Total workflow control
Optimize your operation
Maestro | News easily integrates into any production environment, reducing operational costs. It offers workflow-specific tools for designers, journalists, editors, and other team contributors to collaborate. And it establishes logical relations between different devices in your control room, making it a versatile solution for news, branding, studio productions, OB vans, editing, and post production.
Access MediaCentral in Maestro | News—just added
Browse, search for, and access MediaCentral-managed content directly from your Maestro | News interface with the integrated MediaCentral browser. Find the assets you need faster, without having to bounce between separate applications. Plus, the browser sports the same look and feel of the MediaCentral web-based interface, so you’ll feel right at home.
Connect into MediaCentral news workflows
Maestro | News can also be accessed from within MediaCentral, enabling journalists and production staff to edit and drag and drop Maestro graphics templates right into MediaCentral to build a story. And because MediaCentral can be accessed in a web browser or on a mobile device, journalists and producers can work from any location—wherever the story takes them.
Turn around content quickly
Maestro | News enables you to play back non-flattened sequences, eliminating the need to flatten projects to a single file and transcode media—before or after editing—to a single codec, so you can get edited video to air faster. A critical requirement for live news and studio productions. You can also play out media directly from Avid NEXIS instead of transferring it to your playout device, eliminating the time wasted and need to render projects.
As graphics libraries continue to expand, Maestro | News now makes finding content even easier. With scaled and improved Simple Search, search results automatically update as you type. Plus, new wildcards enable better filtering, greatly enhancing content management. Simple Search also works across all integrated solutions too, including MediaCentral | Asset Management, MediaCentral | Production Management, and the MediaCentral | Newsroom plugin.
Create stunning visuals with Maestro | Designer
Maestro | Designer is the core graphics authoring application and is included with Maestro | News. It provides all the tools you need to create high-end 2D/3D graphics, plus integration with your favorite design and 3D modeling tools too, enabling you to present information in visually compelling ways.
Enable burned-in graphics—just added
With the latest Maestro | News plugin for MediaCentral, you now have the option of rendering and mixing down all graphics and audio to a video clip as a single file that can be sent directly to playback or archived for future use. This provides more flexibility when working with captions and subtitles, giving you the choice to burn in the text or send it as a sidecar file.
Get easy user management
Easily know and control who has access to what content to maintain security and prevent accidents, such as bringing the wrong content to air. With Maestro | News, you can simply connect its user rights management to your MediaCentral user management system or to Windows Active Directory, so you can manage all users on a single system.
Get powerful rendering and reliability
Maestro | News works in conjunction with the high-performance Maestro | Engine for real-time 3D, HD/UHD, and HDR graphics and video rendering. It provides the dedicated hardware rendering power you need to composite high-res graphics, video, text, and data into stunning visuals. And it makes it easy to transition from SDI to video over IP workflows whenever you’re ready.
Create intelligent tickers
Display multiple tickers and take control of the speed, loop, content, and more. You can introduce content manually or extract it from external databases, RSS feeds, or even social media. You can also add “intelligence” to their behavior, enabling different content to play out depending on context.
Interact with social media
Increase viewer engagement by bringing content from social media, news agencies, video sharing platforms, and news websites into your workflow with x.news. Integrated into your Maestro | News and MediaCentral workflow, or used standalone, x.news enables you to retrieve, monitor, filter, and moderate content—and download the associated media—for use in your stories and graphics to enhance your coverage.
Save time with smart logic
Easily compose graphics that automatically change based on onscreen events and/or predefined rules. This ensures that data and animation always display properly—regardless of the playout order. And it allows graphics to react differently to different situations, without adding complexity. You can have a single operator managing visually complex productions, while drastically reducing the risk of on-air mistakes.
Control video and clip playback
Maestro | News can control Avid VideoEngine devices, including FastServe | Playout, to manage and play video and graphics. Add video elements to a news rundown or directly on Maestro | News. Play clips directly from any Maestro | News page. And easily retrieve content and rundowns from MediaCentral, Interplay, and iNEWS, enabling a single operator to control all video and graphics content for an entire show.