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Rapid CG 2


Streamlines Graphics Creation

with Automated Database Integration                     


 

 
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Fluent Rapid CG 2
  

Fluent Rapid CG is an option for Flint, Granite, and Mica integrated production systems, which streamlines the creation of data-intensive CG graphics. Rapid CG automatically integrates databases, RSS feeds, and custom actions like scorekeeping into templates for customized graphics with significantly less manual effort.  

Simply drag and drop a Microsoft Access or XML database into Rapid CG, link it to a template created in Inscriber GS CG (which is included with every Granite and Mica system and available on all Slate systems), and the information is automatically updated in specific fields within the template – no re-keying of data necessary. Because Rapid CG operates within specific fields, the operator can only change the data, not the templates. Data can include text and graphics, so photos can be changed automatically as well. RSS feeds can also be used to update weather and other information from the Web automatically.  

The automated process can be applied to a number of templates simultaneously. For example, if a sporting event features the score on a full screen image and a small scoreboard positioned in the corner of the screen during the game, the information can be changed once but applied to both graphics.  

Users can also create custom action buttons easily to add incremental graphics if there is no automated database. For example, an action button can be designed to add six points to the score if a football team scores a touchdown, which makes data input easier and eliminates mathematical errors. Other information, such as clocks and dates, can be added as well.  

Rapid CG is ideal for live sports, election results, and other data intensive productions that feature a lot of graphics that change throughout the show. It’s easy to link a database to a graphics template for clean information updates on the air. Plus, you never have to worry about altering the template by mistake during the show, because Rapid CG does not allow access to the additional graphic elements.

Scoreboard Integration
with Daktronics Controllers


The Fluent Rapid CG 2 option for Broadcast Pix Flint, Mica and Granite systems is integrated with Daktronics controllers. As scores, clock and other data changes on the controller, Rapid CG will automatically update the Harris CG on the Broadcast Pix system. Rapid CG works for Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer and Volleyball.

Daktronics controllers work with all of the standard scoreboards from Daktronics and other manufacturers with just a few exceptions, as well as a majority of the scoreboards found in the larger venues (contact Daktronics for the exceptions).

Broadcast Pix uses a serial connection to a Daktronics accessory called the All Sport CG, which works with the Daktronics All Sport 5000 and 5500 controllers and other Daktronics controllers (contact Daktronics for any exceptions).

With Rapid CG, we were able to efficiently handle the AP News Wire feed and automatically update results. As a public broadcaster, we’ve never been able to do that before, because systems in the past were too expensive.”

- John Doran
WHYY chief engineer
PBS member serving Philadelphia, PA



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Rapid CG database hooks
Connect to Databases
Update from a Scoreboard
Update from a database

Templates to update multiple fields
Update from a Scoreboard 

     

Update stats via RSS
RSS Feeds, like the weather

Design simple Action Buttons
Custom Action Buttons

 
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