IBC 2017: GMIT with world’s first internet-based broadcast and OTT network monitoring app

IBC 2017: GMIT with world’s first internet-based broadcast and OTT network monitoring app

At IBC 2017, GMIT GmbH will introduce a new commercial web service to supplement the Rohde & Schwarz content monitoring and multiviewing solution R&S PRISMON. R&S PRISMON was launched early this year as a convergent solution for content monitoring in both broadcast and streaming media/OTT environments. Now, for the first time worldwide, this new service provides users with real-time access to comprehensive monitoring and status parameters from R&S PRISMON monitoring probes on mobile internet-enabled devices using a secure web service anywhere, anytime.

Rohde & Schwarz’s A/V monitoring platform R&S PRISMON is designed for advanced, convergent content monitoring in broadcast and OTT delivery networks. It serves as a multiviewer and monitoring probe and helps operators efficiently ensure service quality and availability – supporting formats from SMPTE 2110 to MPEG-DASH.

Now, GMIT GmbH launches the accompanying virtuWall portfolio with a new web service which provides a secure connection to multiple PRISMON devices via a single entry point, making complex virtual private networks (VPNs) obsolete. The virtuWall web service can either be installed on-premises or operated as cloud service by GMIT GmbH.

The virtuWall iOS App provides users with all necessary information on the state and health of all monitored services. If an error is detected, virtuWall notifies its users in real time and provides in-depth analysis capabilities. Accessing the multiviewer streaming output allows visual checking anytime, anywhere. Operators can quickly detect system failures and assess their severity from their mobile device.

“VirtuWall can revolutionize traditional broadcast monitoring workflows,” commented Marcus Ruoff, Product Manager at GMIT GmbH. “Operators are no longer tied to their consoles, working in shifts in case of a very rare system failure. Instead, they can focus on more productive tasks anywhere within their broadcast facility and still receive error notifications whether they are on- or off-site.”

virtuWall revolutionizes broadcast monitoring and control For small and mid-sized network operators without true 24/7 operation, virtuWall dramatically increases service quality, especially outside normal business hours. Compared to traditional automated error notification by SMS or email, virtuWall allows users to further investigate the errors on the mobile device and consequently speeds up recovery.

Similarly, large network operators with a traditional master control room (MCR) or network operations centre (NOC) that is manned around the clock can work more efficiently using virtuWall. Instead of spending entire working shifts in front of monitors waiting for an occasional error to occur, operators and specialists can concentrate on maintaining, optimizing and extending the platform and network. With virtuWall, they remain constantly informed and ready to act in case of an error.

Once downloaded from the app store, virtuWall is easy to set up and use. Access restrictions and configurations for all users are set up at a single central point within the new web service. All connections are highly secured using strong end-to-end encryption and comply with all potential security and privacy requirements.

virtuWall includes the following features:

– Status of all R&S PRISMON monitoring probes at a glance.

– ‘Zero delay’ status indication of all monitored broadcast and OTT services.

– Streamed multiviewer screen for visual checking.

– Access to log books, detailed measurement results, etc.

– Multiple layers of access restriction and protection – including TouchID fingerprint authentication.

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IBC 2017: Encoding and multiplexing solution from Rohde & Schwarz with premium transcoding for OTT live streaming

IBC 2017: Encoding and multiplexing solution from Rohde & Schwarz with premium transcoding for OTT live streaming

Rohde & Schwarz enhances its successful R&S AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing solution by adding premium-quality adaptive bit rate (ABR) encoding as well as packetising for all established formats for OTT live streaming. The R&S AVHE100 also fully supports high dynamic range (HDR) video transmissions.

The R&S AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing solution offers the best video quality available on the market for HEVC-encoded content from qHD to UHD, as demonstrated by Rohde & Schwarz at several shootouts during the past year. Quality and stability are also of vital importance for OTT providers who stream premium content simultaneously with live broadcasts. With the latest enhancement, the R&S AVHE100 can efficiently generate streaming formats in parallel with broadcast multiplexes on a single platform.

