Live Radio Broadcasting

How to Setup a Radio Station on Livebox Live Radio?

On the Livebox Live Radio app, you can host your own radio station and go on air just like any other professional radio broadcaster.

So to create your radio station,

  • Install Live Radio app from the Livebox app store.
  • On the Live Radio dashboard, scroll down to the “Station Overview”.
  • Click the “Add Station” button.
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  • Fill the station profile details.
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  • Then click on the “Save Changes” button.
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  • Your radio station will be created and you can click the “Manage” button to proceed with your first broadcasting experience.
Radio station set up
  • Walkthrough your radio station profile.
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live radio app set up
  • You can also enable the Song Requests and Streamers/DJs option.
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Now to add music files,

  • Go to Music Files from the navigation menu.
live radio app from Livebox
  • Click the Select File button and you’ll be provided the access to select your music files.
  • Select and add your music files.
Livebox live radio app

And your music files will be added. Now you have to create a Playlist out of the music files you have added.

  • So, select the songs that you want to add in your playlist.
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  • Then under the Set Playlists menu, give a name for your playlist and click “Save”.
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  • And the playlist will be created and you’re all set to begin your first live radio broadcast.
Live radio playlist

Now to grab the attention of listeners to your radio station,

  • You can provide Public Page link on your websites or even send it through Email.
Live radio broadcasting
  • This is how your listeners get in touch with your station broadcasts using the provided public page link.
Live radio app
  • In the case, if you want to publish your radio broadcasts on your website/blogs, you can use the Player Embed Code to embed your radio streams on all your web-based platforms.
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  • When publishing on any of your WordPress websites, you can just go to the “Add New Post” page, select the “Custom HTML” block under the “Formatting” option and paste the copied Player Embed Code.
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  • Finally, publish your radio broadcast on your site so that your viewers can now enjoy your radio facet right away from your official blogs/website.
live radio broadcasting

Have a successful Radio Streaming journey with Livebox!

Multi-bitrate Streaming Using Encoder Software (New Version)

How to Start the Multi-bitrate Streaming Using the Encoder Software?

  • Go to Multi-Bitrate from the navigation menu.
  • In the Multi-Bitrate settings, select your streaming channel first.
  • Now turn on the Multi-Bitrate button.
  • And select any preset of resolutions of your choice by clicking the drop-down menu.
  • Then click the “Save” button.
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  • Now give “Service Restart”.
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Now the Multi-bitrate settings have been applied to the Livebox streaming server. You can start proceeding with the Encoder settings.

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Open the Mixer and Playout software. You can either set up your streaming source from your camera device or by using the playout software.  

  • So, after setting up your camera or adding the streaming source using the playout, open the Encoder window.
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  • On the Encoder settings window, click the gear icon to create presets for the resolutions you have selected.

Note:  It is advisable to create presets for the Multi-bitrate streaming beforehand for the resolutions you prefer.  

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  • Now on the settings, you can create Presets by entering the Audio Bitrate and Video Bitrate for each resolution.
  • So, to get the Video Bitrate and Audio Bitrate values of your resolutions, go to the Livebox Multi-bitrate settings.
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  • On the Multi-bitrate settings, click the edit icon.
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  • A dialog box opens, where you can get the details of the resolution preset you have selected.
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  • And here you can click the drop-down menu to select the specific resolution and to get its values.
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  • Back on the Encoder settings, you can enter the Video Bitrate and Audio Bitrate of the resolution you have selected.
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  • Also, select the pixel of the resolution for which you are creating a preset.

Note: 

  • 144p- 2560×1440 px
  • 240p- 352×240 px
  • 360p- 480×360 px
  • 720p- 1280×720 px
  • 1080p- 1920×1080 px
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  • Then click the “Save Preset” button.
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  • Now you can give a name for your preset. Likewise, you can do the same for all the other resolutions.
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  • Back on the Multi-bitrate settings, first, copy-paste the channel RTMP URL on the Encoder settings.
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  • Followed by the channel RTMP URL, also enter the URLs of resolution.  
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  • Then select Presets for each resolution. (Presets you have created for each resolution)
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  • Now click the “Start button” to initiate the live on your server channel with streaming qualities (resolutions).
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  • Have a look at the server dashboard. And it will display your live streaming source along with the streaming resolutions.
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You can go on by pushing the live stream to all your social media accounts, where your viewers can adjust the video quality according to their bandwidth.

Live Streaming Using OBS Studio

How to Live Stream on Livebox Using OBS Studio as an Encoder?

