ATHENSA GRAPHICS

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

ATHENSA GRAPHICS (AG) is a sophisticated, yet extremely user-friendly on-air CG and graphics manager. It lets you create different static or dynamic objects such as rolls, crawls, multi-layered simultaneous still pictures, analog and digital clocks, animated logos etc., and save them in projects. Those could easily be used for direct broadcasting or as customized templates for future use. In addition, ATHENSA GRAPHICS has a built-in Scheduler which lets you start objects from previously created project(s) at different times.

ATHENSA GRAPHICS can run as a standalone solution or run in the background, without its front-end interface. This allows all objects and slide actions to be triggered by a third party OEM software which sends its script commands via network protocol.

ATHENSA GRAPHICS is designed to work in sync with the ATHENSA PLAYOUT. This allow objects in ATHENSA GRAPHICS to be started or stopped by using the ATHENSA PLAYOUT. This is achieved by inserting ATHENSA GRAPHICS Net control events in the ATHENSA PLAYOUT playlist. ATHENSA GRAPHICS control can also be automated using scripts triggered by metadata condition from ATHENSA PLAYOUT. The playlist metadata value from ATHENSA PLAYOUT can be sent to the text objects.

ATHENSA GRAPHICS provides powerful tools for project preparation and extensive control over on-air graphics. The projects may include:

– Adding basic effects to text, such as a shadow, border, change the color and transparency
– Define the appearance of you objects: define in and out transition, change position, size
– Adding stationary, crawling or rolling text, with either static or dynamic content
– Inserting logos, pictures or animations with a wide range of supported formats
– Items can be played once, run on a loop, etc.
– Items can be scheduled on a daily, weekly or other basis
– No layer limitation
– Use simple macros to automate metadata display direct from the playlist
– Visualize data from external data providers such as: TXT files, XML, HTML files, ODBC, Weather, RSS, Emergency alert systems
– Create animated objects, add banners, chat boxes and so much more
– Use video objects in your project. You can open and use a video clip in your ATHENSA GRAPHICS project or directly display a Live video source

IN THE CURRENT VERSION

Escaping the static environment, ATHENSA GRAPHICS delivers the 4K graphics and the amazing automation your channel deservеs. Go beyond the slides by directly linking any source of real-time information to your dynamic graphic objects: easy, fast and on the fly.

Optimized and modernized

We have optimized and modernized the software by reviewing and renewing the entire engine architecture and code. A lot of work was done behind the scenes to bring ATHENSA GRAPHICS to the current version. In summary, we have laid the foundations for future development.

New user interface and customizable view

A great number of view options and custom layouts

Dockable interface

Panel layout

Preloaded and user-defined skins/views

and more

Web accessible

Web browser  access for optimal productivity.

Delivers 4K graphics

ATHENSA GRAPHICS delivers 4K CG and graphics for highly detailed viewer experience.

AJA Support

AJA has a long history of building high-quality, reliable video devices for the video industry.

AJA support in ATHENSA GRAPHICS allows 4k/UHD output and graphics and images to be overlaid on the input video to the card for easy overlays.

Cascading ATHENSA GRAPHICS

We have added the cascading option, which means that you can use the graphics layer created by one ATHENSA GRAPHICS (or from a 3rd party device) and send it to another ATHENSA GRAPHICS instance, therefore allowing you to use one station to prepare the basic graphics and other to localize or personalize them depending on Channel needs.

Optional software re-branding (white-labeling)

Optional software re-branding (skin, splash, headers, etc.) in accordance with the business partner’s request. Software re-branding is possible for every partner who would like to match software appearance with their own company branding.

We now allow customers to white-label the software as well.

