New Compact, Multiformat HD Video Server for Small-Scale Broadcast Operations
"The feature set at this price point is remarkable, which is a boon for smaller broadcasters with fewer resources because it can save time on the production side and money on the operations side," said JJ Parker, CEO of Tightrope Media Systems. "For example, multiformat playout saves users time because they can go from edit to air without any transcoding. At the same time, back-to-back playout saves money for the facilities because they don't need extra servers or server outputs. One server output equals one channel out."
The Cablecast SXHD LE video server plays all common video formats, including MPEG-2, WMV, H.264, AVI, DVCPRO HD, and ProRes, with no transcoding required, and it encodes MPEG-2, DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO HD, and ProRes formats up to 220 Mbps in the full 4:2:2 profile. Besides having built-in support for all of those formats, the SXHD LE plays video files back-to-back on the same output. Channel branding is made easier with video overlay features such as a station bug, bug text, and crawls with both foreground and background images, possibly eliminating the need for a downstream key. The server also automatically downconverts HD files to SD for playout on an SD channel, and upconverts SD to HD for playout on an HD channel.
As with all Cablecast video servers, the SXHD LE comes with Cablecast station automation and scheduling software, which allows users to "write once, publish everywhere." They simply enter the program information into the system one time and then drag programs onto the schedule, and Cablecast automatically publishes the schedule to the channel, the website, TV Guide's format, and station programming reports. Cablecast also automates file conversion for Web-based video on demand.
The SXHD LE is a lower-cost alternative to Tightrope's Cablecast SX2HD server in a smaller footprint. It is capable of standing alone, or it can control a Tightrope Carousel player through built-in software. The Carousel player automatically shows the program schedule and promotes upcoming shows throughout the day, and also serves as a community bulletin board for campus, shipboard, and community announcements.
The Cablecast SXHD LE video server will be available in the third quarter for $14,995.
Founded in 1997 and trusted by thousands of users worldwide, Tightrope Media Systems offers turnkey solutions for the digital signage and broadcast markets. Tightrope's award-winning digital signage solution, Carousel, is a complete hardware and software solution for installations ranging from one display to thousands. Using an intuitive, Web-based interface, Carousel simplifies the creation, management, and delivery of content. The ZEPLAY instant replay platform for sports delivers slow-motion replays that have seen action on hundreds of hours of live production in the field. Finally, the industry-leading Cablecast product delivers complete automation for TV stations. With the all-in-one Cablecast system, users can easily manage and automate their operations directly from a Web browser.