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NEWS MANAGE & MONITOR ANALYSIS “Moving high value media content over a local IP network is complicated enough, however it becomes even more complex in a wider area network because of the various carriers, standards/ certifications and traffic management issues required.” So says John Smith, the managing director of Media Links EMEA. He gives the example of live remote production, a particularly hot topic at the moment. For live remote production over IP, he says, it is essential that all the signals arrive on time and in the right order with no packet loss: “Basically, it’s got to work first time, every time, as you can’t film a live event twice!” He’s not wrong. Clearly, he is making these comments to put his company’s new product, the NetGazer (see below), into some context. It is a monitoring product. It is up to Media Links to give you the benefits of that particular device. But monitoring in general, as it’s not terribly sexy, does get overlooked. For remote production, it is more crucial than ever. When camera signals are sent over a fibre network from the venue back to the studio base and the gallery where they be switched, they must do so without any disruption. Keeping an eye out for potential disruption is therefore essential. As Nevion say in their various remote production guides: “When planning remote production, it is important to know in advance whether the connection to the location is up and running (i.e. available resource), even if the edge equipment is not yet connected. These checks can be performed in many ways with IP technology, but a monitoring device will provided enhanced information about QoS and SLA parameters.” It might seem obvious but having access to analytics and analysis and clear visibility of the network gives broadcasters a far greater chance of success with remote production. We can expect plenty more discussions about remote production monitoring during IBC. 20 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 116 AUGUST 2016 DAM & MAM Square Box Systems (stand 7.J15) will use IBC to highlight the latest version of its MAM system CatDV. Version 12 features an updated and streamlined user experience along with native support for Square Box Systems’ recently introduced Server 7. In addition, CatDV 12 now includes enhanced support for audio files including an advanced waveform display, VU meters and the ability to handle more audio tracks. The system’s logging and ingest capabilities have also been updated, and CatDV 12 is now able to operate independently of specialised video players. It features a 64-bit architecture and a playback engine that natively supports broadcast and camera formats. Also at the show the company will introduce Worker 7 for Linux, the latest version of the company’s workflow automation solution for CatDV MAM deployments, and the CatDV Pegasus Server. The latter allows searching across millions of assets and includes support for Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server databases. MONITORING Wohler Technologies will be demonstrating its latest monitoring products on the HHB Communications stand (8.D56) during IBC. Among the devices on displays will be the IP-based iAM-MIX multichannel audio monitor and mixer. The iAM-MIX has a front-panel control surface for individual master and per-channel mixing and muting. It is considered ideal for operators that require robust auditory monitoring from a range of sources. The iAM-AUDIO audio monitor, as well as Dante and Ravenna modules for the AMP2-16V Series audio monitors, and the AMP1-8-M dual input SDI 8-channel audio monitor, will also be on display.