Quantel to enter sports highlights market with IBC launch of LiveTouch system
LiveTouch will be launched at IBC. Introduced in a whisper suite at NAB and now ready for roll out in Amsterdam, LiveTouch is a scalable studio highlights system comprising a new server, software client, panel and middleware that links clients with content across a server cluster. Quantel executives say the launch of LiveTouch comes in response to specific requests from broadcasters for a credible alternative vendor to enter the sports/news highlights market sector.
The LiveTouch panel is purpose-designed to make highlights selection simple and robust. The product is easily reconfigured to support different productions across several studios as required. Uniquely, says Quantel, LiveTouch offers bidirectional editor integration direct into the server cluster, speeding operations and simplifying system design.
“Our R&D engineers have been hard at work delivering the developments our customers are asking for,” said Quantel marketing director Steve Owen (pictured). “Across the Quantel and Snell booths you can see useful new products that are available today and see a path to a more efficient, more integrated and more creative future. It’s the complete picture,” he said.
At IBC Enterprise sQ production systems will receive a raft of editor improvements, as well as a new eight port version of sQ Record that saves space in crowded galleries and machine rooms. There’s support for XAVC media across the system in both automated and manual workflows and new support for 4K media.
Also new is Fileflow 2 which adds more flexibility, easier IT integration and a faster workflow to Enterprise sQ file i/o. Key improvements are roles-based user accounts making it easier to manage the system, new security features such as folder-based credentials, and FTP client support making it easier to integrate into large IT systems. There’s also a new web-based drag and drop interface which makes it easy for files to be sent to different destinations direct from the editor.
QTube is all about helping broadcasters create great content more quickly using relevant media no matter where it is located, and get it to air, web, mobile or tablet wherever it is required. IBC highlights will include a new browser-based InterSite workflow that makes it easier than ever before to add InterSite operations to Enterprise sQ systems.
In the post production arena, Genetic Engineering 2 is making its European debut at IBC. GE2 is Quantel’s shared storage solution for Pablo Rio colour and finishing system users. GE2 already proved itself as the 4K production hub at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, producing 4K 60p highlights packages for worldwide distribution by Sony as well as working on the official FIFA 4K World Cup film promos. There will be guest presentations on the IBC stand demonstrating the World Cup 4K production workflow featuring some 4K footage from the event.
Complementing the IP routing demo on the Snell booth, Quantel will be showing IP-based production using revolutionQ to record and edit live IP streams. Together Quantel and Snell are showing a complete vision for the IP-based facility of the future.