Snell announces an all IP production platform

The Snell xStream platform provides real-time processing in the IP production environment.

XStream is a software-based media processing engine that offers a cost-effective solution for media facilities wanting to make the transition to IP production without losing continuity with existing workflows.

The xStream platform and related products integrate with Snell’s forthcoming IP routing and control solutions.

The new platform, based on Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) hardware, provides a framework for hosting multiple products that manage all areas of real-time broadcast processing, from conversion and audio processing to video mixing and keying. In addition, the platform offers full compatibility with Snell Media Biometrics monitoring which is key to enhancing the ‘monitoring by exception’ environment, as well as integration with Snell’s powerful IP routing and control solutions.

The first product to be offered on the xStream platform will be Quasar XS enabling the IP production world to benefit from high quality real-time format conversion. Offering up-and-down conversion using Snell’s award winning motion adaptive technology, Quasar XS as part of the xStream platform helps customers make a functional move towards an IP production environment without sacrificing familiar operational processes and workflows.

According to company officials, the xStream platform will be able to use the same software tools with which they are already familiar, but enable them to move forward based on an IT-centric underlying infrastructure.

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