Appear Launches Dedicated DSNG Solution In A/NZ

Appear has launched its X10 DSNG, tailor-made solution dedicated to Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG), in Australia and New Zealand.

The X10 DSNG includes a switch module, with built-in satellite reception and ASI IO ports, that supports encoding and satellite uplink in a single, 1 rack unit (RU) chassis.

With increasing demands for live event coverage, the X10 DSNG is a compact, powerful solution that meets the very specific and challenging needs of DSNG and mobile production.

DSNG vans are often needed in conjunction with outside broadcast (OB) vans to support live production for large events. While fibre connectivity has become more widespread, or associated with live event broadcast, there are still many venues that do not have high-capacity fibre connectivity or require satellite transmission as a backup for fibre - which means DSNG vans still play an important role in contribution.

Supporting both fibre and satellite delivery, Appear’s X10 DSNG provides all the functionality needed for contribution, including encoding/decoding and satellite uplink/downlink, as well as integrated reception and monitoring of uplinked signals.  Typically, this level of functionality is needed in multiple RUs (rack units). 

The compact, power efficient X10 DSNG offers:

  • Multiple channel support: Operators can flexibly define the number of channels to be encoded and decoded, plus the number of satellite modulated outputs needed. It can support encoding of 32 HD or 8 UHD channels with 4 HD or 2 UHD channels of decoding (for monitoring), while uplinking to one or two satellite transponders.
  • High-capacity streams: The X10 DSNG can support 250 streams ensuring it meets contribution needs.
  • Compression standards support: Common compression technologies and video protocols are supported, which makes the X10 DSNG adaptable to all operational requirements within contribution, remote production, video networking and distribution. With the modular nature of the X10 DSNG, additional compression standards can be supported through adding JPEG XS and JPEG2000 features.
  • Built-in redundancy: The X10 DSNG is designed to be as reliable and failsafe as possible, even when used stand-alone, thanks to its integrated modulator redundancy switch. Should an internal failure take place, a range of redundancy options can take effect to keep the chassis fully operational.
  • IP network security: The X10 DSNG has a high-capacity firewall feature that can monitor and regenerate traffic as required.
  • Future proof video protocols: Not only does the X10 DSNG have the ability to handle all commonly used video protocols, but the programmable hardware also means that it can support new standards as and when they are defined.

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