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TAG goes frictionless, Rascular launches RouteMaster solutions

TVBEurope rounds up the day's technology news

TAG Video Systems has reassured broadcasters that its global operations are uninterrupted during the global pandemic crisis.

The multiviewer and monitoring company added that its operations are strengthened by its Zer0 Friction business strategy, leveraging TAG’s ability to handle both compressed and uncompressed formats.

Zer0 Friction allows clients to manage the software across applications and locations, an approach the company calls “an industry first.”

“For years the industry has expressed concerns about the low utilisation of broadcast technology,” said TAG Zer0 Friction officer Kevin Joyce. “In many cases systems are being used less than 30 per cent of the time.

“With Zer0 Friction TAG’s customers are no longer restricted in how they use our multi-functional applications, where they use them across their ecosystem, or when they use them,” he added.

“Broadcasters can now use a multiviewer for live production in a facility in London and as soon as they are done, apply the license to probe for errors in an OTT facility in New York.”

Rascular launches three RouteMaster solutions

Meanwhile, Rascular has launched three new versions of its RouteMaster Lite virtual routing for Newtek NDI application: RouteMaster Lite Solo, RouteMaster Lite One and RouteMaster Lite Four.

RouteMaster Lite is a Windows PC application that brings video routing capabilities to Newtek’s NDI video, giving operators a range of familiar control interfaces for controlling video switching.

RouteMaster Lite Solo is a 20 x 20 Virtual NDI router with an in-built general user interface (GUI). RouteMaster Lite One adds application support for one control client, either a Rascular WebPanel or a Blackmagic Design hardware panel.

RouteMaster Lite Four provides support for a maximum of four control clients in any combination of either four Rascular WebPanels or four Blackmagic Design hardware panels.

Rascular technical director Roddy Pratt said: “Because of our strong commercial relationship with NewTek, we are very pleased to be able to provide ultra-fast switching, a uniquely powerful capability.

“RouteMaster Lite is ideal for OB and production environments, supporting up to 20 sources and 20 destinations. The built-in GUI is ideal for preset and take switching, showing resizable video previews and audio metering of the current video and the chosen source.”