Pro-Bel Morpheus ICE tightens automation/master control bonds
Pro-Bel will launch Morpheus ICE
(Integrated Content Engine) at NAB, a standalone automation and master
control system that the company says delivers in a single 3RU box what would otherwise take
several products from several manufacturers to achieve.
Based on the company’s globally successful Morpheus automation and
playout technology – including its renowned Media Ball approach to
secondary event management – Morpheus ICE provides everything
broadcasters need for single channel playout and by linking ICE units
together, a multichannel environment. As it’s fully compatible with
existing file formats ICE is also perfect for adding cost-effective
channel backup, preview or regional opt-out management to existing
“ICE also has the ability to handle unpredictable events where the
lengths of the breaks vary, which is of course a key requirement in the
modern broadcast environment. Another advantage of being part of the
Morpheus family is that additional Media Management facilities can be
added as and when required,” explains Howard Twine, Morpheus Product
ICE supports a wide range of SD and HD video file formats removing the
transcode bottleneck. It also features at least 1 Terabyte of internal
RAID storage – plus, connection to external Network Attached Storage.
This internal capacity equates to at least 100 hours of DV25, devoted
to caching media for playout.
A fully featured mixer is included, using Pro-Bel’s years of master
control expertise. This includes four external video inputs for live
sources as well as allowing the system to perform fades, mixes and
wipes from internal sources. In addition ICE can control an external
Pro-Bel router for further source selection, and manages audio
voiceovers using either embedded audio or the 16 discrete AES/EBU audio
inputs. ICE can import and store graphical material (logos/bugs) and
layer them onto the output stream, it can also integrate with external
third-party graphics devices.
“ICE is a logical progression for Pro-Bel and provides the ideal
channel playout solution or redundant backup while offering an easy and
affordable expansion route. Because of the breadth and depth of
expertise we are able to cover all the key bases without compromising
the technology or the price,” adds Graham Pitman, CEO, Pro-Bel.