Automation & Control Systems OverDrive Release Notes

Version 12.0 Release Notes


Load Compatibility Supported Upgrade Paths Included Patches Supported Operating Systems
Vision Switcher v15.0a
Synergy MD/X v9.2g
Synergy SD v18.12a
OverDrive v10.0.x
OverDrive v11.0.x
Vision Switcher v14.1
Windows 7 32/64-bit
Windows XP SP3
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2003



Dual Switcher Redundancy
This feature introduces support for the control and ‘hot-swap’ of 2 physical Switchers. This is used in combination with the OverDrive ‘dual server’ redundancy feature and allows the user to eliminate the Switcher as a single point of failure. Should the ‘primary’ Switcher fail (or some element of the switcher and its connected equipment should fail) then OverDrive can cleanly swap to the ‘secondary’ Switcher which it will have kept aligned with the original primary Switcher.

Each Switcher must be configured identically, and have access to an equivalent set of peripheral devices and media, to ensure continued correct operation of the rundown.

The user can choose to fully duplicate or fully share the peripheral equipment, but in the case of ‘fully shared’ devices the user is responsible for ‘switching’ this equipment from one Switcher to the other using some form of A/B Switch. Similarly, it is also the users’ responsibility to arrange for the downstream broadcast devices to select the output/s from the appropriate Switcher when such a switchover is performed.

Audio Fader Module Support
Support for the new Ross Vision ‘Audio Fader’ module – introduced with release 15.0a of the Vision Switcher.
When using the OverDrive DirectControl application in audio mode, the touch screen audio faders will now control or follow the physical audio faders of the Audio Fader Module. This provides for a convenient and enhanced user experience for OverDrive operators needing to make quick changes to audio levels.

Custom Control Commands
This new feature allows the specification of a custom control ‘command’ on the Switcher which can be sent to OverDrive to be interpreted and actioned in RundownControl. There are two types of commands that can be specified ‘predefined’ and ‘assignable’. There are 8 ‘predefined’ commands (such as ‘Prepare Next’) that can be selected on the Switcher, along with many ‘numbered’ assignable commands – i.e. 107. The assignable ‘numbered’ commands need to be mapped on OverDrive to define how they will be interpreted.

These commands can be attached to Switcher ‘Custom Controls’ (CC) so that when that CC is executed, the command in question will be sent as a message to OverDrive RundownControl. This functionality can now be used in place of GPI’s, thereby saving on valuable and limited GPI’s whilst also providing a clearer view of what action is being carried out.

½ MLE Support
Half MLE support on the ROSS Switcher enables users to have an additional PGM MLE and Mix DSKs. These additional resources were previously not available to OverDrive but are now introduced to OverDrive V12.0.0.

All mix and multi DSKs are shown to the user as external DSKs in the ‘Program Keyers area’ of RundownControl and in the ‘DSK area’ of DirectControl.

Floating DVE Support
Prior to OverDrive V12.0.0 the Switcher would automatically change the DVE floating mode to ‘fixed’ as soon as OverDrive was connected. This restricts some power users from doing complex Squeeze and Tease effects and DVE transitions using additional DVE channels from the adjacent MLE.

Now, in OverDrive V12.0.0, the DVE floating mode can remain enabled when working with OverDrive. Although this feature unlocks the potential to do many more spectacular effects on an OverDrive system the user needs to be aware and calculate the appropriate allocation of DVE resources when building a show from OverDrive. Failure to do so might result in OverDrive being unable to prepare the next shot due to a lack of resources.