Sunday, June 4, 2023

Magna Showcases IP Production and Cloud-Based Solutions at Broadcast Asia 2023

At Broadcast Asia 2023 Magna Systems & Engineering will be demonstrating the very latest in IP production and cloud-based solutions on Booth 6C1-01.

These products and solutions include:

IP Production

EVS Infrastructure – Cerebrum and Neuron (IP Control and Gateway)

As a complete Broadcast Control System (BCS), Cerebrum gives you control over your most critical broadcast operations. Accessible via one application, the system’s powerful and highly customisable interfaces allow you to control, configure and monitor any broadcast environment the way you want. Cerebrum is designed to be robust in both small to large infrastructures and adapted for SDI and IP, offering you a scalable solution that is ready for todays and tomorrow’s operations.

Neuron Network Attached Processor – The “modular glue” for IP infrastructures, capable of doing all audio and video processing still required in the IP world. Built to fit in any existing and future IP broadcast infrastructure, the Neuron platform offers the most powerful processing capabilities in the industry. Neuron can accommodate a wide range of audio & video processing needs in IP environments and bridges the gap between SDI and any type of IP media streams, protecting your investments today for future demands.

Nevion – VideoIPath SDN Orchestration: If you are looking to control your complete media network and orchestrate the services running on it and are wondering how to make optimum use of resources, be it bandwidth, equipment or functionality then Nevion’s VideoIPath is your answer. Nevion VideoIPath is a convergent media orchestration platform, which combines network orchestration (including SDN) and broadcast control.

TAG VS – MCM-9000 IP Multiviewer with MCS. This software-only IP-multiviewer combines sophisticated technology with simple operation for a multiviewer and monitoring solution that supports multiple formats, including compressed, uncompressed and OTT—all on the same platform. The solution automatically scans networks, detects services, and utilises simple drag and drop configuration capabilities for a totally customisable visual mosaic that’s viewable from anywhere, including mobile devices.

The implementation of uncompressed SMPTE 2110-10 output results in superior picture quality at the mosaic output. Outputs from the monitored services also feature rich data overlays that serve as a strong tool for real-time error detection and alerts.

Capable of receiving large quantities of uncompressed sources and displaying them on the same screen, the MCM-9000 can create and display more “tiles”, thus reducing the number of monitors and interface devices required resulting in greater hardware efficiency. The versatile and flexible solution adapts to the changing needs of the user without changing equipment, providing substantial cost savings and allowing the facility to keep ahead of the curve as technology evolves. Also, as the software and licenses remain the same as hardware is replaced, costs are minimised over the product’s lifespan.

TAG VS’ Media Control System (MCS) enables virtually infinite scale across any deployment scenario and puts big data into your hands, enabling tight integration of your media monitoring with open-source software, DevOps tools and AI/ML to achieve deep insight and knowledge about the performance of your media business.

With MCS providing a centrally controlled and managed architecture, all aspects of system operation are in one place for easy user interaction and third-party integration, and robust system resiliency is enabled. The full power of TAGs probing and monitoring are unleashed by the rich feature set of the MCS which brings the system to a new level of capability in functionality and opportunity for rich application customisation.

Providius – Broadcast Media Guard (BMG) Media Stream Analysis: BMG acquires, decodes, and analyses a wide variety of IP media flows. Media analysis is critical as it enables the measurement and monitoring of the quality and integrity of IP media. This is crucial for ensuring that the delivered content is of the highest possible quality and is free of errors or disruptions. Acquire, decode and analyse a wide variety of media flows uncompressed and compressed across multiple high-capacity IP interfaces concurrently. BMG is indispensable and reliable software for engineering, operations and system integration.

Cloud Solutions – Cloud streaming at scale

Synamedia – Quortex Play: Quortex Play provides Just-In-Time Cloud Streaming At Scale so delivering your live streams to millions has never been so easy, so targeted and so efficient.

By using the right technologies to make the cloud the most efficient way to deliver your content you can operate hundreds of streams in a breeze from a central location, manage your teams, use the API and operate on the go with our modern web.

Quortex Play scales with your business and leverages a full Pay As You Go model so you can create new live streams in a matter of seconds and only pay for success.

You can be close to your viewers and ingest your streams from anywhere globally. Quortex Play will always ensure we deploy the workflow as closely as possible from your sources to ensure the perfect Quality of Experience.

Quortex Play’s best-in-class delivery network ensures smooth access throughout the world with low latencies at a single price.

You can play by your own rules, contextualise the video experience and define who can watch what, on which device and where. Streaming is all about moving to a user-centric experience, where you precisely control what your subscribers can watch.

Set working schedules, target specific devices or countries, unleash your imagination and pay only for what your subscribers watch on an API-centric platform.

You can also launch channels, reconfigure them on the fly, gather analytics, schedule shutdowns, get billing information. You own it and of course, it comes at no extra cost

Quortex Play has Actionable Analytics because data matters. The world is overwhelmed with data so Quortex Play picks the bits that matter.

