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Bridging hybrid SDI and IP

With the launch of a new generation of Rohde & Schwarz’s Venice media server – exhibited for the first time worldwide at IBC – the company is demonstrating its approach to live ingest, media processing and channel playout that bridges hybrid SDI and IP broadcast operations.

The software-based media processing and distribution platform could be used as a channel playout system in 24/7 operation applications within medium and large-scale broadcasters.

It’s focused on interoperability and open standards (FIMS). “An open communication standard such as FIMS is an absolute requirement in today’s multi-vendor broadcast environment [to enable] adoption and integration with the broadest range of media companies and industry suppliers,” said Michael Hackl, product manager for file-based media solutions.

“R&S Venice empowers broadcasters to make the migration to IP whenever and however they wish. It bridges the technology gap between today’s baseband SDI video and future IP workflows, delivering any

I/O from SD to Ultra HD. Thanks to its advanced architecture and codec performance, it supports HDR workflows today.”

When combined with R&S SpycerBox Cell storage systems supported by IBM Spectrum Scale file system, the virtual storage access technology provides multiple layers of data redundancy from low-cost to enterprise-scale configurations.

Also at IBC, Rohde & Schwarz updated its AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing system with ABR encoding as well as packetising for established formats for OTT live streaming.

The R&S AVHE100 supports a mixture of different video codecs, including MPEG-2, MPEG-4/H.264 and HEVC, and resolutions, such as SD, HD and Ultra HD, plus HDR.