Because most of us come from a broadcasting background it we are more passionate in sharing the vision with many of our peers out there that broadcasting operations will quickly adopt virtualization as a core riverbed but we are more determined to make this vision a reality in our quest for effective, practical and mainstream applications that just do that and that is removing all the hardware that we relied upon for decades to help us carry out our daily operation tasks ranging from per-production to delivery and replace them with mere commodity information technology ‘IT’ appliances to enable applications delivery in multilayer and multi task fashion removing not only removing all the dependency to hardware defined solutions but also bringing about a broadcast specific desktop that has well integrated workflow.

The integration of multiple applications into a one or more interface is known in IT industry as Application Programming Interface ‘API’. Our efforts to continuously evolve  could not be effective without us investing in and improving our know how in this niche skillset.

We meticulously scout out for impressive set of applications development that can improve any part of  the cycle of broadcasting at the network, platform and/or instructions functionalities and always with the aim of simplifying and liberating operational challenges.

In doing so we eye out one desired outcomes and that is enable our clients with the ability to

 fit relevant applications into existing workflows

 create powerful, flexible and future-proof workflows from scratch

 guide and support our customer throughout migration with training on installations at both the first and second levels

We appreciate that even considering adoption of such disruptive technologies will need a lot of guidance and support before everyone is on board trying it at least let alone adopting it. We encourage our potential customers for opportunities to carry out analysis to define measurable benefits and gains they expect and organizational / transformative change management they would expect to undergo and turn it into agreed success criteria as part of a Proof Of Concept ‘POC’ or trial. That we carry together and then review if it is worth the investment of resources.

Broadcast Operations Apps

Because we understand that one does not fit all we strive into maintaining redundancy both in the choices and depth of applications that we adopt as apart of our platform or indeed bespoke applications that our clients regularly request from us to help develop for them.

In the Broadcast operations from a single Desktop we have an array of applications that are successfully virtualized and simplified the operations of;

Studios

The entire operation of a typical multi camera operation such as

  • Routing
  • Vision Mixers
  • DVE
  • Audio Mixers
  • Video Server Players
  • Tele promotor Autocue
  • Graphics
  • CG
  • Gallery Multi viewer
  • Intercom & Party lines
Ingest
  • From Live Camera, Tape or remote source
  • Media import from camera disks,
  • Downloaded media
  • Recorded on the fly
  • Converted media from a host of video formats
Newsroom
  • Proprietary or third party Newsroom Computer System ‘NCRS’
  • Newswires Import
  • RSS Feed engine
Production
  • Proprietary or third party Video Editing
  • Voice Over
  • Graphics
Media Asset management ‘MAM
  • Archive Database Server
  • Local & remote functionalities for Search, browse and copy archive media to editing timeline
  • Automatically archive media
Control & Monitoring (MCR)
  • Multi format signal Routing & Switching
  • Monitoring & Multiview Panellings
  • Signal Quality measurement
  • Video Legalising
  • Audio Limiter
  • Alarm Functions
Presentation, Transmission & Play-out

Scheduling

Playlisting

  • DVE & Logo Insertion
  • Automation Control
  • Split Transmission
  • EPG
  • Social Media Feeds
Distribution
  • DTH Multi format Feeds Management
  • Transcoding
  • Recording Final output and return feeds
  • Local and remote Alarms

 

The entire suite of apps can be hosted locally on premises and remotely at our private cloud servers, at third party cloud providers such as AWS or Microsoft Azure, etc or indeed a combination of all of the above.

All applications can be hosted on any operating system ‘OS’ such as Microsoft Windows, Linux or Apple Mac or a combination of any with mobile applications across the three OSs .

The most highly enabler is all are provided in a single Desktop interface integrated with a variety of think client Video Device Interface ‘VDI’ and/or from any device

Inter-community applications

We work closely with application developers across the entire operation spectrum but indeed we see highest demand and immediate impact in collaborative applications that cross bridges in communications, sharing and exchanging content effectively and off course securely.

Content Exchange

is an application that is natively cloud-based and is core purpose id for editorial and content creation,  sharing and distribution, with delivery for live broadcast-quality video over  Internet connections. It scales the use of offline and live video contents or any other  content types over the cloud, and can be configured in numerous ways to  meet the needs of any sized broadcasters.