You can also troubleshoot your streams, measure the success of your service, filter or sort by country, user, device and fine tune your service accordingly and it’s all included as costs are calculated from your actual usage, without any monthly or annual commitment and Quortex Play includes automatic volume discounts.

Chyron LIVE – Cloud Production: Chyron LIVE is an end-to-end, cloud-native live video production platform. From anywhere with an internet connection, and via the convenience of a simple web-browser, users can access the Chyron LIVE platform to cut/mix live sources, adjust audio levels across all feeds, play out PRIME-quality graphic packages, create unlimited multimedia playlists and produce live replays with telestration. LIVE’s interface is easy-to-operate via complete touchscreen control, traditional computer mouse-and-click, or even from external control devices.

Chyron LIVE takes the PRIME Platform’s production switcher, real-time motion graphics, clip playout, and audio mixer modules – and makes them available in a web-accessible all-in-one production environment. Cut and dissolve between video sources, overlay Chyron-grade CG graphics, play your clip packages, and get the right audio levels in the mix.

The true magic of a top-tier sports production happens in replay. With Chyron LIVE, you can comb through your camera footage, clip off a replay clip, add dynamic telestration elements to highlight the crucial elements of the play, and add it to a playlist for highlight reel playout.

Chyron LIVE’s interface simplifies all elements into an intuitive point-and-click (or touch) interface that is easy for any operator to manage. For fast-paced shows, Chyron LIVE will maintain real-time state across multiple connected users for effortless collaboration with a remote crew. With the LIVE 1.3 update, the new Matchpad module provides a control panel for effortless playout of a multi-layered soccer graphics package.

LIVE makes Chyron-grade productions available to all content creators through a cloud-native architecture. With a basic laptop or tablet, and a standard internet connection, anyone can produce a broadcast-quality show on demand. With pay-by-production-hour options, you can wield the power of a six-figure control room in the palm of your hand – for a sliver of the cost.

Telestream – DIVA Content Management and Archive and Kumulate: DIVA Content Management provides you with asset lifecycle management for media content, providing you with reliability and adaptability over all storage environments and enabling teams to adapt to new technologies.

DIVA software makes it easy for your organisation to manage all your digital content across all of your broadcast, production and archive operations, and across multiple locations.

There is also easy Scalable Access with media content uploaded into content repository accessible from multiple applications/devices throughout network. Integrates with all standard media platforms.

Also, Content Protection & Preservation with automated systems for verifying content and activity-log monitoring and Virtual Private Network (VPN) access.

Kumulate Video Storage Management for Content Creators transforms how you manage video assets

Kumulate keeps your video storage costs low, giving you the greatest value from your assets. Kumulate ensures your video content is always where you need it, when you need it, in the right format, at the right price.

Video creation and video views are skyrocketing – pushing the boundaries of how we store content. Kumulate focuses on simple and cost-effective management of your video assets, freeing you to focus on creating amazing content that unleashes your business potential.

IP core infrastructure solutions

Magna will be demonstrating solutions from arkona, the technology provider for the most advanced and premium live broadcast productions in the world. arkona are at the leading edge of live IP technology with their software suite of live production apps under the BLADE//runner brand.

Designed for the modern broadcast facility where agility and scalability are essential, the BLADE//runner suite provides a highly flexible and modular core infrastructure for Tier-1 live broadcast productions. BLADE//runner provides a wide variety of tools for professional productions, including audio/video routing, compression, processing, and visualisation, with open standards support and an API 1st approach. API 1st allows for a high degree of flexibility centred around user specific workflows. BLADE//runner is also controllable through NMOS IS-04/-05.

The latest BLADE//runner 2.2 includes the new JXS application that extends the capability of the AT300, arkona’s latest generation Programmable Acceleration Card (PAC), with JPEG-XS. The JXS app is a great feature expansion of the BLADE//runner ecosystem for customers with a need for low latency high quality compression. In addition to JPEG-XS the new JXS app is also capable of handling ST2110-20/30/40 and 2022-6 uncompressed routing and processing.

Software service-based tier-1 live production infrastructure

Manifold Cloud is an on-demand configurable pool of shared resources allocated within a private cloud environment. Simply put, Manifold Cloud is designed to provide “The benefits of cloud, for Tier-1 live production.” Manifold Cloud is also a 100% software solution which runs on COTS FPGA accelerators.

Designed for Tier-1 clients Manifold Cloud is capable of handling the most demanding live sports, entertainment and news productions while at the same time providing the benefits of scalability, resiliency, quick deployment and unified control.

The capacity and performance of Manifold Cloud scales linearly depending on how much compute is allocated and utilises COTS FPGA accelerators which takes advantage of the fast development cycles of chip and server manufacturers while at the same time lowering the capex investment required.

IP Secure Video and Data distribution

Caton Technology – IP Secure Video and Data distribution: Caton Technology has pioneered a better, faster and more secure way to transport broadcast-quality video and large files over any IP network. In setting out to positively disrupt, Caton created technology that delivers incredible value and quality to our customers.

Caton solutions empower businesses across industries to do their job better: whether that’s broadcasting live media to the world in UHD, sharing large files securely across a global network of offices, or anything in between.

