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nxtedition heads to the cloud

Company's consolidated production and playout platform can be deployed in the public cloud

Microservices company nxtedition is deploying its consolidated production and playout platform in the public cloud.

nxtlcloud also provides new and existing on-prem clients with a hybrid cloud solution for disaster recovery.

Previously, playout in nxtedition utilised the switching, layering and real-time rendering power of CasparCG to achieve high production values using COTS hardware, said the company.

For the new version nxtedition has developed a fully containerised, Linux version of CasparCG, providing the same playout functionality and flexibility as a scalable, elastic and secure microservice in the cloud.

“With nxtlcloud we can offer an identical experience in the cloud: the same quality, the same functionality, the same user experience, the same responsiveness,” said Adam Leah, creative director at nxtedition.

“That includes sophisticated added-value features like localisation: we can, for example, take in a single live sports feed over SRT and split into, say, eight identical CasparCG channels, but sending each channel a separate commentary audio and graphics feed in different languages – all driven by the timestamped metadata authoring and the layering in nxtedition.

He added: “Private cloud on premise is the pragmatic choice for most broadcasters when it comes to production. But while that gives them control over their content, it also gives them a concern over disaster recovery. A widespread power failure, for example, could take them off air.”