Latest enhancements simplify cloud-based branding and automated playout on any scale from a single channel to a global network
Accompanying image shows examples of the PlayBox Neo graphic user interface.
PlayBox Neo heads to Dubai in May for CABSAT 2022, the largest broadcast trade show in the Middle East. Taking center stage on Stand C5-21 will be the latest enhancements to Cloud2TV.
Available on a SaaS subscription, Cloud2TV is a complete broadcast-quality UHD/HD/SD playout system which can be integrated onsite or operated fully remotely. Supporting any desired number of television channels in any location, it includes all the resources required for pre-transmission program scheduling, commercials management, graphic branding, promo preparation, clip editing, play-to-air and online streaming.
"Cloud2TV is a fully established and industry-proven solution, now in its third year of refinement," comments PlayBox Neo CEO Pavlin Rahnev. "Designed for standalone operation or to extend both the scale and functionality of server-based systems such as our AirBox Neo-20, it is available on a budget-friendly subscription basis and offers many advantages over traditional modes of operation. Cloud2TV allows new transmission services to be launched at very short notice, ranging from event-specific projects such as sports tournaments to permanent channels. Playout staff retain the full freedom to update schedules or switch to live feeds for late-breaking news."
Cloud2TV is configurable for terrestrial, satellite or CDN-based playout under full IP control. It also forms a robust platform for secure media asset management, accessible by authorized operators anywhere in the world. Specific applications are assigned to content ingest, graphic editing, media browsing with metadata handling and clip trimming, quality control and verification, transcoding, playlist management and audit logging. These can be closely coordinated to support the workflow of an entire TV channel.
Also making their CABSAT debut will be the Capture Suite network-based multi-channel ingest solution, the newly enhanced Multi Playout Manager (MPM) and the latest-generation AirBox Neo-20 series playout system.
Capture Suite is designed to handle the ingest workflow of television networks, postproduction facilities and playout service providers. Operators gain the ability to control multiple ingest channels across multiple servers. Functions such as input selection, ingest presets, file-naming rules, assignments and auto-transfer can be performed quickly and easily from a single web user interface. Features include a multiviewer with black-frame and frozen-frame alarms plus loudness audio level monitoring as well as manual, scheduled and compliance ingest modes with automated input switching. Content can be edited while ingesting. MXF and TS files being ingested are available for immediate playout via AirBox Neo-20 automation without having to wait for the ingest process to complete.
Multi Playout Manager (MPM) broadcast playout monitoring and control system allows multiple AirBox Neo-20 channels to be operated via IP from any network-connected location. Latest-generation enhancements include an updated user interface and integrated playout preview. Optimized performance combined with fully integrated playout preview makes remote control and monitoring easier than ever. At MPM's front end is a revised user interface designed to match the UIs across the entire PlayBox Neo series. An integral editor can be used to create future playlists. MPM also provides support for custom metadata from AirBox Neo-20 and includes a library module for fast access to MAM. Media files can be drag-and-dropped from library to playlist or processed into multiple folders with custom metadata settings such as category and folder color.
An automated streaming and broadcast playout system, AirBox Neo-20 is designed to make TV content creation and management easy and stress-free. Playlist scheduling can be performed weeks ahead of actual transmission, media files finessed, rescheduled or integrated with live production, and playlists configured for 24/7 automated operation. Delivery across multiple time zones in multiple languages is supported. AirBox Neo-20 enhancements include GPU acceleration to achieve fast file decoding. Input/output configuration can be performed using a web-based resource monitor connected via a secure link. Automatic alerts warn operators of absent or frozen video feeds via a multiviewer. Picture-in-picture digital video effects creation and real-time loudness compliance are also provided.