SCRIPTING

Journalist write their Scripts along with the desired “visualization” in logical order …

TALENT ID

Identifies Anchor and sets Reading Speed.

VIDEO COMMAND

(Voice-Over)

Identifies Format, Metadata ID, Clip Name, Outcue and Playback Channel.

CG COMMAND

Identifies Location and how long to hold on-air.

VIDEO COMMAND

(Voice-Over)

Identifies Format, Metadata ID, Clip Name, Outcue and Playback Channel.

 

CG COMMAND

Identifies Speaker and Title; when to take it and how long to hold the CG on-air.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


THE NEWSKING VIDEO COMMAND

METADATA ID

Unique Identification Number.

 

The information displayed in the Video Command comes from the Video Playout Server.

VIDEO NAME

Descriptive Identification.

 

ON-AIR DURATION

Length to show on-air.

 

TOTAL RUN TIME

Length of Video Clip.

 

OUTCUE

Last few words of Audio.

 

ON-AIR CHANNEL

Usually set by Default.

 

Archive ID

Long-Term Storage ID.

(usually Off-Line)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 NEWSKING CLIPTACKER

A middleware software called “ClipTracker” monitors the video server(s) for all air-ready clips and displays them within NewsKing whenever a video command is activated. The Journalist selects the desired news clip from that list. If the clip is not yet edited, the Journalist can hand enter the anticipated name of the video. This creates a “Clip Request” that indicates to the Editors the Video Name, Format, Length wanted including the name of the Script and Show that this clip is needed for.

THE NEWSKING CG COMMAND

The information displayed in the CG Command is typed in by the Journalist.

 

SPEAKER NAME

First/Last Name Identification.

 

TITLE

Speakers Title.

 

HOLD TIME

How long to Key this Graphic.

 

TAKE AT TIME

When to take this CG in this Sound Bite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This command calls the designated Scene or Page Template on the Character Generator machine; fills in the data; and saves it to a Page tracked by NewsKing. During the Newscast, NewsKing will call this page up at the proper time – and always in the proper order.

 

CG TEMPLATES

The CG Templates are created by the Graphics Department under the direction and control of the News Department. Once Created on the CG machine, a corresponding CG Command is designed using the NewsKing DNO (Directors Notes) Utility. The identification of the CG Template is contained within each graphic DNO (Locator, Name Super, Sports Score, etc).

TEMPLATE NAME

This example shows a CG Template called “2Line” being used by NewsKing to make an On-Air CG called “Name Super”.

 

 


    NewsKing DNO Config Utility

 

 

    NewsKing DNO Config Utility                            What it might look like on the CG

 

 

 

 

 

 


NEWSKING IS SCRIPT-BASED AUTOMATION

The finished Script contains all the information about the story – in the order it is to appear.

Essentially, the “Script” in a NewsKing system is a container that holds all the elements required to produce this story.

 

SHOW STACKING

The Producer begins stacking the scripts into a Rundown for each show.

Reporters may write their stories inside the show, or on their own “Work Desk”, and drag and drop the finished script into the show when done.

As the Producer stacks the show, all the production elements take their place in the order automatically.

 

PRELIMINARY TIMING

Using the “PRELIM” Column, a Producer can pre-time the show based on Estimated Times for each script when it is finished. Note that the RED Flags in the Prelim Column indicate that the Estimated Time is being used for the Hit Time projections – not the Actual Time.

When a Producer accepts a Script, they click on the Actual Time Column to accept the real time of the story, as calculated by NewsKing.

 

CHANGING THE SHOW

To change the Order, A Producer Left clicks on the desired Item and drags and drops the Script (or Scripts) to a new location; With a Right-Click a Producer can Delete or Drop a Story; a New Script can be dropped or typed into the Rundown and within 3 seconds of Saving the Script all the Video and CG information is registered to that Script – in the order of appearance within the story.

 

PRINTING THE SHOW

The Producer prints the various versions of the Rundown  (Director, Producer, Anchor, CG, Camera, etc.). Then they print the Directors version of the Scripts; and those needed by other production staff; followed by the Anchors Scripts and any other desired reports.

- All Printouts are customizable.

About 1 Hour prior to show time ... the NewsKing NewsCast Automation is Activated.

 

IN THE CONTROL ROOM

The Producer checks with the Director or Production Coordinator to make sure that:

1.      All other production activities are completed and that the production equipment is now ready to be dedicated to the upcoming newscast.

2.      NewsKing Device Console is ready to go on-line and to take over control of the devices.

- It  takes about 10 seconds for this verbal communications between Producer and Director.

 

IN THE NEWSROOM

The Producer does a keystroke from the Newscast Rundown called “Connect to Devices”. This initializes our software to each production device (CG, Video Servers, Still Store, Robotic Camera, etc.) and loads all the elements in order for each Script; and in the order of the placement of each script in the Rundown.

- This process takes about 30 seconds for an hour show.

Once connected to the Devices, NewsKing NewsCast Automation monitors every script for any changes, moves, additions or deletions and applies that change to both the Script and the connected device in about 3 seconds.

NewsKing NewsCast Automation Screen

This illustrates NewsKing Device Controller with 1 channel each of Video, CG and Still Store. Each Panel represents 1 channel of 1 device.

Of course, it can handle multiple channels of each device … and Multiple Newscasts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



NewsKing Device Console Defined

The far right button on the Device Console window displays the Automation Status.

The Auto-Load/Auto-Play option allows Comprompter to AUTO-load/cue and play videos.

The Auto-Load/Manual Play setting lets Comprompter Load and Cue the Videos – but allows the Operator to decide when to play the clip.

The Manual Load option allows the Operator to decide when to load and play the next clip.

    (The Auto Load/Manual Play is the recommended option)

Load

Play

Stop

Cue

When ALL FOUR Buttons are GREEN, NewsKing DCO is set to FULL –AUTOMATION.

- NewsKing will load, cue and play by itself.

For Manual loading and playing of videos, Click on the far right Green Dot twice and it will turn YELLOW – indicating that NewsKing will Load the next Video … but it must be played manually.

Double-Clicking again will switch the color to RED - indicating that NewsKing will continue to track all videos automation mode … but that NewsKing will not Auto-Load or Auto-Play anything. All operations are manual

The DCO Window:

There are four operations buttons in the Video Playout Window:

LOAD:        Load loads the Video Clip.

PLAY:         Play starts the Video Clip.

STOP:         Stop terminates the Playback.

CUE:           Cue instantly resets the Loaded Video Clip back to the beginning – even if the clip is already playing.

NOTE: The last three buttons work on the loaded clip until the next clip is loaded.

 

 

Automation Connected

 

 

Status

– Manual Load /Manual Play

– Auto Load /Manual Play

– Auto Load /Auto Play

 

 

RED

YELLOW

GREEN

Hardware Connected

 

NewsKing Connected

 

 

 

 

 

 


IN THE STUDIO

The production staff checks lights and microphones and connects the Prompter to the Show and awaits the Directors instructions.

 

The Presenters and Camera staff assume their positions and stand by for the opening cue.

 

IN THE CONTROL ROOM

The Production Staff assembles in their positions and await the Directors instructions.

The Producer assumes the helm and counts the staff into the show.