Wheatstone AwardNEW BERN, NC, USA (January 25, 2019) – Wheatstone’s innovative ScreenBuilder™ 2.0 virtual development platform was presented with a Grands Prix 2019 Innovation award today at the Salon de la Radio show in France.

ScreenBuilder 2.0 is a complete platform with scripting tools and GUI for developing virtual news desks, producer workstations, control panels and other virtual interfaces and workflows for the WheatNet-IP networked studio. “We’re continually amazed at the types of controls and interfaces our customers are developing with this. It started with simple virtual mixers and now we’re seeing a variety of virtual screens and controls in the rack room, in the newsroom – anywhere there’s a network connection,” said Wheatstone Director of Sales Jay Tyler.

Broadcasters are creating entirely new virtual workflows as well as augmenting existing hardware with ScreenBuilder. For example, by augmenting WheatNet-IP audio network elements such as the TS-4 talent station with a virtual news desk on a tablet, broadcasters are able to combine standard mic input and announcer controls with virtual access to RSS feeds, fader control and profanity delay in a much smaller footprint than the equivalent, hardware-only news editing workstations.

ScreenBuilder’s development toolset includes faders, buttons, timers and other widgets that can be configured via scripting for triggering events or for monitoring and controlling elements in the network. These can tie into LIOs anywhere in the network for controlling devices and their settings, and salvos can be triggered based on the status of tallies or a cross point connection. ScreenBuilder scripting ranges from basic commands for adjusting levels and turning mics on or off, to more complex routines such as determining the source connected to a fader and then displaying the name of that source on the screen.

As a virtual development platform unique to the WheatNet-IP audio network, ScreenBuilder uses WheatNet-IP elements, routing and intelligence to automate workflows and to create windows into any function along the network for any number of purposes, from transmitter control to signal monitoring and beyond.

Wheatstone has been virtualizing studio functions since the very early days of IP audio networking. Wheatstone introduced the Glass-E virtual mixer in 2007 and introduced virtual utility mixers at every I/O point on the network with the arrival of its WheatNet-IP audio network in 2008.  

Wheatstone demonstrated ScreenBuilder 2.0 along with its complete WheatNet-IP audio network environments with surfaces and software at Salon de la Radio, January 24 to 26.  



Photo 1 (top) : Seen here with the Innovation award are Wheatstone’s Director of Sales, Jay Tyler (center) and SAVE Diffusion France’s Raphael Dolmazon (left) and Paul Guibouret (right).

Photo 2 (bottom): This is one example of how broadcasters are taking advantage of existing WheatNet-IP audio network infrastructure using the ScreenBuilder virtual development platform. Shown is a virtual news desk on a tablet complete with RSS feeds for weather, stocks and news combined with a modified talent interface that has mic input and headphone jack. Virtual editing screens such as this are replacing banks of news editing workstations in the newsroom.

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