Author Archives: Alain Savoie

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Global News BC1

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Customer: Global News

Application: Chameleon (Super Ticker Legacy)

Platform: RossVideo XPression

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Following in the footsteps of the giant in Canadian info channels, CP24, Global wanted to create a province-wide channel that served the same purpose; an all-in-one place to get your local, national and world news. With a design more in tune to a website than a standard ticker, Global’s goal was to create the modern info channel, BC1.

Super Ticker (the precursor to the ticker function in Chameleon) had all the pieces to deliver on this promise. With data that spanned:

  1. Ski reports
  2. Weather
  3. Scores
  4. Finance quotes
  5. News
  6. Events
  7. Social media
  8. Traffic
  9. Closings

Support for unlimited zones of information and a channel schedule that allowed zones and rundowns to change based on time of day made it all possible. Super Ticker’s web interface Flow gave an interface for all users in the chain simultaneously. And with parsers bringing in data from a wide variety of sources, much of the work was automated.

 


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Rogers Sportsnet

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Customer: Rogers Sportsnet

Application: Chameleon (Super Ticker Legacy)

Platform: RossVideo XPression

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Rogers Sportsnet has been fighting it out with Bell’s TSN for top prize in the Canadian sports broadcasting landscape. After purchasing the broadcast side of The Score, they wanted to combine The Score’s legendary ticker with the less ambitious tickers Bannister Lake had created for Sportsnet for many years. With 7 channels and their unique ticker requirements, Sportsnet was looking at a single solution to drive them all in an efficient manner while not increasing the operator head count.

The 4 regional channels, Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific continue to provide a ticker with a regional flavor focusing on information for the region while showing all the national information. These tickers are displayed in a compact fashion to allow the video to dominate.

The newly imagined Sportsnet 360, taking its lead from The Score, became a channel which showed its ticker all the time including commercials and live events. This ticker had more information including betting odds on games and displayed its information in a taller format. This is the channel where hardcore sports fans tune into

Sportsnet One is the national channel while Sportsnet World focuses on world sports like cricket, soccer and rugby.

Super Ticker (now morphed into Chameleon with the inclusion of branding from Brando) became the ideal system to drive these diverse tickers. With a small team of operators organizing the rundowns for these channels, Sportsnet was able to deal with the hectic pace of sports data. While a great deal of the work is automated, Super Ticker’s web interface Flow became the platform for creating the added news that goes into the world of sports and the games and events that drive it.

Super Ticker’s content management was key to success; one database and a multi-user web interface. Super Ticker allows organizing data in a way where the channels can pick and choose their rundowns to include national and regional data.


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Bell Media TSN

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Customer: Bell Media TSN

Application: Chameleon (Brando Legacy)

Platform: RossVideo XPression

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TSN is the leader in sports broadcasting in Canada. On their expansion from one channel to 5, they needed a branding solution to promote the programming of their new 5 channel universe. For example, during a big event like Wimbledon, they might be showing 5 different matches spread among TSN1-5. These promotions included next boards, snipes and navigational tickers.

An added wrinkle is that the branding was mostly during live events. This required a manual triggering method allowing a TD to insert snipes whenever they could fit.

Promotion of big events were also inserted throughout the day with a clear representation of what channels the event will be playing on. In all cases, the promos focused on all 5 channels and included 100s of logos for all the teams and leagues that TSN covered.

Although these requirements didn’t fit a typical branding requirement, Brando came through off-the-shelf.

Brando was the branding ancestor of our merged branding/ticker/content management product Chameleon. We kept everything which made Brando great while modernizing it for today’s broadcasting, streaming and digital signage markets.

 


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Case Study – WDAY

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Customer: WDAY, Fargo North Dakota

Application: Chameleon & Community  (under Ross Tick-It)

Platform: RossVideo XPression Studio and BlueBox

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Bannister Lake provided an automated broadcast ticker solution for WDAY to support regional school closures.

  • North Dakota regional schools provide school closure information and status through their Community Content Editor Account.
  • Community Closing data is automatically pushed to WDAY’s instance of Chameleon and presented on air
  • Ticker information automatically is displayed on-air without intervention from Master Control.

 


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TVA – TVA Nouvelles TVA Sports

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Customer: Quebecor TVA Sports/Nouvelles

Application: Chameleon (Ross Tick-It)

Platform: RossVideo XPression Studio

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Bannister Lake delivered a fully automated redundant broadcast ticker solution for TVA Nouvelles 2 channels and TVA Sports 1/2

  • 4 channels of Chameleon on 4 Xpression BlueBoxes (+1 Backup), pulling data from a central Chameleon server.
  • Chameleon Server is configured as a primary and backup for fail over. (redundancy)
  • Weather feed data driven by WSI
  • Lottery results from Loto Quebec
  • Live sports data is provided by Stats
  • Backup player is a hot spare for any of the 4 on air channels.

