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Breaking news features bolster Astra Studio v3

A host of original ‘breaking news’ features have been added to the latest version of Astra Studio, the news production automation system from Aveco.

Among the additions in Astra Studio 3 is ‘floating shots’, a feature that allows the director to work outside of a planned rundown, providing flexibility for multiple stories across on-site video, set backgrounds, branding and graphics.

MAM integration is also included in version 3. This allows video search results to get to air instantly outside of a rundown during breaking news, and includes the ability to integrate with multiple third-party MAMs including those from Avid, EVS, Quantel, InStat, Octopus, Vizrt and others.

Pavel Potuzak, Aveco’s founder and chief executive, said, “The ability for Astra Studio 3 to control a wide range of broadcast equipment as well as our Redwood Studio-in-a-Box – with the same operator interface – makes this an attractive system for both big and small studios, as well as hub-and-spoke networks where regional studios are seamlessly integrated with a central control point.”

One of Astra Studio 3’s unique selling points, according to Aveco, is its ability to provide multi-studio production automation. This allows studios to be combined for major events. Working this way, when production runs long in one studio, projects can be reassigned with one keystroke to other studios inside a facility, with all production switcher settings, graphics, virtual sets, video roll-ins, on-set monitors, camera robotics, audio settings and lighting settings made available in the alternate studio.

Astra Studio 3 also makes use of a Template Editor that can be used to develop and modify how a story is presented. Other features include one-button release of CG control during times of breaking news, an advanced mode for news magazine and episodic studio recording, improved video search and additional local/remote preview capabilities.