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Channel Studio Pro
1. Overview 2. Features 3. System requirements 4. Play your 1st Schedule in 3 steps 5. Main modules in Channel Studio 6. How to create a playlist in Channel Studio 7. How to create a schedule 8. Titler 9. How to create a scroll advertisement 10. Spot ads 11. How to create news headline 12. How to create flash news 13. Live 14. Register
Channel Studio Pro is fully automated software from Phoenix Innovations designed to schedule, organize and telecast video Channel thru PC. The main highlight of the software is its flexibility and user friendly interface. Channel Studio comes with a powerful player were you can play from pre scheduled programs from hard disk and an external source simultaneously. The software works in dual screen mode that the output goes to the TV and the desktop will be left free so that you can add or modify anything online.
Fig1 Channel studio main window
The new version of CS provide advanced features like REALTIME TITLER,VIDEO / AUDIO MIXER,PICTURE IN PICTURE (PIP),AUDIO GAIN,ADVANCED DIGITAL PLAYOUT MODE and (PIP), GAIN, many more.
Using playlist maker you can create a playlist. Play list is simply a channel program which is usually a collection of video clips including video clips, advertisements, etc. In play list maker you can create, edit and design play lists. .You can also just drag and drop the video files from folder, or insert them. Also you can edit the videos as you wish, for that you just double click on the video want to be edit, a video cutter wizard open, using that option you can edit the videos. If you want to cut, remove, or replace a video from the playlist you just right click on that file. Schedule maker option used to create a program schedule for specific days. In schedule maker you can add playlist, set date and time and save them as a schedule. Here you can also edit, cut, copy, replace and remove the videos just like in playlist maker Using live option you can play video from external sources like tuner cards, capture cards, fire wire camera etc. It is very easy to switch between scheduled program and live program Titler option is used to design the screen overlays. Using this option you can add images, animation and text on screen and you can place each object in the time line and save them as a template. This option use to create, edit and organize scrolling and animated advertisements.
Here you can add files to the spot ads master. You can set starting date and expiry date. When spot ads are playing scrolls will be stopped automatically. You will get detailed report of the played advertisements. News Maker is a tool to create and play news headlines on your news channel. Flash News is a tool to create and play scrolling flash news on your channel. Other Highlights: - Smooth and seamless playback (without gap between videos) - User friendly interfaces with drag and drop facility in Playlist and schedule. - Dual screen mode play out. - Integrated LIVE with smooth switching. - Advanced tools to create News Headlines and Flash news scrolls as in Mainstream News channels. - Advertisement master entry and detailed client wise and Ad wise reports. - Smooth scrolling - Support all video formats. - And lot more...
3. System Requirements
♦ Microsoft Windows Vista ♦ Microsoft Windows Vista x64 ♦ Microsoft Windows XP Professional ♦ Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
♦ Intel Core 2 Duo/Intel Quad Core ♦ Min 1GB RAM ♦ Min 80GB HDD ♦ AGP/PCI Express (Preferably ATI Radeon)
4. Play your 1st Schedule in 3 steps
1 Create a playlist in Playlist Maker
Create a schedule in Schedule Maker
Load a schedule in player from Open Schedule tab in the main window
Start Running the Channel 4
5. Main modules in Channel Studio
♦ Schedule Player ♦ Live Player ♦ Playlist Maker ♦ Schedule Maker ♦ Titler ♦ Scroll Ads ♦ Spot Ads ♦ News Headlines ♦ Flash News
6. How to create a playlist in Channel Studio?
Playlist maker is used to create a playlist. Play list is simply a channel program which is usually a collection of video clips including video clips, advertisements, etc. In play list maker you can create, edit and design play lists.
