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InMedia

Playout 2020 Trends
Contributing Editor Andy Stout
examines the current state of
playout technology...

W

hile 2020 so far is off the scale
in terms of business challenges,
PlayBox Neo had the sort of previous
year that you hope could see a company
weather most storms, even a pandemic.
Demand for both its Channel-in-a-Box
(CiaB) and software-based playout
solutions was strong, and it says that
it first reached and then surpassed
18,5000 total unit deliveries (indeed,
last year the company celebrated the
20th anniversary of the first sale of its
landmark AirBox CiaB solution).
The PlayBox Neo Channel-in-a-Box
system today comes complete with
a dedicated server in a choice of 3RU
and 1RU sizes. Each installation can
be configured from a range of Neoseries software modules and optional
accessories, allowing features such
as content scheduling, promos,
commercials, graphics preparation
and subtitling to all be handled under
fully automated control. UHD, HD
and SD are all fully supported. The
Cloud2TV solution it debuted last
year, meanwhile, ticks the boxes for
those looking for an opex route to
playout, and offers a new transcoder,
an optimised UI in Graphic Editor, and
a useful Playlist editor's weekly and
monthly view alongside secondary
event placements. SaaS pricing is
described as competitive.
Back at NAB2019, Mediakind won
the inaugural NAB Product of the Year
awards in the playout category for
its new PRISMA. This gives both TV
service providers and broadcasters
access to real-time broadcast schedule
ingest from the playout automation
system, not to mention the ability to

PRISMA Core - Bridging the gap
between Programmers & MVPDs

frame-accurately identify different
placement opportunities such as ad
breaks and ad spots or any other
program boundaries. It's a good
example of the way the industry is
converging on multiple fronts and
how the previously regimented and
siloed workflows boundaries
are becoming increasingly
osmotic.
While
not
strictly
playout either, its latest
announcement,
Aquila
Broadcast, does more of
the same sort of thing;
Amagi state-of-the-art monitoring
combining a range of the company's
facility in New Dehli
consumer delivery products (including
Also mentioning numbers recently
MK Encoding Live, MK Stream
Processing and nCompass Control) to is Amagi, which has set up a stateenable broadcasters to undertake a of-the-art monitoring facility in New
seamless, step-by-step transition from Delhi capable of looking after 1000
appliance-based platforms to all-IP channels. The company is resolutely
cloud-first and, with technologies such
media delivery.
Proof that there is definitely life as its CLOUDPORT cloud-based channel
in the managed playout sector, Red playout platform at its disposal, has
Bee has recently taken over playout recently accelerated past the 250
operations for BBC Persian and Arabic channel management milestone and
TV news channels, which reach 16 is bullish about the future. "We expect
million Persian speakers and 33 million to add the next 250 to 500 channels at
Arabic speakers respectively each a much faster pace," commented coweek. It probably wasn't the easiest founder and CEO, Baskar Subramania.
transition that the company has even Hence the new facility...
Integration has been on the menu
been involved in, coming as it did at
the height of the Covid-19 restrictions; during the past year for Pebble Beach,
cooperation of project teams had to which has folded in technology from
be done remotely and operation staff both Vizrt and Adobe into its own
were all practicing social distancing offerings. A Viz Engine plug-in has
within their respective control been added into its Dolphin and Orca
integrated playout solutions that
galleries.
Red Bee manages around 500 linear uses the GPU, which not only speeds
channel worldwide and maintaining up workflow but means that it is no
that through the pandemic restrictions longer necessary to pass video signals
cannot have been an easy process. between disparate devices. This not
Nevertheless, the way it has split its only reduces network bandwidth
services into fully-managed, to cope within the cloud it also reduces the
with all that a broadcaster can throw amount of hardware required to run a
at it including last minute
content; modular 'thematic'
playout with a rate-carded
menu and a range of addons; and a user-operated
service that it hosts and is
aimed at clients running
pre-recorded
loops,
segments the market nicely
Red Bee has taken over playout operations for
BBC Persian and Arabic TV news channels
and positions it well for the future.

Success: PlayBox Neo Airbox

Pebble Beach has folded in technology
from both Vizrt and Adobe

channel whilst providing a full graphics
workflow.
The Adobe After Effects integration
with
Dolphin
(under
Marina
automation control) includes a plugin
and pre-render workflow, which
allows for the automatic rendering
of After Effects templates before
delivering them straight to playout.
This is another good workflow tweak,
removing the need to convert Adobe
graphics into vendor-specific formats
(sometimes a lot of them too) and
giving designers the creative freedom
to use any of AE's features for on-air
graphics.
An After Effects project is converted
into a pre-render template via the
plugin before the designer selects
which parts of their project will be
'dynamic'. These dynamic elements
are then subsequently populated by
content from the Marina playlist at
render time, allowing the relevant text,
video, images, and / or audio to be
inserted.
Integration is also in play at
Harmonic which has partnered with
Aveco on simplifying the deployment
of hybrid on-prem and cloud workflows
for playout by bringing them into
a
single
interface.
Harmonic's
VOS-360 channel origination and
Spectrum X media servers provide
the infrastructure and management
capabilities necessary to deliver
playout of scheduled and live content;
Aveco's ASTRA MCR system lets
operators manage on-air operations


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