The R&S AVHE100 provides ABR encoding, i.e. it simultaneously encodes multiple OTT live streams using several different video profiles so that the consumer always receives the best possible resolution, depending on the quality of the data connection. The platform’s integrated packetiser fully supports all common formats such as MPEG-DASH, CMAF, HLS and MSS; as a result, the R&S AVHE100 supports a wide range of user devices.

The Rohde & Schwarz solution is unique in that it performs dynamic switchover between SDR and HDR content and also supports mixed statistical multiplexing for traditional broadcasting. The statistical multiplex function means an efficient utilisation of data rates, making it possible to achieve higher picture quality for the transmitted programs or to broadcast more programs at a time.

The R&S AVHE100 also supports a mixture of different video codecs, including MPEG-2, MPEG-4/H.264 and HEVC, and resolutions, such as SD, HD and UHD. This permits operators to continue employing legacy formats until a planned transition to a newer format is completed.

The R&S AVHE100 is a fully software-based solution that employs standard IT components. It provides the entire functionality of an encoding and multiplexing solution on a single server. Its integrated headend management system lets users control and monitor the entire workflow via a single web interface. Enhancements and improvements to coding and transmission standards are easily added, reducing capital and operating expenditures (CAPEX and OPEX) for installation, space, energy and cooling requirements, spare parts management and training. In addition, customers can conclude multi-year service level agreements (SLA) for 24/7 international support for enhanced investment protection.

The independent, family-owned company Rohde & Schwarz has gained decades of experience in the field of broadcasting, which are reflected by the smart redundancy concept and many reliability features employed in the R&S AVHE100 to ensure high availability. The R&S CrossFlowIP function, a Rohde & Schwarz development, provides redundancy for both input and output signals through seamless switchover between the main and the alternate path. In this way, the R&S AVHE100 ensures uninterrupted live transmission in the event a fault is detected and during maintenance. In contrast to conventional solutions, the R&S AVHE100 provides this functionality without requiring an external management system.

“The launch of the R&S AVHE100 4K/HDR scalable video and audio processing platform is a significant step toward the cost-effective deployment of UHD/HDR services alongside legacy SD and HD content. The encoder is widely acknowledged as the industry leading HEVC codec with full support for PQ and HLG as well as legacy codecs and formats,” said David Smith, Marketing Manager for Encoding and Multiplexing Technology at Rohde & Schwarz.

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IBC 2017: Rohde & Schwarz introduces new generation of ingest, live production and channel playout platform

IBC 2017: Rohde & Schwarz introduces new generation of ingest, live production and channel playout platform

At IBC 2017, Rohde & Schwarz will introduce a new approach to live ingest, media processing and channel playout that cost-effectively provides bridging technology between hybrid SDI and IP broadcast operations. Designated R&S VENICE, such is the stability of this software-based media processing and distribution platform that it can be used as a channel playout solution in 24/7 operation applications within medium and large-scale broadcasters. The integration of Rohde & Schwarz’s proprietary virtual storage access technology ensures reliable on-air operations even in the most mission critical applications.

Exhibited for the first time worldwide at IBC, the new generation of R&S VENICE media server represents a radically different approach to media processing and channel playout within transformational broadcast environments. It enables immediate application within existing SDI baseband architectures whilst also future-proofing them by offering the flexibility and sustainability of IP-based broadcast infrastructure and workflows.

Rohde & Schwarz has developed R&S VENICE with interoperability in mind. The company is committed to using open standards that offer new features, functionality and services rather than being locked in devices and products. R&S VENICE allows communication and integration via the framework for interoperable media services (FIMS) standard. Also, incorporating open standards rather than proprietary APIs grants interoperability with a wide range of third party vendor equipment.

