Bannister Lake Sends Data for 4K Graphics Over IP

Bannister Lake can now deliver data for 4K graphics over IP and is bringing a new election package to NAB 2019.

Bannister Lake has broken through previous barriers by pushing data for 4K UHD graphics over IP video networks from a single system with their latest incarnation of the Chameleon data aggregation and management product.

Doug Strable, sales representative for Bannister Lake in Japan and Asia, demo’d this first time capability at InterBEE in Tokyo.

Chameleon on display at InterBEE 2019

Chameleon on display at InterBEE 2019

Strable explained, "Our flagship Chameleon system can ingest data from weather to sports scores to financial information or even a custom database,” he told me. “Then it lets the customers edit and moderate that content and redistribute it through an API to any desired end point.”

That endpoint could be a graphics engine, an HTML5 renderer like the one onboard Chameleon, a streaming transmitter, or an AR/VR image generator.

The system outputs to NewTek NDI’s (Network Device Interface) IP switches that can integrate into an existing broadcast infrastructure over one Gigabit Ethernet connections to multiple 4K video monitors.

“One of the most exciting things this makes possible is let a local broadcaster put 4K graphics on the screen from anywhere on the Internet using Visionary Solutions' PacketAV 4K DUET encoder and decoders over a standard network that can handle at least 9 Mb/s,” Strable continued. “That brings the cost of producing local, narrowcast content down to unprecedented efficiencies,”

Bannister Lake has been involved since the mid-90’s in conventional broadcasting building lower third’s, news tickers and branding graphics. But the rising demand for 4K over the Internet has opened a whole new market for them over IP.

You don’t even have to be an advanced graphics technician to run the system. Chameleon relies on a web-based interface that enables even non-tekkies who may not know a tweet from a twerk to update the graphical information on all platforms.

Access to Chameleon's GUI is available from any Web-based browser

Access to Chameleon's GUI is available from any Web-based browser

At the NAB Show 2019, the company will be showcasing new election, sponsorship, and security functions with Chameleon V 10. By feeding data to web widgets and automatically sending out tweets based on Chameleon’s data algorithms, the system will be able to integrate social media inputs to create interactive election results.

Chameleon V 10 will also be seen with an updated version of its NDI player, providing completely visualized live data streams that will let users integrate multiple feeds into graphic templates to provide their viewers with real time news, sports, financial and social media information.

They will also have their Zeus media storage and playout system, designed for image- and clip-intensive production environments optimized for quick turnaround programming such as home shopping channels, sports productions and any programming where the unpredictability of source material requirements has to be dealt with under broadcast time pressures.

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