PlayMaker 3.1— Next-Generation Slow-Motion Replay with Avid Interplay | Production Collaboration

By in Graphics Solutions, Sports Production

PlayMaker is an advanced slow-motion replay and media highlights editing server that enhances productivity, speeding up turnaround times during live sports productions. It’s ideal for 24/7 studio sports and news workflows, providing ongoing ingest of multiple incoming feeds and powerful editing tools for immediate playback of sports highlights or live breaking news. PlayMaker offers streamlined collaboration with existing Interplay | Production and other Avid MediaCentral Platform environments.


PlayMaker 3.1

Today, we’re excited to announce that PlayMaker version 3.1 is now available! When used with Media | Director, PlayMaker can instantly and automatically check exported clips into Interplay | Production as Op-Atom files. This provides instant response time using PlayMaker’s fast turnaround capabilities and reduces operational costs. All clip keyword metadata is maintained and is accessible to Interplay and MediaCentral users. In addition, files can be transcoded in different flavors using Media | Director, including generating proxy files with dynamic re-link.

Switch up your I/O with robust reliability

The PlayMaker server supports up to 8 I/O channels, housed in a compact 3U chassis. The I/O is fully flexible, enabling you to switch from a 4 in/4 out configuration to a 6 in/2 out or other preferred setup—within seconds. It’s also designed for 24/7 operation, with full RAID protection and dual power supplies, providing the hardware robustness required in an OB truck under constant movement.


Control playback with a touch

The PlayMaker Controller is designed to enhance your production workflow, providing familiar and intuitive controls. Its 5.7-inch color touchscreen gives you quick and easy access to the server’s controls and configuration tools. It also features a heavy-duty and configurable Jog wheel and T-bar, as well as highly reliable, illuminated tactile buttons.


Instantly edit highlights

Using the built-in editing tools, you can easily gather clips into playlists and packages for pregame rundowns, game highlights, or postgame melts. The intuitive and simple interface enables you to set each clip’s position in the list, trim the clip’s “in” and “out” points, switch to different angles, set different playout speeds and transitions for each clip, and more.

Tag and sort clips with ease

The built-in SmartEvents engine is a powerful tagging and sorting tool. It can automatically tag clips with descriptive metadata, requiring minimal effort by the operator, making it easy to locate what you want using the PlayMaker Controller.


Share videos over network

Engage any PlayMaker server on your network with just a click of a button. Once connected, you can browse through the remote server clip list and select any clip for preview, copy, or instant playback.

Streamline production with a tapeless workflow

PlayMaker’s advanced architecture provides a direct interface to any external storage device. Pair it with anything from a simple USB hard drive or low-cost NAS device, to fully featured SAN storage, without the need for additional—and expensive—intermediate software and hardware.


Get Super Slow Motion camera support

PlayMaker supports a variety of high frame rate cameras, including those that support 2, 3, 4, and 6 times normal speed. This enables you to play out clips in pristine-quality super slow motion. Plus, you can seamlessly mix high frame rate clips and standard frame rate clips into the same playlist.


Accelerate highlight editing in a studio environment

When working in a studio environment, PlayMaker offers a dedicated work mode for highlight editing of multiple playlists from various incoming feeds. This studio mode significantly accelerates operation, improves productivity, and enhances the overall quality of your final results.


Increase your productivity with Pivot

The Pivot Windows interface offers a set of additional intuitive tools to boost your productivity. Create playlists fast without occupying an output. And put together playlists, manage clips, and import/export files easily with the drag-and-drop interface.


Flexible audio configuration

PlayMaker provides 8 stereo audio channels for each of the recording video channels, with audio mixing on the output when working in program/preview mode. Audio data is kept uncompressed, and all Dolby E and ancillary data are fully preserved. And if you work with analog audio or digital AES, optional breakout boxes for PlayMaker are also available.

PlayMaker—Next-Generation Slow-Motion Replay

PlayMaker provides instant playback and extremely fast highlight editing for developing live sports and news stories.


As Senior Solution Marketing Manager for Broadcast at Avid, I am proud to bring captivating sports and graphic solutions to the broadcast market.