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Category: Studio
Brand: ORAD
Code: Interact

Enabling presenters to easily interact with their broadcast graphics using touch screens, video walls, and other input devices.

Manipulating on-screen graphics

Traditionally, presenters could only influence on-screen content with simple triggers that advanced the content like a slide show. Orad’s new Interact enables television presenters to control and direct the content on their touch screens, video walls and other input devices, helping them engage more with their viewers.

Interact supports single, dual and multi touch displays from a variety of manufacturers, allowing broadcasters to choose the device that best suits their production’s style and budget.

With Interact, the presenter has unlimited capabilities, as it supports countless gestures including; rotating, scaling, moving, dragging, tapping, holding, drawing, highlighting, etc.

Thanks to Interact, presenters can manipulate objects on screen, triggering different events within the graphic’s templates. The interactive elements can give feedback to the presenter when activated by changing color, flashing, etc, depending on the context of the scene.

Interactive elements can now possess physical properties such as mass and inertia, giving a new level of feedback to the interactive graphics.

Flexible environment

Interact’s flexible workflow integrates with real and virtual studios seamlessly. The interactivity of the broadcast’s graphics can be easily developed thanks to Orad’s 3Designer authoring software, which enables broadcasters to define which elements of the scene are interactive and what interactions are allowed for them. Once the interactions are defined, each object can be set to respond to tapping, dragging and holding with Orad’s 3DPlay controller.

Existing templates can easily become interactive as the entire workflow for enabling interactivity takes only a few minutes to carry out.

Interact maintains the existing graphic creation workflow, and does not require programming or scripting. As soon as interactive objects are touched, 3DPlay responds by triggering actions in the production. This allows users to build and maintain regular productions, adding interactivity only to the elements that require it.

Interact is ideal for any type of production, including; sports, elections, morning shows, weather, news, etc.  With Interact, the presenter can control the flow of the production without waiting for someone in production to change the graphics. In an election broadcast, for example, the presenter can independently choose to discuss a particular party, present its standings and its key representatives with a single touch.

Interactivity in virtual studios

Orad’s unique technology allows the introduction of interactive surfaces into virtual studio environments. With Interact, the presenter interacts directly with a traditional touch screen where he can view the content; the viewer at home sees only the presenter interacting with the on-screen graphics.

The creation and the controller preparations are identical to the preparations of “standard” interactive graphics, with the touch screen being “dressed up” in either green or blue color which are keyed out and become transparent during production. The interactive scene that is rendered on the touch screen is colored in blue or green as well so while it is visible to the presenter, it is keyed out during production.

The presenter then interacts with the scene rendered on the touch screen, which executes commands via 3DPlay to another scene that displays the final graphics results as part of the virtual set.

Touch screens

Interact enables presenters to interact with displays using infra red frames, such as Barco with Smart board, U-Touch, and Primeview. Interact enables true multi touch interaction with multiple presenters thanks to its integration with RadarTouch. The RadarTouch system can be easily integrated with different screens and video walls, with an operating area of up to 30m width, turning even a conventional studio space into an interactive surface. It has a fast and intuitive calibration process, is connected via Ethernet to the HDVG providing versatile use, and due to its small size is fully portable. Interact’s integration also extends to Mitsubishi’s new Multitouch Seventy-Series Display.

Interact key Features

  • Presenters can tap, drag and hold particular events
  • Presenters can directly manipulate objects on screen, moving,  scaling and rotating
  • Objects have inertia and physical properties
  • Interact can be used for conventional and virtual studios
  • Interactivity is easily integrated into the existing production workflow
  • Supports a wide variety of interactive devices and protocols
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