Features
  • Simple or animated logo insertion
  • Program related announcements such as now, next,  stay tuned or coming up next notifications
  • Lower thirds for captions
  • Artist, Album, Song name, etc. captions for music videos
  • Breaking news or similar ‘flash’ item display
  • Text objects support any language
  • Right-to-left and Left—right scripting
  • Total on-air CG control – Each and every CG object can be edited during the on-air session
  • Manual or automated changes of text contents, animation/rolling speed, position and properties can be done on-the-fly
  • Roll/crawl speed can follow a predefined speed curve (dynamic speed of roll and crawl objects)
  • Slide Sequencer – Easy slide and layer management is provided by the intuitive Slide Sequencer
  • Automated text rendering into graphics templates
  • Dynamic data sources

Dynamic text data coming from text, rich text, csv text, XML, HTML, RSS feeds, weather channels or ODBC-compliant databases can be linked to any text object and updated on-screen in real-time

  • Scheduling

Any object can be scheduled to display at a specific time, on a specific day or date on a specific event, with certain cycling rules.

  • Task manager

Each object behavior (stop/start/etc.) can be related to some trigger like GPI In, keyboard combination, API command or other object behavior. For example, you can define one object to start when another object stops.

  • Advanced Scripting Engine

Enhanced scripting engine allows complete control over objects, sequencing and execution

Specifications

Simultaneous Graphic Objects*

*All objects can run simultaneously with no limitations
Crawls Horizontally running text messages
Rolls Vertically rolling credits and messages
Animations Channel logos, animated backgrounds, etc. (TGA sequence; Animated GIF; Flash animations)
Text Still text labels. Could have background pictures, color or transparent background.
Pictures Still graphics
Clock Analogue and digital clock; countdowns; timers
Banners Still graphics slideshows with various transitions
Chat lines Chat-like text objects with automated horizontally scrolling text. It is designed to work with file links. Additional properties to display current chat only, last 5 chats, etc.
Chat roll Chat-like text objects with automated vertically scrolling text. It is designed to work with file links. Additional properties to display current chat only, last 5 chats, etc.
Chat note Still chat-like text objects. It is designed to work with file links. Additional properties are available for user-friendly chat presentation.
DirectShow media A video source or file can be displayed  into a window
Desktop windows Partial or entire Windows desktop display
Web browser Shows web site content
Shapes Various graphics primitives

*All text objects can include graphics, OLE objects and animations inserted in text lines.

** All graphics are 24-bit true color (16.7 million colors) with 8-bit Alpha channel (256 transparency levels).

Supported Video Boards

 DeckLink DeckLink Duo, DeckLink 4K Extreme , DeckLink 4K Pro, DeckLink 4K Extreme, DeckLink SDI 4K, DeckLink Studio 4K

Minimum System Requirements

 
CPU Single Intel Core i7 CPU; Dual Intel Xeon CPU
RAM 16 gigabyte (GB) RAM (single CPU); 32 gigabyte (GB) RAM (dual CPU)
HDD 500 MB available hard disk space for installation

Supported TV formats

 
HD High Definition 1080i, 720p
SD Standard Definition PAL and NTSC
Workflows

Music channel:
Use a combination of ATHENSA PLAYOUT, ATHENSA GRAPHICS and ATHENSA CATALOG to automatically display: Artist, Song name, Album name, etc.

Music Channel Music Channel - 2

Movie Channel:
Use a combination of ATHENSA PLAYOUT, ATHENSA GRAPHICS and ATHENSA CATALOG to automatically display the coming next movie.

Movie Channel Movie Channel - 2

SMS Channel:
Use a combination of chat and other objects in ATHENSA GRAPHICS to automatically display incoming text/sms messages. and create an interactive environment for your viewers.

Info Channel:
Use a combination of ATHENSA GRAPHICS objects to display necessary information, such as ads for local businesses, information on local events and many more.

Info channel

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PRICING

  • ATHENSA NAKED GRAPHICS
  • NAKED represents the entry-level technology base, suitable for small TV Channels that need basic functionality.

