XPression has a rich feature set that continues to grow. Care is taken with all new development to maintain ease-of-use while increasing power and functionality.
New XPression features shown at IBC 2014
NEW & Improved Branding Applications
• Automated ticker & info channel workflow server
• All-in-one ticker server solution
• News, weather, sports, stocks, traffic, school closings, social media, EAS, and more..
• Collaborative web-based workflows
• Works with XPression BlueBox
• Data aggregation support by Bannister Lake
• Automated channel branding workflow server
• Easy to use and integrate into any facility
• User rights management with audit trail
• As run log for sponsorships
• Multi-channel enterprise branding server solution
• Deep automation and traffic integration
• Snipes, coming up next, program lineups, and more…
• Works with XPression BlueBox - Built in cooperation with VDS
Updated XPression Automation Gateway
• NEW support for Project Server & Datalinq
• Uses Miranda/Oxtel protocol from automation systems to control XPression
• Works with XPression BlueBox
• Cost-effective solution designed in partnership with Rascular
NEW Mapping Tool
• Powerful stand-alone desktop application
• Also available in client-server configuration
• Newsroom system plug-in for self-serve maps
NEW Touch Applications
• Cost-effective telestration solution
• Works with any XPression
• Optional replay server control and XKeys panels
XPression Touch Factory
• Intuitive touchscreen presentation software tool
• Accessible for artists & operators
• Optional remote control & dual channel capabilities
NEW Content Creation Tool
XPression Template Builder
• Stand-alone content creation application
• Works outside NRCS and NLE environments
• Access XPression templates, replace text, images, and clips
• Save in folders for later recall in live-to-air or NLE environments
• Unified MOS and NLE Gateway
• Merges newsroom and editorial workflows
• Supports MOS & NLE plug-ins, plus Template Builder
NEW in XPression
• Node-based visual tool to create complex scene interactivity without any scripting knowledge
• Perfect for designers and operators
• Simply connect parameter output/input boxes with arrowed lines
• Apply logical operations and receive external data input from Datalinq
Project Server Sync
• Select specific content to be synchronized
• For backup or graphics sharing
Virtual Set & Augmented Reality Enhancements
• Global camera function now allows multiple scenes to share the same camera tracking data
(perfect for multi-layered MOS workflows)
• Native support for Trackmen and Ncam protocols
• CCD chip size selection
• Multi-order spherical lens correction
2D and 3D Text
Electronic character generation is both an art form and science that has been advanced and refined over several decades. XPression takes full advantage of this development and delivers superb text quality in 2D and 3D in almost any written language. The font choices are limitless.
Materials and Textures
The Material Editor allows textures, images, and reflection maps to be layered and combined in a highly flexible fashion. It is easy to blend multiple textures such as video clips, images or live inputs which can then be applied to any object such as text, quads, 3D primitives and meshes from imported 3D models to achieve complex, sophisticated looks. XPression's powerful Materials Manager supports the import of a variety of industry standard file types such as Adobe Photoshop and After Effects.
XPression provides the user with a set of 3D primitives that can be used in building cool 3D designs. XPression excels in its ability to import 3D models from popular design tools like 3D Studio Max. These models are imported intact, with groups, pivots and materials from the original model. XPression allows the user to animate, resize and re-skin all of these elements.
Each element in XPression, graphical or not, is an object with certain properties and features. This design makes it easy to efficiently reuse assets like materials and fonts by assigning them to different objects. Objects can be organized in groups. Properties can be animated and each object can be automatically named. The scene's object manager makes keeping track of objects very easy.
What could be easier than creating animations by dragging and dropping the objects? XPression's keyframed animations are created exactly that way. Create elegant looking animations using one or multiple individually timed animation segments, which we call AnimContollers.
Each scene in a project comes with its own track-based timeline, called the Scene Director. Using the scene director, one can visually schedule, composite and reuse animation, video, audio, effects, materials and clips. The Scene Director makes it a breeze to crossfade any clip in your scene by simply dragging and dropping the clip items onto the desired position in the director's timeline controllers.
Sound Effects & Voice-Overs
Timing is essential when working with sound effects. XPression's Scene Director provides multiple audio tracks and allows frame accurate control over your sound effects and voice-overs. XPression is able to output sound effects embedded with the SDI video stream as well as on discrete AES digital outputs. Creating teasers could not be easier.
Continuous animations can be used to move elements or entire groups within a scene without keyframing. Multiple tracks can be combined to create complex motion paths. This easy to use animation technique is additive to the traditional keyframing method and is often used to create more dynamic scenes or to draw attention to certain details in the design.
XPression's virtual perspective and orthogonal cameras provide a powerful yet easy method to view and animate templates in a variety of ways not possible with a static front-view camera. You can set up as many different virtual cameras as your design requires and animate them using XPression's powerful keyframe animations.
Flexibility is an essential part of every live production and the sequencer allows you to add and remove Take Items freely by dragging and dropping them into the sequencer, while continuing the playback of other Take Items. XPression's template based workflow enables you, during airtime, to replace content and modify parameters that have been published. The rest of the template remains locked, ensuring look and brand consistency.
Traditional character generator operation has not been forgotten. XPression supports the "page number" recall method. Operators can quickly recall sequencer Take Items by entering the Take Item's numeric ID on the keyboard's number keypad. Take Items can be auto-renumbered and grouped according to the show's workflow or script.
Live Inputs & Screen Captures
Using live inputs as part of a design is an everyday task. XPression lets you apply live input sources to any object and animate the result in real-time. Without the use of external scaler equipment you can even output live websites to any 2D or 3D object's surface thanks to window capture functionality.
The integrated real-time vector based chroma keyer completes a very cost-effective set of tools for creating eye-catching virtual studio productions. Using the color-picker, you can simply select the color to be keyed before fine-tuning its parameters. Multiple chroma keyers can be used within a single scene. Thanks to the algorithm used, keying of transparent objects is no problem.
TrueD! Stereoscopic Output
Providing the audience with a 3D experience is a powerful way to stay in the lead. XPression is equipped with all the necessary tools to give your graphics a spectacular 3D look. XPression can provide line-by-line, side-by-side, multi-channel, and anaglyphic based 3D stereoscopic output – in other words TrueD!.
XPression's optional custom keyboard provides dedicated function keys and user-definable keys for lightning fast operation in live production environments. Users can program multiple functions on a single key that execute sequentially for macro capability. In addition, keyboard functions can be assigned to GPI's or RossTalk commands for even greater flexibility.