“An open communication standard such as FIMS is an absolute requirement in today’s multi-vendor broadcast environment – by using IT and internet friendly communications technology we have developed R&S VENICE into a production and channel playout platform that is open to adoption and integration with the broadest range of media companies and industry suppliers,” commented Michael Hackl, Product Management, File-based Media Solutions at Rohde & Schwarz. “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 UHD. Thanks to its advanced architecture and codec performance it supports HDR workflows today.”

Best in class channel playout reliability and reduced workflow complexity
In developing R&S VENICE, Rohde & Schwarz has created a new standard in on-air reliability. The system’s implementation of Rohde & Schwarz’s proprietary virtual storage access technology enables uninterrupted broadcast operations with no performance degradation in the event of single or multiple simultaneous failures. 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 capable of covering multiple system failures seamlessly.

Rohde & Schwarz’s modular storage approach enables users to select from different bandwidth, capacity and redundancy levels and for these levels to be modified in the future.

The advanced UHD capabilities of R&S VENICE with parallel 1080 down-conversion functionality enables users to quickly and easily establish high resolution services whilst still maintaining the simple infrastructures used within existing HD workflows. The system’s integrated toolset – which includes features such as data de-interlacing, closed caption extraction and insertion, DolbyE decoding and many more – makes many additional hardware and software products redundant whilst helping customers to reduce the complexity of their production workflows and infrastructures.

R&S VENICE offers a new and radically different approach to the traditional media processing and channel playout challenge. Its architecture is open and it is format agnostic. It meets the need for upcoming high efficiency codecs by delivering purely software-based codec decoding and encoding rather than relying on proprietary hardware acceleration.

André Vent, Sales Manager File Based Media Solutions adds: “The new Rohde & Schwarz broadcast channel playout solution – with R&S VENICE and R&S Spycer Box Cell at its core – offers a new standard in reliability, scalability, and sustainability needed for today’s and tomorrow’s workflow challenges.”

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NAB 2017: Even more efficient storage solutions from Rohde & Schwarz with IBM Spectrum Scale

NAB 2017: Even more efficient storage solutions from Rohde & Schwarz with IBM Spectrum Scale

Broadcasters and post production houses can now implement intelligent solutions for storing their media files based on their needs. The new file system software for R&S SpycerBox Cell and R&S SpycerBox Ultra TL simplifies the storage workflow and makes it more cost-effective.

Reliable storage solutions are essential for broadcasters and post production houses. Digital content is the media industry’s key asset. It must be securely and safely stored. At the same time, certain media files must be quickly and reliably accessible. As budgets shrink and cost pressure grows, efficient storage becomes key in every respect.

To meet these requirements, IBM Spectrum Scale is now available for the R&S SpycerBox product family. This file system enables users to more efficiently utilize different storage tiers based on their needs. Combining high-performance R&S SpycerBox Cell online storage and powerful R&S SpycerBox Ultra TL nearline storage with IBM Spectrum Scale provides the basis for a centralized, tiered storage solution.

The file system solution assigns files to the most efficient storage location based on how frequently they are needed and other file characteristics. The advantages of the R&S SpycerBox products are optimally utilized. For example, R&S SpycerBox Cell features exceptional performance for realtime processing of video material, while R&S SpycerBox Ultra TL is a much more cost-effective nearline storage medium.

IBM Spectrum Scale allows files to be automatically or manually stored in the optimal location. Since file paths remain constant regardless of which tier is used, workflows do not have to be modified.

“It is important for our customers to be able to reliably access their media files at any time,” explains Stefan Weidner, Sales Director Media at Rohde & Schwarz. “This data is their company’s most important asset. With IBM Spectrum Scale on R&S SpycerBox Cell or R&S SpycerBox Ultra TL, broadcasters and post production companies can rest easy knowing that their key asset is securely and cost-effectively stored.”

As storage requirements increase, storage solutions must be scalable in terms of capacity and bandwidth. Customers in the media branch cannot tolerate any interruptions during production and broadcasting when they expand their storage space. The R&S SpycerBox series is capable of non-destructive scaling. Individual R&S SpycerBox Cell systems can be combined to achieve even more performance.

