Cut from the Kick-Off with Version 3.5 of PlayMaker

By in Graphics Solutions, Sports Production

Designed to meet the challenges of today’s fast-paced sports productions – both in the studio and on the road – Avid’s PlayMaker replay server puts you in total control of the game. It’s the all-in-one production tool for creating up-to-the-minute highlights and slow-motion replays to ensure that your viewers stay tuned in.

The latest release – PlayMaker 3.5 – streamlines the workflow to enable real-time collaboration across the entire production environment. By unifying two major production efforts, PlayMaker becomes a single-box, single-operator solution, requiring less equipment and fewer operators.

Users can still edit directly on PlayMaker, with highlights clips instantly available in the Interplay environment, but now they can write multiple ingest channels in real-time directly to Avid’s NEXIS shared storage solution. This provides a new collaborative workflow option, as media is made available for logging and edit-while-capture in Avid’s MediaCentral | UX. Different combinations of collaborative edit-while-capture and shared highlights workflows can be flexibly deployed to best suit the needs of a particular production.

This new deployment option for PlayMaker comes just a few months after the introduction of the FlexFX Engine. FlexFX is a rich highlights editor that allows the operator to add real-time video effects and graphics transitions – all played back on the fly, with zero rendering time – from within the same box.

Adding PlayMaker – with its real-time graphics and end-to-end, collaborative workflows – into any fast-paced sports studio or news production environment will significantly improve turnaround times. The production effort is simplified, so fewer resources are required, enabling you to deliver superior results, even on a tight budget.

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As senior principle product manager of the Avid video server products, I am proud to take part in shaping the future of our industry. Winner of the 31st Annual Sports Emmy® Award in the technical achievement category, with over 20 years of experience in the broadcast industry.