 


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News 12 – Traffic and Weather

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Customer: News 12 Traffic and Weather (New York)

Application: Chameleon (under Ross Tick-It)

Platform: RossVideo XPression Studio

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Bannister Lake delivered an automated broadcast ticker solution for News 12 to display weather and traffic for the 5 regional stations.

  • 5 channels of Chameleon running on 5 Xpression BlueBoxes, pulling data from a central Chameleon server.
  • Weather is a combination of WSI data feed and manual input from their Meteorologist.
  • Data from National Weather Alerts is filtered and prioritized to show only weather data for the regions with a severity of 2 or higher with specific weather conditions.
  • Inrix GeoID app is programmed to read traffic information from coordinate specific regions.
  • Blade is used to populate News12’s website feeds with the same data used on air.

 

 


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CPAC 2015 Canadian Federal Election

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Customer: CPAC (Canadian Public Affairs Channel)
Application: Bannister Lake Software – BL Elector
Platform: RossVideo XPression Studio

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Bannister Lake delivered a complete Election package for CPAC’s coverage of the 2015 Canadian Federal Election.

  • Project involved initial consultation with CPAC producers, editorial staff and graphics.
  • Producers developed a rundown and playlist structure for pre-production planning and rehearsals. This helped determine the type of graphics required for the telecast.
  • 2D and 3D Graphics were created for Candidates, Ridings, Popular and Historical Vote. New or modified layouts were pushed to the Elector database for Playlist creation.
  • BL Elector Headshot importer streamlined the ingest of Candidate headshots into Elector database.
  • Bannister Lake’s Election simulator application enabled producers and staff to create and save a wide variety of real time Election rehearsal scenarios prior to Election Day.
  • On Election night, the CP Election Reader populated Elector with real time results from Elections Canada.
  • The Producer and Elector Player operator had immediate access to pre-defined Playlists and graphic elements running on 2 separate channels.


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Rogers Cable – Super Sports Pak

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Customer: Rogers Cable (York Mills)
Application: Super Sports Pak (SSP) Application
Platform: RossVideo XPression Studio

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Bannister Lake provided an automated broadcast display solution to generate league and game schedules for Rogers Cable Super Sports Pak subscription channel lineup on Rogers, Cogeco, Eastlink and Videotron.

  • Main SSP schedule file is updated daily with game schedules for each subscription sports channel.
  • SSP application reads current date on schedule file, then generates a sequence of league games with output channel assignment, service provider and channel number.
  • To ensure proper timing, each page duration is calculated on the default event duration multiplied by the number of records.
  • Preferences to enable and set the display order for each service provider and league.
  • App automatically substitutes Background images for blank (scratches) in the schedule.
  • Drop down dialog to select ‘end of sequence’ Promos images.
  • SSP logs all application activity, sequence generation and output.
  • Schedule switches over to next day at 2 am ET and removes old sequence.


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YAHOO! Sports Fantasy Football

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YAHOO! Sports broadcasts a weekly Fantasy Football show reviewing all aspects of the NFL current season.

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The show is an interactive show which lets viewers call in, web conference or tweet their comments and opinions on their favorite players and teams. As an interactive show YAHOO needed a solution that could deliver player and team statistics quickly and easily with the most up to date statistics in a reliable fashion.

A customized solution was developed to meet the requirements of Yahoo. The solution incorporated the reading of 3 different data feeds to compile the most up to date statistics possible. Data feeds automatically provide the current injury reports, player and team statistics. Using a client-server workflow the custom graphic application can be run from a laptop on the network to drive the Xpression graphic system. This workflow allows a second operator to use Xpression at the same time for any additional needs such as lower thirds.

Problem: With so much data available the operator is overwhelmed trying to retrieve it fast enough to keep up with a live program.

Solution: By building a custom software application Bannister was able to present all the NFL data in an organized fashion in a single screen. From here the operator can quickly select a player or team and display any or all of the statistics available within seconds.

Problem: Viewers that call into the show are pre-screened so it is known what topics they wish to discuss just before they are on air. During this very short period of time the operator needs to prepare as many statistics as possible which could come out of the callers dialog.

Solution: The application allows the operator to start typing, “man” for example, and it automatically filters the names. Using a ‘;’ separator the operator can quickly type multiple names resulting in a much more condense list of NFL players for that call.


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US Democratic Senate – In-House Channel

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The United States Democratic Senate broadcasts an in-house channel of the floor proceedings and needed a reliable solution to include upcoming vote information, bills in discussion, and general information on proceedings and schedules. The BL Flow solution provided a simple web interface for the input of new items, schedules and even control over the broadcast output.

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  • Runners need to quickly input or update information on upcoming bills, votes and general proceedings from various sources (email, web, printed documents and hand written notes).
  • Runners do not have direct access to broadcast systems or have graphical knowledge/training to modify templates.
  • Graphic changes based on a number of different triggers: operator driven through BL Flow, votes triggered externally via GPI from Senate floor clock
  • All content changes or modifications are logged providing a complete audit of the entire system at any time
  • User groups allow administrator to control which groups have access rights to add or change different types of information