Fig2: Play list Maker main window
Using Playlist Maker you can create a playlist .In Playlist Maker you can just drag and drop the video files from folder, or insert them. Also you can edit the videos as you wish, for that you just double click on the video to be edited, a video cutter wizard open, using that option you can edit the videos. If you want to cut, remove, or replace a video from the playlist you just right click on that file. Schedule maker option used to create a program schedule for specific days. In schedule maker you can add playlist, set date and time and save them as a schedule. Here you can also edit, cut, copy, replace and remove the videos just like in playlist maker Now we create a playlist Click on the tab Play list Maker, and then the playlist maker window will be open. There you can create a play list. First up all you want to select the videos, for that click on tab video clip tab .In video clip window you can see the desktop ,my computer, drives, and my documents ,from there select the folder , and double click on that ,then video files will list in files window. From you can just drag and drop the files to the play list window or select the file and click on the insert button. Now the selected files will appear in playlist grid you can also view the preview of videos in the preview window. From play list window you can cut the video files as you wish; click on the file that needs to be cut. Then video cutter wizards will open.
Fig3: Video Cutter main window
In video cutter window can see the preview of the selected file. Firstly click on the play button to play the file, when the video is playing you can mark the video using Mark In tab. Place the cursor from where you want start the cutting and then click on Mark in tab ( [ ) . To give ending place the cursor in that position and click on Mark out tab ( ] ) .Then click on Add button ,then click update after that you can close the video cutter wizard. This way you can cut a video files in several parts as you wish. In play list grid you can remove, cut, paste and replace video files, just right click on it. In playlist maker you can add spot ads to the play list. For that click on Ads tab Select advertisement files from there and click insert (First insert advertisement through spot ads option in Main window. Only then files will appear in Ads Tab in Playlist Maker. Another simple way to add spot ads is by just adding the video file directly from file browser. Other wise you just add advertisement files when creating playlist. For that you select file like video file selecting for playing. But in this option you can’t get detailed report of advertisement.) You can also just drag and drop the advertisement file to play list grid window. You can add number of video files to play list using Folder option in Playlist Maker. Firstly you select the folder then select the files and click insert tab. Here you can set duration time for playlist and save as a playlist. Using this option you can create a playlist for continuous playing. You can set duration time here and the program will play only for the set duration. Playlist is another option in Playlist Maker. From play list you can add number of play list to play list grid and save them as another playlist. Firstly click on the Playlist tab ,when you click on it you can see there already created playlists, just double click on the playlist or just drag and drop to playlist grid or select the playlist and click on insert tab, you can also set duration time for playlist and save as new playlist. In Play list Maker you can see some another option; Playlist name , Duration of Play list , Select Screen Template, New, Open, Delete, Scheduler, Titler, Exit, Save, Insert and Replace
♦ Playlist name - Give a relevant name for the play list ♦ Duration of Play list- Display the total duration of playlist ♦ Select Screen Template: From here you can select templates already created ♦ New :- To create a new play list ♦ Open :-To open a playlist already created ♦ Delete:- To delete play list
♦ Scheduler : Go to “SCHEDULE MAKER” ♦ Titler : Go to “TITLER” ♦ Exit:- Close PLAYLISTMAKER ♦ Save: To save the play list ♦ Insert: To insert selected files ♦ Replace: Replace the selected file There tick tab also to enable scroll Like this way you can create a playlist using Play list Maker options. Now we go to schedule Maker to create a scheduler
7. How to create a schedule?
Scheduler is used to create program schedules for a specified day or days. Each schedule can be identified with a unique name. First specify starting date and starting time of the schedule, and then you can start adding playlists to the schedule. Click on the “SCHEDULE” button in the main window to open the “SCHEDULE MAKER”
Fig4: Schedule Maker Window
First of all you give a schedule name, set starting date and time and then add playlist to scheduler; click on the tab Add Playlist, from there you can select the playlists, which you had already created. Select the playlist and click on the tab - Add playlist, and then click on close button, then click on save button to save schedule. Options in Schedule Maker ♦ Schedule name : - Give a relevant name for the schedule ♦ Start date :- Set the starting date ♦ Time : - Set the starting time ♦ Show: - To open an existing schedule. ♦ Add playlist : - To add the playlists created ♦ New : – To create a new schedule ♦ Save schedule : - To save the schedule ♦ Delete schedule :- To delete schedule ♦ Close : - Close “SCHEDULE MAKER” ♦ Playlist maker : - Back to PLAYLISTMAKER ♦ Refresh :- To refresh the window click the Refresh button after making changes in the schedule and the changes will be applied in the current running schedule
Titler option used to create and edit screen overlays. Using this module you can add images, animation, text, and videos on screen and you can do the time settings of them in timeline and save them as a template. When you click on Titler tab the Screen Designer window will be open. This screen Designer is mainly used to create logos like channel logo, branding logo, watermark etc and overlays. You can create different templates for different playlist. All the templates will be displayed in the Playlist Maker-“Select Screen Template” option. From there you can choose desired template. If you want to create any template as a default template, you just create a template and give any valid name for that and give a tick mark in “Set as Default option” and click save button to save it.
