U.S. Department of Veterans affairs installs VDS information system

July 22, 2005

The VDS VidInfo System at the VA Medical center controls five Chyron graphics systems, one for each channel of programming.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is using a Video Design Software VidInfo system for the fully automated graphics display of its Educational Programming Schedule on multiple channels at the VA Medical Center in Long Island, NY.

The system consists of VidInfo software operating on standard PCs controlling five Chyron graphics systems, one for each channel of programming. All programming scheduling and information is extracted from a Meyers Information Systems’ ProTrack Scheduling system running on an Informix Database.

As part of VidInfo, the VDS Scheduler reads the programming schedule from the ProTrack system and then creates graphic playlists for each of the output channels. It also periodically updates the current schedule information from ProTrack for each of the five channels along with the program titles and descriptions. The update process can also be initiated manually from the user interface allowing last minute changes to be displayed.

The VDS Graphics Engine controls each graphics device independently so that the correct information is generated for each assigned channel. Display parameters such as page dwell time and transitions between pages are adjustable.

For more information, visit www.videodesignsoftware.com.

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