What Is It?
Solo Graphics is an add-on service that lets you create and control broadcast-quality graphics for your videos. What are "graphics" exactly? In the broadcast world, graphics are drawings, images and text overlayed on the video - meaning appearing on the video - that add information, context, branding and other content to your video. You see them every single day on TV - a person's name or title appearing near the bottom of the screen, a logo appearing in the corner, a closing slate that gives the credits for a production, and more. Sometimes these are also called by other names you might have heard: character generation, bugs, titles, etc. Solo Graphics is capable of all these types and the best part is its all rendered in the cloud, so no new hardware is needed.
How Do I Use It?
The basics of the Solo Graphics workflow are:
- Prepare a live stream that will have graphics in it
- Choose a template or saved playlist to use for that broadcast
- During the broadcast, control which graphics are displayed when
There are some slight variants here as you become more expert with the system - for instance you can choose to eliminate or skip step 3 if you don't have very complex graphics or want them always appear in an exact order.
How Much Does It Cost?
Now that we have created the ability to control your services right through the Solo portal, you can get pricing information, and start using (or if you really must, cancel using) services right in the portal. For latest pricing information just click on Add Graphics in the dashboard to see pricing information.
Ok What Next?
Keep exploring from here! We have articles on how to use the graphics feature, some advanced techniques, and plenty of frequently asked questions that might be on your mind.
Any Gotchas Here?
We are striving to make the system as simple to use, yet powerful, as possible. That said, there is one important thing to keep in mind - when using Solo Graphics, start your encoder from the Solo portal via the controls there. Rather then via the Start button right on the unit. The reason for this is the portal now needs to coordinate a few more cloud resources (like the graphics rendering engine) and the unit alone can't coordinate all those resources. Run and gun tip: the portal is still mobile friendly so starting the stream from the portal doesn't mean from your desk! You can still start it from your phone, tablet or other portable device!