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InSTUDIO
Squaring Up To Channel Technology Cont.
Tom Gittins
PBS Director of
Sales Pebble Beach
Systems

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"...We foreseeof
growing use
private cloud
systems in the area
of linear playout

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intervention."
New configurations and channel
counts for the self-contained
Stingray channel in a box, can be
expected at NAB. "This leverages
Pebble Beach Systems' technology
to deliver a full HD ingest and
playout solution for all channel
types," says Gittins. "Including
complex reactive channels which
feature late-breaking changes and
dynamic schedules."
With new and redundant
configurations available for
systems of up to six channels,
Stingray deploys the technology
which underpins the Marina
automation and Dolphin integrated
channel platforms.
Prior to each Stingray being
shipped Pebble Beach works with
the customer or SI to establish their
exact configuration requirements, so
that each unit can be delivered as
a pre-built and pre-tested unit for
quick on site integration. "We also
request test video and graphics files
to enable pre-loading and testing,"
adds Gittins.
Pixel Power: While CiAB appears
to be such an all-encompassing
notion it really isn't just one thing.
For different people solutions
need to achieve different things.
The challenge as a manufacturer
is to understand how much
functionality to integrate with
a CiaB system whether that's
loudness management, subtitling,
widescreen signalling or more.
Indeed, it's also a challenge for the
customer in terms of understanding
their business, where the growth is
and whether CiAB technologies can
assist in that growth.
Pixel Power is at NAB to
showcase how it helps today's
forward-thinking broadcasters
to collapse their production and
delivery chain to fewer systems and,
through automation and simplified
workflows, use less equipment to
make the most of digital channels
and second screen opportunities.
"We will also show clients how
they can reduce their CAPEX and
the ongoing burden of equipment
depreciation," explains James

Gilbert, CEO and Co-Founder.
"We will achieve this through
demonstrations of solutions
for purely IT-oriented file-based
workflows, usage-based OnDemand
graphics power, multi-function CiaB
systems and graphics systems."
Pixel Power works as closely with
SIs as possible but Gilbert notes a
key trend is the changing role of
the manufacturer when it comes to
project management. "We are now
involved in projects at a much earlier
stage - not always of course, but
increasingly so," he informs. "We
become involved in understanding
the business challenge, working
through that challenge to understand
the technological route forwards.
This is how we work with our clients.
Rather than them looking at a black
box and identifying a list of features,
the relationship goes way beyond
that. We are helping customers
improve key areas of their media
delivery business."

James Gilbert,
Pixel Power

"...We are helping
customers improve
key areas of their
media delivery
business

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A key recent client for the
company is French broadcaster
TV5 Monde. It launched multiple
thematic channels - including a
new children's channel - using
ChannelMaster. The key driver was
to produce a flexible and scalable
channel launch model including a
tightly integrated production and
playout solution, allowing a faster
time to air.
Snell: Now under the ownership
of fellow veteran Made in Britain
brand, Quantel, Snell is taking
time at NAB to preview the next

implementation of its On Demand
software framework. On Demand
allows processing applications to
be run on different target platforms
rather than specific hardware, from
generic server CPUs to cloud hosted
virtual machines. The first product
launched on the framework was
Alchemist On Demand, a format
and standards converter. The next
development will be ICE On Demand.
This will provide fully featured
broadcast channel features such
as video server, master control,
graphics and captioning.
According to Karl Mehring, Senior
Product Manager, TV Everywhere,
a move toward software-only
solutions will allow new services to
be quickly brought online by creating
new instances of virtual machines.
Flexible cost models such as 'pay per
use' type licensing will allow costs
to be moved from capex to opex,
providing better alignment of costs
to the revenues services generate.
Many CiaB systems don't include
QC because it is seen as an upstream
process. Snell's approach is to take
material that needs to be checked to
ensure it does not cause a decoder
failure when it comes to playout.
For this reason it uses a validation
service to play in faster than realtime as soon as material arrives into
the system to allow rogue material
to be quarantined and operational
staff to be alerted to this exception. It
also checks the loaded schedule and
alarm on media errors for problems
such as incorrect material start
points, missing captions or subtitles,
missing audio files and so on.
Among recent customers is
Commonwealth Public Broadcasting
Corporation, owner of three public
TV stations in Virginia. It added two
new ICE CiaB systems to the ICE
units that have been playing out its
channels since 2009.
Tools On Air: Defining a channel
is easy in the TOA world: one video
layer in broadcast quality with up
to seven real-time graphic layers.
Defining a box is a little more
difficult. The TOA Broadcast Suite
can run two channels ingest SD on

just:control - ToolsOnAir's newest software product

one MacMini and a single channel
playout on one MacMini. So there
you have two boxes.
"The MacMini box can be installed
in a Sonnet RackMount and you
can put as many of these as you
want in your rack," explains Bruce
Straight, TOA, Sales. "Eight channels
ingest and four channels play out?
Not a problem you're just going to
need a big box. The beauty of it is,
because of our distributed software
module you can control as many of
these channels as you want from an
unlimited number of clients.
Professional broadcast has unique
storage requirements with speed
and security just starting points. Low
latency, file-level access, extreme
consistent bandwidth, and easy
scalability are also mandatory,"
argues Straight. "As file size
grows with increases in broadcast
resolution, getting your output
where you want it, when you need
it, becomes exponentially more
complex. That's why we've seen
great focus for solutions like our
flow:rage servers."

Bruce Straight,
TOA, Sales

"...Professional
broadcast has
unique storage
requirements

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At NAB, Tools on Air, is unleashing
version 1.7 of multi-channel ingest
product just:in, and v1.8 of the
just:play 24/7 automated playout
solution. New features in just:in
version 1.8 include: an improved
software installer to further ease
the installation process and a log
analyser tool to inspect log files
in real-time. Hardware support
has been extended to include the
Blackmagic Design Ultra Studio
Mini Monitor, Ultra Studio 4K and
ATEM Production switchers as well
as routers from Evertz supporting
the Quartz protocol and the eBox
from JLCooper.
Additionally, v1.8 of just:play
introduces a separate event track
for router/GPI control elements,
freeing one FX layer for additional
graphics templates and enabling
audio volume and aspect ratio
changes while airing a clip.
Australian digitisation house
DamSmart, ToolsOnAir completed
an archiving project featuring the
just:in ingest engine controlled by
a custom-built interface based on
just:control.


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