PlayBox Technology has chosen NAB 2014 as the launch venue for the latest version of its AirBox universal playout and streaming automation server.
AirBox provides automated content playout for satellite channels, cable head-ends, over-the-air broadcasters and corporate TV users. An AirBox server delivers the same quality video and audio via its single or multi-channel SDI outputs at a fraction of the price of a digital videotape player, the company claims. Features include multi-language audio, graphics and subtitle insertion, last-minute playlist changes and clip editing.
"AirBox forms the nucleus of every PlayBox Technology installation," stated PlayBox Technology chief product officer Plamen Georgiev. "It can be programmed locally or remotely to operate unattended every hour of the day, every day of the year. The new enhanced AirBox incorporates a GPU-enhanced graphics mixing engine which allows video rotation effects and depth-order laying effects to be performed in realtime. Logo animation facilities are also added with a multiplicity of applications in titling, captioning or channel branding. The audio capabilities of AirBox are also expanded with support now provided for Dolby E and Dolby Digital Plus. Such capabilities facilitate proper content handling when audio channel re-mapping is needed. Handling Dolby encoded signals 'in the box' allows for flexibility and saves the need for expensive external equipment."
In automated playout mode, AirBox allows fixed-time scheduling for weeks ahead. Gaps or time overlaps in a schedule are automatically resolved to ensure continuous operation even when conflicting timed events are present. The server can be used for live production as well as automated playout.