“In the media branch, a deadline is a deadline – especially for broadcasters. There are no extensions,” says Dirk Thometzek, Product Manager File Based Media Solutions. “That’s why a storage solution that guarantees efficient workflows is so important. The combination of Rohde & Schwarz hardware with the IBM file system makes it possible to scale the performance and capacity of centralized storage without interruption.”

R&S SpycerBox Cell and R&S SpycerBox Ultra TL with the IBM Spectrum Scale will be available in the third quarter of 2017. Quantum StorNext is still available as a file system option.

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Video: Jigsaw24 at the Media Production Show 2016

Video: Jigsaw24 at the Media Production Show 2016

Back in June, we were at the Media Production Show, demonstrating our key solutions and services around Avid, Blackmagic Design, HP and Rohde & Schwarz (as well as dishing out the pic’n’mix and playing splat a rat). Catch up with everything that went down on day one in this official video from the Media Production Show…

Day 1: The Media Production Show from The Media Production Show on Vimeo.

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We’ve teamed up with Rohde & Schwarz

We’ve teamed up with Rohde & Schwarz

We’ve teamed up with the good people at Rohde & Schwarz to become their latest UK reseller. We can now officially offer you their award-winning Clipster and Venice solutions, plus their Spycer and DVS-SAN storage range.

Rohde & Schwarz’s solutions have been a leading light in the broadcast and post space for the last 30 years, so we’re obviously pleased to be adding them to our lineup. And hey, it just so happens that their products dovetail perfectly with our expertise in storage and post workflows. Happy times.

So what are we selling? 

We’re going to be supplying the Clipster mastering station, which centralises your DI workflow, and the Venice ingest server. We’ll also be supplying SpycerBox Cell and Flex storage, which scales into their DVS-SAN storage solution.

Clipster

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Clipster is Rohde & Schwarz’s world leading mastering solution, designed to let post houses consolidate their DI workflow into a single system while retaining the ability to capture and master across a range of digital distribution formats (supported formats include RAW camera files, IMF, AS-02 and DCI cinema projects, including 3D). Clipster can also conform and edit uncompressed 4K data in realtime.

With Clipster, you can rely on one box to capture any video format, process any video data in realtime, conform and edit RAW data, perform scaling and colour correction, correct geometry and colour misalignments in stereoscopic footage, version your project to a range of  formats (including standards like AS-02 and IMF) and perform stereoscopic DCI mastering.

See the full spec sheet here.

Venice

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The Venice ingest and playout server is designed to act as the hub of any media production, allowing you to combine different formats like SD, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p in one production workflow, as well as supporting a range of codecs and formats. As Rohde & Schwarz explain, “Studio program signals, live feed or tapes, and generic video files or file transfer are captured in all typical broadcast codecs (XDCAM, AVC-Ultra codec group, DNxHD, Apple ProRes, etc.) directly without any transcoding in one single system. The material is available to all connected editing clients for immediate processing. Direct capturing in proprietary production storage is accelerated with the edit-while-ingest functionality.”

See the spec sheet here.

Spycer

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We’re not technically selling this, but only because it’s software that comes free with any Spycer-driven storage solutions (more on them in a moment). Effectively a gratis asset management system, Spycer connects your storage volumes and allows you to search for and preview your media, add metadata to files, copy and check files – you can even search external drives while they’re disconnected.

Spycer even lets you process RAW files quickly and efficiently. DVS’s data manager can easily find, view, convert, and edit data shot with cameras from RED, ARRI, Phantom or the Silicon Imaging camera. Spycer may also be used to visualise 3D LUTs.

SpycerBox Cell and Flex

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SpycerBox Cell and Flex are Rohde & Schwarz’s solutions for online and nearline storage. The Cell is a 1U unit that packs in 30 SATA, SAS or SSD disks to deliver hyperfast, dense online storage. It’s available with Fibre Channel or Ethernet connectivity and supports NFS and SMB volumes. SpycerBox Cell’s compact form factor and 3GBps performance per chassis make it ideal for high-resolution, high-IOP workflows.

