Open and powerful playout solution for the Mac

OnTheAir Video can be used for automated playout using its own scheduler or it can serve as a clip store for live news operations, local broadcast or live shows. Schedules can be created weeks in advance.


Thanks to its powerful Smart Playout Engine, OnTheAir Video supports multiple video formats such as Apple ProRes®, AVC-Intra®, Avid DNxHD®, H.264, HEVC, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MPEG IMX, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, etc... You can add multiple transitions between the clips (cross fade, wipe,...)


With the Dynamic Graphics Overlay option, you can overlay dynamic graphics on top of your video very easily.

Mix-and-match multiple codecs

Play multiple codecs, file types, formats and frame rates in the same playlist. Support for Apple ProRes®, AVC-Intra, Avid DNxHD®, H.264, HEVC, XDCAM and many more codecs. Multiple file types are supported: movie files (such as .mov, .MXF, .M2T, .M4V), still images or sound. (Check the list in the Tech Specs section.)

Dynamic Graphics Overlay

Create stunning dynamic graphics in the free OnTheAir CG Designer application, import it in OnTheAir Video and select when you want it to play in your playlist. You can give a default status, and change variables, so for example if you need to add coming next, you can have just one project and just modify the text and the image used.

Transitions

Add transitions to bring even more dynamic to your playlist. You can use either built-in transitions such as cross-fades, or custom transitions (made with your own movies with an Alpha Channel)
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Secondary Audio Output

Additionally to the video output on the selected video device, you can now also output to another available audio output on your Mac. Works with CoreAudio, so supports the audio devices that are available for macOS (including Dante or MADI).

Schedule your Playout for 24/7 unattended playout

OnTheAir Video is in use by many TV stations worldwide as their main automation software. Thanks to an easy to use scheduler, you can schedule playlists to be played automatically at given time of days. Prepare your playlists and schedules in advance and let OnTheAir Video do the rest. OnTheAir Video can play 24/7 for days and days without having to worry about it.

Actions for secondary events

Thanks to its flexible system of "Actions", OnTheAir Video can send SCTE35 triggers, overlay dynamic graphics (with the DGO option), control multiple external devices such as Charcater Generators, video routers, logo inserters. Actions can be triggered at any moment of a clip within a playlist. Actions are AppleScripts, so it is very easy to customize them and create macros to perform multiple controls with a simple action.

Subtitling and SCTE35

OnTheAir Video is a simple to use software, but with advanced feature such as the support for subtitling (Closed Captioning CEA608 or CEA708 and OP47). You can embed the subtilting in the file, or use a SRT sidecar file.
The support for SCTE35 is very useful for add-insertion programs. You can either embed the SCTE trigger in your MXF file, or tell OnTheAir Video to trigger the SCTE35 at a specific moment of a clip using Actions.

Supports NDI® Output

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.

Stream on the same Mac

If you are a Web-TV broadcasting only to the web, you will love this feature. With OnTheAir Video and the Softron Streaming Pack in MovieRecorder, you can stream your video directly to YouTube, Facebook, Twitch or your Wowza or RTMP Server. No need to have a video output device.

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Softron has a worldwide network of highly skilled specialists to help you.
Setting up our software is simple and straight forward. But we are always happy to help you!
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Buy or Upgrade

Make sure to test with our free DEMO version available for download before purchasing so you are sure it fits your need. In DEMO mode, the application will burn a blue frame in the recorded file or at output at some intervals. That's the only limitation and difference. After your test, you will keep on using the same application, just with the demo mode unlocked.


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OnTheAir Video (Express) is ideal for News production or Live Shows. Plays most codecs, mix-and-match resize, GPI triggers, Cue mode, seamless playback, multiple outputs on one Mac, clip trimming, clip end behaviours, scrubbing,...


