BVE Preview – Part Two

BVE logoMomentum behind the UK’s own major tradeshow, the Broadcast Video Expo, continues to grow. Here are the latest batch of manufacturer previews for the event, which takes place at Earl’s Court 2 on Feb 14 – 16.

Chyron will demonstrate BlueNet, a system that addresses broadcasters’ requirements for streamlined end-to-end graphics workflows. BlueNet leverages Chyron’s suite of graphics tools for ordering and graphics asset management, collaborative graphics creation, and real-time playout, and also features integration with Axis World Graphics, Chyron’s cloud-based services offering.

“BlueNet minimizes the cycle time from creation to air, ensuring very fast news and sports workflows,” says the company. “Order management tools allow producer-driven content to move smoothly into a rundown, and management tools and easily accessible templates enable instant and efficient collaboration in preparing graphics. “

Also on show is Chyron’s newly enhanced Channel Box², a next-gen channel branding system that features 2D/3D design with a complete data acquisition toolset for all branding applications. Built on Chyron’s Lyric technology, new Channel Box² software (v. 4.5) introduces a playlist sequencer that allows single traffic log events to play out multiple Channel Box² scenes. By automating these processes and reducing the operator workload, Channel Box² streamlines the workflow and saves the broadcaster valuable time in creating quality broadcast graphics.

TSL attends BVE London following major successes in 2011, including completion of some of the largest and most complex projects in the UK, Middle East and beyond. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the company has recently completed such high-profile projects as Phases 1 and 2 of the broadcast infrastructure at MediaCityUK, TVNZ’s new file-based workflow and media asset management system, as well as multiple fibre-based HD studios at the University of Salford.

Active Storage will have its mMedia platform on show, a complete end-to-end workflow storage solution for both post and broadcast production. The mMedia platform centers around an enhanced ActiveSAN high- performance metadata controller appliance, and adds two new products, mRAID and mVault. “Together mMedia is more than a collection of components; it’s a complete media creation storage platform for storing and managing content from ingest to archive,” says the company.

Axon will be showing live presentations and demonstrations from the range of Cortex monitoring and control software, Synapse modular interfaces (including routing and multiview) and compliance recording system TRACS2. The Synapse system, for modular interfacing and conversion, continues to grow. AXON will introduce two new modules at the show: the HNS400 is a HD and SD SDI VBI/VANC inserter with composite and SDI inputs and an HD, SD SDI outputs. VBI (for example Teletext) or VANC (OP47) information present in the composite or SDI signal can be transcoded and inserted into the main HD or SD SDI signal. The HNS400 can insert lines from both composite and SDI domain into lines in the SDI domain. Also new is the HSI12 a standalone card that can insert or decode X31 cues into or from the vertical blanking. The card will decode the cues and pass the status to GPI.

Recently introduced is the SynCross modular router line, which is also part of the Synapse system and fits in the same form factor as other Synapse modules. SynCross is capable of switching 3Gb/s, HD and SD SDI signals, as well as compressed domain signals such as ASI/DVB and SSI/SMPTE-310.

Lastly, for this preview piece at least, for the first time in the UK, Pixel Power will be exhibiting its integrated playout technology ChannelMaster. ChannelMaster incorporates all the functionality to deliver a channel to air but with playout capabilities that make channel-in-a-box an exciting choice for broadcasters across the region, and integrates storage, graphics, DVE, audio, subtitling, master control, live feed and long-form video playout within a single dedicated hardware platform.


“One of the key benefits of this technology is no automation lock-in,” says the company. “ChannelMaster can integrate with many automation and MAM systems by way of an open XML protocol or legacy industry standard protocols providing a level of flexibility not always previously seen. Alternatively it can be controlled by Pixel Power’s new Gallium scheduling, asset management and automation solution.”

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