Whether you’re broadcasting news, cinema, eSports or variety shows, one thing is certain: today’s viewers expect only the best quality media experience and they have every right to, after all the biggest entertainment companies in the world are now competing with grassroots content creators armed with nothing more than their phone and a creative vision.

To captivate the hearts and minds of their viewers, broadcasters need technology that ticks all the right boxes: cost-effective, secure, easy to manage, and capable of delivering HD and UHD video to a global audience.

Caton Transport Protocols (CTP) comprise of our IP transmission technologies that assures stability, quality, and security for video, media and other data transmissions. With over 30 in-built algorithms, CTP leverages machine and deep learning approaches that work to smooth and mitigate network challenges. This is coupled with our patented dynamic error corrections to recover from data loss.

Professional 4K Wireless Video Link

The ABonAir AB4000 wireless video link system is an award-winner in Hardware Infrastructure. This remarkable system is the most feature-rich for both HD and 4K wireless video links for professional broadcasters and cinema productions. It is a highly professional, dual-purpose system that can be easily transformed from a transmitting mode to a receiving one. It relies on lightweight and easy-to-use units that make it a perfect choice for any broadcaster.

Based on ABonAir’s renowned technology used by tier 1 broadcasters and sports production teams over 12 years, the AB4000 includes unique features that no other system has.

The AB4000 utilises a wireless optimised H.265 CODEC that ensures a broadcast-level picture quality. In addition to these, ABonAir’s bi-directional radio technology between Transmitter and Receiver allows steady, robust, uninterrupted, and highly accurate video links as each and every pixel are acknowledged by the receiver.

Additional features such as full HDR support, Tally light, CCU and PTZ, Lens control (L-bus), Loop through and Integrated Intercom using the same RF channel, make the AB4000 system the most comprehensive solution one can find.

With a coverage range of 300m / 1000 feet and more, the intuitive setup, the three mount options (Hot Shoe, Gold Mount, V-Lock), as well as the easy configuration of the AB4000, make it an ideal system for every professional video production and monitoring at any location.

The AB4000 is suitable for:

  • Sports – closed arenas as well as small/medium-sized open arenas
  • Studios – reality show productions
  • News – OB Vans, DSNG and DENG vans
  • Live events – stadium concerts and street events
  • Religion – Houses of Worship live broadcasts
  • Monitoring – movie and commercial productions

Anticipate streaming issues by monitoring the entire video delivery chain – linear TV, IPTV, OTT

Enensys TestTree StreamProbe: The StreamProbe solution provides a centralised overview of the Service Availability and Video Quality throughout all the strategic stages of the media processing & delivery flow, by 24/7 monitoring.

Ideal for all TV Service Providers & Network Operators – linear Broadcast TV, IPTV, Cable TV, Satellite TV, OTT, VOD, nPVR – Transport Contribution & Distribution and Service Platform Providers, looking to ensure the best End-User Quality of Experience all while optimising OPEX.

However, the media delivery chain is complex, with a variety of stakeholders looking to achieve the best quality possible – beginning with the content’s creation, going to the several distribution head-ends for processing & packaging before the actual delivery to the end consumers – under the form of linear Broadcast TV, DTH, IPTV, Live OTT or VOD streaming services (Advertisement VOD / Transactional VOD / Subscription VOD, Catch-up/Replay TV, DVR).

Ensuring an end-to-end service quality goes through a complete monitoring system deployed on these strategic delivery points: to check the quality at the source – quality on the contractual handover points for SLA responsibility – and quality during the complex video processing stages, down to the delivery to the end consumers.

With the objective to prevent & detect issues before your customers do – optimise your maintenance operation by quickly troubleshooting & identifying the source of problems – and last but not least, provide you with the necessary quality reports to prove your SLA commitments.

Applications include:

  • Service oriented end-to-end Availability (QoS) and Quality (QoE) assurance
  • Increase uptime by detecting issues before your customers do
    By 24/7 real-time supervision & alerting
  • Optimise daily operation & maintenance
    Drill down analysis, on-error proof recording
  • Quality Reports generation for SLA commitments
  • Compliancy 24/7 recording
  • Secure Ad Insertion revenues by 24/7 control of all SCTE-35 triggers

Benefits include:

  • One single comprehensive & easy to use web GUI to manage a wide variety of Streams & Services such as Studio, contribution, encoding, packaging, live/VOD, ad insertion, multiplexing, broadcast transport signalling.
  • Ready for future Services diversification
  • Fast training of operational teams to work with a single tool
  • All Services Quality view at-a-glance: Live Thumbnail Mosaic Wall
  • Powerful NBI/API for 3rd Party NMS integration for Orchestration
  • Pay as you grow with flexible licensing & deployment architecture
    High Density full SW solution installed on-prem bare-metal / virtualised, cloud AWS

For more information on all of the products and solutions Magna is demonstrating at Broadcast Asia 2023, and to book a personalised demonstration at the show, please contact Magna Systems & Engineering Director of Asia Sales, Patrick So, on +65 6282 3613 or at PSo@magnasys.tv

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