ChyronHego Customizes User Interface with Live Assist Panels

ChyronHego’s Live Assist Panels can simplify the operation of even the most complex production.

Production tools are getting too darned complicated these days, but ChyronHego has a solution.

It’s called Live Assist Panels, and just as Lewis Carroll’s Humpty Dumpty asserted that the words he chose should mean what he wanted them to mean, Live Assist Panels is a software that makes the programmable buttons you select control what you want them to control.

“Everywhere in our industry there is a big demand for efficiency,” Jesper Gawell, CMO at ChyronHego, began during our exclusive interview with The Broadcast Bridge.

“Regardless whether it is a graphics engine, a lighting panel or a video switcher, they are very complicated systems. Our Live Assist Panels is designed to simplify those operations.”

Gawell points out that a modern switcher may have 250 buttons. But on a given production, 240 of them may be irrelevant to the project at hand. So why should the operator have to constantly stumble over those extras?

“Or, suppose your budget limits you to one operator to ride herd on multiple systems?” he poses. “It would be a great help if you could limit those options.”

Live Assist Panels is ChyronHego’s playout automation engine that sits on top of, for example, their Live Compositor software-based switcher, letting you assign any of Live Compositor’s functions to any of the Live Assist Panels’ buttons.

“Actually, this system can control any of ChyronHego’s products,” Gawell explained, “from our Lyric X graphics to Virtual Sets. We have created a gateway to all of our product line.”

And it doesn’t stop there. ChyronHego has already created Live Assist Panels integration with Grass Valley and Sony switchers and Gawell tells us there are many more equipment lines to come.

“The system’s flexibility is founded on the fact it is all browser based,” he said, “so the control can come from anywhere with an Internet connection. You can even open multiple browser pages on multiple computers. That lets the system expand as a production’s needs grow.”

True, the concept of custom-created interfaces is not new.

But ChyronHego has taken the idea to the browser level.

In addition, they have uniquely given Live Assist Panels the ability to distribute video within its circuitry with an extremely low latency delay—less than a single frame—thanks to their proprietary GPU/CPU processing.

Thanks to very low latency, Live Assist Panels gives the operator immediate feedback.

Thanks to very low latency, Live Assist Panels gives the operator immediate feedback.

And, very importantly, it can make video previews available to the operator while he or she is controlling multiple devices or machines.

“If we can make controlling these very complex production systems easier to manage, it’s going to save a lot of the production budget,” Gawell said, “and the ability to combine multiple systems under a single operator’s control will open wide vistas of possibilities.”

Establishing Live Assist Panels interactive interfaces is as easy as opening a Live Assist Panels browser window, selecting a control widget button (which you can custom design in Photoshop) and determining whether it should react to a mouse click or hover, then assigning it to a control function.

All of this can then be stored in a configuration file that the operator can take from project to project.

“Ever since NAB Show 2017 we have been busy with clients on all continents demonstrating Live Assist Panels,” Gawell finished up. “We’re getting great feedback on a new product like this that has so much potential.

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