Pebble Beach Systems Announces 2017 NAB Show Plans

Pebble Beach will spotlight virtualized channel in a box for the public cloud, 4K playout, and web-based monitoring and management tool at the 2017 NAB Show.

Pebble Beach Systems will demonstrate its latest advancements and solutions in their exhibit at the 2017 NAB Show. New solutions include 4K playout from the Dolphin integrated channel system, deployment of multiple virtualized channels in both a public and a private cloud with Orca, and the web-based remote management and monitoring tool Lighthouse for the Marina automation system.

Orca: Virtualized CiaB

Exhibit visitors can see a live deployment and hosting of multiple channels either in a private cloud or with Amazon Web Services (AWS), using Orca, Pebble's virtualized playout solution running under the Marina automation control system.

The ability to deploy new channels in a matter of minutes at low cost makes Pebble's public cloud solution particularly suited to pop-up, event-based channels, and to Disaster Recovery applications.

Orca users can create new IP channels from a series of templates at the touch of a button. They can be quickly deployed into a running system without needing to restart or make configuration changes. Fully automated channels, using the same Marina infrastructure as on-premises systems, can be launched and running at the click of a button, with little additional training of staff required.

For Disaster Recovery applications, Orca offers a cost effective and efficient solution that can be dynamically deployed only when needed. Orca’s new metering tools show an hour by hour utilization of channel resources. Storage can contain backup material to run during an emergency, while mirrored show content for the day can be quickly uploaded in minutes. With content uploaded, the DR feed is a perfect mirror of the original broadcast.

Lighthouse Remote Monitoring

Lighthouse is a web-based remote management and monitoring dashboard for the Marina automation environment that extends Marina’s functionality to operations staff and engineers both inside and outside the broadcast facility. It offers control, monitoring, media management, and system configuration tools.

Lighthouse extends the reach of staff with standard browser interfaces so that status and corrective actions are just seconds away, even outside the control room. It makes unattended operation safe, and worry-free for senior staff. Lighthouse offers a series of interfaces that deliver configuration and deployment functionality for Orca virtual channels.

4K Dolphin

Dolphin delivers highly automated integrated audio, video and graphics functionality for ingest, channel branding and frame-accurate multi-channel playout. Dolphin bridges the SDI/IP worlds and can work in either compressed or uncompressed environments being SMPTE2022-6/7 compliant.

With new added I/O support for either IP or SDI, Dolphin helps organizations evolve their playout from HD to 4K when required without a forklift upgrade. 4K output is presented as H.264/H.265 SPTS (single program transport stream) over IP or Quad SDI. For input, 4K file-based media can be encoded with H.264, ProRes, XAVC, or AVC-Ultra. The Dolphin system supports automatic SD/HD up-conversion to 4K when mixed content is present.

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