SmartPlay provides ingest and play-out control of Grass Valley media servers. With Smart Play, users can start a crash record or optional VTR and scheduled record from a workstation that is on the same network with the server. SmartPlay's ingest will control the VTR via RS-422.

The Play-out module of Smart Play allows the play out of single clip or an entire play-list. Users can decide to play-out the clips either back-to-back or stop at the last frame of each clip. Loop mode is available for both single clip or for a part of a play-list. With the flexible configuration tool of Smart Play, users can choose to control any server channel from one single workstation.

Smart Play has a modular plug-in based design so it can be custom developed for customer needs.
SmartPlay has support for import/export of playlists
• SmartPlay is licensed based on SmartPlay user workstations
• Each SmartPlay workstation can control up to 4 K2 media channels
• The channels can be from the same K2 client or from different K2 clients

SmartPlay packages are for ingest and playout of:
• 1 Channel
• 2 Channels
• 4 Channels


SmartPlay Options include:
• GPI I/O
• VTR Control
• Extended Database
• Scheduled Ingest Router Control
• MOS Gateway fro News
• A/B/C/D Studio Playout
• Graphics Control
• Browse with Trimming


SmartPlay can control a GPI I/O box. This box gives 8 GPI in, 8 GPI out. (Broadcast Tools SRC8-III) From SmartPlay you can assign many events to this GPI I/O. SmartPlay can be triggered from external sources, such as button box, etc. via this GPI box. GPI I/O can be assigned as secondary events to control some external devices such as logo generators, vision mixers, etc.


SmartPlay can control VTRs via RS-422 for ingest or as a back-up play-out device to the media server system. Up to 4 VTR’s can be controlled per SmartPlay workstation.


The RS-422 board hardware is not included.
SmartPlay can manage the recording of feeds automatically at pre-scheduled times. It includes basic router control for directing video feeds to the server ports.


SmartPlay supports an SQL database. This is recommended if the total number of clips exceeds 1,000 in the media server system. Automatic addition of new clips to the database is supported. A seperate Windows PC or server is needed for multiple SmartPlay and/or media server system configurations. Custom metadata fields for clips can be configured. This optional license is required for SmartMirror and SmartBrowse.
SmartPlay can also have SmartBrowse, which requires a database and SmartMirror license. This module supports Windows Media 9 low-resolution browsing of clips in the SmartPlay user interface with basic trimming of clips.


SmartPlay can include graphics control. The current version supports Viz-RT systems.
A database license is required. Control is via the SmartPlay user interface as secondary or main events. Support for other graphics systems is possible on a project basis.

 

SmartPlay can also be MOS enabled so it can interface with Newsroom Control systems via MOS and get synchronized play-lists for news playout. This is not meant to replace Aurora productions systems, but could be used for K2 opportunities where a third party solution is already in place, or has been specified by the customer.


SmartPlay can support A/B/C/D type Play-out with dynamic port assignment of clips from a single play-list to multiple server ports for studio play-out. Dynamic running order control can be done via the MOS gateway.


SmartPlay can be a primary or back-up play-out application. It can operate as a stand alone play-out and ingest control of a media server or it can be a part of the bigger play-out scenario where several SmartPlay stations control different ports of a multi-port media server that are feeding different parts of a broadcast facility. For example two SmartPlay applications can be in two program studios controlling the play-out for live studio production. One SmartPlay station can be in Master Control controlling play-out of long form programming and commercials, and one SmartPlay station can be in the transfer room to control the ingest of media. In such a scenario, all stations of SmartPlay will be all connected to a central SmartSuite Database application server.