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BROADCAST TECHNOLOGY

Dejero PathWay and Dejero WayPoint enable broadcasters to deliver outstanding live picture quality, even in limited bandwidth environments

Dejero, an innovator in blending IP networks for video transport and Internet connectivity while mobile or in remote locations, has announced the addition of two new products to support HEVC (H.265) encoding and decoding. Dejero PathWay and Dejero WayPoint enable the use of HEVC video compression in support of remote and mobile broadcasting, a feature that is particularly relevant to on-location teams working with limited bandwidth.

“We’re leveraging the efficiencies of HEVC while applying novel techniques such as real-time adaptive bitrate control and our unique auto-transport technology where resolution can be changed on the fly, within the transmission,” said Bill Nardi, VP broadcast integration and global support at Dejero. “Using HEVC, Dejero can enable video transmission with as little bandwidth as 1 Mb/s, or even less, and still deliver good picture quality.”

The first two products to support Dejero’s HEVC technology are the Dejero PathWay rack-mounted encoder/transmitter, and the Dejero WayPoint receiver.

The 1U PathWay is designed for installation in vehicles or fixed locations. It’s available in two different configurations: an Ethernet configuration that includes two Ethernet ports for satellite (Ku- and Ka-band, BGAN) or wired IP network (LAN/WAN) connectivity; and an Ethernet and cellular configuration offering up to six cellular connections.

PathWay supports both HEVC and AVC (H.264) encoding, providing automatic detection and immediate backwards compatibility with existing or legacy AVC-based Dejero receivers. The encoder/transmitter, which contains internal Wi-Fi, is also compatible with the recently launched Dejero CellSat blended cellular and satellite solution.

WayPoint is a four output 1U receiver, that supports HEVC decodes to SDI or IP (MPEG-TS over IP) playout workflows. It also supports AVC decoding of feeds from legacy transmitters. It comes with dual redundant power supplies and data redundant RAID storage capabilities.

“By supporting HEVC compression, we can further enhance picture quality when broadcasting with limited bandwidth and deliver a better viewer experience,” concluded Nardi.

Both PathWay and WayPoint can be managed centrally from Dejero Control, the company’s cloud-based management system that is accessible from a browser.

Avid announced that MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Center) Group has implemented a comprehensive Avid newsroom solution for its new facility in Dubai Studio City.

The new MBC studios at Dubai Studio City feature Avid MediaCentral® | UX, making it easier to create, collaborate, manage, and deliver a wider range of content faster, and putting the story at the center of all planning and delivery. Powered by MediaCentral, the industry’s most open, tightly integrated and efficient platform designed for media, MBC has also extended its use of Avid MediaCentral | Newsroom Management and Avid Media Composer®, ensuring seamless production and efficient editing in production and post. The addition of Avid MediaCentral | Distribute® also facilitates multi-channel delivery by creating and transmitting content in a streamlined workflow accessible by all.

“Extending MBC’s production capabilities with Avid was an easy decision for us in terms of cost, delivery, and future workflow,” says Raed Bacho, Broadcast Manager at MBC Group. “Investment in the MediaCentral Platform provides us with a more scalable, secure, and flexible production and delivery environment, meaning we can enhance production to provide our customers the very best TV experience.”

Considered the largest TV broadcaster in the Arab world, with 20 stations including MBC Drama and the Al Arabiya News Channel, MBC Group has always relied on Avid solutions when implementing operational upgrades to its news management and production, storage, asset management, and ingest and playout operations. The media giant expanded its studio portfolio with this new facility to meet customer and client demand. The facility will be used for programming for MBC’s satellite network, primarily MBC1 and MBC3, and online portals.

MBC’s latest Avid workflow complements MBC’s facilities at its headquarters in Dubai Media City and mirrors the operation already in place at their well-established HQ. The new cutting-edge Avid solution is designed to maximize efficiencies by boosting collaborative and efficient delivery across the entire MBC network, regardless of geographical challenges. The new operation enables a centralized workflow powered by Avid MediaCentral | Asset Management and Avid MediaCentral | Deliver which allows the entire archive library to remain at the HQ while managing and transferring assets between the sites.

