Laboratory conducted by Carlos Lapuente
The delivery and consumption of media has changed dramatically in recent years with access to VOD, Youtube, Live Streaming services, and content delivered through Social Media in addition to traditional broadcast. To keep up with this demand for fast moving live event coverage some new tools have become available, providing a different approach to live production workflows.
To record multi-cam and ISO during Live events, and to give content creators access to media in real time we are taking a look at Bluefish444’s IngeSTore Server 3G. We will be putting it through it’s paces and providing a review of the features and its relevance to live production today.
In this laboratory, we will be analysing the high-definition video capture server system, IngeSTore Server 3G, that comes integrated with IngeSTore software and equipped with the Epoch | 4K Supernova S+ EX capture card, created and developed by Bluefish444.
Bluefish444 is a worldwide company founded in 1998, with headquarters in North Melbourne, Australia, with a long history in the professional video industry. Bluefish444 is the manufacturer of the highest quality uncompressed video I/O cards with 4K SDI, ASI, Video Over IP and HDMI for Windows, MacOS and Linux operating systems. Their video cards are not only used in traditional broadcast and post-production, but also in emerging workflows such as live events, immersive graphics, augmented reality and video over IP.
LET’ S GET TO KNOW THE SYSTEM
For this laboratory test, we had a demo system provided by Bluefish444, which consists of a 3RU rackmount ingest server with an installed Epoch | 4K Supernova S+ EX capture/playback card and IngeSTore software. Bluefish444 package the three together as a turnkey appliance called IngeSTore Server 3G.
The Epoch | 4K Supernova S + EX card is the world’s first SDI video card with bi-directional BNCs offering, multi-channel HD SDI IO and 4K capture or playback. Each two-way video connector can capture or playback 3G, 2K, HD and SD SDI video, providing unmatched flexibility and power to its IngeSTore video application.
With capacity for up to four independent channels and simultaneous 3G/HD/SD-SDI input or output channels with 12-bit processing, it also features a fifth BNC for SDI monitor output, AES audio IO, an analogue audio output, RS-422 control, LTC I/O and a dedicated BNC Genlock.
All Bluefish444 video cards are Thunderbolt compatible and work with free Bluefish444 applications such as IngeSTore (capture application) and Symmetry (DI acquisition, review and playout software).
Bluefish444 has developed the IngeSTore software as a complementary multi-channel ingest tool. The software allows the Bluefish444 hardware to capture multiple independent format SDI sources simultaneously. It captures video to uncompressed QuickTime, AVI and DVCPRO50/HD codecs for free.
IngeSTore can also be used seamlessly with the popular Avid Media Composer nonlinear editing software and Adobe Premiere Pro CC, to provide a simultaneous capture and output solution with Bluefish444’s supported hardware and firmware modes. This means that, for the first time, we will be able to capture a video while editing it in the NLE software. It saves time and costs for teams that have to generate content with very little time on their hands, such as teams based in mobile units, news teams, field teams, etc.
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