Pebble Beach Systems Exhibits Virtualized Playout

Visitors to Pebble Beach Systems’ broadcast automation exhibits at NAB NY and SMPTE in Hollywood will find a number of playout solutions deployable in a public or private cloud.

At NAB NY 2017 and the upcoming SMPTE exhibition, Pebble Beach Systems, will focus on the needs of broadcasters looking to transition to a virtualized playout environment.

Engineers want to benefit from the agility and flexibility of an all-IP world. Orca, Pebble's virtualized playout solution, has been designed to help centralcast hubs, service providers, multi-channel operators, sports broadcasters and corporations easily deploy and host multiple channels in either a public or private cloud.

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, comprehensive disaster recovery applications, and situations where deployment agility is required.

With the recently-announced integration with the NewTek NDI IP video standard, Orca can now deliver low-latency confidence monitoring, increasing its suitability for the playout of high value live, reactive channels and latency-sensitive applications. This new development removes the classic objection from operators that require instantaneous feedback when switching live events.

NDI provides a low-latency, light-weight, frame accurate video protocol, giving Pebble’s customers less than one frame of delay when confidence monitoring channel-in-a-box (Ciab) or virtualized playout systems over an IP network.

Visitors to the Pebble booth at NAB NY will also see the Lighthouse web-based remote management and monitoring dashboard for the Marina automation platform. Lighthouse extends Marina’s functionality to business users, operational staff and engineers both inside and outside the broadcast facility. It offers a series of interfaces which deliver configuration and deployment functionality for Orca virtual channels. Using the new design and deployment tools, Lighthouse users can quickly and easily design, edit, launch and decommission virtual IP channels on the fly.

With the continuing growth in IP video implementation, including the ratification of the ST2110 standard, Pebble Beach Systems will be sharing its experiences of the new technologies in the upcoming SMPTE conference sessions. Eric Openshaw, Pebble Beach Systems' general manager, will be co-presenting a paper on Automating Digital Asset Production with SCTE Messages with Jim Duval, director of enterprise at Telestream. The presentation takes place at 09.30 on Thursday 26 October in Salon 1.

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