What's new in Version 4 ?
OnTheAir Video Express
OnTheAir Video
Full Compatibility with macOS Big Sur (or later)
Universal
NDI Compatibility with Mac Silicon Computers
Video Preview + Audio Vu-Meters
Secondary Audio Output
Built-in Dynamic Graphics Overlay (Requires DGO option)
Transitions
New Completely Revamped Scheduler
Stream Clips
Improved Actions
Countdown Until next Live Event
Auto-update Modified Clips
Automatic Folder-based Playlist
Audio Countdown Annoucements
New Controls in Inspector Timeline (go to TC in current position field)
Shuffle Playback
Rename Clips
Disable Clips
New Clip End Behaviours ("Cue Next Clip" and "Play Next"")
Auto-cue Next Clip
Add Comments in playlist
Support for DNxHR and AVC-Intra-200
Validation Report
Support for OP47 Subtiltling (Requires CC option)
Support for .SRT sidecars files with Closed Captioning (CEA608, CEA708) and OP47 (Requires CC option)
Support for .STL sidecars files with OP47 (Not with CEA608, CEA708 - Requires CC option)
Support for SCTE-35 triggers(Requires CC option)
Ability to control a VideoHub or a Ross video router
REST API
Traffic Option

Supported Devices
OnTheAir Video Express
OnTheAir Video
Devices from AJA and Blackmagic-Design
M|Family
NDI
External Audio Output
Main Features
OnTheAir Video Express
OnTheAir Video
Smart Resize and Graphics
Dynamic Graphics Overlay (With OnTheAir CG)
Dynamic Graphics Overlay (with paid DGO option built-in)
Video Preview + Audio Vu-Meters
Secondary Audio Output
Transitions
Scheduler
Stream Clips
Actions (for Secondary Events)
Other Features
OnTheAir Video Express
OnTheAir Video
Countdown Until next Live Event
Auto-update Modified Clips
Automatic Folder-based Playlist
Audio Countdown Annoucements
Shuffle Playback
Rename Clips
Disable Clips
Auto-cue Next Clip
Add Comments in playlist
Validation Report
Support for OP47 Subtiltling (Requires CC option)
Support for .SRT sidecars files with Closed Captioning (CEA608, CEA708) and OP47 - Requires CC option
Support for .STL sidecars files with OP47 (Not with CEA608, CEA708) - Requires CC option
Integration & Control
OnTheAir Video Express
OnTheAir Video
Remotely Control other OnTheAir Video (Express)

Not available yet
Controllable by a REST API
Trigger Actions (Secondary Events)
Send SCTE-35 triggers (in SDI - Requires CC option)
Control VideoHub or Ross video router
HyperDeck Emulation (One channel per mac, not compatible with the Multi-Channel versions)
Controllable by Video Switchers (ATEM, Tricaster)
Controllable by GPI triggers (Requires GPICommander box)
Send GPI triggers (Requires GPICommander box)
Controllable by Elgato's Stream Deck
Controllable by AppleScript
Controllable by MIDI Message
Send MIDI Messages
macOS compatibility
Version
Monterey
12.00
Big Sur
11.00
Catalina
10.15
Mojave
10.14
High Sierra
10.13
Sierra
10.12
El Capitan
10.11
Yosemite
10.10
Mavericks
10.9
M. Lion
10.8
4.0
     
