Nextologies Talks About Using Blackmagic’s DeckLink Cards

Media solutions provider Nextologies is using DeckLink Duo 2 and DeckLink Quad 2 capture and playback cards for their full- time point-to-point and point-to-multipoint video network.

The most notable events this year were the live pre-launch broadcasts of the SpaceX rocket launch and splashdown shows. In addition, Nextologies is also the technology provider for the Associated Press, serving all of their numerous global news outlets.

“We’ve used the BMD DeckLink products for years because of their flexibility, global availability and excellent price point. This has given us the ability to be incredibly creative in how we design new products and services,” said Sasha Zivanovic, CEO.

“When we initially rolled out our first services, just buying an encoder or decoder would cost our broadcast clients upwards of $25K. In addition, no one offered an all-in-one video transport service, which meant all sorts of gear, formats and middlemen were needed to create temporary solutions which was problematic.”

An example of Nextologies and DeckLink Quad 2 combination was the recent launch and splashdown shows for SpaceX Dragon on Discovery Channel. Nextologies partnered with mobile broadcasting company PSSI Global Services to provide live video connectivity for the prelaunch shows. Since show talent and producers were scattered across the US working remotely during COVID, PSSI used Nextologies’ NXT-16 technology and a combination of NXT-4 and NXT-Lite gear to deliver the program feed in the highest quality and lowest latency allowing for a seamless remote production.

DeckLink Quad 2’s were used in each of the Nextologies’ products sent to the PSSI control center in Burbank, while DeckLink Duo 2s were used with NXT-4 and NXT Lite units sent to talent.

Zivanovic concluded, “During live, historical broadcasts such as SpaceX, there is zero room for technological errors. Streamlined processes and flawless gear are essential. The DeckLink’s ability to handle multiple SDI connections, as well as the flexibility to work with any type of media formats were an important part in making this possible.”

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