Chyron has unveiled the 4.1 release of its Prime Live Platform live production engine. This release premieres Prime Commander, an automated production control module that realises the vision of accessible production automation. It also addresses customer feature requests on the recently released Prime Switcher module, bringing additional video and audio mixing functionality to this core component of the Prime Live Platform.
“With Prime Commander, we’re adding production automation to our live production ecosystem,” said Chyron CEO Ariel Garcia. “News broadcasters can drive local productions with a smaller footprint than ever before, or remotely access their cloud-hosted Prime Live Platform via the Commander interface to direct shows from home. Prime Commander presents an incredible opportunity to untether production from the traditional control room, automate new channels in OTT and streaming markets, and maximise revenue – all without the prohibitive upfront expenditure usually associated with automation.”
New features include production automation and enhanced switcher functionality
Prime Commander plugs and plays with industry-standard newsroom computer systems – such as ENPS and iNews – to automatically build and update playlists from journalist and producer-built rundowns in real-time. When it’s time to go to air, Prime Commander serves as a production automation layer within the Prime Live Platform that conducts the switcher, graphics, clips, audio mixer, video wall and branding modules – to execute precise, error-free productions. Additionally, Prime Commander supports device control of other vital third-party components such as routers, VCDP-controlled video servers and GPI devices.
On the video side, Prime Switcher now offers a clean feed output, ideal for sports and news broadcasters wanting to distribute a clean signal for multi-station or multi-lingual productions. Additionally, production switcher configuration is now simplified, with a window-based video input management interface. On the audio side, Prime Switcher’s built-in audio mixer now supports mix-minus audio outputs, essential for providing on-air talent and guests with relevant audio feeds or isolating audio for an in-venue mixer for a live event.
Another notable Prime V4.1 feature is the Audio Director functionality, which uses audio level detection for intelligent switching and presets – resulting in lightly automated Video-Follow-Audio control of a show.
“User experience is always a priority at Chyron,” said Chyron vice president of strategy, Mathieu Yerle. “We’re making it easy for a single operator to produce an audio-driven talk show or automate a 24-hour OTT news wheel from a single platform. Plus, we’re adding robust new features to the Prime Switcher module that increase the scope and precision of what customers can do in their productions, not even two months after the release. I’m immensely proud of our development team for executing these new modules and features at such a rigorous pace.”