Plura has released a new range of networked production timers from its Alpermann+Velte brand of infrastructure solutions for connected studios, complete with a mobile app for wireless applications.
Demonstrated at IBC and now shipping, the Alpermann+Velte SPT family from Plura constitutes rackmount and tabletop versions, each capable of distributing six different timers across associated hardware or software devices. The networked SPT architecture, which includes Power over Ethernet signal distribution, also enables synchronisation with studio clock reference systems, as well as IP control across all connected devices to start, stop, reset and adjust other timer settings.
SPT solutions offer precision for countdowns leading in and out of transitions, live or recorded, ensuring continuity between programmes and advertisements. SPT products integrate with multiviewers, incorporating digital timers and/or analogue clocks into the visual display. This interoperability is designed to promote a cleaner end-to-end production operation for control room and technical staff tasked with programme direction and monitoring.
“The SPT Series represents a modern timer distribution system that is easy to deploy and easy to use, filling the hole left by vendors who no longer serve this space while evolving production timers for the network,” said Reimund Baeuerle, co-managing director, Plura Europe, a subsidiary of Plura Broadcast. “This is tried-and-true Alpermann+Velte innovation, developed from a 30-year foundation of leadership in timecode solutions while leveraging the possibilities of IP. There is no doubt that IP is the future for connectivity in broadcast and production, and this innovation is a significant step in building a connected studio infrastructure.”