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Aveco Features Integrated On-Premises & Cloud Playout Management with ASTRA MCR

Coming off of its win of the 2019 IBC Innovation Award for Content Everywhere with the ETV Bharat massive news automation project – which includes 24 studios and 24 full time news channels for live and on-demand mobile viewership – Aveco’s customer base keeps expanding with new solutions installed in Asia, the Americas and Europe.

For master control on-premises and cloud-based hybrid playout, Aveco has teamed up with Harmonic for integration of Harmonic’s VOS 360 dedicated end-to-end video cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform. Aveco’s automation solution, ASTRA MCR, manages hybrid on-premises and cloud-based playout using a single user interface for local, remote and cloud playout, enabling users to easily manage on-air operations in multiple locations.

The ability to control both on-premises and cloud-based playout functions from a single easy-to-use user interface brings new capabilities to broadcasters and media organisations who desire the best of both worlds. While all aspects of playout can be on-premises or in the cloud, Aveco’s ASTRA playout control provides users a choice for optimum utilisation of their assets.

For example, users can deploy playout and automation on-premises, while the remainder of channel operations – including encoding, encryption and statistical multiplexing – can take place in the cloud. Customers can pick which operations happen where, based on their business model and services desired by their viewers.

Another example is where broadcasters use their on-premises playout for their main TV channels, while using the cloud for disaster recovery, for temporary channels and for niche/low cost channels.

Aveco is extending its Redwood family of integrated playout devices for ingest, clip playout, graphics insertion, master control switching with DVEs, subtitling, independent branding of simultaneous channels and many other broadcast features. Redwood is a result of the combined technologies of Harmonic’s video delivery infrastructure solutions and Aveco’s robust, industry-standard automation system.

Redwood GREEN is an integrated playout device and multipurpose video engine with integrated IP and SDI interfaces, graphics, DVE effects, to-from live switching, ingest, and supports formats up to 4K UHD HDR for end video delivery – for applications where quality and reliability are paramount.

Redwood GREEN’s hardware and software are both modular and scalable to deliver the right feature set. Further providing a complete IP workflow using the industry standards SMPTE ST 2022-6 and ST 2110, together with the SDI interfaces, means streamlined delivery of professional content in today’s hybrid world where the adoption of IP to the existing SDI infrastructures is in progress.

For price-sensitive operations, the Redwood WHITE video engine is designed for cost-effective playout and integrated channel origination emphasising the best price-performance ratio as well as studio and MCR-oriented graphics engines. Redwood WHITE provides users with a platform for clip playout, multilayer graphics insertion including DVE, live switching and many other broadcast features.

By combining Aveco’s automation system with the open-sourced Redwood WHITE, you can take advantage of the best broadcast technologies, even with limited financial resources.

Designed to run on COTS hardware, Redwood WHITE is deliverable as an Aveco turnkey solution or as a software-only solution with hardware locally provided.

Redwood WHITE is fully integrated with Aveco’s ASTRA automation products including ASTRA Studio, ASTRA MCR and ASTRA MAM, providing cost efficiency and a high performance solution.


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