What is Broadcast Automation?
Broadcast automation incorporates the use of broadcast programming technology to automate broadcasting operations. Used either at a broadcast network, radio station or a television station, it can run a facility in the absence of a human operator. They can also run in a "live assist" mode when there are on-air personnel present at the master control, television studio or control room.
Now modern systems run on hard disk, where all the music, advertisements, voice tracks, and other announcements are stored. These audio files may be either compressed or uncompressed, or often with only minimal compression as a compromise between file size and quality. For radio software, these disks are usually in computers, sometimes running their own custom operating systems, but more often running as an application.
In television, playout automation is also becoming more practical as the storage space of hard drives increases. Television shows and television commercials, as well as digital on-screen graphics can all be stored on video servers remotely controlled by computers utilizing the 9-Pin Protocol and the Video Disk Control Protocol. These systems can be very extensive, tied-in with parts that allow the "ingest" (as it is called in the industry) of video from satellite networks and electronic news gathering.
Below we have listed free Automation Software for your Broadcast Needs.
Free DirEttore 3.0 Software for Radio Automation. DirEttore handles rotations, playlists, sequences (trailers, spotsets, etc.), sweepers / voice-tracks, scheduled events (with repetition / artist separation control), commercials and automated time announcements. It can set start, intro and mix points as well as fade types for each song and can also log played tracks. All in an intuitive interface.
Use the following link to download DirEttore 3.0 https://softadvice.informer.com/Direttore_Broadcast_Download_Full.html
Free PlayIt Live is a live-assist and automated radio playout system. PlayIt Live Plays WAVs, MP3s, WMAs or MP4s. Choose from classic cart decks mode or live-assist players mode. Instant one-touch QuickCarts for jingles and sound effects. Organize QuickCarts with multiple pages and custom colors. Supports any sound card available to Windows including professional ASIO devices. Operate players and controls using keyboard commands. Add tracks with an easy to use wizard. Analyze tracks for silence for a more streamlined playout. Configure individual sound cards for each player. Categorize tracks into groups. Set up playout policies and patterns for a unified sound. Scheduled playout clocks to define a template for each hour. Playout log to enable future planning of playout items. Advanced playout items such as Fixed Time Markers to ensure content keeps to time. Play remote audio files and live streams from the internet. Trigger actions at specific times with Scheduled Events. Tighten segues with sweeper segue styles. Stream to SHOUTcast and Icecast servers via Internet Broadcast plugin. Mix microphone input with PlayIt Live output with the Microphone Mix plugin. Apply compression, equalization and automatic gain control with the Audio Processing plugin. Synchronize data with a PlayIt Manager or another PlayIt Live instance.
Use the following link to download PlayIt Live https://www.playitsoftware.com/Products/Live
Free RadioDJ Automation Software is one of the most advanced radio software available for free. RadioDJ supports the following file formats-Compatible audio formats: mp3, wav, wma, flac, ac3, etc (additional formats can be added by using BASS add-ons from un4seen.com website); Podcast support; Support for Shout-cast and other HTTP stream relaying; Supports saving and loading play-lists; Support for ID3 tags.
Playout System for RadioDJ has auto DJ function, based on category, subcategory and genre rotation for 24/7 automation; Advanced rules for selecting tracks in Auto DJ mode, to avoid playing same track, artist or album in a user’s set time interval; Custom song and jingle rotations which can be loaded and saved anytime by operator or by programmed event; RadioDJ comes with some predefined main categories that will help you organize all of your sound files. Beside those, you can add virtually unlimited categories and subcategories for your music, jingles, sweepers etc.; Integrated cartwall for short tracks like beds, sweepers, effects etc. Every setup can be saved and loaded when needed (by plugin); Assignable sweepers per track; Assignable title per track type for now_playing.txt and internet broadcasting. This allows you to show or hide track titles for jingles, commercials etc.; Multilingual support. More languages are available on the forum; Monitor (pre-listen) option for any track in search window; UN-obstructive cue points saving for any track (start, intro, outro and end); Custom fade duration for start and end of the track; Manual or auto advance mode for the playlist tracks; Advanced scheduler for events (radio shows, advertisements etc.) which allows you to set more actions for each scheduled task.
Use the following link to download RadioDJ http://www.radiodj.ro/
Free UniplayOne TV automation software is for satellite television channels or Cable TV channel broadcasting. UniplayOne supports SD and HD output with Blackmagic's Decklink Boards. It support Graphics Overlay with High Quality Flash and Targa (*.tga) sequences, JPEG, Bitmaps and PNG. UniplayOne comes with Extra Template Packs of the High Quality Graphics for Ticker Backgrounds.
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