Software-defined virtualised IP channel

Orca is Pebble Beach Systems’ software-defined virtualised IP channel solution. Ideally suited to meet the needs of centralcast hubs, service providers, multi-channel operators, sports broadcasters and corporates, Orca enables you to deploy IP-based channels almost instantly, without the burden of racks of complicated hardware, and weeks or months of setup and provisioning, and with no need to compromise your production values.

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The Evolution to IP-based Services

Broadcast businesses are increasingly looking to evolve IP-based services alongside more traditional delivery methods. Hosting technology within generic data centres delivers service agility and saves cost, enabling the operator to be situated remotely in a standard office environment with all the cost savings that delivers.

Configurability and Flexibility

As a software-only virtual implementation of Pebble’s Dolphin integrated channel device, Orca’s software-defined channels are configurable to meet the exact requirements of each service. Dolphin and Orca share the same underlying architecture and operate under the control of the company’s flagship Marina automation system, making it easy to mirror channel templates for simultaneous playout to traditional SDI as well as IP video distribution.

Rapid and Straightforward Channel Launches

Running in a virtual machine (VM) in a private or public cloud with IP inputs and outputs, Orca delivers all the functionality previously handled by discrete hardware servers, graphics and captioning systems within a pure software environment. New IP channels can be created from a series of templates at the touch of a button, and quickly deployed into a running system without having to restart or make configuration changes. 

Orca was awarded ‘Best of Show’ by TV Technology at NAB 2016.

Key Features

  • Leverages full power of Marina automation’s flexible playlist
  • Capable of handling dynamic changes to schedules
  • Offers full validation of media and playout elements
  • Comprehensive graphics functionality (2D or optional 3D)
  • Complex audio management
  • Uses optional Grid GPU for high efficiency H.264 encoding & advanced graphics
  • Hypervisors supported include Xen/Citrix, VMWare
  • Flexible IP inputs and outputs; supports MPEG2-TS and SMPTE 2022-6

Key Benefits

  • Enables migration to an IP and virtualised environment without compromising your channel design or playout operations
  • Delivers cost savings by isolating the operator from the technology, as Marina operators can be located within a standard office environment rather than a purpose-built broadcast facility
  • Makes the launch and decommissioning of temporary event-based channels cost-effective
  • Offers a proven solution with multi-channel deployments
  • Meets the exact requirements of each service thanks to its highly configurable architecture
  • Enhances your service agility thanks to its speed of deployment

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    Enterprise level automation for powerful multi-channel delivery

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    Marina Lite

    World class automation at an entry level price

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    Software-defined integrated channel in a flexible automation environment

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    Software-defined virtualised IP channel

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    Self-contained channel in a box
    for all channel types