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How to Make the Right
Choice of Production Server
Igor Vitiorets, CTO at slomo.tv, considers the factors
influencing the choice of production servers in the
new economic situation...

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t is no secret that the current
economic situation and the
consequences of the pandemic have
significantly affected video production
and sports broadcasting. Restrictions
have led to the cancellation of almost
all sporting and entertainment events.
It became impossible to organise a fullfledged TV production workflow which
led to significant cuts in the budgets of
events and television companies.
In this situation to minimise costs TV
companies are forced to change the
technological production processes.
This process has different aspects:
remote
production,
outsourcing,
cloud technologies, flexible personnel
management, reducing TCO for the
equipment in use.
In purchasing TV production
equipment, the ratio of price to
opportunities and quality becomes
a deciding factor not only for
performance of current tasks, but
also for the future. The Total Cost of
Ownership (TCO) is calculated based
on many aspects, in addition to the
purchase price: equipment lifecycle,
maintenance costs and the labour
costs for its operation plus a number
of hidden costs. These include,
for example, the costs of training
personnel to operate the equipment
and logistics costs.
"Throughout
our
company's
existence, we have always taken all
these aspects into account when
creating our servers. We understand
that a multi-channel recording and

replay server is an important part
of any OB Van, Flight Case studio
or Video Control Room and we do
not want the server to be the most
expensive component," says Michael
Gilman, CEO at slomo.tv.
Principles First
More powerful, more reliable,
lighter, more compact, multifunctional,
cheaper and easier to operate - are the
principles on which slomo.tv engineers
rely when developing or upgrading
equipment.
When
assessing
the
costeffectiveness of recording and replay
servers, it is worth to pay attention to
the manufacturer's technological level.
Why does it matter? As a rule, TV
companies rarely buy equipment for a
particular project, they expect to use it
in many different ones.
Different projects have different
server requirements. And it may turn
out that the server, which is ideal for
sports broadcasting of mini-football
(replays), is not suitable for working
on the reality show "Big Brother"
(recording into growing files and input
channels delay for censoring).
The presence in the company's
portfolio of a large set of technologies
allows it to make remotely upgradable
equipment. In this case, the user pays
only for the functionality required at
the time of purchase. From this point
of view software defined servers have
advantages over hardware driven
servers.

It is also worth understanding that
overall high technological level of the
manufacturer usually guarantees that
the low-end servers will have most of
the technological solutions present in
the top servers. How do you quickly
assess the technological level of server
manufacturer?
Wide Feature Range
Slomo.tv believes that a high level
manufacturer should provide for its
recording and replay servers a wide
range of features, including: support
of 4K/3G/HD; networking (transfer
clips/playlists
between
servers);
SSM cameras support; huge number
of server recorded channels; native
support for ProRes DNxHD, XDCAM50,
AVC-INTRA, DVCProHD and XAVC
codecs; recording of NLE native files
without export and transcoding;
recording of LoRes Proxy; support of
multiple workplaces on one server.
And the longer this list is, the
more technologically advanced the
manufacturer is.
Slomo.tv uses all the necessary
competences even when making
budget servers. This is why slomo.
tv can deliver broadcast-grade
equipment as an excellent alternative
to expensive solutions.
Slomo.tv Servers
For more than 3 years slomo.tv has
been producing and upgrading the
budget series of Arrow servers focused
on sports broadcasts and recording of
various shows. Starting at €21,000,
Arrow-III server provides replays
from 7 cameras when working in HD
(7Rec+7Search+2Play+FX). It supports
3G signals in 6Rec+6Search+2Play+FX
mode. For recording into NLE native
files Arrow III supports up to 8 HD
video channels with ProRes, DNxHD,
and XDCAM50 codecs.
Recording can be made on standard
3.5" SATA hard drives installed in 3
built-in racks, or via 10GbE to NAS.
Growing files technology is also
supported. The server can work with

Super Slow Motion cameras and be
used for video-refereeing (VAR).
All this makes Arrow III with its
networking capabilities an easily
scalable production workhorse.
For those who need a powerful,
compact and mobile solution, there are
1U Simple R servers. The top server
in this series, Simple RIII, supports
recording of up to 12 HD input signals
in replay mode, which goes beyond
capabilities of other manufacturers.
The server provides two workplaces in
6Rec+6Search+2Play+FX mode.
For 4K/UHD video production slomo.
tv has created a truly affordable
4K replay server Fulcrum AT/12G.
Despite the budget price of €50,000,
it provides 4Rec+4Search+2Play+FX
when working with UHD. In 3G/
HD mode the server works with
7Rec+7Search+2Play+FX channels.
The top server Dominator AT/12G
provides record-breaking performance
and allows working with six 4K or
14 3G input signals at a price from
€70,000.
Both systems have huge recording
for NLE capabilities and are equipped
with built-in hot-swappable ToolLess/
TrayLess racks for standard 3.5" HDDs.
Premium Performance
To sum it up, slomo.tv servers
provide premium performance in
the broadcast equipment class at
the cost many times less than the
servers of other manufacturers. This
allows the user not only to use them
for new projects and solutions, but
also to bring them into the existing
infrastructure by purchasing several
slomo.tv servers instead of one
competitor's server, which is necessary
to expand the project.


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