Miranda highlights multi-channel playout system at NAB
Miranda Technologies will be highlighting a highly cost effective,
multi-channel playout system, based on its new Xchannel playout and branding
processor and Sundance Digital’s Titan automation and will be at NAB in booth
”This tightly integrated system requires less video hardware, and offers high
performance, distributed channel playout with file-based content fed from
central storage”, says Eugene Plawutsky, product manager – playout and
graphics, at Miranda.
‘The advanced graphics capabilities of Xchannel are important because
broadcasters typically don’t want to compromise their channel branding and
promo capabilities when adopting lower cost, IT-based playout.’
A key strength of this integration is the use of standard automation industry
control protocols, and this makes it well suited to extending existing playout
facilities, as well as green field site installations.
”Sundance Digital’s Titan Automation is fully scalable, and offers highly
effective media management with the Xchannel”, says Rick Stora, Product Manager
at Sundance Digital.
”Content is ingested externally and managed by Sundance within the normal
broadcast workflow. Individual media clips are pushed to the Xchannel
playout and branding device intelligently as required by the playlist. The
system knows where the media resides and moves into play as needed.”
The HD/SD Xchannel features a robust 3RU frame, and provides up to 400 hours of
local playout for program content, commercials and interstitials.
Advanced graphics capabilities include a powerful character generator, which is
ideal for complex branding and automated promos. Other graphics features
include multi-level animation and still playout, and a dual channel DVE for
picture-in-picture and squeeze-and-reveal type transitions.
Xchannel also provides A/B video switching with cuts, fades and wipe
transitions, as well as four group audio support (16 embedded channels and up
to 8 AES inputs).
Miranda’s Xmedia Suites graphics and voice-over automation complements the Sundance
Digital playout automation, and allows rapid preparation of channel branding
and promo graphics templates, and it also simplifies data-interfacing and the
playout of complex graphics sequences.