3.8  
    
3.6 to 3.7  
  
3.2 to 3.5     
 
3.0 to 3.1     
Specs and Requirements
Required Version by some macOS Version macOS 10.13 to macOS 10.15: Version 3.6 or later (For dongle compatibility)
macOS 11 or later: Version 4.0 or later (Because of UI glitches in the playlist playback controls)
Recommended macOS (for latest version) macOS 10.15.5 or later*
Supported Mac computers
Intel Processors:
  • Version 3.0 until 3.8:  Warning there is an issue with the graphics cards of the latest Intel MacBook Pros and Intel iMacs (not on Apple Silicon and only with version 3 of OnTheAir Video, OnTheAir Node or OnTheAir CG, there is no issue with version 4 of these applications). Except for this limitation, all other computers should work provided the required macOS version above can be installed, and you have the appropriate resources for what you need to achieve. Don't do 4K on a 2010 MacBook Air...
  • Version 4.0 and later: A graphics card that supports Metal is required for the SMART Resize and Graphics option (OnTheAir Video and OnTheAir Node).
Apple Silicon Processors: Version 4.0 and later
WARNING: With Apple Silicon processors, some third party libraries may not be able to run natively, so will have lower performances. Other libraries may not run at all. Check the following article to know more
Recommended RAM 4 GB for the first channel. Then add 2GB per additional channel.
Supported Graphics Cards
Version 3.0 until 3.8: A graphics card that supports Metal is recommended. WARNING: the latest Intel MacBook Pros and Intel iMacs (not on Apple Silicon) have a bug with macOS OpenGL, and you won't be able to use the SMART playout engine of OnTheAir Video 3, OnTheAir Node 3 or OnTheAir CG 3 (there is no issue with version 4 of these applications). More info here...
Version 4.0 and later: Requires a graphics card that supports Metal for the SMART Resize and Graphics option (OnTheAir Video and OnTheAir Node)... Check the list of Macs that support Metal.
Supported Outputs AJA, Blackmagic-Design, Deltacast, NDI. Make sure to check the required drivers depending on the macOS and Softron software version
Hardware acceleration to decode Apple ProRes
Supported hardware: MacBook Pro M1 Max, or 2019 Mac Pro with an "Afterburner card"
Required macOS version: macOS 10.15.2 or later
Required software version: OnTheAir Video Express, OnTheAir Video or OnTheAir Node version 3.8 or later.
Hardware acceleration to decode H.264
Intel Processors: With all Mac computers with i5 or i7 processors, running macOS 10.9.5 or later for one channel. macOS 10.13 or later is required for multichannel support.
Apple Silicon Processors: All models support hardware acceleration for H.264, but they are more optimised for HEVC, so we recommend using HEVC whenever possible
Hardware acceleration to decode H.265 / HEVC
Intel Processors: With all Mac computers with 6th generation of intel processors (2016 and later), running macOS 10.13 or later. Macs with M1 chips or later can support multichannels as well./div>
Apple Silicon Processors: All models support hardware acceleration, and are optimised for HEVC
Compatible Storage Most storage that can sustain the required constant read speed (depending on the number of channels, the codec and format). If you need to run tests, make sure to do long term tests.
Requires Monitor Connected Yes. Even if it should behave fine in most cases, it is recommended to keep a monitor connected at all times for best performances. Or you should make the macOS think that there is a monitor connected. Beware of some KVM switches that can cause interrupts in the signal.
Number of license required One complete license required per channel (output).
Codecs Support

Video Codecs

FormatSupport
Apple ProRes 422 Family (Proxy, 422, LT, HQ)
Apple ProRes 4444 (4444, XQ)
AVC-Intra (50, 100, 200)
AVCHD
Avid DNxHD
Avid DNxHR
DV-PAL
DV/DVCPRO-NTSC
DVCPro-PAL
DVCPro HD
DVCPro 50
H.264
HDV
HEVC
MPEG IMX (30/40/50)
MPEG-2
MPEG-4 Video
None
Photo-JPEG
Speed HQ (Newtek)
Uncompressed
XDCAM EX
XDCAM HD
XDCAM HD422

Stream Clips Types

ProtocolSupport
RTSP
RTMP
TCP
HTTP
HLS

Audio Codecs

FormatSupport
AAC
Apple Lossless
MP2
MP3
Linear PCM

Video Wrappers

FormatSupport
AVI
DV
M2T
M2V
M4V
MP2
MP4
MPEG
MPG
MXF OP1a
QuickTime (MOV)
Transport Stream (ts)

Still Image Formats

FormatSupport
BMP
PSD
GIF **
JPEG
JPEG 2000
PNG
Targa
TIFF

* HEVC requires macOS 10.13 or later and a computer using a Intel Core processor Skylake or later (available in 2016 on the Mac)

** Only first image.

Important Note: Some of the codecs above such as H.264 or MPEG2 can have a lot of variants. This is why we always recommend to have a procedure on how to create the files you put on air. So you are sure it will always behave well. If you receive files from external sources and you don't know how they were generated, it's always a good idea to test them before putting them on air. You can even test them on a different computer with a demo version of one of our playout application.

Supported Inputs & Outputs
Application Version First Supported Drivers Last Supported Drivers
Version 4.0.1 and later Intel: 15.0
Apple Silicon: 16.1
latest
Version 3.8 until 4.0 15.0 latest
Version 3.7 12.4.2 latest
Version 3.4.x until 3.6.x 12.4.2 14.3
Version 3.3.x 12.1.2 14.3
Version 3.2.x 10.5.2 12.2.2
Version 3.0 until 3.1 10.5.2 10.6.1

WARNING:

