Get Connected… All the latest information and product coverage at the 2017 NAB Show, by the editors of The Broadcast Bridge. Filter your results by category.
Click here

Pixel Power StreamMaster

Pixel Power’s StreamMaster removes physical limitations of master control operations by virtualizing its operations from ingest to playout.

These days, anything that can be done in software can be virtualized and freed from hardware restrictions. That’s why Pixel Power demonstrated its StreamMaster virtualized playout platform at the NAB Show in New York earlier this month.

This lets the same software application modules, including master control playout, video server, or graphics engine, run on standard bare metal units, off-the-shelf IT hardware, a virtual environment, or in a public cloud like Amazon Web Services.

Pixel Power is releasing a baseband video card for StreamMaster for those not yet ready to move to an IP infrastructure. “This makes it ready for stations that want a baseband I/O master control,” O’Connell said, “but will save their investment when they migrate to a fully IP system in the future.”

Pixel Power’s Gallium automation system drives StreamMaster, interfacing with traffic schedules, asset management systems and archive systems.

“Gallium moves all that media around from nearline storage directly to the StreamMaster for playout,” O’Connell said. “It actually controls the StreamMaster workflow for the day, including programs, commercials, promos, etc.”

Also in the package is Promote, which automates the creation of dynamic branding either within a single channel or across multiple channels, allowing broadcasters to expedite simple or complex changes network-wide.

“We work with a station’s programming department to set up a list of rules that determine the ‘look’ they want for their promos and ID banners using templates, “O’Connell explained. “Then the versioning of these spots can be customized under control of Promote, even changing the audio V. O.’s., and Gallium will then automate their playout from the station’s playlist schedule.”

Promote can be purchased separately to work with third party automation systems.

“We see running a station in virtual environments becoming increasingly popular,” O’Connell said. “For those who want to retain the traditional look and feel of its operation, we also offer a hardware master control panel called the VSP. We’ve been demonstrating proof of performance of the virtualization of master control playout with StreamMaster at NAB and IBC and are convinced it is ready for prime time.”

Let us know what you think…

Log-in or Register for free to post comments…

You might also like...

Virtualising Your Playout Operations: A Reality Check

So you think you want to virtualise your playout? Good, there are many benefits to be gained from deploying a channel in the cloud. For centralcast hubs, service providers, MCOs (Multiple Channel Operators), sports broadcasters, and corporates, virtualised playout can…

Cloud Broadcasting - Cloud Washed or Cloud Born?

Implementation of software in public clouds might not be as straightforward as it seems. Outdated software licensing models restrict one of the fundamental advantages of cloud systems, that is their ability to grow and shrink as the dynamics of the…

Vista Studios To Launch In Los Angeles With SAM’s 4K and IP technology

Vista Studios, will open a new 30,000 sq. ft. broadcast and production facility in Playa Vista CA on January 1, 2017 with a full slate of 4K and IP-based production and distribution technology from Snell Advanced Media (SAM). The new SAM production switchers,…

The Business Case for IP

Broadcast television is undergoing a tectonic revolution from artisanal service provider to industrial scale producer. As the industry moves to its mature phase business owners require a highly efficient production line approach that is scalable, agile and cost predictable, allowing…

Broadcasting from a Public Cloud? – A Look at Security and DR

As OTT consumption continues to rise, broadcasters and content distributors see the cloud as a way to respond to an insatiable demand for new channels. Likewise, the cloud seems to be a good solution to disaster recovery (DR). Cynics, however,…