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Rascular integrates Helm with ChannelPort

5 December 2012
Rascular integrates Helm with ChannelPort

Rascular has integrated its control and monitoring technology Helm with Harmonic’s Spectrum ChannelPort channel playout solution. This enables users to utilise the playout technology, in conjunction with other third-party devices, via user-defined, PC-based control panels. Helm’s control of the ChannelPort system includes the keyers for taking logos on- and off-screen and also the ability to select different graphics assets for each keying layer. Helm can also control the text displayed by the CG as well as providing access to the overall playout functionality of the unit (clip selection etc.). Additionally, operators can now import playlists compatible with the ChannelPort system into Helm providing the advantage that users can playout the complete playlist in an emergency. Roddy Pratt, technical director with Rascular, said: “It’s clear for all to see that channel-in-a-box technologies are being deployed increasingly widely. However, this does raise issues of control and monitoring. Helm gives operators comprehensive manual access to the ChannelPort system, allowing precise access to the technology, including the creation of single button access to complex workflows. This continues a history of tight cooperation between the two companies and we’re very pleased to be working together on this project.” Harmonic’s Spectrum ChannelPort offering combines channel-branding capabilities and master control switching with clip playout functionality to simplify integration and workflow, lower equipment purchase expenditures, and reduce maintenance and operations costs. Beyond stand-alone channel-in-a-box solutions, it is optimised for integration into any existing or new systems and workflow

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