If you haven't been using the NDI output capabilities in Premiere CC (and other compatible Adobe apps) you are missing out!

This week I had to produce and direct the National Radio Hall of Fame and had to deal with some sponsor graphics which were to appear on the screens in the venue before the main event.

These were created in Photoshop (by my request). Their background layer was a stock image bokeh.

I hid that layer in Photohop and created a series of individual files, one for each sponsor screen.

Imported these directly into Premiere (merging layers). Then, lined them all up in a sequence, with nice dissolves between, on top of a motion bokeh background (sourced from Videoblocks).

Set Adobe to play out to NDI and loop.

In the TriCaster, set an input to my Premiere workstation (visible via NDI).

Then, during the course of the dinner, I merely clicked on my graphic playout channel to have the series of images nicely play to the screens in the venue.

Yes, this could have been done with DDRs, GFX channels, animated buffers, etc. Or by creating a self-contained video file of the images to play out. BUT, this way I didn't tie up any resources on my system before the big production (other than an unused button) and had tremendous flexibility.

The nice thing was, that if I needed to make last minute modifications to the Photoshop files, they were instantly changeable and updateable via Premier's own integration. If it was something more substantial, I could merely have put the main event welcome screen image (which was a photoshop file exported back over to the TriCaster) to cover anything that was going on the GFX Playout channel.

It is very, very slick and really easy to use.

I encourage everyone to try it out.

There are many other applications that have been posted regarding Adobe CC integration but this was particularly nifty. Really makes your Premiere workstation act as a very sophisticated playout box, extremely easily, and at $0.00.


Fritz Golman
Museum of Broadcast Communications