If you want to set a template for a particular playlist only then you just select “Select Screen Template” option in the Playlist Maker and save the playlist. In screen designer 9
You can Resize, Move the animations, text and images by click on it and right click for removing that object. Now we create a Template .Click on Titler tab in main window Screen Designer will be open.
Fig5: Screen Designer window
In Screen Designer window you can see the main options like Image, Text, Animation, Click Image object button to add image. Add New Image wizard will be appear; Select Image Path, Click ADD button to add the image to the template; you can view the image in the window. You can resize, move the image as you wish Click Text object button to add text. Add New Text wizard will appear; Type your Text content there, give a name and then Click ADD button to add the text to the template.
Click Animation object button to add animation. Add New Animation wizard will appear; Select any (*.SWF) file Click ADD button to add the animation to the template. Arrange its position in the Canvas Set the TimeLine of each objects in Timeline Tab Double-click on the objects in Time Position, then right-click on Timeline then the Show & Hide wizard will be appearing. Give Show too visible the object, give Hide to make the object invisible. Give a Template Name in the Setting Tab .Click save button.
Properties – Here you can edit the object settings like position, size, path, font , color etc.
♦ Template Name – give a template name to save it ♦ Set as Default – set the template as default. When a playlist is not connected to any template, it will load the default template. ♦ Save – click to save the template. ♦ Refresh – click to refresh the loaded template. Updation will reflect immediately on the running program also. ♦ New – click to make new template ♦ Open – click to open already created template. Choose an existing template from the drop down menu and click Open. ♦ Play – After selecting a template and click play, the template will show preview. ♦ Stop – click to stop the Preview ♦ Delete – select any template from the list and click delete, that particular template will be deleted from the list
Time Line Tab
To set the time line of each objects in a template Double-click on the objects in Time line, then right-click on Timeline and you can choose either Show or Hide from the Popup menu. 11
When you choose ‘Show’ a green needle appears on the time line. Show will set when to show the object in the timeline. You can move the green needle Hide will set when hide the object in the timeline. Playlist Tab ♦ Select Playlist – used to select a playlist from the list ♦ Select Template – used to select a template from the list ♦ Connect – used to connect the selected template with selected playlist ♦ Preview – used to show the preview of the screen Open a Template Select a template from Select Template in setting Tab ♦ Click Open button ♦ Click Play to get the Preview of the template ♦ Click Stop to stop the playing template Delete a Template ♦ Select a template from Select Template in setting Tab ♦ Click Delete button
9. How to create a scroll advertisement
This option use to create, edit and organize scrolling and animated advertisements .Three main components like Scrolling Text, Picture and animation can be used separately or collectively to create attractive scrolling ads. Files of any format like SWF, AVI or any other video clips can be used in animation component. Length of the scrolling Text is unlimited. You can format the text with multiple fonts and colors. The ads can be organized based on date, time and week day. And you can give transparency to text. Now we create a scroll. Click on the “SCROLLS ADS” button in the main window to open the “SCROLL MAKER”. There you can create scrolls and give background images, animations, text and background color
Fig6: Scroll Maker. Click on the tab new, and then click on text tab in bottom and type matter, edit and format the text as you do in any other text editor. Options to change font, size, color, bold, shadow etc can be seen below the editor. If you click transparent check box the background of text will appear transparent, otherwise you can set background color from the color picker button. Click on Scroll speed to set the speed of the scrolling text. Using Left/ Top sliders tab you can set position of scrolling text inside the canvas area by moving the sliders. You can add image files to the scroll ads, Click on the image tab from here you select image file (JPG, GIF, BMP or PNG), to select image click on browse and select the image. You can set size, height and width of the image, top bottom position of image, using the sliders on the right side. Set opacity (transparency) percentage from the drop down menu. Use brings to front/send to back option to arrange the order or image with respect to text and animation. Click refresh tab. In preview widow you can see the image You can add animation to the scrolls, instead of images. Click on the tab animation; select the animation click on the browse button. Do settings for the animation as already done for image settings. After completing the settings Click refresh tab after clicking the refresh it will be applied in the preview window. You can do the settings of scroll ads using Settings Tab. To set starting and end date/time, transition effect and canvas size. Click on the tab settings to open settings wizard.
