Playout operators benefit from instantaneous confidence monitoring of IP Video streams
Weybridge, UK and Broomfield, CO., USA, September 7th, 2017 – Pebble Beach Systems, a leading automation, content management and integrated channel specialist, today announced its integration with the NDI® IP video standard. Pebble’s integration was focused on removing objectionable monitoring delays that can be inherent to real-time video over IP virtualised workflows, and it has adopted NDI® technology to provide low-latency confidence monitoring for its virtualised Orca software-defined integrated channel solution. This development increases Orca’s suitability for the playout of high value live, reactive channels and latency-sensitive applications. Operators can now view a confidence preview without the delays incurred by having to manage uncompressed video.
NDI® provides a low-latency, light-weight, frame accurate video protocol, giving Pebble’s customers less than one frame of delay when confidence monitoring channel-in-a-box (Ciab) or virtualised playout systems over an IP network.
“If an operator is rolling a commercial break on top of a live feed, it gives them instantaneous feedback that the commercial break has actually started, the moment they press the button,” said Ian Cockett, CTO of Pebble Beach Systems. “When switching between live sources they can immediately see that they’ve made the correct selection, whereas monitoring an H.264 compressed output can mean a delay of 5 or 6 seconds before they see a picture change, which is far from ideal.”
This new development removes the classic objection from operators that require instantaneous feedback when switching live events. Using NDI® as a point to point link over a TCP/IP network can deliver full quality 1080p video. However, that quality might require a 100Mb connection. For simply previewing video in the control room, a reliable confidence monitor feed can be obtained over a much smaller, 10Mb connection, greatly reducing the costs for real-time monitoring. Multiple preview streams can be enabled to simulate traditional preview and program monitors.
“A clip-based channel, complete with sophisticated graphics, can easily be put in the cloud and simply turned on,” says Cockett. “The real challenge has always been with fast-turnaround, live sports and events that require manual intervention. Previously, it’s been difficult for those workflows to adopt virtualised or CiaB technology monitored over IP because of the immediacy that operators expect. We’re happy to announce that it’s no longer the issue it once was.”
NDI® is a registered trademark of NewTek, Inc.
About Pebble Beach Systems
Pebble Beach Systems is a world leader in automation, channel in a box, integrated and virtualised playout technology, with scalable products designed for highly efficient multichannel transmission as well as complex news and sports television. Installed in more than 70 countries and with proven systems ranging from single up to over 150 channels in operation, Pebble Beach Systems offers open, flexible systems, which encompass ingest and playout automation, and complex file-based workflows. The company trades in the US as Pebble Broadcast Systems.
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