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Smarter, Smoother Systems with Pebble Beach Systems
By Alison Pavitt

Dolphin - exceptional channel density

As the broadcast landscape continues to change, today’s broadcast operations need to react quickly and efficiently to commercial pressures and technical advances, by increasing channel counts, delivering services on new platforms and modifying staffing levels. And it is those vendors who are able to deliver agile solutions which save costs and drive revenues who are succeeding in this fast-paced environment. As an internationally successful broadcast automation specialist, Pebble Beach Systems’ most recent wave of products has expanded the scope of play-to-air automation, extending both upstream and downstream to encompass content capture, management and delivery across all channel types. This is translating into operational efficiencies for the end users and radically simplifying playout operations management.

Marina – next generation enterprise level automation

Programme delivery is changing, and the unambiguous feedback from the market is that broadcasters need an automation system which is capable of handling new business models. Powerful, flexible and elegantly scalable up to hundreds of channels, Marina addresses the business needs of broadcasters who have a fluid and varied set of content delivery requirements, giving them an almost infinite variety of configuration options. Its fully distributed architecture enables software components to be hosted across multiple servers, and it is based around a single central database, with sophisticated user rights management delivering unprecedented levels of adaptability and security. Exploiting 64-bit processing and the new generation of multi-thread processors, Marina offers the most intelligent feature set on the market, and full Unicode compliance enables multiple language support. Its close integration with a wide range of third party technologies enables the creation of highly adaptable systems for constantly evolving operational requirements.

channel branding solution, Dolphin combines exceptional channel density with low power consumption. Going beyond the accepted definition of ‘channel in a box’ technology, Dolphin offers a quick and straightforward pathway for the launch of new channels, allowing customers to select the most appropriate delivery technology for their budgetary and technical needs whilst delivering exceptional operational efficiencies. Each 1ru server delivers up to four full HD channels and comes with 2TB of internal storage, which equates to 100 hours of unique content at 50Mbits/s, or with NAS storage. Under Pebble Beach Systems automation control, Dolphin delivers highly automated, frame accurate multi-channel playout and ingest capability, and integrates seamlessly into a system which might also incorporate best-of-breed video server, graphics or captioning devices for prime channels. It can also act as a component of a hybrid channel, mixing Dolphin with best-of-breed discrete devices. This means that the broadcaster can choose the optimum technology for each channel. Crucially, operators are presented with the same user interface whatever the underlying channel technology, and a single system-wide database avoids creating operational silos, simplifying channel control. The solution also gives broadcasters the flexibility to exploit emerging and established technologies, by supporting formats including DNxHD, DV, DVCPro, IMX MPEG, H.264 in MOV, MXF, GXF or LXF wrappers and compression systems. Multiple formats can even be mixed on the same timeline, and Dolphin can deliver true simulcast, driving an SD and HD output from the same playlist.

Fully-featured workflow control

Dolphin – intelligent integrated channel technology

As a cost-effective and compact SD/ HD/IP video server, master control switcher, character generator and

Faced with the need to accommodate future expansion, and the drive to provide new and enhanced revenue streams, today’s broadcasters need to be able to dynamically allocate resources and require a high degree of scalability and modularity from their automation solutions. In Marina and Dolphin, Pebble Beach Systems now offers the most fully-featured integrated platform for all channel types on the market, with a common user interface and single content management system to control workflows of any size and complexity.


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In Broadcast - July/August 2011
Contents
Whats New in Our Global Village
iPad The Game Changer
Outside Broadcasters Feel the Pinch
Innovative Camera Supports - Beyond the Tripod
IP-Based Remote Television Studio Control
Trilogy's Gemini - Pioneering the Use of IP in Broadcast Intercom
The Ears Have It: The Drive for Better Sounding Mobile Content
IBC Sneak Peak
Monitoring Systems For Today's Digital, Multiplatform Era
New Developments in Broadcast Test and Measurement
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In Broadcast - July/August 2011 - Contents
In Broadcast - July/August 2011 - Whats New in Our Global Village
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In Broadcast - July/August 2011 - Outside Broadcasters Feel the Pinch
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In Broadcast - July/August 2011 - Innovative Camera Supports - Beyond the Tripod
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In Broadcast - July/August 2011 - IP-Based Remote Television Studio Control
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In Broadcast - July/August 2011 - Trilogy's Gemini - Pioneering the Use of IP in Broadcast Intercom
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In Broadcast - July/August 2011 - The Ears Have It: The Drive for Better Sounding Mobile Content
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In Broadcast - July/August 2011 - IBC Sneak Peak
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