Bannister Lake’s Chameleon joins Grass Valley Media Universe Alliance

Bannister Lake - Grass Valley GVMU

Bannister Lake Chameleon connects with Grass Valley’s AMPP

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, May 11, 2022Bannister Lake, a leading provider of broadcast data aggregation and graphics solutions, today announced it has become a member of the Grass Valley Media Universe (GVMU) Alliance. As a GVMU Alliance member, Bannister Lake’s Chameleon platform will connect with Grass Valley’s Agile Media Processing Platform (AMPP) and become an integrated part of a cloud-enhanced architecture.

The GV Media Universe brings solutions together with existing workflows and equipment to create and distribute premium live content while reducing complexity and cost for those who adopt GVMU into their work environment, Grass Valley said.

The underlying technology is designed with cloud-based live production needs in mind. It is frame-accurate, responsive and compatible with connected control surfaces and applications that take full advantage of what the cloud offers, the company said.

Developed to integrate into any production workflow, Bannister Lake Chameleon enables the creation of graphic overlays, tickers and branding for all kinds of broadcast productions and verticals, including live sports, betting, elections, esports, news, government and corporate events. The Chameleon solution provides a comprehensive set of design tools and easily scales to support multiple channels. It can be integrated with AMPP-supported production switching, master control and other production tools, paving the way to quick and seamless live production, Grass Valley said.

With confirmation of Chameleon’s compliance with GV AMPP, both companies will work together under the alliance to make sure the graphics solution integrates seamlessly the GV Media Universe.

“Chameleon brings a sophisticated tool to the GV Media Universe with our ability to contain any data from unlimited data sources. Our HTML5 CG/renderer and NDI™ support provides easy integration for customers. We are excited by the opportunity to participate with this important initiative.” said Bannister Lake’s president and founder Georg Hentsch.

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About Bannister Lake Inc. 

Bannister Lake is a leading provider of professional video graphic display solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite, audio/visual and information presentation applications worldwide. Our solutions integrate seamlessly with your existing infrastructure while automating the integration and display of external data sources, improving the productivity of your organization. Visit us online at bannisterlake.com.

About Grass Valley

We love live! Grass Valley is the leading technology provider for the live media and entertainment market. We work with 90% of the world’s major media brands, powering their media centers, mobile production units, 24-hour newsrooms, and sports streaming platforms. As the number one trusted partner in media technology, we enable content owners and service providers to create and deliver compelling live experiences in the most efficient way.

Whether it’s IP-native cameras or state-of-the-art cloud production platforms, we’re at the forefront of groundbreaking live media innovation. We continue to pioneer market-leading advances based on cloud and software efficiency to transform live content for the streaming era today and in the future.

Headquartered in Montreal, Grass Valley has been engaged in the media technology business for over 60 years. grassvalley.com.

Bannister Lake: D’Arcy Pickering – VP Sales

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Grass Valley: Chris Merrill – Director Strategic Marketing

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Bannister Lake Financial Services

Bitcoin Chart

Cheddar News is a live streaming news channel. They pride themselves as the voice of what’s next with a strong emphasis on technology and finance. They’re available to watch live and on-demand across all traditional and OTT platforms.

Bannister Lake has a long history of providing data and graphics for finance broadcasting. Our finance solution aggregates financial data and display it in the form of charts, tickers, bugs, sidebars and full screen boards.

We have been providing financial services for Cheddar from their inception. Recently, we assisted Cheddar on their rebrand with exciting new graphics and advanced data.

The Bannister Lake finance solution is a client/server design allowing most of the work done remotely and even offline from the character generator. For this particular instance, Cheddar is using the Ross Video XPression CG along with the Xignite financial data feed. We’re even pushing the boundaries of XPression by using the new line object to animate charting lines.

All graphics and data are driven from the Finance Player:

Bannister Lake Financial App

It has excellent charting support including after hours, comparison and flexible intraday charts:

After Hours Chart
Bitcoin Chart

And includes a variety of full screen boards:

Cdn Banks

Sidebars can have a mix of quotes and charts:

Tickers:

And Bugs:

For information about our financial services and display solutions, contact us at info@bannisterlake.com

Introducing Chameleon Character Generator and Sequencer Support

Chameleon customers may have noticed something new in our web interface Flow:

CG Support !

Bannister Lake is rolling out Character Generator (CG) support for Chameleon. While the Chameleon renderer has a full function Designer allowing the creation of scenes used for tickers, branding and custom applications, an easy way to create traditional CG sequencing is now available. The new CG Sequencer support is provided through Chameleon’s web interface Flow. This gives users a way to drive graphics from any browser including support over internet, intranet, cloud, streaming and OTT.

The Chameleon CG is all driven from the chameleon.api which is Bannister Lake’s api for building standalone and web-based applications on any platform. All communications happen using a tcp/ip port providing great flexibility. And all rendering happens using JavaScript on the client side providing a wider distribution of processing. The requirement for rendering on the client side is supported on any platform supporting the chromium engine from phones, tablets, Raspberry Pi, laptops, Macs, PCs, Xenix and more. This offers excellent support for remote broadcasting, streaming and traditional studio environments.

After publishing graphics from the Designer, the scenes are now available to be used on any channel. In Flow, pick the channel, scene and set the dynamic tags in the scene. Save the scene in a playlist which can be used among users in a content group and we now have a web-based, collaborative CG sequencer for Chameleon.

While the Designer will be given sequencer support going forward, the new web-based CG sequencer offers the most flexible means for providing a fully functional CG sequencer to our users.

