Regional and multiple language distribution is throwing up challenges for broadcasters and service providers in terms of automated playout. Among these is ensuring the correct language track is synched to the right channel or programme. Among the manufacturers addressing this issue is Pebble Beach Systems, which will demonstrate multi-lingual capability for its Marina system during IBC 2017.
To cater for users providing programming in several languages, Pebble Beach Systems has developed a series of features for its top-end Marina playout automation platform. These enable the system to work in either SDI or IP and allow distribution operators to fulfill service level agreements for a variety of customers with varying operational requirements.
These range from single play lists to multiple IP feeds using a number of languages. In both situations it is imperative that the audio soundtracks, voice-overs and subtitles are assigned to the correct channel. Marina uses the MFX file associated with the material to select the right language for the destination. In the event of a file not playing or the designated language not being accessible, the configuration rules of the system allow for a preferred substitute to be used. This is based on a dynamic principle rather than audio shuffling, which means the right audio channel can be mapped event-by-event.
Commenting on the growing need for multi-lingual capability, Pebble Beach Systems' chief technology officer, Ian Cockett, said, "As content providers acquire rights to distribute media worldwide, the demand to produce and play out content in multiple languages is increasing. This typically involves the acquisition, management and control of multiple-language versions of each piece of core content. However, efficiently managing this media while keeping international playout centres cost-effective, can be a truly daunting task."
Pebble Beach Systems will demonstrate Marina on Stand 8.B68 in the RAI convention centre at IBC.
You might also like...
Multi-CDN is a standard model for today’s D2C Streamers, which automatically requires a CDN selection solution. As streaming aims to be broadcast-grade and cost-effective, how are CDN Selection solutions evolving to support these objectives?
Information theory can also be applied to loudspeakers, which are among the most difficult of transducers to design. Measuring the information capacity of loudspeakers is a useful tool.
Here we look at some practical results of transform theory that show up in a large number of audio and visual applications.
Machine learning is often compared to the human brain. But what do they really have in common?
As users working from home are no longer limited to their working environment by the concept of a physical location, and infrastructures are moving more and more to the cloud-hybrid approach, the outdated concept of perimeter security is moving aside…