Livebox streaming server offers a smooth and uncomplicated streaming workflow. Its flexibility can be witnessed while working alongside distinct encoders. Here with which few steps are listed for crystal clear understanding of streaming workflow by using OBS studio.

  • Go to OBS studio and click the add icon from the tab “Source”.
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  • A pop-up menu with the listed options will show up. From the listed options select “Media source”.
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  • A dialog box “Create/Select Source” gets opened where you can name and set as per your requirements and then click “OK”.
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  • A dialog box “Properties for Media Source” gets opened. In “Properties for Media Source”, select the required options for your streaming and then click “Browse”.
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  • Once you click to browse you get accessed to your local files where you can browse and select your source. Then Click “OK” and your source is added.
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  • Now go to Livebox and select Manage channels from the navigation menu and click Streaming URL button to copy the Stream URL and Stream Key.
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  • Then go back to OBS studio again and select “Settings” under the menu “Controls”.
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  • On the “Settings” tab, go to “Stream” settings from the menu.
  • In Stream settings, select the “Custom” option and then a paste the copied Stream URL and Stream Key
  • Then click “OK”.
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  • Now click the option Start streaming under the menu “Controls”.
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  • Now go to Livebox Dashboard and preview your streaming source.
  • Then from your streaming channel you can push live the streaming source to your social media destinations, websites, blogs or any streaming platforms.
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Thus, these simple steps can help you out to accomplish your first streaming process

Multi-bitrate Streaming

How to Conduct Multi-Bitrate Streaming Using Livebox?

There are primarily two different ways to do adaptive bitrate streaming. One method is called Transcoding and the other method is using Multi bitrate streaming aka MBR. Transcoding is recommended in most cases since it is hassle-free and the conversion to multiple bitrates happens at the server end on the fly as you stream. Also, it can be turned on with a click of a button for any channel. If your Livebox does not have transcoding enabled, contact the Livebox team to upgrade to a box with transcoding, Also, Check out our other articles about the transcoding to learn more about transcoding.

As for Multi bitrate streaming, it has to be manually streamed in multiple qualities from the encoder, be it a hardware or software encoder. Some encoders support streaming in multiple qualities and some encoders don’t. For some software encoders, you may need to open multiple instances of the encoder on your PC. As for hardware encoders, MBR can be used only if the hardware encoder supports MBR.

In this article, we’re going to see how to achieve MBR using the encoder provided for download along with your Livebox server.

  • Go to Manage Channels from the navigation menu. Under manage channels select Multi-Bitrate.
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  • On Multi-Bitrate page, select your channel and turn on multi-bitrate.
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  • Once you turn on Multi-Bitrate, new preset options will appear. You can set the required resolution and click the “Save” button.
set preset in Multi bitrate streaming

Note: You also have options to edit or set your required preset.

  • Once you click save, RTMP URLs for your resolution gets listed below. Make a note of the required RTMP links and click “Save”.
  • With each URL of definite qualities (resolutions), the player will adjust video quality to that of viewers bandwidth.

*The first given URL is the RTMP URL of your channel. The remaining URLs are RTMP URLs with resolutions.

Note: The RTMP URL should be used to initiate the live streaming on your server channel. And the other RTMP URLs of resolutions can be used to deliver the same streaming content in different resolutions. 

  • After clicking save, give Service Restart to get your changes applied. 
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  • Now on your preferred encoders, add a source either from your camera device or any video files.
  • Then copy-paste the RTMP URL and other streaming URLs of resolutions on your encoder stream settings
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(The highlighted part of the streaming URL is the Stream key)

  • To view your live MBR streaming status with the definite video quality, go the Livebox Dashboard and check on the player for your resolutions. 
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  • Then go to Viewers Report to check the RTMP stats of your streaming channel. It shows audio and video bitrate of your channel. 

You have successfully did Multi-bitrate streaming.

How to Conduct Transcoding Using Wirecast as an Encoder?

Adaptive bitrate streaming (Transcoding) is available only in the higher-end versions of Livebox.

To conduct transcoding using Wirecast,

  • Keep your streaming channels ready i.e., output channel and input channel.
  • Now under Manage Channels, go to Transcoding
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  • Transcoding page opens up and you can select your input channel by clicking the drop-down menu given in the “Select Channel” option.
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  • In Output Channels, select the channel where the video has to be transcoded. Then give turn on near transcoding.
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  • Once you give the turn on, new options for transcoding shows up, where you can set the Preset. And then click “Save”.

Note:  Livebox will generate both Transcode Output URL and Transcode Embed Code.

