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InMedia

Broadcast Playout
Made Easy
By Pavlin Rahnev, CEO, PlayBox Neo

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odern industry is awash
with acronyms, not least the
broadcast media business. One of the
most instructive is KISS (Keep It Simple
Stupid), attributed to Kelly Johnson
while serving as an aircraft engineer
with Lockheed Martin. Excessive
complexity in aviation can be fatal. In
broadcasting, an operational gaff can
result in a transmission feed being
temporarily disrupted. No loss of life
but potential impact on revenue and on
an operator's career.
Our role as a company is to make the
entire process of channel branding,
scheduling and playout stress-free
and reliable, round the clock, year
after year. My aim in this article is to
provide a practical guide to the AirBox
Neo-20 system and some of its options
which successfully power a very large
number of TV channels and playout
service providers around the world.

Know your platform
The KISS principle became more
relevant than ever in the 1980s with
the adoption of automated playout
using robotic tape cart machines.
Disk-based servers were the logically
preferable medium but two decades
were to elapse before magnetic hard
disk drives achieved the duration and
affordability necessary to become
practical for this role.
PlayBox was one of the first
companies
to
develop
affordable
and
efficient
software allowing fully automated broadcast playout via
the Windows PC platform.
Early PCs varied widely in
specification so we soon
learnt to play safe by offering
a complete system running on
a broadcast-optimised server,
the original AirBox which we
have refined over the years.
That approach ensures that
our support team can model
any queried issue on the
precise server configuration
each customer was using.

Know your UI
The AirBox Neo-20 UI conforms to
four key objectives.
1:	 It is easy to learn.
2:	 It displays all the information
		 required for an operator to
		 focus on the task in hand
		 without distraction.
3:	 Related features can be accessed
		 quickly, if or when needed,
		 via a logical menu structure.
4.	 Last but not least, it employs
		 the robust browser-based
		 architecture allowing safe
		 and easy control via any
		 secure IP network.
When a PlayBox Neo system is
supplied to a first-time customer,
training is typically offered in person
or online. Covid lockdown restrictions
have made online tuition more usual
since early 2020, not least because
trainees can sign in from home if
necessary. The training process
includes a guided tour of the UI pages
for the software modules relevant
to that installation, showing how
programmes and interstitials are
checked before being added to the
schedule.
AirBox Neo-20 control window
Figure 1 shows the main AirBox Neo20 control window, a familiar sight
to thousands of broadcast playout

operators around the world. The
display has a low-glare style allowing
easy viewing throughout a long
working shift.
The playback controls allow prescheduled programme and clip files
to be viewed at any point along their
timeline. New files can be sourced
from attached central storage and
added to the schedule. Icons are used
to conserve space, each chosen for
high visibility and easy familiarisation.
Detailed information relevant to the
task in hand is clearly displayed in and
around the playlist grid. The grid itself
shows the start time, duration, type,
category, title and location of each clip
file plus supplementary information
such as talent names.
Playlists can be created manually
by drag-and-dropping files straight
into the grid. Colour coding is used
to indicate, for example, which clip is
currently being previewed. Settings
such as transitions between clips can
be set via clearly structured tabs which
give access to relevant properties such
as transition type and duration.
Operators can access a very wide
range of parameters quickly and
easily from the main control window.
Confidence comes from experience
but any excursion beyond routine
functions can be checked via the Help
link in the menu just below the top title
bar.

TitleBox Neo-20
TitleBox Neo-20 provides a full
range of text and graphic creation
and editing tools. Our design objective
from the outset was to allow creative
channel branding to be performed
quickly and easily, either freeform or
based on preconstructed templates to
ensure conformance with a channelspecific or programme-specific style.
You can call up tools for still picture
creation, 2D and 3D title composition,
vertical text roll, horizontal text
crawl, analog or digital clock creation,
graphic animation, audio object
creation, primary shape creation, chat
roll creation.
Detailed properties for each function
can be viewed by pressing the Property
tools button, displaying for example
the dynamic speed properties of a roll/
crawl object or the size, location and
transparency of clock.
TitleBox Neo-20 goes beyond the
KISS mindset by allowing a very high
level of freeform creativity if or when
required. Whether template-based or
newly developed, simple or complex,
objects created in TitleBox Neo-20 can
be added to a project-specific schedule
and assigned start and/or stop dates,
duration with the relevant day plus
related commands such as loop-until.
Graphics can also be integrated into
a 'slide-show' presentation style with
easy control of image durations,
display order and transitions.
Supplementary sources such
as weather graphics, RSS
feeds and national emergency
alerts can also be accessed
and controlled easily.
Capture Suite
One of the most recent
additions to the PlayBox Neo
series, Capture Suite allows
users to control multiple
ingest channels and multiple
servers.
Figure 1 - AirBox Neo
control window


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