Grass Valley continues to help customers deliver more compelling content at low-cost entry points with the latest addition to its portfolio, Playout Xpress. This new solution enables playout customers to adapt to rapidly changing audience trends in a quick and easy way through a system that is powerful enough to handle the most demanding channel requirements. With Playout Xpress, broadcasters and rights holders can quickly originate more content, across more pop-up feeds and social media, without the overhead of complex and lengthy installation projects. GV Playout Xpress was built to be deployable, by the customer, within a day.
Playout Xpress, the latest addition to Grass Valley’s market-leading playout product portfolio, is a simple, onsite, pre-commissioned system that allows the end user to define their specific requirements. It supports up to four channels of playout. With a powerful and reliable feature set, the new solution provides customers with a resilient automation system that can cope with the complex demands of playout at a competitive entry point. A feature-rich integrated playout system, Playout Xpress can help lead to more business flexibility and faster revenue generation by reducing the complexities of deployment projects.
Karl Mehring, senior commercial director, playout for Grass Valley, commented, “In today’s dynamically shifting media market, customers need to engage with global audiences that can no longer be reached through one or two platforms. Playout is crucial to enabling customers to spin services up and down quickly in the most cost efficient way possible. Our portfolio of playout solutions is designed to support everything from high density, enterprise-level applications to cloud-native systems that meet the needs of temporary pop up channels, and we are excited to launch Playout Xpress to further expand our offering.”
In April, Lawo debuted HOME, an innovative management platform for IP based media infrastructures. HOME is natively built on a cloud-ready microservices architecture, enabling users to connect, manage and secure networked production setups from the ground up. Furthermore, it provides centralized access and control for all Lawo gear within a setup. HOME helps broadcast professionals address some of the most demanding requirements of modern IP infrastructures, including automated discovery and registration of devices, connection management, flow control, software & firmware management, scalability and security.
HOME features: Discovery and Registration (IP complexity solved with automatic plug & play discovery of IP audio and video devices), Device Management (speedy, unified device configuration routines; save and recall of configurations), Operability (simple, user-friendly UI allows users to organize and access processing services), Security (variety of security strategies like quarantining of unknown devices, authentication strategy, arbitration of devices and individual streams), Scalable Architecture (cloud-native by design – architecture is built to run detached from hardware constraints and scales on demand).
Lawo’s HOME platform is based on open standards eg. ST2110, NMOS, IEEE802.1x and RADIUS and follows LUX, Lawo’s unified experience design principles, which provide a consistent workflow across all Lawo IP products.
The AW-UE100 4K/50P PTZ camera has been developed to meet the ever-increasing demand for high quality video content from cameras that can be operated remotely, with flexible and cost-effective operation. It supports a wide variety of IP transmission protocols, including high-bandwidth NDI, high-efficiency NDI|HX, Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) and FreeD protocol.
The UE100 supports a wide variety of outputs such as 12G-SDI, 3G-SDI, HDMI and IP. The 12G-SDI and the HDMI can output either 4K or HD signals, supporting a simultaenous 4K and HD output that can be easily managed from the camera menu. The 4K sensor allows two wide-angle shots out of the camera plus an HD cropped shot.
The UE100 features a 1/2.5-type 4K MOS sensor, and a horizontal angle of view of 74.1° that enables a wide area to be shot from a limited installation space. This along with a 24x optical zoom opens up even more shooting opportunities, especially when paired with a powerful Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS).
The new ‘Direct Drive’ mechanism ensures both responsive and low-noise pan and tilt movement. In addition to OIS, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) has been added for the roll direction, providing stable video shooting even at locations utilising robotics and rail systems.
The newly-designed and compact body weighs only 2.2kg, which makes it easy to handle and to install in any kind of setting, especially when positioning the camera on trusses or ceilings. It comes with power supply, mounting plate and cable today and contains a brand new web GUI for simple control over a network, allowing you to get started straight away.
At the moment, the Panasonic “PTZ summer promotion” supports bringing live events to the masses, offering a free AW-RP60 or AW-RP150 camera controller when purchasing multiple AW-UE100 cameras (T&Cs apply).