PlayBox Neo announced the completion of an expansion of the playout system at the headquarters of the US public broadcaster WLVT – PBS39 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
This is the second phase of a project started in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Andrea Cummis, Chief Technology Officer, WLVT – PBS39 said, “Phase 1 met our need for a reliable and easy-to-use core playout system that replaces older third-party servers.
“The focus was on the installation and commissioning of a three-channel AirBox Neo for the master control, a ProductionAirBox Neo for live news and live production as well as two CaptureBox Neo channels as the basis for a comprehensive upgrade of our media processing and delivery system.”
The phase 2 system expansion adds a second ProductionAirBox Neo and two additional channels of the CaptureBox Neo.
Cummis added, “Our old clip player died so we replaced it with the ProductionAirBox Neo and had it installed and working on a live show that same day. It is used for a number of tasks, including pasting our evening news program into our main HD channel every night at 6:30 am. ”
Cummis also said the production team found the system intuitive to use, and put the creative tools right where and when they need them.
The engineers were also impressed by the structure of the system, the software integration and the future-proof expandability.
Van Duke, Director of Operations, PlayBox Neo USA, said, “The Phase 2 system expansion at WLVT – PBS39 is a great example of scaling broadcast playout to meet the growing demands of this very talented production team.”
ProductionAirBox Neo provides content playout for news, live shows, studio screens and video walls, live production broadcasts, and other places where video / audio content needs to be displayed.
For live productions, any necessary changes to the playlist can be made during the on-air session. Any clip in the playlist can be trimmed or repositioned.
The playout position can be changed on-the-fly with commands such as Next, Jump or Shuttle. Such changes are made seamlessly without stopping the current playout session.
A server can be configured with up to four independent players. Each player has independent playlist and playout controls. All four SDI interfaces can be used as program or preview outputs. Single-channel or multi-channel user interfaces are available to optimize operation.
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