The French are often maligned for having a dislike of Americans. That’s certainly not the case when it comes to an American tech product featuring scripting tools and GUI for developing virtual news desks, producer workstations, control panels and other virtual interfaces.
That’s because its maker just cleared customs and returned to New Bern, N.C., with a Grands Prix to display from the Salon de la Radio show in La Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris.
Wheatstone’s ScreenBuilder 2.0 virtual development platform was presented with a Grands Prix 2019 Innovation award today at the event known in English as the European Radio & Digital Audio Show.
It’s a major win for Wheatstone at a major event for the global radio industry. Far bigger than the Radio Show produced by the RAB and the NAB, Le Salon de la Radio show is the largest radio show in the world dedicated to radio professionals.
“We’re continually amazed at the types of controls and interfaces our customers are developing with this,” said Wheatstone Director of Sales Jay Tyler. “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.”
ScreenBuilder 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.