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Channel 5 Simplifies Workflows with Single-Point Infrastructure Posted: 25/11/2019
Channel 5 Simplifies Workflows with Single-Point Infrastructure

Channel 5, based in St. Petersburg, Russia, has dramatically rationalised its core technology by updating to a Platinum™IP3 router from Imagine Communications for its MCR and playout. The remarkable design of the Platinum IP3 incorporates much of the video and audio infrastructure, eliminating a large number of outboard devices from multiple vendors, simplifying cabling and reducing power consumption, as well as making workflows more coherent and transparent.

Channel 5 was already using an Imagine Platinum router, but continually increasing operational demands called for more inputs and outputs. Channel 5 took the opportunity to rationalise its infrastructure by bringing much more functionality into the new, expanded router, eliminating the need for external third-party devices.

“We knew that the newest models of Platinum router, like the IP3, can host a huge amount of functionality within the frame, making system architecture much more logical,” said Sergei Volhin, technical director of Channel 5. “It meant we could do away with a lot of other equipment, making the installation neater and easier to understand. The new Platinum IP3 reduces the cost and complexity, maximises on-air security, and gives us the capability to quickly set up workflows and expand the I/O as our needs develop.”

The new 28RU Platinum IP3 router was specified, configured and installed by Imagine’s channel partner, MediaProject. The IP3 is highly scalable, and in its initial implementation, it provides for 576 x 1024 video I/O in SD and HD, with fully redundant routing and both copper and fibre interfaces. The router also supports 64 TDM audio slots, each carrying up to 128 audio channels.

As well as the highly resilient switching, the Platinum IP3 also offers video and audio processing which in other systems would require large numbers of third-party devices — each consuming power, cooling and rack space. At Channel 5, all the multiviewer displays in the playout and master control area are driven by router-integrated Platinum SX Pro multiviewer cards — enabling a real saving in outboard processors and ensuring faster and more secure operation. The router also integrates audio embedding and de-embedding with full level control and channel shuffling and extensive video processing.

“Every broadcaster wants a core infrastructure that is going to be absolutely secure and resilient, but is also compact, convenient and clear,” said Mathias Eckert, SVP & GM EMEA/APAC, Playout & Networking, at Imagine Communications. “The fundamental design of the Platinum IP3 router allows us to configure very complex signal management, processing and monitoring in the same device, so a single command can fire multiple actions without the need to set each parameter. That makes for very secure operations, even in complex workflows.

“The result is that — as Channel 5 identified — the Platinum IP3 is a complete solution, and one which reduces cost while enhancing resilience,” Eckert added. “And, when the time comes, it can be expanded to encompass IP switching alongside SDI and digital audio, providing long-term security.”

The router project was installed and commissioned by MediaProject during summer 2019.

For more information about Imagine Communications’ products and solutions, please visit https://www.imaginecommunications.com.

 

 

 

Tags: Imagine Communications | Channel 5 Russia | Platinum IP3 router | MCR | Playout | Sergei Volhin | reduce costs | maximise on-air security | MediaProject | highly scalable | Mathias Eckert | enhance resilience | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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ATG Danmon Completes News Studio Systems for Cardiff Universitys School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies Posted: 14/11/2019
ATG Danmon Completes News Studio Systems for Cardiff Universitys School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

ATG Danmon announces the completion of a full broadcast-quality news studio facility for Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. The project coincides with a relocation to new city-centre premises situated next to BBC facilities. Cardiff University will use the facility to train the next generation of television, radio, online and printed-media journalists. Herefordshire based CJP Broadcast Service Solutionsprovided the installation services for the project.

 

"We were invited to propose a turnkey solution based on an outline specification provided by the university," explains ATG Danmon Managing Director Russell Peirson-Hagger. "The project comprised a large TV studio and dedicated gallery, a smaller TV studio with its associated gallery, plus a broadcast newsroom. Both galleries connect via SDI to Vizrt media, graphics and automation. Avid iNEWS is also integrated."

 

"The system links to a news presentation suite where a remotely controlled camera and two-way video feed allow the newsreader to talk to a newsroom reporter. The systems simulate the functionality and processes of a real broadcast environment, the output being used for academic review."

 

 

"We worked in partnership with CJP and Cardiff University staff to design and integrate a complete solution that kept within the budget and provided the specified level of functionality that is required by the teaching staff. This was successfully achieved before students returned after the summer recess.

 

Tags: ATG Danmon UK | broadcast systems integration | broadcast systems integrators | broadcast television systems | studio design | playout centre design | newsroom design | satellite system design | broadcast infrastructure | broadcast archive system design | broadcast
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Swiss Pay TV Network Expands Live Sports Broadcasting with Blackmagic Design Posted: 29/10/2019
Swiss Pay TV Network Expands Live Sports Broadcasting with Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design today announced that Teleclub, Switzerland’s leading Pay TV network, has implemented an UltraHD video playout system, built around a Blackmagic Design 12G infrastructure, to support an increased volume of linear and pay per view (PPV) live sports channels.