 

  • Accepts native or encoded video from any feeder allowing users to manage, edit, store, transcode and route or distribute video or any other  content to various targets.
  • Deliver RTMP or HLS in various profiles and protocols.
  • Provides video transport management and distribution specifically designed to meet the requirements of broadcasters for live events,  distribution, sharing, news workflows, sports, or any video distribution service

The main Features are:

  • Cross-Media Content Creation
  • Any type of video formats
  • Any type of image formats
  • Any type of text formats
  • Any type of graphics formats
  • Any type of document formats
  • Content Ingesting and Aggregation From Any Source
  • News Wires Sources (NewsML-1.2, NewsML-G2, NITF, ANPA, Email RFC822, Reuters NewsML-G2, AFP NewsML 1.2, AP ANPA, DPA IPTC 7901)
  • World Wide Web Services (RSS Syndication Feeds, Web Services, JSON Feeders )
  • Social Media (Twitter Feeds)
  • Manual or Bulk Video Upload and Transcoding
  • Newsrooms

 

  • Content Management
  • Manage All of Your Content in One Place
  • Manage and Edit Content Metadata (IPTC, NAIC, Territories, Title, Notes, Labels, Description, Date, Geographical Locations, Keywords, etc..)
  • Manage Content Grouping (Basket Based Content)
  • Manage Content Filtration (IPTC, Metadata, Content Criteria)
  • Manage Content Categorization (Any User Defined Type of Categories: Political, Economy, etc..)

 

  • Content Editing
  • Rough Cut Video Editor
  • Built-In Audio Extractor Tool
  • Built-In Still Video Frame Tool
  • Built-In Image Cropping Tool
  • Built-In Video Merging Tool
  • And Many More
  • Content Sharing & Distribution
  • Real-Time Content Sharing And Distribution
  • Share and Distribute Content, Anywhere, Any Anytime
  • Automated Content Distribution
  • Social Media Content Distribution
  • Newsroom Integration and Distribution
  • Web CMS Integration and Distribution

 

  • Editorial Workflow
  • Define your editorial guidelines, manage the complete picture of your content production
  • Get everyone on board with a clearly defined content process.
  • Assign people to each individual workflow status so they know when they need to complete their task.
  • Produce, edit and approve
  • Assignments, let people know what they are responsible for by assigning them to specific work and tasks.
  • End to End Live Streaming Platform for Live Events, Sports and Educational Live Shows
  • Delivery live over HTTP with supports for MPEG-DASH, HDS, HLS, and SMOOTH streaming
  • Live video transcoding and video stream delivery in real time
  • Live Stream recording and archiving
  • Stream from Any H.264/H.265 Encoder
  • End to End Live Streaming Platform for Live Events, Sports and Educational Live Shows
  • Input Sources
  • Camera, Audio, Video On Demand, Encoders, SHOUTcast, Icecast, Any Streaming Application
  • Delivery Sources
    • Devices: Mobile phones and tablets, computers, IPTV/OTT devices, smart TVs
    • Players: JW Player, Flowplayer, iOS native player, Android (with HLS-compatible players), Adobe Flash (HDS/HLS-compatible players), QuickTime Player, Microsoft Silverlight, Apple  QuickTime, VideoLAN VLC, Wirecast, RealPlayer
  • End to End Live Streaming Platform for Live Events, Sports and Educational Live Shows
  • Supported Input Protocols
  • MPEG-TS over UDP and/or RTP with SMPTE-2022 ● RTMP pull from CDNs and/or other sources ● RTMP push ● Transport stream files from local file system
  • Supported Output Protocols
    • MPEG-TS over UDP and/or RTP with SMPTE-2022 ● RTMP push to CDNs and/or other media servers ● Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) ● Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming  (HDS) ● FLV over HTTP (HTTP pseudo-streaming) ● MPEG-DASH (DASH264 profile)
      • SHOUTcast ● Transport stream files to local file system ● Re-multiplex output streams

to strict CBR for extensive compatibility with Integrated Receiver-Decoders (IRDs)