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  • After clicking save, give Service Restart to get your changes applied.
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  • Go to Livebox and create your channel.
  • Now go to the Wirecast main window, and click the icon to add your source.
Wirecast streaming service
  • Many options to add your source appears.
  • To capture and add your USB webcam source, you can click the option Video Capture and to stream live your local files, click the “Add Media File” option and select your local files.
wirecast streaming
  • Your source is added. As you wanted to live stream, click the push icon to move your source to Live Broadcast Area
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  • After pushing your source to live broadcast area, click “Output” located at the top left side.
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  • Under output’s pulled-down menu, click “Output Settings”.
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  • A “Select an Output Destination” dialog box opens, where choose your destination as RTMP Server and click “OK”, and a new output setting tab opens.
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  • Now go to Manage Channels from Livebox navigation menu and copy the streaming RTMP URL.
streaming URL
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  • Then paste the RTMP Streaming URL in the Address box and enter the stream key in Stream bar and give “OK”.
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  • Now click the stream icon from the top left side to start streaming.
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  • To check your live stream go to Livebox Channel Dashboard and click play to preview your live stream.
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  • To check RTMP stats of your streaming channel go to the Viewers Report. 
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  • In RTMP stats it shows audio and video bitrate of both output and input channels.
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  • And when you embed the output channel streams on your website, you can copy the Transcode Embed URL to publish the live stream on your website.

Note:  Through the Transcode Embed URL, you can publish the streaming content along with the transcode video quality.

transcoding at multiple bitrates

You are successful in your Transcoding streaming by using Wirecast!
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How to Conduct Transcoding Using Wirecast as an Encoder?

Adaptive bitrate streaming (Transcoding) is available only in the higher-end versions of Livebox.

To conduct transcoding using Wirecast,

  • Keep your streaming channels ready i.e., output channel and input channel.
  • Now under Manage Channels, go to Transcoding
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  • Transcoding page opens up and you can select your input channel by clicking the drop-down menu given in the “Select Channel” option.
Select channel
  • In Output Channels, select the channel where the video has to be transcoded. Then give turn on near transcoding.
transcoding on Livebox
  • Once you give the turn on, new options for transcoding shows up, where you can set the Preset. And then click “Save”.

Note:  Livebox will generate both Transcode Output URL and Transcode Embed Code.

transcoding streaming
  • After clicking save, give Service Restart to get your changes applied.
service restart
  • Go to Livebox and create your channel.
  • Now go to the Wirecast main window, and click the icon to add your source.
Wirecast streaming service
  • Many options to add your source appears.
  • To capture and add your USB webcam source, you can click the option Video Capture and to stream live your local files, click the “Add Media File” option and select your local files.
wirecast streaming
  • Your source is added. As you wanted to live stream, click the push icon to move your source to Live Broadcast Area
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  • After pushing your source to live broadcast area, click “Output” located at the top left side.
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  • Under output’s pulled-down menu, click “Output Settings”.
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  • A “Select an Output Destination” dialog box opens, where choose your destination as RTMP Server and click “OK”, and a new output setting tab opens.
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  • Now go to Manage Channels from Livebox navigation menu and copy the streaming RTMP URL.
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  • Then paste the RTMP Streaming URL in the Address box and enter the stream key in Stream bar and give “OK”.
Livebox supports wirecast
  • Now click the stream icon from the top left side to start streaming.
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  • To check your live stream go to Livebox Channel Dashboard and click play to preview your live stream.
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  • To check RTMP stats of your streaming channel go to the Viewers Report. 
viewers report
  • In RTMP stats it shows audio and video bitrate of both output and input channels.
transcoding at multiple bitrates
  • And when you embed the output channel streams on your website, you can copy the Transcode Embed URL to publish the live stream on your website.

Note:  Through the Transcode Embed URL, you can publish the streaming content along with the transcode video quality.

transcoding at multiple bitrates

You are successful in your Transcoding streaming by using Wirecast!

How to Encrypt a Website Created within the Livebox?

After creating your website from Livebox, if your site shows to be Not Secure, then follow the given below steps to secure your website.

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  • Go to Websites from the navigation menu and click on Global web settings.
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  • Global Web Settings page opens, under HTTP Settings select your site by clicking the drop-down menu.
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  • After selecting your site, click on the Secure this website icon.
mark website as the default website
  • A request is sent to secure your website. It might take you a few seconds.
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  • Now go to your website in the fresh tab of your browser and you can see your site is secured.
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  • Likewise, to renew the SSL certificate of your site, click on the Renew HTTPs SSL certificate for this domain and the certificate will be renewed for your website.
Websites encryption

How to Live Stream on the Livebox Server Using Wirecast as an Encoder?