The network recently expanded its output to offer more than 83 channels, including eight in Ultra HD, broadcasting in German, French and Italian, and covering a wide range of sports including top flight European and national football leagues, ice hockey and others via its IPTV platform.

“We needed to double Teleclub’s capacity to feed additional HD and UHD PPV channels, studio production facilities, as well as additional commentary and graphics elements,” explains Remo Val, system and software engineer, Teleclub. “When we considered our UltraHD requirements, it was clear that a single link 12G-SDI network would ensure we had enough capacity in our server rooms and keep cabling and signal distribution hubs as streamlined as possible.”

18 ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K have been installed, with each one serving two of the HD or UltraHD channels, with a separate M/E attributed to each channel. Each switcher is paired with a video/CG server, developed inhouse at Teleclub using DeckLink Quad 2 capture cards and Caspar CG, for live video playout.

Tags: Blackmagic Design | BMD | Blackmagic | ATEM | Live Sports Broadcasting | Broadcast | Ultra HD | Video Playout
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Cinegy demonstrates award-winning technology at NATEXPO 2019 Posted: 17/10/2019
Cinegy demonstrates award-winning technology at NATEXPO 2019

Cinegy, the global leader for broadcast playout software on premise, hybrid and in the cloud, will demonstrate its award-winning Cinegy Air PRO, Cinegy Capture PRO , Cinegy Multiviewer, as well as Cinegy Desktop and Cinegy Newsroom on the Bavarian Pavilion at NATEXPO in November.

Cinegy products can process mixed SD, HD, 4K/UHD and 8K formats - as well as handle HDR - for capture, playout, monitoring, news, editing, or MAM. All technology being shown at NATEXPO is available immediately.

In addition, Cinegy has now optimised its entire product line to be 8K-ready and deployed in the cloud. One of the early adopters of the open source SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) protocol, Cinegy has SRT baked into all technology, including the license, which removes any concerns about whether users have the legal right, proper subscription, or adequate bandwidth to deploy the software.

Tags: CInegy | IP | Editing | playout | digital asset management | SRT | Cinegy Air PRO | Cinegy Capture PRO | Cinegy Multiviewer | Cinegy Desktop | Cinegy Newsroom | NATEXPO
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Cinegy to demonstrate SRT advantages at Broadcast India 2019 Posted: 07/10/2019
Cinegy to demonstrate SRT advantages at Broadcast India 2019

Cinegy, the global leader for broadcast playout software in the cloud, has announced that it will showcase its full range of recording, capture, archive, and encoding capabilities during Broadcast India, taking place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, from 17-19 October.

Tags: Cinegy | Software Defined Television | Broadcast Playout | The Cloud | recording | capture | archive | encoding capabilities | Broadcast India | Setron | Secure Reliable Transport | SRT | IP | capture | editing | playout | archive | Sass | 4K | 8K
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Pixel Power boosts its software solutions business Posted: 07/10/2019
Pixel Power boosts its software solutions business

Underlining the importance of its solutions business, Pixel Power has added two new product specialists to the team. Tanya Schurawel and Toria Farrell both come direct from broadcasters, and will use their unique insights to help customers develop optimised solutions for automated production, graphics and playout.

Tags: Pixel Power | Rohde & Schwarz | Automation | playout | graphics | branding | master control | SD | 4K | HD | VOD | OTT | Linear TV
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Harmonic and Aveco Streamline Hybrid Playout Workflows Posted: 13/09/2019
Harmonic and Aveco Streamline Hybrid Playout Workflows

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that it has partnered with Aveco to simplify the deployment of hybrid on-premises and cloud workflows for playout applications. Thanks to the partnership, operators can now use a single interface to control hybrid on-premises and cloud playout workflows for more efficient delivery of broadcast and OTT channels, including live streaming.

Tags: Harmonic | Aveco | Hybrid Playout Workflows | IBC2019 | OTT | Cloud Channel Origination | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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Imagine Communications Upgrades Playout at Australias Largest Managed Media Services Provider, NPC Media Posted: 13/09/2019
Imagine Communications Upgrades Playout at Australias Largest Managed Media Services Provider, NPC Media

Imagine Communications has been selected by NPC Media Pty Ltd, a venture formed between Australia’s largest commercial broadcasters, Seven (ASX:SWM) and Nine (ASX:NEC), to provide an extensive infrastructure upgrade of the National Playout Centre (NPC) in Sydney, Australia.

Tags: Imagine Communications | IBC2019 | NPC Media | Australia | Seven Network | Nine Network | National Playout Centre | Chris Howe | playout facility | content management | end-to-end | Versio | Joe Khodeir | Tom Cotney | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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Pixel Power adds Software Defined Uncompressed IP Capability to established StreamMaster Integrated Playout Posted: 11/09/2019
Pixel Power adds Software Defined Uncompressed IP Capability to established StreamMaster Integrated Playout

Pixel Power has today announced it will be adding uncompressed IP playout capability, based on the SMPTE ST 2110 family of standards, to its already well established StreamMaster playout technology. The development comes as a natural progression of incorporating new standards within its software defined technology platforms: StreamMaster Media Processing and Gallium Workflow Orchestration. Like all StreamMaster and Gallium functionality, SMTPE ST 2110 will be supported as software solutions whether on-premise or virtualized in a data centre.

