™ QPlus™ scheduling and playout system is a robust content playout and on-air text and graphics design system.

This system provides broadcast channel automation by scheduling the programs output, inserting advertisement into channel broadcasting line-up, adding titles, overlaying stills and logos, generating clocks display and much, much more.

The design of television channels are distinguished by high informational and graphic intensity – simultaneous output of several crawls, animated logos, and information fields with real time content update.

The application does not require any additional equipment and allows to execute graphic information, video and audio overlay directly over the pass through signal.

Highlights


  • Real time automatic and manual scheduling of live input and media files
  • Creating a schedule for many days ahead
  • Built-in live video input in Analog and HDMI (digital) format
  • No black frames between playback of media files and live inputs
  • Combine video files of various formats into video blocks while applying simple editing techniques (Clip trimming, Mark in & Mark out)
  • Customizable squeeze ads – L shape, J shape, U shape or any custom shape
  • Preview function of viewing video clips on computer screen while schedule is playing
  • 16.7 million color support for logos and lower third ads through 32 bit alpha AVI file support
  • Multi language messages in a single scroll line
  • Unlimited breaking news
  • Event based scheduling for tickers and lower third ads
  • Log generator for ads, scroll messages and squeeze ads

Features

Built-in Auto or Manual Scheduler for video clips and live video input

Monarch Brodcaast™ QPlus™ Scheduling and Playout system playbacks scheduled event at right time with right data. It supports display of secondary events associated with the main event (logos, crawl lines, breaking news, spot ads and lower third ads) according to time and date. Built in scheduler can put all secondary events on the air at specified time and date and take them off the air again at the specified time. This features helps in scheduling the display of messages during the specified time period only. It also helps in running the ticker in an unattended mode once it is scheduled according to the time table. In essence, it allows for the production of a professional and tightly choreographed output, appropriately mastered, polished and ready for broadcast or other pro use.

The manual mode in the scheduler allows you to play any clip in manual mode with facility to go to next or previous clip or jump to any clip in the playlist. While the manual mode is playing, you can switch to the auto schedule mode and from auto manual mode to manual mode. Live input in the manual mode as well as auto schedule mode is also supported.

Live video or video clips as input source

Monarch Brodcaast™ QPlus™ supports live video in analog or HDMI format as input source. It also supports media file input as background source. Input source can be switched smoothly between live video input and video clip without any black frame or gap.

The video clips in AVI, Mpeg 1 or Mpeg 2 formats and static image files in GIF, TGA, JPG, BMP and PNG formats can be used as a background source. The built in playlist generator allows to build the complete playlist of video clips and image files with accurate display time. The precise time of video clips can also be set by marking it with IN and OUT points for playback.

Monarch Brodcaast™ QPlus™ supports SD SDI (with 2 Channel Embedded Audio), HDMI (with 2 Channel Embedded Audio), Component (Y, R-Y, B-Y), S-Video or Composite video outputs. All the outputs are available simultaneously. These video outputs can be used for on air transmission, preview and external recording purposes.

The live video input is provided through the Monarch Zinnia card. You can connect any one of the live video sources from HDMI (with 2 channel embedded audio) or Component or S-Video or Composite inputs.

Multiple Layer Compositing and Playout

Strata Compositing enables real-time compositing of multiple independently controllable virtual channels into a single physical channel. Use it to output multiple graphic layers – a ticker, a day and a date, a clock, a station ID, a lower third graphic band and background video, for instance – as a single physical output channel.

Monarch Brodcaast™ QPlus™ has the multi-layering functions allowing you to build and control multiple layers of graphics. All graphic elements & layers including animations are blended and rendered in real-time. Monarch Brodcaast™ QPlus™ delivers single physical output channel while allowing the operator to maintain complete control over each individual graphic element independently.

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Different secondary graphic elements combined together

Multiple Line Text Crawl 

Monarch Brodcaast™ QPlus™ supports 2 lines of text crawl simultaneously. These lines can be played back in either direction (left to right or right to left) simultaneously with variable speed for each crawl line. These lines can be placed anywhere on the screen with adjustable height control and placement feature.


  • Messages in any 3 languages can be displayed in a single crawl line
  • Individual ticker line can be put on or off
  • Text messages can be updated on line without affecting the live feed
  • Text Messages can be moved up or down for last minute changes
  • Text messages can be imported in any crawl line from any external .TXT file
  • Save and Load option of Script saves changes done in the texts and can be recalled anytime.
  • A graphic Image or a color bullet can be inserted between two messages within the crawl line. Maximum 3 images can be inserted between these messages for separation with adjustable image size and vertical text position.

Multi-Language Font support

Monarch Brodcaast™ QPlus™ has full Unicode font support. Text crawl in any Indian language which supports Unicode fonts available in Windows 7 operating system can be edited and displayed with this system. At present Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Oriya and Telugu languages are supported. Each crawl line can display messages in 3 different languages and different colors. Built-in virtual keypad helps in typing the messages in 8 different Indian languages. This feature helps in typing the message by even a less experienced operator.

A new utility is added to create a text file in Notepad by using the Virtual Key Pad for regional languages. The file so created can be used for breaking news and scroll text messages.

