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Aston

Advanced graphics creation and playout

Aston is a comprehensive graphics creation system built to be the centre of any design department and from there, through to CG and playout, fulfill all the requirements of production services providers, broadcasters and design houses. The new Aston is designed to boost the creativity and throughput of designers with its speed and vast feature set. All the power of Brainstorm real-time graphics is embedded within Aston, which allows operators to create, manipulate, animate and perform last-minute changes to any kind of text, data or video graphics, even during on-air operations.

Aston is MOS-compatible and integrates seamlessly into collaborative workflow environments, allowing for multiple inputs from designers and other team members typically involved in the creation, composition and/or playout of sophisticated graphics projects. In this way, Aston 3D can share objects, libraries, presets, compositions or complete projects so they are available to any user in the network.

Aston is not just a product, but a whole family of 2D and 3D modules (Designer, Player, CG and Snap Render), covering from creation to playout. These modules can be combined in different bundles and with different feature sets to match the specific requirement and client’s needs.

With the development of the Aston family of products, Brainstorm Multimedia takes full advantage of all the power of its world-renowned eStudio render engine which is the core within Aston, enabling it to provide the latest in high-end, visually stunning and ultra-fast real-time graphics.

Aston customers include TVE, Atresmedia and Pokerstars, among others.

With the development of the Aston family of products, Brainstorm Multimedia takes full advantage of all the power of its world-renowned eStudio render engine which is the core within Aston, enabling it to provide the latest in high-end, visually stunning and ultra-fast real-time graphics.

 

  • Complete integration with Infinity Set
  • 2D and 3D primitive-based modeling and resolution independent, allowing custom resolutions for graphics. Switch between 2D and 3D without complexity.
  • Import objects and textures from third-party 3D software packages, plus virtually any video and image format (obj, jpg, bmp, tiff, tga, mov, avi…)
  • Animations can be triggered whenever required, even while the template is on-air.
  • Automatically sharing of objects and projects.
  • Individual graphic elements can be combined in playout to create more complex animation.
  • Collects and applies data from external sources (database, spreadsheets, XML, RSS…)
  • More than 40 years in the market.
  • Simplicity of use with a fully customizable window and content
  • Smart templates: Featuring as many and as complex animations as required. The animations can be triggered whenever required, even while the template is on-air
  • Simplified graphics management: Individual graphic elements can be combined in playout to create more complex animations
  • StormLogic animation: Allows building complex animations and interactions between elements without using scripting or complex animation matrixes.

Aston Systems

NOTE These configurations are not valid for 4K

General recommendations

HDD 500GB (OS)
SSD 256GB (Data)
HP Serial Port Adapter Kit
HP USB 1000dpi Laser Mouse

Tier definitions

Laptop Laptop: 1 input, 1 output, 1 fullHD movie
Low Preview OR Program. 1 movie fullHD
Medium Preview + Program. 3 fullHD movie. Snap preview.
High Preview + Program. 5 movies fullHD. Snap preview.
Dual channel Medium times 2.

SDI recommendations

Desktop: AJA KONA 3G QUAD
Laptop: BlackMagic Ultrastudio SDI (USB3) + UltraStudio Mini Recorder (TB)

Aston recommended hardware

The row in bold is the generally recommended one.

The following table of recommendations is orientative only and showcases standard certified configurations for Brainstorm products. While customers may attempt to use their own workstations for operating Brainstorm’s software, as we are flexible as far as hardware is concerned, it is advisable that our quality department certifies them first. Failure to follow this procedure may result in the software not working properly. Brainstorm does not take responsibility for system failures caused by the usage of uncertified workstations.

Tier Model CPU GPU RAM OTROS
Laptop zBook 17 i7-4910MQ K5100M 16GB
Low z440 E5-1620v3 M4000 8GB
Medium z640 E5-1650v3 M5000 16GB(4×4)
High z840 E5-2667v3 M6000 32GB(4×8)
Dual Channel z840 2xE5-2643v3 2xM5000 32GB(8×4) +1 256GB SSD

Aston Suite

  • Complete Aston solution. Includes the Designer and Player modules, as well as one OnDemand license for playout control.

Aston CG

  • Includes the Designer and Player modules. Good for standalone solutions that do not require of advanced playout control.

Aston Designer

  • Designer module. Does not have playout or render capabilities.

Aston Player

  • Playout and render module. Does not have creation capabilities