Viz Pilot Edge User Guide

Version 1.0.3 | Published December 06, 2017 ©

Find Graphics

Selecting the Find Graphics tab or icon in the welcome page, a dialog opens where the user can search for available templates and already saved elements.

Available templates are located in the top half of the dialog under TEMPLATES which are filtered based on the selection made under CONCEPT, TAGS and/or typed search.

Elements available in the Pilot Data Server are located at the bottom of the dialog where a search bar also is available.

Double click a template or element to open it.


Add Content to Templates

Once double clicking a template it will open in a new window which consists of two main parts, the Fill In Form (left) and the Preview Window (right). Content can be edited on the left, while on the right a preview will load every time the user makes a change.

Clicking on the split-bar in the middle will collapse the preview window to make more space for the fill in form. Clicking on the sidebar again will restore the Preview Window.


Fill In Form

The window to the left is a fill in form for the graphics. It displays fields that are exposed by the designer in Viz Artist where the user can add content to the graphic. It can be text, choices in a drop down list or media placeholders for media assets found in the Find Media tab. Once changes are made in the Fill In Form, the Preview Window immediately updates to display them (as long as Auto-refresh is toggled on).

Playout Instructions

Payout Instructions are located at the bottom of the Properties Editor. The In and Out fields specifiy the start and end time for the graphic relative to the rundown that the element will be a part of.


To save a template as an element click the Save as button images/download/attachments/30905443/image2017-4-28_12_32_5.png . Type in the name of the new element in the dialog that appears. Once the template is saved as an element the given name will appear above the Fill In Form.

Only when the graphic is saved as an element the user is allowed to drag-and-drop it to the newsroom system using the Drag item to Newsroom button images/download/attachments/30905443/image2017-4-28_12_33_28.png . If the template is not saved this button is grayed out.


Remember that if the element title is too long it will be reduced to 128 characters in the MOS XML file, which again will affect the element title in the newsroom system.

Send Item button

Clicking this button, images/download/thumbnails/30905443/image2017-5-29_12_24_0.png , will send the item to the newsroom rundown. If the item already exist in the newsroom the button is used to update the item.

Preview Window

The Preview Window displays snapshots of the graphics. The Viz Engine generate snapshots requested by the Preview Server.

The user can scrub the timeline of the graphic located at the bottom of the Preview Window by clicking on it. If the graphic contains stop points these will be marked on the timeline.


Auto-refresh is located at the bottom of the Preview Window and is by default toggled on which means that the Preview Window updates once there are any changes in the Properties Editor.

Toggle off Auto-refresh to turn this functionality off. To refresh the Preview Window in this mode click the Refresh button images/download/attachments/30905443/image2017-4-28_12_36_19.png or click inside the Preview Window.

Using Elements

Elements are already saved templates which are available from the bottom of the Find Graphics dialog.

Once double clicking an element it will open in a new window in the same way as for templates. The name of the element is displayed above the Fill In Form. Since this item is already saved in the database the drag-and-drop functionality is available once it is opened.


To save any changes to an element use the save button images/download/attachments/30905443/image2017-4-28_10_59_52.png . To create a new element use the Save as button images/download/attachments/30905443/image2017-4-28_12_32_5.png .


It is not currently possible to detect whether an element is in its original saved state. For example if the user edits an element and change it back to its original saved state, the save button will still be active even though there is actually no new changes to the element.