To give transition effect to scroll , select the effect from effect, Select option effect from option .To set starting and ending date go to the option period .Set starting date in the start date ,Set the ending date in expiry date .You can also set period of time in a day the scroll should be played. For that go to the option play between, set time to start scrolling Set end time. Force duration – Normally every scrolling ad will play till the scrolling text reaches the left end of the screen but in some cases you may need to manually fix a duration for a particular scroll. This can be done by enabling force duration and entering the required duration In scroll maker you can set the canvas size of the scroll ads. In Canvas Size tab you can set the size of the canvas to play the scroll ads. You can view the scroll preview in preview window. After doing any changes click on Refresh button to view the change. After finishing you can save the scroll by clicking Save or Save as button on Top.
10. Spot ads
Here you can add files to the spot ads master. You can set starting date and expiry date. When spot ads are playing scrolls will be stopped automatically. Only using this function you can get detailed report of the played advertisements. Click on the “SPOT ADS” button in the main window to open the “ADVERTISEMENT MASTER”
Fig7: Advertisement Master Window
Now we add advertisement in Advertisement Master. When ever you receive a new spot advertisement just go to spot ads and add it to the list in the following manner: First of all Click on the tab new .Enter a name for the advertisements in advertisement name option box, then enter the client name. Now we select the advertisements clip. To select the advertisements click the button near File path, select the file. Then set start /end date. Set the starting date in Start date option and end date in End date option. After completing the setting click on the save button .You can see the preview of the selected ads in preview window .In the below table you can see the details of the selected ads; advertisements name, starting date, end date etc. You want to insert advertisement through spot ads option; only then files will appear in Ads Tab in Playlist Maker. Other options ♦ Ad Code- Advertisement Code will come here ♦ Advertisement Name - Here you can give the name of advertisement ♦ Client Name-Here you can give name of the client ♦ File path - Path name will be displayed here ♦ Start date - Set starting date of the advertisements ♦ End date - Set the end date of the advertisements ♦ New - To create a new advertisements ♦ Save - To save the advertisements ♦ Delete - To delete the advertisements created ♦ Exit -Click the exit button to close the Advertisement master ♦ Report - By clicking this button you get detailed report of the played ads. Full report, Client wise report or Advertisement wise report is available and also you can save it into word format when you need the report. ♦ Client Details- Displays the Client master form Delete spot advertisements ♦ Click Search button to open the Advertisement Help form ♦ Type advertisement Name
♦ The table below will display all the advertisements start with that name or alphabet ♦ Select specific advertisement from the list by click on it ♦ Details of that advertisement will display in the ADVERTISEMENT MASTER form ♦ Click Delete button How to make Report of spot advertisements? ♦ Click Report button to open Advertisement Report window ♦ If you want to get All Clients report, select All option and give From, To dates ♦ If you want to get Clients wise report, select Client wise option and give From, To dates ♦ If you want to get Advertisement wise report, select Advertisement wise option and give From, To dates ♦ Click Show button ♦ Click Exit button to close Advertisement report window How to Add New Clients Details? ♦ Click Client Details button to open Client Master form ♦ Client ID- automatically fill the field ♦ Client Name- To give Client Name ♦ Address- To give Client Address ♦ PIN Code-To give PIN Code ♦ Phone No- To give Phone Number ♦ Date- Entry Date ♦ Click Save button ♦ Client details will add to the list Delete a Client Details ♦ Select a client from the list ♦ Click Delete button
Other Fields in Client Master form ♦ Clear button is used to clear all Text boxes ♦ Exit button to close the window ♦ View All Clients option will display all clients details ♦ View Selected Clients option will show a field Client Search ♦ Or an alphabet in the Client Search field; it will display the details of that particular client only. Click on the close button to close the main window.
