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NEWS MOVE & DELIVER Playout Video infrastructure At Cabsat (Stand ZG2-40) Thomson Video Networks showcased its ViBE CP6000 contribution codec, ViBE EM4000 HD/SD encoder, and ViBE XT1000 Xtream transcoder working together in a contribution and broadcasting application. The ViBE CP6000 has eight HD channels per 1-RU chassis and a modular implementation of the optimal MPEG-4 contribution codecs. The ViBE EM4000 features a broadcast-grade SD- to-HD conversion capability and offers a density of eight HD MPEG-4 AVC channels in a 1-RU chassis. The ViBE XT1000 Xtream is for OTT, cable, and telco customers and supports up to 54 HD channels or 180 SD channels and transcoding from any format to any format. The demo was part of the company’s Behind Every Screen initiative, combining on-premises and cloud-based resources for ingest/playout, branding, ad insertion, encoding/transcoding, and packaging. BroadStream Solutions has revealed that soon-to-be NBC affiliate, WRAL, the North Carolina-based broadcaster, has selected its OASYS integrated playout platform. WRAL’s traditional master control, which is made up of separate dedicated servers, automation, master control and graphics systems, will be replaced with a single OASYS that runs on commodity hardware. The system will include six channels of playout for its three main channels - WRAL, WRAZ and WILM - all with full 1+1 mirrored redundancy. The redundant system will be split across two facilities some 15 miles apart. The ingest, storage and playout systems will be fully mirrored at the transmitter site, providing geographically diverse automated backup or disaster recovery options. The OASYS also includes two additional playout channels for regionalisation of WRAL 5.3 Fayetteville and Internet web streaming. Video contribution At Cabsat (Stand Z3-102) Vimond offered up a new way to build a social media experience into VOD services, and avoid spoilers. Vimond Connect allows viewers to comment on the content as they watch, but the comments are anchored to the exact moment in the video when they were posted, allowing the comments to be seen at the same point by VOD viewers watching later. This is said to enable a spoiler-free conversation around television content between viewers watching at different times. Also on show was version 1.7 of Vimond Highlights, the company’s option for live-to-VOD conversion and rapid short-form clip production and distribution to social media. New features include support for Chrome with MPEG-Dash, the ability to update already- created clips, and many stability enhancements. AVIWEST will use NAB to demonstrate the latest enhancements to its Digital Mobile News Gathering (DMNG) system, with a focus on hybrid video contribution and video distribution via the cloud. The company will also introduce two new products: the DMNG 220-HE ultra-portable HEVC video contribution encoder for cellular, Wi-Fi, satellite, and Ethernet networks; and the DMNG HE4000 HEVC 4k rack-mounted contribution encoder. AVIWEST’s live video contribution platform enables broadcasters to capture and broadcast live 4k, HD, or SD video over multiple unmanaged IP networks, including bonded 4G/3G cellular, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and satellite links. A new version of the DMNG Manager with video grid and statistics view will also be shown. Social media 30 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 111 MARCH 2016 TV-BAY111MARCH_Book.indb 30 11/03/2016 17:17