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.

For more information about GrassValley, visit grassvalley.com  For more information about Chameleon and other Bannister Lake solutions, please visit bannisterlake.com

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.

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Grass Valley: Chris Merrill – Director Strategic Marketing

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Polls Support in Chameleon

Chameleon now offers an easy way to add polls support in Chameleon. In Chameleon’s web interface Flow, polls are a new data type:

To create a poll, it’s as simple as entering a question:

And choices:

There are options to set a start and stop time for when a poll is active, but after the poll is defined, it’s just a matter of publishing the poll and it’s ready for primetime.

Each poll has a unique id which is reflected in the url for the poll:

https://polling.bannisterlake.com/#/0313acb0-10d9-4a0f-b3a7-fd75f695124f

Once the poll is published, it’s just a matter of using the poll on a website. For example, it can be included on a web page using an iframe or embed html tag. A poll can be reused by republishing while keeping the url intact.

You can even have a QR code take you to the poll:

Polls in Chameleon have full support from players and Chameleon’s restful api BLADE. Additional formatting of polls can be done by inserting html tags into poll questions and choices. And there is support for including images for questions and choices.

The implementation allows for any instance of Chameleon either on the cloud or internally to use polls. On the web-side we use the React library providing responsiveness for all platforms including phones, tablets, PCs and more. On the cloud side, our implementation is AWS’ Elastic Beanstalk and the DynamoDB providing a platform for high capacity access.

Polls come standard with all instances of Chameleon. It’s another exciting piece of the Chameleon ecosystem.

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

UEFA European Championship

Bannister Lake is pleased to be part of the team bringing the UEFA European Championship broadcast coverage to Canada. The tournament was originally scheduled for 2020 but was rescheduled to begin today. It is being held in 11 cities in 11 UEFA countries as a celebration of the event’s 60th anniversary. The 24 teams will be vying for what is one of the premier soccer events on the planet. Portugal will be defending its 2016 win.

Bannister Lake provided both a scorebug and graphics for the Canadian broadcasts on TSN and CTV. The software included client/server architecture allowing a single operator to control unlimited concurrent games. Bannister Lake provided a custom application using the Ross Video XPression api as the CG platform.

Bannister Lake Announces Integration with Traffic Systems using the BXF SMPTE Standard

In an effort to provide improved integration between broadcast branding and traffic systems, Bannister Lake’s Chameleon has added support for reading playlists using BXF, the SMPTE standard for data exchange in the broadcasting industry.

By reading traffic playlists directly, Chameleon provides a way to bypass automation systems for triggering secondary events like snipes and bugs. The playlist data is moved directly into Chameleon’s schedule providing tight integration with graphics and data.

To help in viewing the secondary events, Chameleon now also supports viewing segments in the schedule. This makes it easier to view the timing of assets and offers a way to safely adjust or manually add new ones.

Another new feature is to clearly mark assets which haven’t been fully defined. In this way, assets that aren’t currently in the database can be scheduled but can be clearly marked as requiring definition.

For more information on Chameleon integration with WideOrbit, contact us at mailto: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.

Bannister Lake Drives Global Television’s Coverage of Three Canadian Provincial Elections On-Air and Online

Bannister Lake is pleased to announce today that it played an instrumental role in the production of three recent Global News provincial election specials. The company’s Elector software was used by editorial teams in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick to track results, make race calls and manage full frame graphic and ticker playout. Bannister Lake also provided custom software development services creating interactive web widgets. The web widgets were used to visualize results on on-set touchscreens that allowed analysts to navigate through various provincial ridings and pinpoint election results. In addition to results data, the widgets included other contextual datasets including demographics and historical voting outcomes. A second set of widgets were created and fully integrated into the GlobalNews.ca website providing users with access to election results in a fully interactive format that could be accessed by any device.

“We have a longstanding relationship with Bannister Lake and having them add their expertise to our online election coverage not only improved the overall web experience, it created a strong sense of consistency across both our properties”, said Gerry Belec, Director – News Technology and Operations, Global News.

Global took full advantage of Bannister Lake’s HTML5 capabilities and integrated election results data directly into VizRT graphic engines that populated regional L-bars. Bannister Lake’s election data was also incorporated into Global’s News’ social media distribution efforts populating graphics announcing breaking election news.

“Our election solutions are completely agnostic and work well on any graphic engine and as our web widgets demonstrate on any device. For broadcasters using various products to reach their audiences both online and on-air, we offer exciting new ways to tell the election night story.”, said George Hentsch, President, Bannister Lake.

The Global Television Network and its parent company Corus Entertainment use Bannister Lake solutions in a variety of innovative ways. In addition to election coverage, Bannister Lake’s Chameleon data aggregation and management solution powers L-Bar graphics for both the network’s regional morning news shows and for its over the top news channels. Chameleon also powers an extensive digital signage network with localized news, weather, sports and other data-driven content.