  • Some AJA devices need to use the latest SDK in our applications. Make sure to check which application version support your device in our help center article.
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Application Version First Supported Drivers Last Supported Drivers
Version 4.0 and later Intel: 11.0 or later
Apple Silicon: 12.0 or later
latest drivers
Version 3.8 11.0 latest drivers
Version 3.6 and 3.7 10.9.5 latest drivers
Version 3.2 until 3.5 10.3.1 latest drivers
Version 3.0 until 3.1 9.9.3 10.3.7

WARNING:

  • macOS 11 (Big Sur) requires Blackmagic-Design drivers 11.7 or later.
Application Version First Supported Drivers Last Supported Drivers
Version 4.0.1 and later Intel: 6.15.01
Apple Silicon: 6.17 Universal beta 1
Intel: latest version
Apple Silicon: latest version
Version 3.8 until 4.0 5.21 latest version
Version 3.5.4 until 3.7 5.21 latest version
Version 3.4 until 3.5.1 5.21 6.01.01 (but not 6.0 nor 6.01)
Version 3.0 until 3.3.x 5.17 5.18

WARNING:

  • macOS 10.15 (Catalina) requires drivers version 6.13 or later
  • You should only download the Deltacast drivers from our website. Indeed we validate them with our applications before putting them online.
Feature NDI Version
Version 4.1 5.0.10
Version 4.0 4.6.2 (Firt compatible with Apple Silicon)
Version 3.5 First version of OnTheAir Video with NDI
About these specifications

We know that some of our users can not upgrade their macOS very often. This is why Softron tries to maintain compatibility with older versions of macOS as much as possible, but it is not always possible to achieve. Because Operating Systems are usually significantly improved over previous versions, Softron must use many of the more capable built-in functionalities inherent in Apple's latest OS releases. Failing to do so would mean that Softron software would essentially be blocked from using the new Frameworks provided in the OS. For this reason, Softron's free support is provided only on the current and previous macOS versions. Also, most of our tests will be done on these macOS versions, and only basic tests will be done on the previous OS. We will always try to help, but in some cases, the best solution is to upgrade your macOS to a more recent version.


Softron does not warrant that these recommended configurations will always meet specific user requirements. They are intended as guidelines and are based on extensive testing that Softron has done, they can be changed without notice. Hardware, drivers, software and operating systems change regularly and we advise users and prospective users to evaluate their requirements in their specific environment/workflow using Softron demo licenses that are available for downloading from Softron's web site.

OnTheAir Video
Version 4.1 - 24 April 2022
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Important Modifications and Warnings

OnTheAir Video 4 is a major version upgrade. There has been major changes that are important to know before upgrading, so make sure to read the following article: What's new in OnTheAir Video (Express) 4 & Important warnings.

Useful Resources


Installation instructions

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, and drag and drop either the single application or the multiple applications folder in your "Applications" folder.
Warning! Do NOT run OnTheAir Video from your downloads folder or it will be quarantined. Always drag and drop from the Downloads folder to the Applications folder before using it. Make sure also to download and install the drivers for your video device:


AJA Drivers
Blackmagic-Design Drivers
Deltacast Drivers
For Intel and Silicon

Accessory Software

If you have the Dynamic Graphics Overlay option, you will also need OnTheAir CG Designer. You do not need a license to create CG projects to be used in OnTheAir Video DGO option. Download OnTheAir CG Designer here:

OnTheAir CG Designer
Create Graphics for the DGO
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LogAnalyzer
Analyze As-Run Logs
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DEMO Limitations

In DEMO mode, the application will burn a blue frame in the recorded file or at output at some intervals. That's the only limitation and difference. After your test, you will keep on using the same application, just with the demo mode unlocked.

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.

Upgrade/Update instructions

Just download the latest version and replace your previous 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.

Legacy versions
OnTheAir Video 4.0.0
21 May 2021
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OnTheAir Video 3.8.4
21 February 2020
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OnTheAir Video 3.7.8
17 June 2019
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OnTheAir Video 3.6.6
10 July 2018
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OnTheAir Video 3.5.4
26 June 2017
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OnTheAir Video 3.4
21 February 2017
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OnTheAir Video 3.3.13
1 December 2016
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OnTheAir Video 3.2.9
27 August 2015
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OnTheAir Video 2.5.26
30 October 2013
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OnTheAir Video 2.4.44
5 June 2012
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OnTheAir Video 2.2
22 October 2006
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