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ToolsOnAir installs TV station in a Mac mini

14 February 2012

ToolsOnAir has announced the first installations of its TV station in a Mac mini broadcast server solution. Dutch Music TV station Xite now employs two Mac minis to run their entire video playout service, including full 24/7 programming and video on demand. "We replaced our entire proprietary hardware system with a pair of Mac minis, with two spares for backup," said Luc Vleugels, Xite’s technical director. "With the ToolsOnAir solution, we have a more flexible and more future proof solution than we had before, for a fraction of the cost." In combination with the newly released AJA Video IoXT video device, connected via Thunderbolt technology, the channel provides a 24/7 music programme in high definition with an advanced real time graphics. Utilising the latest Apple Mac mini hardware, ToolsOnAir is helping to drive the next generation of cost effective Channel in a Box broadcast solutions. Using ToolsOnAir’s just:play software, an Apple Mac mini becomes an HD broadcast quality playout, automation and real time graphics server, consuming a mere 85-watts of power and housed in only one broadcast rack unit (1RU). "London’s Broadcast Video Expo (BVE) is a good platform to show our broadcast solutions in cooperation with our partner NMR," comments VP Sales & Marketing of ToolsOnAir Gilbert Leb. "BVE is not only a local trend setter but also influences the huge network of British broadcast consultants, working around the world." NMR will be demonstrating a complete broadcast solution, from ingest to playout at BVE, Earls Court, London – on stand B26 from 14-16 February.

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