Full-Color Station Logo with transparency

Monarch Brodcaast™ QPlus™ can be used to insert 4 full colored static or animated station logos. Static graphic image with transparency or 32 bit animated AVI file can be displayed on the live video feed and this logo can be placed anywhere on the screen.

Full-Color animated lower third graphic band for displaying advertisement

Monarch Brodcaast™ QPlus™ can be used to insert a full colored graphic band for displaying advertisement. The advertisement can be created in 32 bit AVI format or SWF format and can be used as the lower third graphic band.

On Screen Clock & Date

Clock and date display are the part of the online ticker system. Monarch Brodcaast™ QPlus™ provides on line clock and day and date insertion anywhere on the screen. You can select the color and font style of the clock & day and date. The clock presets allows you to quickly set-up the time and day and date.

Watermark

Through the watermarking process of text or image is embedded into a digital signal in a way that is difficult to remove. If the signal is copied, then the information also is carried in the copy. In the watermarking, the information is visible in the picture or video. Typically, the information can be text or a logo, which can identify the ownership of the media. The user is able to place the watermark anywhere on the screen with varying degree of opacity.

Breaking News

There has been widespread use of breaking news at the local level, particularly when one channel wants to emphasize the exclusivity of coverage. The stories assigned breaking news rise to the significance or level of interest where it is important to the viewers. Monarch Brodcaast™ QPlus™ provides the template based breaking news band where news flashes can be displayed and updated online.

Display ads through squeeze

Another feature of Monarch Brodcaast™ QPlus™ is that it accepts live video as input and this live input can be manipulated like any other graphic layer. The software supports the live video input to be scaled down (Squeezed) to any size. The exact display time of ads can be manipulated by scaling the live video to its original size again. You can now create the playlist of the images or video clips to be shown in the squeeze band. This playlist can be played manually or automatically at a fixed interval of time.

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This feature allows the display of vertical or horizontal ads during the live telecast of any program.

As Run Log generator for billing purpose

The built in As Run Log generator records the On Air display of text messages, lower third graphic ads, full screen advertisements and video clips. The record is generated on daily basis with time stamp for every record. The customized log reader helps to sort the messages with Meta tags and time period and generates the report for the billing purpose.

Supported file formats

The following file formats are supported for various graphic elements and movie video clips.

Movie / Video Clips 24 BIT MS DV AVI, MPEG 1 (.mpg, .dat), MPEG 2 (Up to 9 mbps - .mpg), M2V, MPV, M2P, VOB (mpeg 2 compression up to 9 mbps and Dolby Digital 5,1 audio down converted to 2.0 channel), DivX (.mkv compression with PCM audio compression), WMV 8 & 9
Lower Third Supers 24/32 bit AVI , SWF
Logos 24/32 BIT AVI , SWF, MPG, M2V, MPV, M2P, WMV, BMP, TGA, JPG, PNG, GIF
Watermark BMP, TGA, JPG, PNG, GIF
Clock BG BMP, TGA, JPG, PNG, GIF
Squeeze ADS BG 24/32 BIT AVI , SWF, MPG, M2V, MPV, M2P, WMV, BMP, TGA, JPG, PNG, GIF
Scroll Text: BG / Border / Bullets BMP, TGA, JPG, PNG, GIF
Breaking News 32 bit BMP, TGA, PNG

Technical specifications and system configuration for LIVE model


Technical Specifications
Video outputs 1 X Composite (CVBS) – (BNC)
1 X S-Video (4 pin Mini DIN)
1 X S-Video (4 pin Mini DIN)
1 X SD SDI with 2 Channel embedded audio (BNC)
1 X HDMI with 2 Channel embedded audio
Audio output 1 X Balanced Analog Stereo (Phono Jack – ¾” Stereo)
Video inputs (Any one input selectable from these inputs) 1 X Composite (CVBS) – (RCA)
1 X S-Video (4 pin Mini DIN)
1 X Component – Y, R-Y, B-Y (RCA)
1 X HDMI with 2 Channel embedded audio
Audio input 1 X Unbalanced Analog Stereo (RCA)
Color Standard PAL with 4:3 aspect ratio support
Operating System Windows 7 Standard or better
Software Application Monarch Brodcaast QPlus Application version 3.0

System configuration
Cabinet and Power supply 4 RU table model cabinet with 600 watt or higher power supply
Mother Board: Intel DP67BG or DZ68Z or better
CPU: Intel i5 2400 3.1 GHz or better
RAM : DDR III - 1 GB X 2 or more
I/O Cards Decklink Studio I/O card for Video and Audio output
Monarch Zinnia I/O card for Video and Audio input
Graphic Card: ATI Radeon HD 6770 VAPOR-X with 1 GB RAM or better
Hard Disk Drive: 1 X 1 TB
Cables 3 X Breakout cables for Video and Audio I/O
Hardware Lock Metal Dongle
Optical Drive DVD Writer*

 

* Since we are not getting any warranty from the supplier of the DVD writers, Monarch will not provide warranty on DVD writer if buyer purchases from us.

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