Television broadcast automation system
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Open Playout Automation

Open Playout Automation is television broadcast solution. It is in development in Polish national television broadcaster - TVP (Telewizja Polska) and intendent to become automation system for its regional channels. Currently works (as a proof-of concept, with partial functionality, however in daily broadcast) in three regional branches. Project widely profits from SVT's CasparCG. It also intensively uses FFmpeg. It can be used as a simple (even multi-) channel-in-a-box solution, as well as in much more sophisticated environment (e.g. 2 players and control workstation with additional stuff, as GPI controlled devices).

Main features


  • multiple channels
  • [NEW] multi-user with rights based on PC network address
  • redundant output for every channel
  • GPI as start source, aspect ratio control and external graphics trigger
  • partial clip playout (via media trimming or logical sub-clips)


  • variety of rundown event types: movie, live, graphics, Flash CG templates
  • rundown nesting (aka blocks)
  • event nesting (e.g. movie may contain graphics)
  • event-based GPI triggering to control: branding, parental control and information crawl
  • frame-accurate time calculations


  • from watchfolders
  • from ftp's
  • linear (tape or live) ingest with deck control using our CasparCG fork
  • from Sony XDCAM decks, supports metadata and subclip ingest
  • extensive clip playout-related metadata


  • "shallow" archive for temporarily unnecessary media
  • preserving clip metadata

System requirements

They mainly follow CasparCG requirements.

  • Windows 7 x64 as base operating system
  • .NET 4.5 as application platform
  • Blackmagic Design Decklink as inputs and outputs cards


Refer to wiki pages.


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