11. How to create News Headline
News Headlines is a tool to create and play new headlines on your news channel. Click on the “NEWS HEADLINES” button in the main window to open the Breaking News.
Fig8: Breaking News Window
Now we create Breaking news .Click on News Headlines tab in main window, the Breaking News window will be open. There you can see the main options like Image, Text, Animation, Click Image object button to add image. Add New Image wizard will be appeared. Select Image Path, Click ADD button to add the image to the template; you can view the image in the window. You can resize, move the image as you wish 17
Click Text object button to add text. Add New Text wizard will be appear; Select text Path, give a name and then Click ADD button to add the text to the template. Click Animation object button to add animation. Add New Animation wizard will be appear; Select any (*.SWF) file Click ADD button to add the animation to the template. Arrange its position in the Canvas Give a Name and Click Save button Click Play button, a pop breaking news window will be open, it will display list of News already created .Select one from the list and click on the play button to play the news. In that pop window you see other option; Dual screen, Disable date& time .If you tick on Dual screen, news will play in dual screen mode. Whether you disable and date; date and time will hide when news headlines will played. In the bottom of the window you can see two options, Select Advertisement and Introduction Animation. You can add advertisement played between news head lines using Select Advertisement tab. Select the path and select the folder, then just click on save button. The advertisement will be played only after the news or after blank lines in news. To give introduction animation before the news; click on the browse button of Introduction Animation option and select the animation path.
Main options ♦ Image - To add image in the canvas area ♦ Text - To create or edit news matter ♦ Animation -Using this option you can add flash animations (SWF) to the background of the news. ♦ Property – it will show the properties of each object and here we can change their properties ♦ Advertisement - Using this option you can give advts after showing a particular number of news head lines. ♦ New – click to create new headlines. ♦ Open – click to open already created breaking news. ♦ Save - click here to save the headlines on screen.
♦ Delete – click and select a headline and make a tic mark on the checkbox and click delete button to delete the headline ♦ Play - Click here to show list of headlines, click any one of them and click play, the preview screen will display Open a News Headline ♦ Click Open button ♦ Select a News from the list ♦ Give Open button click Delete a News Headline ♦ Click Delete button ♦ Select a News from the list ♦ Give tic mark to the News you want to delete ♦ Give delete button to click After creating the news head line just click on Exit button to close the News Headline form.
12. How to create flash news
Flash News is a tool to create and play flash news on your news channel. Click on the “FLASH NEWS” button in the main window to open the “FLASH NEWS”
Fig9: Flash News Window
Now we create Flash News, Click new button; Type your text content in the text area or you can load a text file; click Load Text button and select a text file and click open button .You can select font types , color, size and edit them using the option from below. You can add logos, background image, and intro animation to the news. To give intro animation before the news click on intro animation browse button, select file and click on open button. To add logo; click on the Logo image browse button, select the logo image and click open. You set the height, width, left right position of logo in Logo Settings. You can also add background image to the news using background image option. Just click on background image browse button and select the image and click open button. You can add a separator image between the news using separator image option. Click add button in Separator image to add image. To remove the image, click on the Remove button. You can set moving speed of the news on the screen using Scrolling Speed option. You can add advertisement between the news using Select advertisement option. Click on Select advertisement tab and select the advertisement folder .You can also set the duration of advertisements using Advt Dur: option. You can arrange vertical position of the news on the screen using vertical position tab. Click Preview button to view the preview of the flash news on the screen Give a News Name, click save button to save the flash news.
