​Rohde & Schwarz Present RelayCaster at NAB Show New York

Shown for the first time in the U.S. since acquiring the technology of Motama earlier this year, Rohde & Schwarz introduced the latest versions of RelayCaster and CodecCaster to the U.S. market at NAB New York. RelayCaster enables live content contribution over public IP networks, and CodecCaster provides high-density, live transcoding.

According to the manufacturer, with RelayCaster, “there’s no need for expensive, dedicated links or contracts with CDN service providers. It can distribute content across any distance, to any place with Internet access. With optional encryption, data streams are protected between all senders and receivers. RelayCaster targets live content producers and aggregators as well as live content service operators and OTT operators.”

CodecCaster is described as a turn-key system for real-time transcoding, offering high-performance and high-quality IP-based format conversion and bitrate reduction for MPEG transport streams. It supports transcoding and transrating to multiple bitrates for adaptive streaming for MPEG-2, AVC/H.264 and HEVC/H.265. The output of DVB compliant and OTT streams is also supported. In addition, audio pass through and audio transcoding for AAC, MPEG audio and Dolby Digital Plus is available.

Also on display was the new generation of R&S VENICE media server for existing SDI baseband architectures and IP-based broadcast infrastructure and workflows. The system’s implementation of Rohde & Schwarz’s proprietary virtual storage access technology enables “uninterrupted broadcast operations with no performance degradation in the event of single or multiple simultaneous failures,” the firm claims. 

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