ToolsOnAir Playout 3.0 - Out Now!

  • 10 June, 2021


AUT: ToolsOnAir started over a decade ago, setting the goal of developing best-of-class broadcast solutions for the Apple platform with a strong focus on unrivaled usability, easy deployment using off-the-shelf hardware, and pioneered the idea and concept of the 'TV Station in a Mac'. Over the years the solutions portfolio expanded, with the addition of Linux based ingest systems, paying great attention to the needs of the customers for enterprise-grade deployments, therefore proposing complete solutions for broadcast ingest, live production, and automated playout as well as high-performance storage systems addressing the mid-to-high-end segment. With the latest playout update ToolsOnAir have focused on updating the core elements to have a future-proof base for the next hardware and software releases from Apple.

just:play and just:live version 3.0 available for download

Playout has always been an important pillar of the ToolsOnAir solutions portfolio from day one. The playout solutions are available as Live Production PCR (just:live) and 24/7 Automated MCR playout (just:play) variants, and share template based real-time graphics capabilities. just:live was designed to meet the fast-paced, time-critical demands of Live TV broadcast, including news, sports, talk shows and live events, whereas just:play was designed to meet the automated 24/7 broadcast playout demands of TV stations, with state-of-the-art scheduling that can be planned and executed weeks in advance, live input switching, automatic Gaps and Overlays detection and the support for redundant playout scenarios.

Given its industry-standard client-server architecture, the robust playout real-time core engine – just:out – is designed to handle live as well as continuous 24/7 playout without interruption, combining top-notch usability and industry-standard system reliability. From the licensing perspective a maximum of 3 video layers, 7 FX layers of real-time graphics and 3 events layers (to accommodate external triggers) can be added additionally to the base license. Amongst many usability improvements and stability enhancements that will benefit daily operations, version 3.0 of just:live and just:play feature full SDK and UHDp60 playout support for qualified AJA and Blackmagic Design devices and introduces just:control as the new main user interface to unify the control user interface for both ingest and playout solutions.

Download the latest just:play or just:live version 3.0 here.

Full compatibility with macOS Big Sur and Apple Silicon based M1 Macs will be announced as part of an upcoming version once all third-party components will be officially available from the respective vendors.

The development team is working hard to ensure feature-parity with former versions and we would kindly ask you to get in touch with either Peter or Manuel before updating your setup to version 3.0 for existing customers.

Combined Workflow Solutions: MCR and PCR Ingest / Playout Bundles

Based on the success of the stand-alone solutions, ToolsOnAir have remained true to their 'TV Channel in a Box' philosophy and have worked on the further development of the combined MCR and PCR workflow solutions, which combine ingest and playout on one machine and can also control both application instances thanks to the unified user interface just:control. The team will be happy to discuss your requirements to propose a tailored solution that builds on existing software components thus offering a future-oriented investment protection.

ToolsOnAir look forward to talking to you about your undertaking or potential projects. Please send your enquiries to:, or via or visit in person at NAB 2021 in Las Vegas (Booth N5222) in October and IBC 2021 (Booth 7.A36) in December 2021.

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ToolsOnAir Playout 3.0 - Out Now!