  • $700
FEATUREYES/NO
Transitions (in/out effects)YES
Advanced Property toolYES
Loads and saves projectsYES
Set file linksYES
OLE objectsYES
Different object types availability:
● Analog clock
● Digital clock
● Banner
● Web page display
● Desktop display
● Flash animations
● Roll
● Crawl
● Picture object
● Static text
● DirectShow multimedia
● Shapes
YES
Animated graphics, .tga sequencesLimited (only 2 in a project)
Number of objects displayed simultaneouslyLimited (7 objects)
Slide ManagerLimited (4 slides)
DataProvidersLimited (one at a time)
Tasks ManagementLimited (just hotkey events)
NetControl modeLimited (only from ATHENSA PLAYOUT)
Output plug-inLimited (Mapped memory only)
PreviewLimited (VGA ONLY)
Sound objectNO
Chat noteNO
Chat RollNO
Chat lineNO
Remotely controllable through GPI/APINO
SchedulerNO
Multi-instanceNO
AsRun LogNO
Script engineNO
ATHENSA GRAPHICS PreparationNO
ATHENSA GRAPHICS DashBoard PlayerNO
ATHENSA GRAPHICS List PlayerNO
  • ATHENSA ADVANCED GRAPHICS
  • ADVANCED corresponds to what most customers look for when they are out for an advanced-level, scalable broadcast solution.

  • $2,999
FEATUREYES/NO
Transitions (in/out effects)YES
Advanced Property toolYES
Loads and saves projectsYES
Set file linksYES
OLE objectsYES
Different object types availability:
● Analog clock
● Digital clock
● Banner
● Web page display
● Desktop display
● Flash animations
● Roll
● Crawl
● Picture object
● Static text
● DirectShow multimedia
● Shapes
YES
Animated graphics, .tga sequencesYES
Number of objects displayed simultaneouslyYES: Unlimited
Slide ManagerYES
DataProvidersYES
Tasks ManagementYES
NetControl modeYES
Output plug-inYES
PreviewYES
Sound objectYES
Chat noteYES
Chat RollYES
Chat lineYES
Remotely controllable through GPI/APIYES
SchedulerYES
Multi-instanceYES
AsRun LogYES
Script engineOptional
ATHENSA GRAPHICS PreparationNO
ATHENSA GRAPHICS DashBoard PlayerNO
ATHENSA GRAPHICS List PlayerNO
  • ATHENSA ULTRA GRAPHICS
  • ULTRA is for large multi-channel broadcasters or up-link centers who need complicated automation systems.

  • ADVANCED + ALL OPTIONS
FEATUREYES/NO
Transitions (in/out effects)YES
Advanced Property toolYES
Loads and saves projectsYES
Set file linksYES
OLE objectsYES
Different object types availability:
● Analog clock
● Digital clock
● Banner
● Web page display
● Desktop display
● Flash animations
● Roll
● Crawl
● Picture object
● Static text
● DirectShow multimedia
● Shapes
YES
Animated graphics, .tga sequencesYES
Number of objects displayed simultaneouslyYES: Unlimited
Slide ManagerYES
DataProvidersYES
Tasks ManagementYES
NetControl modeYES
Output plug-inYES
PreviewYES
Sound objectYES
Chat noteYES
Chat RollYES
Chat lineYES
Remotely controllable through GPI/APIYES
SchedulerYES
Multi-instanceYES
AsRun LogYES
Script engineOptional
ATHENSA GRAPHICS PreparationYES
ATHENSA GRAPHICS DashBoard PlayerYES
ATHENSA GRAPHICS List PlayerYES

OPTIONS

You can add any of the following options to ATHENSA ADVANCED GRAPHICS.

You cannot remove or replace any options yet, but we are working on it.

  • ATHENSA GRAPHICS Preparation
    $1,100
    ATHENSA GRAPHICS SD/HD Preparation License: Full-featured AG Template Creator/Editor with VGA Preview-
    Additional License for a Graphics Preparation Station (no Production Video Output)
  • ATHENSA GRAPHICS DashBoard Player
    $600
    ATHENSA GRAPHICS DashBoard Player – Editing, manual remote control & execution of ATHENSA GRAPHICS objects & templates (to be installed on ATHENSA GRAPHICS CG Server or on remote desktop PC)
  • ATHENSA GRAPHICS List Player
    $600
    ATHENSA GRAPHICS List Player – CG Template Play List player for ATHENSA GRAPHICS – manual execution or under 3rd Party Automation (via AG API) (to be installed on ATHENSA GRAPHICS CG Server or on remote desktop PC)

ATHENSA MSRP  PriceList – July 2016

ATHENSA GRAPHICS – comparison between levels