In Broadcast - April 2014 - 28


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PlayBox Technology - CiaB Systems
By Don Ash,
Managing Director, PlayBox Technology UK, fields our
questions on Channel in a Box (CiaB) advances...

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InBroadcast: What has been the
most innovative advance in CiaB
technology the past 12 months?
Don Ash: The increasing popularity
of social media networking has
made this a useful solution for
broadcasters. As an optional
adjunct to our CiaB system, the
new SocialMediaBox enables
programme production and
presentation creators to incorporate
comments from multiple social
networking feeds quickly and
efficiently into a single ready-forbroadcast stream. Comments can
be selected and moderated from
a variety of different social media
outlets, integrating sources such
as Facebook and Twitter on a
single feed for broadcasting. This
is extremely useful for live television
shows which produce auxiliaryscreen pages for viewer feedback.
The custom feed can be output
as an RSS feed and used in other
systems, or sent to TitleBox or
another character generator device
for viewing as an integral part of the
programme output.
InB: What can we look forward to
from developments unleashed at
NAB or later this year?
DA: ProductionAirBox is a multichannel versatile media player with
the near-zero latency demanded for
the fast-paced work environment
of broadcast news, sports and live
production. It complements our
NewsRoomBox production system
by allowing practically instant
switchover from one clip to another.
A wide range of file formats and
resolutions can be imported into the
playlist, with up to 16 digital audio
channels to accommodate multichannel multi-language programmes.
Based on multi-channel engine
architecture, ProductionAirBox can
deliver content rapidly in one-shot
mode or from a playlist. Changes
to the playlist can be made even
while on-air. Every clip in the playlist
can be trimmed or repositioned onthe-fly using commands such as
next, jump or shuttle. All changes
are performed seamlessly without
interrupting the current playout
session. Up to four independent
players can be accommodated on
a single server. ProductionAirBox

can be controlled via GPI, VDCP
and Media Object Server (MOS)
protocols.
InB: How do you define a channel?
How do you define a box? And
what are the limitations of CiaB
technology when it comes to
running more than one channel?
DA: A channel is a single output
that has a unique playlist. If a single
channel is needed in both SD and
HD this can still be a single playout
with the addition of AirBox MPO
(Multi Parallel Output). AirBox MPO
enables the running of two or more
outputs so that broadcasters can
easily provide parallel outputs in any
combination needed to deliver the
content. HD SDI, SD SDI (with realtime rescaling) and IP streaming or,
for example, output in H.264 (MPEG4) and MPEG-2 at the same time.
A box is in fact a server with
storage; a single server can playout
multiple channels (10 or more
channels in IP if required). However,
most broadcasters still want a single
server to be a single channel plus
a second server for redundancy.
We have no limitations with our
CiaB technology. We rarely do
customisation because we have
so many workflow applications
that we can usually create a
workflow which suits each client's
requirements. Multiple channels
will usually entail multiple boxes
or servers. PlayBox Technology is
easily scalable to many hundreds
of channels if necessary.

Ibrarn TV - Master Control Room

InB: What will a move toward
software-only solutions and / or
IP I/O entail?
DA: PlayBox Technology has had
software-centric solutions for
many years with IP playout. This
allows cloud playout should that
be required.
InB: What QC capabilities are
offered within CiaB systems?
DA: We produce a dedicated QCBox
which provides automatic quality
control, giving an assessment of
the technical quality of the media
to guarantee successful playout
via an AirBox playout server.
QCBox analyses the relevant
media files in a playlist, folder or
selected files. Basic tests include
checking for correct duration,
continuity, blocking, frozen and
black frames as well as audio tests,
including loudness. All test results
are given to the operator and stored
in a metadata file accompanying
the media file allowing for the
appropriate action to be taken. If
no action is taken, and prior to
the file's subsequent playout, the

PlayBox Technologies' ProductionAirBox offers multichannel media playout

AirBox reads the QC metadata and
can be configured to skip, show
a warning before playing, or play
the file, depending on the quality
results. In addition the audio data
from QCBox can be used for level
control.
InB: How closely do you get
involved in installing the
technology or do you work
with SIs?
DA: We take installation, training
and support very seriously. Although
we normally work in partnership with
experienced systems integrators
and PlayBox Technology trained
dealers, we offer assistance in
installation and on-site or factory
training for the end users. Support
is also important for systems
integrators and dealers, but more
so for the end users. For this reason
we have PlayBox Doctor which
can detect most support problems
instantly. We are also able to log on
to each system remotely and resolve
nearly all faults this way.
InB: Tell us about a key recent
client?
DA: Ibrarn Television recently chose
a PlayBox Technology channelin-a-box platform for its new
broadcast service, transmitting via
satellite from the Libyan capital city,
Tripoli. The project was managed
by system integration specialist
Libirel Communications Limited.
The system enabled Libirel to get
Ibrarn to air quickly with a compact
and fully self-contained solution.
Ibrarn Television operates a 24/7
service so we have installed two
complete systems in main and
redundant configuration. Each
includes a CaptureBox HD ingest
server, TitleBox interactive graphics
generator, ListBox offline programme
scheduler and AirBox automated
playout. Also incorporated is a
SafeBox content replication module
which manages
content sharing
across multiple
d e v i c e s .
Content can
b e s o u rc e d
as files from
a 15 terabyte
n e t w o r k a t t a c h e d
storage server
or live from a
three camera
studio.
InB: Thank you
for taking time
to answer our
questions.


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