HumanTouch is Scalas fast and easy-to-use graphical interface designed
exclusively for real-time channel production. This interface looks its best when used on
SVGA monitors or video reference monitors. HumanTouch makes channel creation simple and
intuitive, but allows access to the full power of InfoChannels most advanced
features. HumanTouch makes the creation of channels easier, smarter and faster than any
Scala InfoChannel automatically generates color miniatures of pictures and
animations which give a quick graphical storyboard of the entire channel. If, for example,
the user wants the third page to appear first they can simply drag-and-drop it to
the new location within the storyboard.
The File Shuffler
The File Shuffler enables the user to preview pictures, video or audio from
CD-ROM, a computer, or a network. Miniatures are produced in real time and allow the easy
browsing of all media assets.
The scheduling system allows the assignment of multiple schedules on each page or
group of pages. This power allows channel creation containing information for an entire
month or longer. During playback, each channel will automatically be run on its assigned
date and time.
Scala can take a data stream provided by another computer and, in real time, add
new pages to your channel based on your information flow. The user creates the template
and flows the information.
InfoChannel supports Microsofts industry standard DirectSound which
enables Scala to easily support a wide range of audio cards. InfoChannels sound
support is complete. IC200 can play 8 bit and 16 bit audio samples and support Wave table,
external MIDI and FM synthesis MIDI playback. InfoChannel has built in controls for
playing audio CDs and sound clips or dialog directly from the hard disk. The size of a
sample is not limited by available memory. The program also comes with a built-in sound
mixer to combine CD audio, sampled audio, MIDI files and external audio sources. The user
can mix and match sound files and Scala converts them automatically - in real time.
MMX Technology Optimized
Using standard TrueType fonts Scala utilizes the MMX technology of
Intels Pentium® Processor to dramatically improve the performance of Scalas
anti-aliasing engine. Anti-aliasing is the process of removing the jaggies and adding a
smooth professional look that is required to produce broadcast quality video.
Scala buttons add full interactivity without the hassle of scripting languages.
IC200 includes a library of pre-designed button images, which can be customized with
different colors and sounds for highlighting and selecting effects. Scalas built in
touchscreen support allows the easy creation of interactive kiosks without any
Functions, Variables and Conditional Branching
InfoChannel allows users to define variables and use conditional branching
without a scripting language. These functions make it easy to create an interactive script
that can ask a viewer a question and remember the answer. The script can keep score or
choose the next lesson to display on the basis of previous responses and results. Files,
strings and mathematical functions are all built in.
EXes- Software Plug-in Modules
To control specific devices like tele-phone dialers and video decks, IC200 allows
the expansion of device support by using a plug-in system. A variety of plug-ins,
avail-able separately, allow the user to control VTRs, laserdisks and video switches.
Scala is always expanding the number of devices it supports by releasing new EX modules.
For the experienced multimedia programmer who wants more power -IC200 includes
ScalaScript, the engine that lies underneath the user interface. Very complex applications
can be written that include global and local scoping of variables and events. ScalaScript
extends programming abilities even further.
Exciting Content from Scala Studios
InfoChannel comes with a CD-ROM full of professional, royalty-free multimedia art
and demonstration channels.
Backgrounds - An extensive collection of
over 500 backgrounds in two resolutions designed to fit the needs of a variety of markets.
Music - Whether a presentation needs quiet
background music or attention getting rhythms, IC200 includes a tune to accentuate every
message with over 80 selections available.
Sound Effects - Over 180 sound effects
Fonts - 20 TrueType and 16
Scripts - Get started quickly with ready
to use script templates.
Clips & AnimGIFs - Over 620 2D and 3D
clips are provided to enhance every presentation.
Video and Animations - IC200 delivers more
than 20 full motion video and animation clips to help deliver messages with greater
The Advanced Master Player Architecture
An InfoChannel Creation System is used to produce and distribute channels, while a Player
Station receives and displays the scripts. An InfoChannel system can consist of one
Creation Station and one Player Station, one Creation Station and several Players or
multiple Creation Stations and multiple Players. Local site information can be mixed with
global data. The distribution functionality in Scala InfoChannel IC200 is provided through
ScalaNet the communications tool for InfoChannel.
ScalaNet is a tool that gives complete control of the distribution of scripts and enables
channels and files to be sent to the Players. The user can also restart the player, set
the players date and time, maintain the players files and pull information from the
Advanced ScalaNet Features:
Players can be organised into groups. Individualized channels can be mixed with group
level channels. A single instruction in ScalaNet will update a large group of players
without having to create individual communication jobs. A communication log can be
generated for each transmission. Users can perform maintenance on each player and retrieve
disk directory images. A simple point and click interface is used to maintain the files on
the player station. The Creation station contains details of the directory structure for
TAPI (Telephony Application Programming Interface) enables the use of any Windows 95 or
Windows NT communication device that supports TAPI.
Winsock2 (Windows Sockets v2) support for TCP/IP point to point communication.
Direct Modem Control using standard Windows serial devices
Direct Cable Support via Null Modem
Available separately are a variety of data broadcasting technologies that include
satellite, VBI (Vertical Blanking Interval) and DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting)
InfoChannel Players are designed for 24 hour a day/7 day a week operation. These dedicated
systems play the channels distributed via ScalaNet and can be remotely updated while
playing the current channels. Optional add on EXes to control Video Tape Records (VTRs),
Laser disks, and Video Switchers may be added for increased usability. Scala InfoChannel
handles the creation, distribution and playback of multimedia channels that play with the
impact of television.