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Morning Live

Mort posted:
Also the Breakfast/NWT studio is set up for news, using Mosart automation. That could be limiting for other more general programme making.


The gallery normally runs based on Mosart automation, but it can just as easily be used 'freeform', even within a Mosart-driven show. All aspects (vision, sound, prompting) can be switched to manual at any point in Mosart.


What are the options for manual server and graphics operation? (i.e. to replicate a standard EVS set-up and non-templated graphics operation)


(please forgive any unintentional patronising if you already have operational experience with any of this Laughing )

You can toggle every external system control from a dedicated 'Standby' menu in the Mosart GUI. Some galleries will run with everything auto except certain kit; left in 'Standby' in Mosart it can be operated manually as if it were standalone.

Depending on what you have configured, you can 'Standby' everything - video server, vision mixer, audio mixer, graphics (Chyron, Viz, Ross etc), robotics, lighting etc.

If you decided to run graphics like lower thirds and control tickers/flippers manually, you still need BigTed and WOLTER (involved with lower thirds) middleware for MOS/Viz translation. Complex graphics sequences are easily triggered from Mosart macros, based on drag-and-drop MOS running order items added in OpenMedia. You can still do the essentials like locators and credits the long way, but why bother when Mosart can do (or control) it all with a single keypush?

The Viz CGs used in news and sport are now so complex and comprehensively scripted that they hugely benefit from automated Mosart assertion of the intermediate control systems. You can also set up Mosart macros to command a take in/out of individual graphics elements at will. Vision mixer (M/E, DSK and key/fill) plus CG setup (show style and text definition) in one button push.

To manually set up and fire graphics to a standard seen on bulletins would require some very deft usage of BigTed software in parallel with some rapid VMing. It's a very different approach from the semi-prepared Viz Trio/Arc client driving Viz engines like you see in sport coverage. Nowadays there's minimal exposure to Viz client software for people compiling MOS running orders for Mosart-driven shows unless they're Viz super users. There's inevitably pockets of CasparCG development and usage but definitely no signs of ditching Viz.

I think a fairly common approach is to run your vision/sound/cameras in a mode accommodating momentary manual override - for example an interview segment with a defined in and out but otherwise left to the director and VM. Once done, F12 keypress advances to the next item, cueing inset / fullframe and video wall graphics, cueing VT, rolling an audio sting, starting camera moves...

EVS/Quantel ports can be rolled the same way as always, unless they're set up for automation lockout. Mosart will often be configured for video server A/B roll - should you reload a running order or open a new one, it won't interrupt a playing port. You can setup whatever you like as a 'salvo' in a virtual port group, so you could theoretically have for example Quantels for a news portion and EVS for a Sport portion, appearing as a virtual A/B port group in Mosart.

You may like these videos if you haven't already seen them:
https://vimeo.com/155532062
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=210pGR8XVjw
(courtesy Mosart expert Morag McIntosh)
See also the Viz Mosart user guide documentation for the Mosart GUI Standby feature, just a Google away.

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Continued implementation of BBC Reith

Monotype have a monopoly on licensing Helvetica and they know they can get top dollar given its ubiquity (and in fairness, it is a classic font). Given the categories the BBC used it for (digital graphics and broadcast) it's not surprising someone worked out it's cheaper in the long run to commission their own font.

BBC Reith has serif and sans-serif variants at various weights (condensed, light, medium, regular, bold) and some extended character sets (non-English language glyphs and a few other symbols). A bit of an educated guess based on figures I've seen for other fonts, but all together the font set probably cost about £400-500,000.

I'd be quite surprised if it cost over a million. Bruno Maag (of Dalton Maag) went on record a few years ago saying 'a price of ~$20-25k per weight is appropriate for a Western European glyph set with three years' exclusivity, and to own the rights, double the price.'

The BBC will definitely hold exclusive rights to Reith - no organisation would want their 'house' typeface being sold. They'll probably recoup the cost within a decade given how Reith is set to be used everywhere in-app, web and broadcast. The sooner Helvetica Neue is laid to rest, the better Smile