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​Signum Bildtechnik Debuts 4K Server With IP playout

Germany’s Signum has introduced the BlackHive X7 media server, targeted at 4K playout applications.

“There is a big discussion about the future of broadcasting at the moment“, says Martin Hainfellner, president and CEO of Signum Bildtechnik. “We opted for SMPTE standards in order to make our servers as flexible as possible for the future. With the X7 it is possible to produce content in HD today and switch easily to 4K in the future without changing the hardware. This is what makes Signum’s servers so unique on the market.”

One feature is CloudRemote which makes it possible to connect many Signum media servers to a cloud and control them remotely. For example, it is possible to play a news clip with a BlackHive X7 located in Berlin, and play a second news clip afterwards from another BlackHive X7 that is located in a studio in Atlanta. CloudRemote virtually merges all the content into one playlist and plays the connected content.

The BlackHive X7 is controlled by the Master Control Software SigiStudio. The SigiStudio playlist suite enables the studio operator to create, edit and save the rundown playlists of live shows and TV magazines. The operator can play single content or an entire playlist. Playout can also be automated with Signum’s scheduler plug-in.

Hainfellner adds, “With its ability to switch to 4K at a later point without changing the hardware, its flexible IP connections, as well as its time saving CloudRemote feature, the new X7 is an compelling investment for all broadcasters who are looking to make the jump to UHD and IP operations.”

The BlackHive X3 began shipping in November 2016. The UHD Version BlackHive X7 is scheduled to ship in January 2017.

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