Find out more about SpycerBox Cell.

SpycerBox Flex is a is a highly scalable and flexible online and nearline storage solution. Like Cell, it offers SSD, SATA and SAS drive options and Fibre Channel or Ethernet connectivity. It also continues Rohde & Schwarz’s penchant for high density storage, with a single SpycerBox holding as much as 96TB of data in RAID5.

As well as featuring the Spycer asset management system, Flex includes DVS SAN REMO management system for monitoring, building and servicing your storage, and can be used in SAN or NAS configurations, or even as a combination of the two. A built-in schedule manager allows you to automate backups, and Spycer can be integrated with your existing LTO solution to simplify archiving.

See the full spec sheet.

DVS-SAN

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DVS-SAN consolidates Spycer storage into a scalable, high capacity SAN solution capable of handling hundreds of connected clients. DVS-SAN is optimised for file sequences like DPX or OpenEXR, and can handle multiple realtime streams of uncompressed RGB 4:4:4 10/12/16 bit video files in levels scalable from 600 MBps to more than 10 GBps.

The DVS-SAN’s modular architecture means you can add storage clusters to achieve even higher data rates and a larger number of parallel video streams – and DVS’s systems are designed to hit these speeds continuously, not in short peaks. As with other solutions, your DVS-SAN can have Fibre or Ethernet connectivity, and can be mirrored or RAID 5/6, and DVS reckon your DVS-SAN should take up 25% less space in your server room than your existing SAN solution.

Find out more about DVS-SAN.

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Jigsaw24 and Rohde & Schwarz announce new partnership

Jigsaw24 and Rohde & Schwarz announce new partnership

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Rohde & Schwarz and Jigsaw24 join forces in major expansion initiative into the UK

Rohde & Schwarz, the industry leading manufacturer of media, communications, and test and measurement technologies, have appointed Jigsaw24 to spearhead the expansion of its products into the UK Creative, Commercial and Government industries.

“Rohde & Schwarz are delighted to announce that Jigsaw24 have today joined our global team of business partners,” said Oliver Gappa, Sales Director for Rohde & Schwarz. “Jigsaw24 are one of the fastest-growing and most professional resellers in the UK today. They will complement our existing portfolio of resellers and systems integrators with their knowledge of the post-production and broadcast markets.”

“The DVS brand has been a leading name in the video industry for 30 years, and coupled with the incredible technology and business portfolio at Rohde & Schwarz, we are very excited to be onboarding not just the media-focused products but also their industry-leading technologies in other areas that complement our broad market penetration,” said Roger Whittle, MD & Founder of Jigsaw24.

“At Jigsaw24, we pride ourselves on being able to provide complete end-to-end support for our clients’ workflow, and being able to offer solutions as robust and flexible as Rohde & Schwarz’s is a key part of that. Their award-winning media range dovetails perfectly with our expertise in high-end post and storage workflows, so we’re able to offer 360 degree support.”

Jigsaw24 will be providing hardware, solutions, installation and support services around Rohde & Schwarz’s broadcast, post-production and storage ranges, including their Clipster DI mastering solution, Venice ingest server and Spycer/DVS SAN shared storage systems. They will also have a strong focus on the best in class communications and cybersecurity solutions that the German manufacturer provides.

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About Rohde & Schwarz

The Rohde & Schwarz electronics group offers innovative solutions in the following business fields: test and measurement, broadcast and media, cybersecurity, secure communications, radiomonitoring and radiolocation. Founded more than 80 years ago, this independent company has an extensive sales and service network and is present in more than 70 countries. The electronics group is among the world market leaders in its established business fields. On June 30, 2015, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 9900 employees. The group achieved a net revenue of EUR 1.83 billion in the 2014/2015 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and also has strong regional hubs in Asia and the USA. R&S® is a registered trademark of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG.