Aviwest Releases RACK Series For Live Contribution And Remote Production

The new RACK Series, due for release this summer, is an AVC and HEVC encoder for space-constrained live production, including contribution applications and multicamera at-home productions.

"As broadcasters aim to deliver superior-quality video content for live events, data costs are spiraling out of control," said Samuel Fleischhacker, senior product manager. "The RACK Series features a next-generation encoder that is extremely powerful, significantly reducing the bit rates typically associated with broadcasting high-quality video in real time over bonded cellular and the public internet."

The Series is designed to be deployed in fixed locations and directly connected on wired IP networks, offering a real cost-effective alternative to satellite or fiber. In addition, it can be used on vans or trucks and connected to a roof-mounted Aviwest QUAD CellLink 3G/4G antenna or KA satellite transmitter.

The unit supports multiple operational modes including live, record, live and record, file forward, and data hot spot for high-speed internet connectivity. All of these operations are possible in only two taps on the touch screen.

The appliance also features a SIP-based intercom to simplify communications between the master control room on the broadcaster premises and remote operators in the field. A video return function enables remote crews to receive the on-air feed from the studio, receive teleprompting information, and ensure the live stream is being delivered properly - all in less than one second.

The product comes in a 1-U half rack form factor. It can synchronously backhaul multiple live feeds with genlock and lip sync across multiple cameras.

It features SST technology (Safe Streams Transport) “for ultra-reliable transmission on any network, thanks to an intelligent IP-bonding stack that aggregates all available bandwidth without needing to stop a live transmission, even as connections are added or dropped,” adds Fleischhacker.

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