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Cobalt Digital - Enabling
Technology Developments
Chris Shaw, Cobalt Executive Vice President of Sales &
Marketing, in discussion on remote production the latest
developments from the company...
InBroadcast: Can you give us
a brief overview of what we can
expect in the next 6-12 months
within your sector?
Chris Shaw: The virus pandemic has
forced people to find creative ways
to work from home, and this is true
for the TV/Broadcast sector as well.
Former work habits and traditions are
never going to return to the way they
were, even after the pandemic is over.
Broadcasters are questioning the need
for large installations in expensive
ZIP codes when a lot of the work can
be done remotely. So, we can expect
a slew of products aimed at making
that happen. These can either be new
products, or getting creative with
bundles of existing products.
In addition, we expect an uptick in
adoption of ATSC 3.0 technologies,
including HDR.
InB: Can you explain the benefits
in regard to the latest product /
service announcements?
CS: Cobalt is announcing the BBG1300 chassis, which is a portable 1RU
high, 1/3 rack wide enclosure for a
single openGear® card. This is a very
powerful development because it
allows our customers to use any Cobalt
processing card (or, even, any thirdparty openGear® card with a suitable
I/O panel) in an easily portable
format. If you need to send a scaler,
framesync, colour corrector, encoder/
decoder, or any other function to
the field (or even to someone's
home for remote work), you can
just pull the card from your existing
infrastructure, put it in the

Front bezel opens to
access card slots up to 2 openGear®
cards can be inserted into
BBG-1300-FR card area

BBG-1300 enclosure, and deliver it
while still respecting social-distancing
guidelines.
In addition, Cobalt is announcing a
higher density framesync card option
and enhanced HDR support, and a
quad-path 3G/HD/SD framsync+scaler
product.
This will support 3D LUT processing
on all four paths. We will also
introduce a multi-path 3G/HD/
SD variant with support for the
Technicolor ITM and SL-HD processes.
Another noteworthy development
is Cobalt's 9904-UDX-4K processing
card. Producing HDR broadcasts with
a mix of HDR and SDR sources has
never been easier due to Cobalt's
implementation
of
Technicolor's
Intelligent Tone Mapping (ITM)
and SL-HDR technology. With the
9904-UDX-4K SDR can be turned into
HDR dynamically without operator
intervention. Similarly HDR sources
can be fed to SDR trucks or facilities if
the production was shot in SDR.
For distribution of HDR content,
Cobalt leverages Technicolor's SL-HDR
encode to create an SDR signal with
metadata that can be reconstructed
downstream to play the original
HDR signal, or SDR depending on
the capabilities of the TV or set top
box. This allows for a single stream
of transport to support both HDR and
SDR devices. With the 9904-UDX-4KHDR unit, the end-user can select to
use Static, Dynamic, or Intelligent
Dynamic HDR.

Cobalt BBG-1300-FR
openGear® card chassis

Real-time HDR / SDR conversion
with Cobalt's 9904-UDX-4K

InB: What challenges did you
face when designing / launching the
product / services?
CS: Like any vendor, Cobalt
needs to be responsive to
the needs of the market
and nimble enough to provide the
right products at the right time, but
without compromising quality. This
is an ongoing challenge - design the
right solution, launch it at the right
time. And, because of the pandemic,
needs have suddenly changed. Also,
traditional means of presenting the
solutions - such as NAB and IBC - have
gone virtual. While we miss seeing
our customers face-to-face, physical
trade shows limited the amount of
time we could spend with each visitor
since they have to pack numerous
appointments into the space of the
event. The lack of time restraints
associated with Stand visits has
resulted in opportunities for us to
have lengthy in-depth discussions
with customers and conduct detailed
product presentations using virtual
platforms. It's a trade-off, but
we've managed to turn lemons into
lemonade.
InB: Which territories do you
think will show particular interest?
CS: It's difficult to limit interest
in 2110 and 100Gig technology to
specific geographical areas as this
will eventually be adopted across the
world. The need for fast, glitch-less
streaming via such interfaces as RIST
(Real Internet Streaming Transport)
will be vital for all manner of live
events, specifically sports. Remote
capabilities of live events are already
beginning to dominate production

and transmission, where producers,
EVS operators, audio engineers and
even presenters are, out of necessity,
being isolated from one another due to
the current pandemic. REMI broadcast
was always coming, and now its
implementation has been sped up
significantly.
As for ideal markets, this again
will be worldwide for major sporting
events. Not just the Olympics or the
Soccer World Cup, but also regular
weekly sporting transmission to the
consumer. The use of 2110 and 100
Gig technology is still in its infancy
but being expedited and perfected
to meet regular weekly broadcast
transmissions.
InB:
Any
future
product
innovations ahead that you can
discuss?
CS: Stay tuned for some exciting
announcements! Cobalt will be
releasing some remarkable ST-2110
additions to our product line (including
25G interface support), which will
greatly enhance our current offering.
We will also be releasing low latency
and ultra-low latency options for
our 9992 encoder/decoder lines
that will support some of the remote
production applications. And watch
for a 4K linear frame rate converter
option for our 9904-UDX-4K line.
InB: Thank you for taking time to
answer our questions.


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