AGF (www.chrworks.com, www.agf.com.tr) announced the release of CharacterWorks, an advanced character generator and motion graphics application for NewTek TriCaster™ multi-camera live video production systems. CharacterWorks runs on any laptop or desktop PC with a GPU and renders full-HD, true 3D dynamic text and graphics in real-time. The smooth, high-quality broadcast graphics of CW are streamed into TriCaster over the network, freeing up valuable TriCaster inputs. .
CharacterWorks supports a virtually unlimited number of graphics and text objects on screen, including full-HD image sequences, animated backgrounds, rolls and crawls. Within text, it is possible to embed animations or incorporate dynamic content from external sources, such as Twitter, XML (RSS) or ODBC. Built-in ODBC support lets users easily bring in data from MySQL or Excel, without using any scripts of external applications.
A strong, extensible foundation makes it possible for CW to provide a large array of integrated features out-of-the-box, ranging from social media integration to an advanced, flexible automation framework, all supported by an ultra-responsive user-friendly interface.
With CW, it is possible to create original graphics, even without any input from external content creation applications. Due to its GPU-based design, CW allows real-time graphics that utilize advanced techniques such as procedural materials or particle systems that are simply not possible with other solutions in the same price range. At the same time, users can jump-start production, thanks to hundreds of presets and samples included.
Of special interest is the high degree of integration with TriCaster. CW graphics can be edited and triggered remotely from TriCaster, effectively allowing a single operator to control both TriCaster and CW. The converse is also possible with an optional module: Many TriCaster functions can be invoked from CW as well. Coupled with CW’s advanced automation features, this makes complex setups possible, e.g. video clips can be scheduled for playback on TriCaster at specified times or synchronized with playback of CW graphics.
CharacterWorks starts at 2795 USD, and the base package already includes Twitter and ODBC support, as well as remote control from TriCaster. AGF is accepting orders and shipping now.