StudioScreen is a studio clock for displaying time, on-air status and other information in the radio studio. This software is for use on wall-mounted LCD monitors – it looks great on a 4:3 17″ screen or perhaps something a bit larger, like a 22″. As well as the clock+date displays, the current song from your playout system can be shown along with 4 status indicators for Mic Live, Phone, XD/Phone2 and a Door/Alarm alert.
The Basic licence offers 1 LED, 1 VU Meter, Now Playing display and the clock/date. The Pro licence adds a 2nd VU Meter, 3 more LEDs, network control (via UDP), RSS news “headlines” and Weather Temperature display.
4 LED Status Indicator/Alerts – 1 only in “Basic” licence
Can be used for OnAir “Mic Live”, Phone flash, XD line, alarm, door alert etc
A further 4 more LEDs may be enabled via a simple config tweak
Clock and Date : Analogue and digital clock plus backtiming and date display
Now Playing Display : Reads a text file from your playout system to display the current song
Stereo VU Meters : Left/Right VU Meters (2x stereo in “Pro” licence)with “Too Loud” and “Silence Alert” warning labels – Also allows for split monitoring with custom left/right labels. Left+Right contact-closures to control a silence alarm are also available.
Game/Joystick Port and/or Velleman K8055 Control
Where to buy: K8055 from CPC … K8055 from Maplin
Buttons 1,2,3,4 control the Mic, Phone, Door and XD LEDs – The Phone and Door LEDs can be configured to flash during input or remain illuminated continuously – The K8055 outputs can also follow the 4 LEDs, eg: LED1 ON=Output1 ON.
See this website for a 32-button USB joystick solution.
UDP Network Control – Pro only
Using a compatible playout system (EncoDAD, Myriad etc) or custom application, IP commands can be used to trigger the LED indicators.
A simple string: LED1_ON or LED3_OFF controls the illumination.
- RSS News Headlines – Pro only
Headlines from your favourite news provider (eg: BBC/Reuters) can be displayed at the bottom of the screen – Up to 10 headlines can be rotated every few seconds depending upon configuration. A 5 second rotation on 10 headlines works well. Each time a cycle is completed, the RSS feed is refreshed for new content.
Weather Display – Pro only
Up to 3 locations can be displayed showing temperature – great for weather-checks and knowing what’s happening around your broadcast area.
This application offers a simple display featuring analogue+digital clocks, date, backtiming and “now playing” song display. The now playing information is read from a text file created by your playout software and is automatically updated every few seconds. A station+slogan caption is also displayed at the top of the screen. This application evolved into the full StudioScreen product that you see above therefore I don’t have the original source-code so cannot make any modifications/improvements to it – Therefore, it is offered free and “as-is” with no support whatsoever! For more advanced features (and continuous development), see the main StudioScreen above…