For more information on Chameleon Character Generator and Sequencer Support contact sales@bannisterlake.com

News, Broadcasting, Production and COVID

SMPTE Toronto’s January 2021 Virtual Go-To Webinar meeting reviewed how Global News and Corus Entertainment have had to adapt to the restrictions faced by the changing COVID regulations. Gerry Belec, National Director, Operations & Technology focused on the world of plexi-glassed control rooms, mask-wearing staff and PPE’d reporters. Gerry shares how working from home accessing operations systems for Graphics, Elections, intercom and monitoring via the network was possible.

Watch Global TV’s Live Election Night with Bannister Lake Chameleon

Chameleon For Elections

Election night is one of the most important events for television broadcasters. You want to be absolutely correct when you call races. Watch how Global TV used Bannister Lake’s Election Module for three Canadian Provincial Elections and the 2020 US Federal Election. In this video, Global TV’s Gerry Belec, Director of News Technology & Operations and Laith Jadua, Global’s Graphic Technologist explain how they used Chameleon Election software for all their graphic displays including Broadcast L-Frame’s, Touchscreen, OTT channels and the Global News web site.

Chameleon: Drive On-Air Graphics Directly from Google Sheets

With Chameleon’s new Google Sheets Custom Reader, media producers can automatically pull data content from Google Sheet cells and populate graphic templates. Producers can take advantage of Google Sheets’ sharing capabilities and have multiple users contributing content. Plus, content can be organized and displayed using the Google sheet tab which automatically provides a topic name for content.

Chameleon’s Google Sheets Custom Reader can handle multiple sheets and tabs providing an efficient and simple way to display complex graphics for broadcast, signage and web. It’s an elegant way to present sports scores, ESports content and News tickers.

Chameleon is the industry’s most advanced broadcast data engine providing users the ability to input any kind of data to populate and manage graphic templates.

Bannister Lake Chameleon powers The Morning Show on Global News

Bannister Lake Chameleon plays a key role delivering real-time content for The Morning Show on Global News across Canada. Chameleon manages News, Weather, Sports, Traffic, Finance and Promos for playout, ingesting and managing everything from international news to local sports scores for regional playout.

Global’s use of BLADE, Chameleon’s restful API, enabled their technical and creative team to deliver a compelling localized on air presentation for multiple locations.

Chameleon delivers live content for RossVideo XPression, Vizrt, Chyron, Pixel Power, ClassX, Imagine Versio and many other broadcast graphics platforms.

Global News Morning Show

Bannister Lake Elector delivers Ontario Election results to Three Broadcasters in English and French.

Bannister Lake played an important role during coverage of the June 7th Ontario 42nd general election delivering flawless results throughout the evening for three Ontario broadcasters. Bannister Lake’s Elector product provided editorial teams at Global Television, TVO and French language public broadcaster TFO with real-time results, advanced race filtering, and the ability to quickly and accurately create graphic playlists for broadcast.

Unlike previous elections, Elections Ontario utilized tabulators at many polling stations across the province which dramatically speed up the distribution of results data. Elector’s multi-user, web-based UI easily handled the deluge of data and provided producers and analysts with newsworthy voting trends, the ability to accurately make race calls and in turn translate those trends into powerful graphic presentations.

This election marked Global Television’s twelfth time using Elector on a major election broadcast. Beyond conventional broadcast graphics, Global used Elector’s RestAPI to integrate election data directly into augmented reality and virtual reality elements creating 3D interactive environments that complimented storytelling.

TVO first used Elector for the 2011 Ontario election and again in 2014. For the 2018 election broadcast, TVO used Elector to create a more analytical program featuring a wide variety of live data graphics that provided editorial context and insight.

This election was TFO’s first experience with Elector. TFO’s broadcast focused on Ontario’s Francophone population and used a combination of augmented and traditional graphics to convey the impact of election night. To accommodate TFO’s French language requirements, Bannister Lake translated the Elector UI into French ensuring TFO staff was able to fully utilize Elector’s capabilities. TFO also extended their broadcast by making their Elector generated graphics available on Facebook Live.

Bannister Lake provided all three broadcasters with a variety of professional services that complimented and enhanced their editorial and on-air capabilities. The Bannister Lake data integration team worked closely with the Canadian Media Election Consortium to ensure that results data flowed perfectly into each broadcaster’s Elector systems. The creative team led graphics integration connecting live data to graphic templates while ensuring that graphics performance was optimized. Bannister Lake led training sessions for editorial and production staff.

Elector is used throughout Canada and the US delivering reliable election night results and analysis for federal, regional and municipal races. An industry staple for over fourteen years, Elector can drive 2D and 3D graphic displays across any broadcast graphic playout system.

Yahoo Finance

Customer: Yahoo Finance

Application: Yahoo Finance Application

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Yahoo Finance approached Bannister Lake to produce a dedicated financial application to drive all graphic content for their online Financial Channel.

  • Finance Client application authenticates and connects to Yahoo Financial data feed.
  • Client UI provides stock ticker preview and modules to create Bugs, Stock Charts, Name Keys and Lower Thirds.
  • Quick filters to setup stock chart comparisons, desktop preview of charts then quick add to playlist.
  • Drop Down range menu to select time including, Intraday padded, Intraday, 2 day padded, 5 day, 1 month, 3 month, 6 month, Year to Date padded, 1 > 5 year and user defined (Custom) ranges.
  • Client app connects securely to Finance Server app in production to generate graphic output for presentation.