Open playout solution for the Mac
- Supports most file wrappers (QuickTime, MXF, ts)
- Supports most video codecs (Apple ProRes®, Avid DNxHD®, DVCPRO HD, H.264, MPEG-2, XDCAM EX®, XDCAM HD®,...)
- Output to SDI or NDI®
- Still image playback
- Supports clips with alpha channel
- Control playback from production switcher
OnTheAir Video Express is an easy-to-use professional playout application. Create as many playlists as you want, and play them within seconds.
OnTheAir Video Express uses the same playout engine as OnTheAir Video and OnTheAir Node, but it does not have any graphic overlay feature, nor the smart resize (it has a "standard" resize though). Make sure to check the "Features" section to check the differences between each product.
Play multiple codecs in the same playlist. Support for Apple ProRes®, AVC-Intra, Avid DNxHD®, H.264, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD and many more codecs. (check the list in the Tech Specs section). You do not need to install any additional software or codec. You can even mix different resolution in the same playlist.
You can play the standard QuickTime files (.mov), but also transport stream (.ts) or MXF (.MXF). The beauty is that you don't even need to install an additional software to read MXF files. They support for MXF files is built in the Smart Playout Engine.
NDI® is an open, low-latency, video-over-IP protocol developed by NewTek, Inc. It uses a simple gigabit ethernet cable to transmit video and audio over a local area network between multiple video systems. Now, thanks to NDI®, you can transfer HD and 4K video over a simple Ethernet cable. There is no need for additional routers or even SDI cables anymore, further demonstrating the ease-of-use and reliability of our products. NDI® opens the world to a different way of doing video production and to an ecosystem of devices supporting the protocol.
NDI® is a registered trademark of NewTek, Inc.
With the Smart Playout Engine's unequaled efficiency, you can playout 4 channels of HD simultaneously on one Mac as the Smart Playout Engine (SPE) is optimized to take advantages of multiple cores. For that you will need the Quad version of OnTheAir Video Express, and to purchase one license of the software per channel you want to output.
You can drag and drop clips of different resolutions in the playlist and they will be scaled automatically to fit in the output resolution by choosing a resizing method (letterbox, pand&scan or fill). Note that the Smart Resize mode is not available in OnTheAir Video Express, only in OnTheAir Video and OnTheAir Node. Check the screenshots below to see the difference, or check this video (the difference can only be seen in the higher resolutions 720p and 1080p)
Play out movie files and still images in the same playlist. Set a play duration for your still images and they will play out for that duration just as if they were a standard video file.
Control OnTheAir Video Express from a video mixer. When pushing on a video mixer input button, playback can automatically start in OnTheAir Video Express. This can work through a simple network connection with Blackmagic Design's ATEM or NewTek's TriCaster® production switchers. For other brands, you will need to use the GPI/tally outputs of your production switcher (requires GPI Commander).
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Download OnTheAir Video Express
- OnTheAir Video Express 3.8.5
13 July 2020
Warning OnTheAir Video Express 3.8 requires macOS 10.12 or later. Check the system requirements page for OnTheAir Video Express.
Download the SINGLE version if you just need to play on one output, the Multi version to be able to play up to 8 streams on one Mac. Once downloaded, unzip the file, run the installer and select the number of channels you want to install. Make sure also to download and install the drivers for your AJA, Blackmagic-Design or Deltacast card.
In DEMO mode OnTheAir Video Express 3 outputs a blue DEMO frame at some intervals.
How to unlock the DEMO version ?
Purchase a license through one of our resellers or the Softron online store, then just activate your serial number in the License window or plug your dongle in the computer. If you are using an "old" dongle (the ones with a red light), you will need to download the drivers for the HASP dongle here.
Just download the latest version and replace your previsous version. It is always recommended to run extensive tests with your specific workflow and setup before putting a new version in production. You can use a free demo version for that on a separate computer. Previous legacy versions are available from the general downloads page.
You do not need to deactivate and reactivate your serial number when updating your Softron software. Read the following article to know when to deactivate.
This software uses code of FFmpeg, licensed under the LGPLv2.1 and its source can be downloaded here.