DNF Controls Announces New On-Set Playback Control Application for Live Productions
January 8, 2012
SYLMAR, CALIF.—DNF Controls has introduced the “On-Set
Playback Control Application,” built on the DNF’s Flex Control Network, a modular
platform of professional IP-based machine controllers. The On-Set Playback
Control Application is a specific combination of Flex Control equipment that
allows a single technical director (TD) to operate simultaneous and timed
events for on-set displays and transitions at the touch of a button, without
the need for a back-up TD or complex custom programming. The new application
was developed specifically for managing on-set displays during live
productions—especially non-linear productions or breaking news—in which a
second "TD assist" might be required and/or talent interacts with
video and graphics.
The On-Set Playback Control Application eliminates the need
for a second operator and additional equipment. The application provides simple, push-button
random access to clips and graphics for non-scripted events while controlling
up to 24 different machines and allowing talent to interact with sophisticated
"The advent of HD
and flat-panel displays has brought more images to the set, adding another
layer of complexity to the playout a technical director has to manage,"
said Dan Fogel, CTO of DNF Controls. "This application is highly targeted
at efficient workflow and relieving the burden on the TD so that quality
remains high consistently without the expense of extra personnel. Now a single
TD can control everything the audience will see in real time without imposing
impossible-to-synchronize button pushes."
The On-Set Playback
Control Application consists of a CP20 event-based, cue-marking, VTR-style
control panel and up to six DC20 device controllers, depending on the number of
channels or devices to be controlled. The result is an integrated, standalone
tactile, sophisticated, cost-effective backup and manual playout control system
always at hand.
DNF’s The Flex Control platform
consists of device controllers with 25 drivers and interface solutions that
combine with a full range of control panels to create applications for solving
complex control problems while using existing IP infrastructure as the
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