The Deltacast portfolio of developers SDI interfaces cards includes a family of products hosting a hardware linear keyer.

Deltacast widens its offer with the addition of new models and new features.

New hardware keyer cards are :

- Delta-3G-elp-2key-d 22 : this two-input, two-output 3G SDI card hosts two completely independent hardware keyers that can even work on separate genlock references, allowing the implementation of two independent processing pipes on a single card. This product also hosts bypass relays on every RX-TX channels couple.

- Delta-3G-elp-2key-d 44 : this four-input, four-output 3G SDI card also hosts two completely independent hardware keyers that can work on separate genlock references, allowing even more complex video processing scenarios! This product also hosts bypass relays on every RX-TX channels couple.

Besides these two new products, DELTACAST also revamped its portfolio so that all keyer cards now include bypass relays, to offer a safe failover in the case of power outage or application crash.

PlayBox Technology demonstrated the future-proof flexibility of its Neo and CloudAir solutions at IBC Amsterdam mid September and NAB New York mid October.

“People tend to think of technology as progressing in a straight line with each new development making its predecessors obsolete,” says PlayBox Technology President Don Ash. “On that basis, printed paper, radio, cine film, television and more recently the internet might each have replaced each other. In reality, new technical developments create new branches of opportunity. For the broadcast industry that means greater choice in the way content can be funded, delivered and viewed.

“Our role is to design and deliver products that give existing and potential customers the freedom to work in whichever way they see as best matching their own business strategies. Some channels like to own and operate their playout and channel branding infrastructure. Others prefer to upload their content to a 24/7 service-provider and control scheduling from a local desktop computer via a secure IP link. Many broadcasters see virtual playout as a way to reduce the cost of programme production and delivery. Virtual playout is technically very elegant. Our CloudAir offering frees channel proprietors from the need to possess, operate and maintain their own hardware. The savings in space and staff overheads can be substantial, especially for a channel located in the centre of a major city.

“Content producers are investing strongly in UHD to maximise the long-term value of their programmes,” adds PlayBox Technology’s US Director of Operations Van Duke. “If our customers choose to deliver in UHD, PlayBox Neo allow them to handle UHD, HD or SD from a single server. “Some broadcasters and playout companies prefer a combination of the two modes of working. We can supply our Neo and SaaS-basedCloudAir platforms individually or as a hybrid.”

Latest addition to the Neo product series is PlayBox Neo TS Time Delay, a 1U IP-based delay server for single or multichannel time zone shift and disaster-recovery applications. A typical Neo TS Time Delay configuration includes zero-delay pass-through for a broadcaster’s home-region time zone plus any desired delay ranging from seconds to weeks for a unicast MPEG transport stream. The same unit can simultaneously process a multicast MPEG transport stream with its own playout time settings. A third channel is then available to carry auxiliary data such as UDP. Like all elements of the PlayBox Technology Neo product series, Neo TS Time Delay can operate as a single-unit or be twinned for use in main and backup modes. All operating parameters are easily adjusted via an integral web-based user interface, including channel-specific time delay in 15 second increments. New workflow features for other modules in the Neo series include the ability to integrate ProductionAirBox Neo closely with the Associated Press ENPS news production system via MOS gateway. SocialMediaBox Neo gains a new Facebook API implementation with the ability to re-use archived feeds and the display of ‘likes’ for each post.

Among new CloudAir features introduced this year were a transcoder capable of handling multiple file wrappers and formats including MPEG PS/TS, MXF, QT, AVI, MP4, GXF, MPG2, H.264, ProRes, DNX HD and MJPEG. Also being introduced are an enhanced graphics editor template preparation interface, improved playlist editing, advanced playlist export to EPGs and automated linking of stored assets.