Scalable multi-channel playout environment with true M:N redundancy management & ALTO Content Library archive for central storage
Traditional playout automation has software controlling multiple third-party devices. The economics and technical need for this complex approach are challenged by “channel-in-a-box” solutions that replace expensive bespoke units with powerful software operating on industry-standard IT hardware fitted with high-quality video cards.
Broadstream has been at the forefront of this move, delivering software playout with proven high quality and reliability for single or multi-channel operations. Its flagship product, OASYS Player, provides a playout of live and pre-recorded content from a single IT server fitted with a Matrox video card, complete with a richly featured, broadcast-quality branding and graphics display management toolkit. The OASYS solution is scalable from a single-channel to a multi-channel playout with true M:N redundancy management.
OASYS uses the ALTO archive as the central shared storage between OASYS Player servers. The OASYS Media Library indexes all the content stored on the ALTO, creating a metadata XML for each media file. OASYS Media Manager manages the movement of media files to the OASYS Player servers as demanded by each channel’s schedule.
High-Quality Playout and Graphics
SD /HD playout with logos, lower thirds, smooth tickers, and scrolls, squeezes, and up to 4 picture-in-picture.
Scalable Multi-Channel Playout
Direct control of multiple-channel servers with multi-channel monitoring and As- Broadcast Logging.
True M:N Redundancy Management
Dynamically manage channel redundancy with 1:1, M:1, and/or M:N configurations with channel prioritization.
Flexible Playout Solutions
Simulcast SD and HD, multiple channels in a box, time-delayed playout, local content insertion, and more.
“The playout environment needs a reliable and cost-effective central storage for the OASYS Player servers to access for their channel’s content”, says Alan Hoggarth, CEO of DAC.
“ALTO provides OASYS with the functionality and performance demanded.”
Scalable Playout Architecture
Each OASYS Player operates on a single standard IT server, fitted with a Matrox video card, to create a broadcast server. The OASYS software provided on each machine is feature-rich, with all the functionality needed to run a single-channel linear playout in a standalone configuration reliably. OASYS Player and other OASYS software components form a scalable, flexible multi-channel playout environment. OASYS Redundancy Manager provides true M:N management, OASYS Multi-Channel Monitor provides single UI monitoring of multiple channels, and OASYS Logger provides collated As-Broadcast Logs for each channel.
Flexible for Any Playout Application
OASYS Player provides a high-quality, frame-accurate SD or HD playout of primary and secondary video, audio, and real-time graphics following schedules imported from third-party traffic systems and/or created in OASYS Scheduler, with comprehensive live monitoring and control. Playout can include SD and HD content in the same schedule with automatic up/down conversion, channel branding, smooth tickers and scrolls, squeeze backs, up to 4 picture-in- pictures, and subtitles (open, closed, or DVB). Further options include SD/HD simulcast, multiple channels in one box, time delay playout, and local content insertion.