NAB 2013 - DVS Expands VENICE Product Line

DVS’s versatile Media Production Hub: VENICE

For NAB 2013, Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH (DVS) has extended its VENICE Media Production Hub product line: VENICE Element is a custom-tailored, budget-oriented entry-level solution designed for playout. Thanks to numerous additional innovations, it is now easier for TV studios to create file-based workflows: The new GUI has been tailored even more closely to the needs of live studio operation. With support for AS-11, DVS again demonstrates its ability to rapidly adapt to new standards.

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Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH (DVS) will be presenting the latest enhancements in its VENICE product portfolio on booth SL6316 at NAB. As an entry-level solution, VENICE Element is tailored specifically to meet the needs of live studio operation and playout. In line with this, the GUI has also been further optimized. With support for AS-11, VENICE now offers an additional standardized delivery format so broadcasters can exchange content more easily and significantly accelerate production processes. Users can also manage assorted recording tasks in a simple and straightforward way thanks to the innovative Record Scheduler.

Versatility and ease of integration into existing workflows are at the heart of the Media Production Hub's design: It is available in multiple versions with different chassis sizes, channel numbers and internal storage capacities. The new VENICE Element unites four channels in a 2U chassis for reliable studio and live playout, providing broadcasters with a scalable entry-level solution for automated channel playout. As part of this, the Media Production Hub's GUI has also been optimized and the design made more ergonomic. Users will be impressed by its straightforward operating guidance, which supports them by giving immediate access to all key functions even in hectic live broadcast operations – with their clear displays almost completely ruling out operating errors. By preconfiguring various settings like file formats and resolutions, the extensive feature set can be adapted to suit the particular needs of the different user groups such as operators and administrators.

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In addition, VENICE now supports AS-11 thereby offering a new standardized delivery format for broadcast workflows. As a subset of the MXF file format, AS-11 permits straightforward handling of essence data and metadata resulting in considerably easier content exchange and workflows.

DVS was the world's first company to incorporate the FIMS open communications standard, which has been approved by AMWA (Advanced Media Workflow Association) in the USA and the EBU (European Broadcast Union) in Europe, into a system. The Record Scheduler integrated into VENICE uses the FIMS "Capture" service. This allows easy creation of capture tasks in the Spycer® content control software, thereby providing convenient control of all channels by the network client application. Furthermore, the FIMS "Transform" service is now also supported, enabling third-party systems to utilize VENICE as a transcoder.

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Niklas Fabian, Product Manager at DVS: "With our VENICE Media Production Hub, we offer broadcasters an enormous range of functions in a single system. With its open communication standards and IP-based server-client architecture, VENICE integrates seamlessly into any production environment. Our Media Production Hub's flexibility allows it to be used in a variety of ways oriented on the needs of TV studios – potentially as a traditional video server today, and the central hub in the workflow tomorrow."

About Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH: For more than 25 years, Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH has been very successful in the professional film, video post production and broadcast markets. The specially developed and manufactured hardware and software are applied to the production of popular TV series, Hollywood blockbusters and in Digital Cinema. CLIPSTER® was the first system in the world to make real-time 4K processing possible. The future-proof Media Production Hub VENICE offers a flexible solution for modern, file-based workflows in broadcast environments.

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