Creating CG Templates on Your Character Generator


Next, you'll need to create CG templates on your character generator for each type of CG (i.e. lower-third, fullscreen, etc) you want to playout using the Character Generator Controller. CG templates are like regular CGs, except that they have placeholders for dynamic text and graphics. When you use our Character Generator Controller to playout CGs on your character generator, these placeholders will be replaced with text and graphics from the CGs in your scripts in Rundown Creator.

Customize the instructions below:



Chyron character generators

1. In Lyric, load the CG you'd like to convert to a CG template by going to the "File" menu and selecting "Open..."

File>Open... in Chyron Lyric
1. In Lyric, create a new CG template by going to the "File" menu and selecting "New" > "Canvas."

File>New>Canvas in Chyron Lyric

2. Setup your CG template however you like, leaving placeholders for dynamic text by simply typing on the canvas, and placeholders for dynamic graphics by clicking on the "Import Graphic" Import Graphic button in Chyron Lyric button.

CG in Chyron Lyric

23. For each placeholder for dynamic text in your CG template...
a. Select the layer it's on in the Scene Graph.

Select layer in Scene Graph

b. Select the text in the Canvas.

Selecting text on the canvas in Chyron Lyric

c. Click on the "Template Field" Template Field button in Chyron Lyric button.

d. Right-click on the text in the Canvas and select "Template Properties."

Template Properties in Chyron Lyric

e. Check the box that says "Auto Erase," if it's not already checked.

Auto Erase checkbox in Template Properties in Chyron Lyric

34. For each placeholder for a dynamic graphic in your CG template...
a. Select the layer it's on in the Scene Graph.

Selecting a graphic file in the Scene Graph in Chyron Lyric

b. Right-click on the placeholder graphic in the Canvas and select "Show 2D Object Properties."

Show 2D Object Properties option in Chyron Lyric

c. Check the box that says "II Update."

II Update checkbox in 2D Object Template window in Chyron Lyric

45. Save the CG template in the main messages directory on your character generator by going to the "File" menu and selecting "Save As..." (the location of the main messages directory is defined in Lyric in Config>Preferences>Default Paths).

File>Save As... in Chyron Lyric

When you save your CG template, we recommend using a descriptive filename like "lowerthird.lyr" instead of a numeric filename like "00000005.lyr." It'll make it a lot easier to identify what template a CG uses when looking at it in a script in Rundown Creator.

5. Repeat steps 1-46. Repeat steps 1-5 for each type of CG (i.e. lower-third, fullscreen, etc) you want to playout using the Character Generator Controller.

Note: if this is your first time doing this, we highly recommend that you go through the entire process of creating a CG template on your character generator, creating a script template in Rundown Creator, and testing it with the Character Generator Controller to make sure everything works as expected for one type of CG before repeating the process for other types of CGs.


Compix character generators

1. In GenCG, load the CG you'd like to convert to a CG template by going to the "File" menu and selecting "Open..."

File>Open... in Compix GenCG
1. In GenCG, create a new CG template by going to the "File" menu and selecting "New."

File>New in Compix GenCG

2. Setup your CG template however you like, leaving placeholders for dynamic text by simply typing on the canvas, and placeholders for dynamic graphics by going to the "Insert" menu and selecting "Image..."

CG in Compix GenCG

23. For each placeholder for dynamic text in your CG template...
a. Right-click on the placeholder text and select "Assign Alias."

Assign Alias option in Compix GenCG

b. Enter a descriptive name for the placeholder (you can put whatever you want, it's completely arbitrary).

Assign Alias option in Compix GenCG

34. For each placeholder for a dynamic graphic in your CG template...
a. Right-click on the placeholder graphic and select "Assign Alias."

Assign Alias option in Compix GenCG

b. Enter a descriptive name for the placeholder (you can put whatever you want, it's also completely arbitrary).

Assign Alias option in Compix GenCG

45. Save the CG template in the main template directory on your character generator by going to the "File" menu and selecting "Save As..." (the location of the main template directory is defined in AutoCast in Tools>Folder Settings).

File>Save As... in Compix GenCG

When you save your CG template, we recommend using a descriptive filename like "lowerthird.gcg." It can be whatever you want, so long as your filename begins with a letter and not a number. If your filename begins with a number (i.e. "2line.gcg"), AutoCast might not recognize it.

Note: we realize that there is an option in the "File" menu to "Save As Template," but that's for something different so please use "Save As..." instead.

5. Repeat steps 1-46. Repeat steps 1-5 for each type of CG (i.e. lower-third, fullscreen, etc) you want to playout using the Character Generator Controller.

Note: if this is your first time doing this, we highly recommend that you go through the entire process of creating a CG template on your character generator, creating a script template in Rundown Creator, and testing it with the Character Generator Controller to make sure everything works as expected for one type of CG before repeating the process for other types of CGs.

67. If AutoCast is open, close it and open it again to make sure that the CG template you just created shows up.


Ross Video XPression character generators

Please refer to the XPression user manual provided by Ross Video for instructions on how to create CG templates on your character generator.

>Proceed to Step Three: Creating Script Templates in Rundown Creator for Each CG Template