   Livebox being a streaming server by itself, easily supports any other encoders or streaming servers. Wirecast is such streaming production tool which is supported by Livebox and offers smooth streaming workflow to Livebox users. Follow the below instructions to start the streaming.

  • Go to Livebox and create your channel.
  • Now go to the Wirecast main window, and click the icon to add your source.
Wirecast streaming service
  • Many options to add your source appears.
  • To capture and add your USB webcam source, you can click the option Video Capture and to stream live your local files, click the “Add Media File” option and select your local files.
wirecast streaming
  • Your source is added. As you wanted to live stream, click the push icon to move your source to Live Broadcast Area
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  • After pushing your source to live broadcast area, click “Output” located at the top left side.
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  • Under output’s pulled-down menu, click “Output Settings”.
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  • A Select an Output Destination dialog box opens, where choose your destination as RTMP Server and click “OK”, and a new output setting tab opens.
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  • Now go to Manage Channels from Livebox navigation menu and copy the streaming RTMP URL.
  • Then paste the RTMP Streaming URL in the Address box and enter the stream key in Stream bar and give “OK”.
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  • Now click the stream icon from the top left side to start streaming.
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  • To check your live stream go to Livebox Channel Dashboard and click play to preview your live stream.
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You are successful in live streaming using Wirecast.

How to Live Stream a 360-degree Source using Livebox?

The Livebox streaming server supports the live streaming of the 360-degree camera and its source. So, to live stream a 360-degree source in Livebox you can’t do in the regular streaming way, as you have to enable a few settings in the player settings.

To Live stream a 360-degree source,

  • Login Livebox.
  • From the Livebox dashboard, go to Channel Settings.
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  • In Channel Settings, go to the Player Settings.  
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  • In Player Settings, turn On the Video360 setting.
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  • Then click the “Save” button beneath the player on the right side.
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  • Now make sure that you have connected your 360-degree camera to the encoder.
  • Then stream the video source captured to the channel you have enabled the Video360 setting using the RTMP URL of the same channel.
  • To preview your source go the Dashboard and click on the player and navigate to the other sides captured by your 360-degree camera.
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Happy 360-degree Live Streaming!

The paid IVB7 live video playout software for free

Did you know that you get this IVB7 playout software along with the IVB7 Livebox server?

Scheduling playlists and advertisements for your live TV channel has never been easier. No other provider provides an all rounded solution like IVB7 with it’s suite of products to take you from start to finish of your professional TV channel setup. We have tested and proved products and solutions that are currently being used by several clients around the world to run their live TV channels.

Let’s have a look at all the available features of the all new IVB7 Playout software that is provided with every purchase of LiveboxTM server.

With the IVB7 playout, you can stream and playout online without any additional cost with the integrated IVB7 webstreamer.

Schedule live TV quickly and easily.

  1. Program Scheduler
    1. Create playlists and restore playlist at anytime
    2. Create and restore presets anytime
    3. Add unlimited videos as long as there is sufficient computing power.
    4. Supports video signal of any size from SD / HD / 4K / 12K or +
    5. Adjust output resolutions for source formats of any resolution
    6. Sort play list
    7. View complete video details and total run time.
    8. Ability to set start time and end times for each video.
  2. Export to multiple destinations :
    1. Play out to output video device
    2. Play out to video file
    3. Play out to the internet live
    4. Play out to the live mixer
    5. Play out to the extended monitor
  3. Supports various input formats
    1. Import and play video files of any video format (Supports most popular video formats)
    2. Add multiple video inputs from other IVB7 equipments, Decklink or any other third party capture devices
    3. Add live video from internet sources such as RTSP / RTMP sources
    4. Ability to play out live screen
  4. Add live CG and Overlays
    1. Add video overlays to the content
    2. Built-in CG editor to design overlays
    3. Schedule overlays time wise, date wise and also possible with year wise.
  5. CG Editor
    1. •  Ability to add multiple logo’s.
    2. •  Ability to add scrolling text with different font style, font colour, shape colour and with different languages.
    3. •  Image sequence with CG is possible.
    4. •  Ability to multiple ticker content in a single preset.
    5. •  Supports flashing images..
  6. Schedule Advertisements
    1. Add live AD breaks between programs
    2. Schedule AD breaks by time or by program
    3. Ability to sort, add or remove files live
    4. Ability to insert an instant AD at any point of time.
  7. Audio
    1. Increase the quality of existing audio.
    2. Audio mixing through the audio mixer
    3. Synchronize and rectify audio for files where audio is out of sync
  8. Record live playout to video file  with mixing and overlays
  9. Seamless switching between videos
  10. Ability to project interlaced video as deinterlace.
  11. Import video footages, apply effects