Sports storytelling succeeds or fails on the data. As sports broadcasters look to deliver timely, relevant stats to their viewers in real-time – many are turning to flexible and easily-accessible JSON data sources to power their productions. Chyron’s PRIME Platform is renowned for its ability to incorporate live data sources into on-air graphics, video wall scenes, touchscreen boards, and even interactive graphics. However, several new features rolled out in PRIME 4.5 simplify the use of the vast (and constantly updating) JSON data sets, making it easy to translate live sports stats into timely, engaging graphics and commentary.
Why Sports Broadcasters Are Choosing JSON Data Sources
JSON files are a great fit for sports production because they are easy to transport, are easily accessible by almost any application, and they can store a massive amount of diverse data values. But, the variety of and volume within JSON data files can make them difficult to navigate and manage. PRIME 4.5 addresses that challenge with three specific functions — collapse nodes, JSON custom query, and “while loop” — that make it easy for broadcasters to manipulate and parse complex JSON data feeds natively inside of a single platform. As a result, production teams working with PRIME 4.5 can easily adapt to future changes to data sets and continually leverage updated values in a live graphics workflow.
Transform Nested Data Sets Into Easy-to-Browse Tables
Looking at JSON files where there are multiple values, nested and sub-nested within each other, operators and designers sometimes struggle to make sense out of what they’re seeing. The new JSON collapse nodes function within PRIME 4.5 translates nested data values into easy-to-read tables and presents specific data sets in their own dedicated columns. As a result, it’s possible to see scores, teams, player runs, and so on – and implement that data into your graphic templates.
The collapse nodes feature makes the complexity of JSON data sets manageable, and it does so without requiring conditional scripting or other tedious work. PRIME 4.5 users can very quickly get a handle on the data in front of them and put it to work.
Find the Specific Stats to Tell Your Story
Given the immense size and complexity of JSON data sets, it can be difficult to find the values that you need to get into your graphic or talk about during your show. So, just as the new collapse nodes function helps PRIME 4.5 users make sense of JSON data sets and work with them more effectively, the platform’s new JSON custom query function gives them the ability to dynamically query and edit parameter lists from conditions.
Rather than scan through countless values or get into complicated scripting, users can leverage conditions and logic effects to search for the value they need to tell their story. By accelerating this process, the new JSON custom query function also helps the production team manage live data and play out complex graphics more quickly.
Handle Constantly Updating Data on the Fly
A new “while loop” condition within PRIME 4.5 continually scans data sources for newly entered values and automatically updates scene control panels or triggers parameter-based updates. It’s a much faster approach than scripting numerous conditions! In the example image above, you can see an intuitive control panel for a baseball lower third graphic. As new data values become available from a JSON file, the panel will automatically make those values accessible in the dropdown menu fields. You can rely on the “while loop” function in PRIME to look at the newest data, make instantaneous updates, and ensure that the live data you need is ready for use as soon as it comes in.
Intelligent Data-Driven Sports Graphics
Whether you’re using PRIME 4.5 to take graphics to air for lower-thirds or to create video wall scenes for your breakdown studio, you’ll find it easier than ever to manage massive JSON data files natively within your graphics platform. You can manipulate a wealth of data without the hassle of complex scripting. Even as your data sets change and grow with the addition of new values, you can find just the right values to help your team put on a great game-day show.
Learn more about the latest features in the PRIME Platform’s 4.5 Version Release.