Bluebell, Suitcase TV collaborate on IP as HD-SDI replacement

Bluebell Opticom and Suitcase TV are now working closely to extend their respective product lines, particularly in the area of video over IP. The collaboration will see a cooperation on technology and product developments in relation to video over IP, with the first joint products expected to be released formally at IBC2015.

One of the joint products, iphrame Vision, will integrate Bluebell’s stand-alone portable interfacing with Suitcase TV’s IP-based vision mixing solutions. The decision to collaborate comes after Bluebell and Suitcase TV worked together on a recent project utilising IP technology to replace traditional HD-SDI links.

“The project highlighted to both our companies the potential benefits of working with video over IP,” says Paul McCann, managing director of Bluebell Opticom. “Our companies have kept in close communication, recognising that Bluebell’s ingenuity in hardware can be combined with Suitcase TV’s software expertise to create new products that fully address the needs of today’s broadcasters.”

“As a result of our successful partnership, Suitcase TV has developed iphrame Vision, a purely software-based vision mixer capable of handling and mixing signals from traditional SDI/HD-SDI and newer IP links,” adds Ed Calverley, product manager at Suitcase TV. “Being IP-based, this new product can drastically reduce the cost of broadcasting big international events like the next 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. At the same time, it provides an inexpensive means of televising less commercially viable events at high quality.”

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