Introduction

Thank you for your interest in PLAYDECK! We are convinced that with PLAYDECK you have found a software solution that will significantly increase your productivity when equipping live events, fan TV, theatre performances, TV broadcasting or virtual streaming events.

With PLAYDECK you can easily organize your media (videos, graphics, audio) to be played back in playlists. PLAYDECK supports almost all common codecs. Clips that are to be played back immediately one after the other form one playback block each. A finished playlist usually consists of several playback blocks. Two independent output channels are available for playback (from the Plus Version onward), for which you can set the output resolution, frame rate, color space, etc. separately. For example, you can play full-screen videos from channel 1, while animated lower-thirds with alpha channel are sent from channel 2. The output is either via dedicated playout cards (e.g. from Blackmagicdesign, AJA, Magewell, BlueFish444, Deltacast), via NDI or via a local output of the graphics card.

In the Studio Edition, an additional recording channel is also available. The recorded signal can be edited while the recording is still running (edit-while-ingest, e.g. highlight editing), played back with a time delay or streamed. For maximum flexibility you can choose from a wide range of different recording formats.

Playlist Area

The largest area of the user interface is available below the control section for the playlist and its configuration. Here, you will find all clips that you have prepared for playback with PLAYDECK, clearly arranged in the respective playback blocks. A playback block consists of the block header with block name and information about scheduled start times, one or more lines of media (videos, still images, audio tracks) or live inputs with the associated information, and a block end that defines the behavior of PLAYDECK when reaching the end of a block. To keep track of longer blocks, the view of the playlist can be customized in many ways. For more information about working with playlists, please refer to chapter 3.

Overlay and Action Buttons

Below the playlist you will find the buttons for controlling the overlays and the actions. Overlays can be graphics (with or without transparency), text overlays or text crawlers, which you can place manually or automatically over the output video signal during playback from the playlist. Actions are individual media files in direct access. Pressing an action button interrupts the current playback and starts the stored media file. You can set how PLAYDECK should behave after the action file has finished playing. Please refer to chapter 4.2 Working with Actions for more details.