Even playing off server you still might get clips incorrect, as the director might not see the playlist or, when they have several playout streams on a monitor wall, they need to know which one is the right one - which a VT
clock would have helped ID.
What some broadcasters do, and I think GMB, is that the very first frame of the sequence contains metadata, and frame 2 is the actual content. The vision mixer would be able to trigger the server when the source is selected, but a delay is added to the visual switch - so by the time the switcher cuts up the server, it would have already started running and you'd never see the metadata on air.
From what I've seen in the US networks that's the case of a slate. It just confirms which package being played, how long it lasts and the outcue.
I imagine it's very helpful on the nightly and morning newscasts where there are multiple playout servers and many packages to be played. Rarely they get to air.
Last edited by Rkolsen on 30 June 2017 6:58am
Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.