Tags: Pixel Power | Rohde & Schwarz | IP | StreamMaster | SMPTE 2110 | SMPTE 2022-6 | StreamMaster Media Processing | Gallium Workflow Orchestration | SDI | Software defined playout | automation | Video Services Forum | Virtualization | IBC | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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Imagine Updates Master Control for Egyptian National Media Authority Posted: 09/09/2019
Imagine Updates Master Control for Egyptian National Media Authority

Imagine Communications is building a completely updated master control and playout platform for the newly formed Egyptian National Media Authority (ENMA), previously Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU), the national broadcaster in Egypt. The phased upgrade of this facility is designed to deliver a high level of operational resilience and integrates seamlessly with the broadcaster’s existing infrastructure, ensuring a simple and secure transition to IP when the broadcaster is ready to migrate its operations.

Tags: Imagine Communications | ENMA | Egyptian National media Authority | upgrades | flexibility | security | efficiency | playout platform | Egyptian Radio and Television Union | ERTU | seamless integration | Rafaat Younes | Anas Hantash | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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Cinegy to demonstrate real time 8K video editing and display capabilities with Sharp at IBC 2019 Posted: 28/08/2019
Cinegy to demonstrate real time 8K video editing and display capabilities with Sharp at IBC 2019 Cinegy, the global leader for broadcast playout software in the cloud, has announced that it will showcase the full scope of its 8K recording, capture, archive, and encoding capabilities during IBC 2019.

Tags: Cinegy | Broadcast Playout | The Cloud | 8K | Capture | archive | encoding | Sharp | Sharp 8M-B80AX1E 8K | full HD | Cinegy Player 3 | Sharp 8K camera | NVIDIA graphics | Daniel2 GPU codec | Adobe Premiere | Windows | Mac | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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The Philippines Cignal TV Expands Playout Capabilities with Imagine Communications Posted: 22/08/2019
The Philippines Cignal TV Expands Playout Capabilities with Imagine Communications
Cignal TV, the leading satellite broadcaster in the Philippines, has expanded its playout capacity using the fully integrated Versio™ modular playout solution from Imagine Communications. Cignal TV broadcasts premium content on both television and radio to more than two million subscribers across the country. To meet the expectations of its audience, Cignal TV continually adds high-quality content and channels. The new playout system gives the broadcaster increased scalability and speed to market with a future-proofed, software-based solution.
Tags: Imagine Communications | Cignal TV | Philippines | playout | resilience | functionality | IP connectivity | Versio | scalability | Benedict V Galang | Composite Technology Inc. | Platinum VX router | Nexio Motion | Mathias Eckert | MKM Marketing Communications
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Delivering multi-platform content with maximum automation and minimal resources Posted: 08/08/2019
Delivering multi-platform content with maximum automation and minimal resources

IBC2019, 13-17 September, Stand 7.A05 and IBCTV 13.A08: IBC2019 will see Pixel Power demonstrate its proven, fully virtualized software solutions for production, playout, automation, branding and graphics. These systems turn the traditional broadcast delivery model on its head by creating an all-encompassing approach to deliver linear, OTT, VOD and catch-up channels using a singular workflow.

Tags: Pixel Power | Virtualization | playout | automation | branding | grapics | OTT | VOD | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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Pixel Power helps customers transition to software solutions with additional pre-sales and project delivery leaders Posted: 06/08/2019
Pixel Power helps customers transition to software solutions with additional pre-sales and project delivery leaders

Recognising that the transition to highly automated, software-defined broadcast and media solutions can be challenging, Pixel Power has added to its head office team two new staff with enormous practical experience to provide support and guidance to achieve the optimum result for customers. Malorie Delaporte joins as solution manager; Neil Wren joins as pre-sales product specialist.

Tags: Pixel Power | IBC2019 | Playout | IP | Virtualized | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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Speedcast and In Aria Networks Join Forces with Telespazio on Large-Scale, High-Capacity Video Services Posted: 19/07/2019
Speedcast and In Aria  Networks Join Forces with Telespazio on Large-Scale, High-Capacity Video Services

Speedcast, the world's largest provider of remote communications and IT services (ASX: SDA), today announced a joint service offering with In Aria! Networks, one of Europe's leading service providers in managed broadcast video contribution over IP, and Telespazio, a leading provider of digital TV platforms and satellite transmission in Europe. Relying on a combination of In Aria! Networks' redundant video contribution over IP gateways integrated with the Speedcast Media Network (SMN) and Telespazio video teleports, media companies around the globe can securely contribute and deliver SD, HD, and UHD video services with unparalleled efficiency, flexibility, and a faster time to market.

Tags: Speedcast | In Aria! Networks | Telespazio | High-Capacity Video Services | Digital TV Contribution | Cloud-Based Video Processing | Playout | Multi-Platform Distribution
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