Main Options ♦ News Name – used to give a flash news name for the news ♦ New – used to take new flash news ♦ Load Text – used to load text file from any location ♦ Save – used to save flash news ♦ Preview – used to make preview of the flash news ♦ Delete – used to select a flash news to delete, under the delete button following options will come
♦ Select All – used to select all flash news from the list ♦ Deselect All – used to deselect all the selected news ♦ Delete – used to delete selected flash news ♦ Cancel – used to cancel the deletion ♦ Add To List – used to add the news to the Group list ♦ Font – used to set the font of the flash news content ♦ Size – used to set the font size of the flash news content ♦ Color – used to give desired color to the content of the flash news ♦ Opacity – used to adjust the opacity ♦ Select separator Image – used to make separation between the each news ♦ Scrolling Speed – moving speed of the news on the screen ♦ Vertical Position – You can arrange vertical position of the news on the screen ♦ Intro Animation – Used to set the introduction animation before a news will come ♦ Logo Image – used to set the logo image of flash news ♦ Background Image – used to set the background image of flash news ♦ News Group – used to create new group for flash news ♦ Load Group – used to load already created news group ♦ Save Group – number of flash news combined together to make a group, for that save group button is used ♦ Delete News – used to delete any news from the News Group, for that first select the specific news from the list and click Delete News button ♦ Delete Group – used to delete selected News Group ♦ Exit – used to close the Flash News form ♦ Play – used to play the News Group selected from the list Logo Settings ♦ Left – this slider is used to set the left position of the Logo Image ♦ Top – this slider is used to set the top position of the Logo Image ♦ Height – this slider is used to set the height of the Logo Image ♦ Width – this slider is used to set the width of the Logo Image
To create a Flash News Group ♦ Click Open button near News Name field ♦ Select the News from the list and click OK button ♦ Click Add To List button ♦ Give a News Group Name ♦ Click Save Group button to save the Flash News group ♦ Click Play button to play the News group ♦ Exit button to close the News Headline form Delete Flash News ♦ Click Delete button ♦ Select the News from the list and give a tic mark on it and click Delete button ♦ Click Add To List button ♦ Give a News Group Name ♦ Click Save Group button to save the Flash News group ♦ Click Play button to play the News group ♦ Exit button to close the News Headline form Delete News Group ♦ Click Load Group button to load the news group ♦ Click Delete Group button ♦ Exit button to close the News Headline form Click on the Exit button to close the News Headline form.
Channel Studio comes with inbuilt Live. You can play video from external sources like tuner card, capture card, fire wire camera etc. It is very easy to switch between scheduled program and live program. There wont be any gap between videos while switching.
Fig10: Live Window In this new version Live comes with more features like Video/Audio Mixer, Picture in Picture (PIP), Audio Gain and Transitions Main options in Live: Settings When click on Settings Tab Live Settings window will open. There you can see the options like Device, Input, Format and Audio Source
Fig11: Live Settings Window 23
♦ Device - Select the video source Device ( DV camera, fire wire, TV tuner, Capture devices or any WDM compatible device) ♦ Input – Select available video input from the list. E.g. For TV tuner Device you can select from composite, S-video or tuner as Input . ♦ Format: Select the video format for input video e.g. 720x576-RGB 24 etc. ♦ Audio Source – Select an audio input source for live video (usually Line In) PIP(Picture In Picture) Using this option you can view live and pre scheduled program at same time in different style. When you click on PIP a small window opened with some options like, First, PIP, Side, Quad, 3d first and many more.
Fig12: PIP Option Window
E.g. If you choose SIDE then you can see both LIVE and program video side by side horizontally. Audio Gain Audio levels of videos will be different; some will be high and others will be low. Using this option you can adjust the audio. When you click on Audio Gain a small window will be appeared,
Fig13: Audio Gain Option Window
There you can see two sets of sliders, Program and Live. You just move up and down the slider for changing the settings and click ok.
In Channel Studio Main window you can the see a Register tab, to register your software. When you click on the Register tab Phoenix Innovations: software registration window will be open.
Fig14: Software Registration Option Window
Enter your company details and contact details here, then click on the tab Generate computer code to generate your computer code file. Save the computer code file (computercode.csp7) to some folder and e-mail a copy to us .Then we will send the license file to you after confirming the payment. Only then the software will be fully functional, other wise a DEMO box will be displayed in the centre of screen. -----------------------
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