  • End to End Live Streaming Platform for Live Events, Sports and Educational Live Shows
  • Supported Codecs
  • Video: H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC, MPEG4 Part 2, MPEG2, VP8, VP9, VP6, Sorenson Spark®, Screen Video v1 & v2
  • Audio: AAC, AAC-LC, HE-AAC+ v1 & v2, MP3, Speex, Opus, Vorbis, AC-3, E-AC-3
  • Supported Profiles
  • 1080i60/1080i59.94, 1080p30/1080p25, 720p60/720p50/720p30, 576i60/576p25, 480i60/480p29.97
  • Flexible Management and Control for live streaming
  • Secure Streaming
Talk Back

 

One of the most collaborative applications is talkback. Moving from a standalone server that serves within a Local Area Network ‘LAN’ to a Wide Area Network based topology. This removes the locality and avail a global reach.

We have been working closely with our developing teams and partners to take the market offering and eventually avail a powerful yet simple to use interface to a set of applications that together connects to traditional legacy matrix-intercom based talkback servers and panels together and enable quick creation and definition of user groups who can maintain the same push to talk ‘PTT’ functionalities but on a much wider scale, a cloud based scale.

With this interface the need for hardware panels is removed or complemented with any connected screen device including IOS and Android tablets and phones enabling users to be online where they may be.

The interface not only connect different servers based in different locations together across Wide Area Networks but it also brings along Voice Over IP ‘VOIP’ which uses virtual layers such as Session Imitation Protocol ‘SIP’. This enables integrating traditional PABXs (telephone exchange) lines and IP-PBXs to enable making and receiving telephone calls through the intercom system which is used as 2-Wire or 4-Wire circuit connections.

Users are able to create unlimited number of new nodes on the virtual server and admonitor(s) can create multiple groups with their own administrator(s)  and sets out relational matrix, rights and privileges for any of those groups.

The interface avails secure (fully AES encrypted) streaming media server with multi-channel video viewing in 2D, 360, and Virtual Reality

  • Push To Talk ‘PTT’
  • Pager functionality
  • Local, remote and global Partylines for Studios, OB vans and Remote production
  • IFB lines
  • 2, 4-wire lines
  • Bridge meeting functionalities
  • Video Meeting functionalities
  • Radio over IP ‘RoIP’
  • Public Announcement PA functionalities

 

Social Media Publishing

 

Business applications

 

In our quest to bring aboard a meticulous blend of applications that collectively address every functionality and flow requirements we have not deviated our focus from the need to integrate a fine yet comprehensive suite of business supporting applications in particular those aligned with the creative media.

Been a platform partner to developing giants such as Microsoft and Adobe hosted where we bring the entire suite of Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise Suite which includes;

 

Microsoft Office 365

 

  • Outlook
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote
  • SharePoint
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Skype for Business
  • MS Project

Along with the most comprehensive suite from Microsoft our Desktop users benefit the most from the synergy of on premise hosting, private cloud hosting particularly of BGP where data is not desired to leave the boundaries of a particular country whether on think clients or mobile devices. We are able to leveraged using our premier network interface.

In addition to the core Office applications above more pre-customization by Microsoft is alos available throughout the desktop settings such as;

Access (PC only)

Bookings

Business center

Connections 

Exchange

Invoicing

Listings

MileIQ

MyAnalytics

Outlook Customer Manager

Planner

Project

Publisher (PC only)

Skype for Business

StaffHub

Sway

To-Do

Visio

Yammer

 

Adobe

Similarly our desktop business tools will not be complete without Adobe applications suite ranging from creativity & design to content management.

We host enterprise grade suite of application grouped in;

Creativity & Design which includes

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Adobe XD
  • Lightroom
  • Premiere Pro
  • After Effects
  • Dimension
  • Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Muse
  • Animate
  • Audition
  • Character Animator
  • Spark
  • Bridge
  • InCopy
  • Prelude
  • Story Plus
  • Fuse
  • Media Encoder

In addition to Adobe Acrobat Pro suite which includes;

– Acrobat DC with full PDF suite

– Export PDF to Word & Excel

– Adobe e-Sign

– Reader DC

Bespoke Business Applications

We continually test and qualify full suites of bespoke Customer Relations Management ‘CRM’ applications and data management and analytical applications which will greatly advantage business operations in typical broadcast environments.

Often our clients prefer applications that they have experience and affinity with and we gladly work with them to integrate these applications into their Desktop functionalities.

 

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