At BroadcastAsia 2018, Rohde & Schwarz is showcasing new products and system solutions spanning many different application areas in the broadcast and electronic media processing market. “Whether it is SDI workflows over IP or strategies to exploit the WOW factor of UHD HDR content, we are using

BroadcastAsia as a showcase of the added value that Rohde & Schwarz brings to its customers in this dynamic fast-growing broadcast market,” commented Yew-jin Cheong, Director of Broadcast and Media (Asia Pacific) at Rohde & Schwarz.

Post Production

R&S Clipster is the gold standard workstation for mastering and distributing feature films and episodic TV. R&S Clipster provides a foundation for post production vendors to build services upon. Supporting up to 4K120p, from a wide array of professional media file formats or baseband SDI, R&S Clipster can support various stages of post production with its built-in tools. R&S Clipster can perform conforming, VTR emulation, non-linear editing, real-time video processing, advanced color format transformations, and even guide operators toward a reliable delivery with output wizards to a myriad of professional formats. Users can create digital cinema packages, interoperable mastering format packages (IMF), AS11, and AS02 packages with quality and reliability with R&S CLIPSTER. In addition to the creation of files, R&S Clipster also provides rock solid video playback for QC, review and approval, or playout to tape via SDI, displayport, and HDMI with 16 channels of embedded SDI audio or 16 channels of AES/EBU.

At BroadcastAsia, Rohde & Schwarz is showcasing version 6.6 of R&S Clipster, demonstrating a continuous stream of new software developments and hardware configurations which continue to offer efficiency enhancements to R&S Clipster owners now and long into the future.

Storage

The vendor is highlighting R&S SpycerBox multi-user shared storage system. Using the IBM Spectrum Scale file system solution with Rohde & Schwarz storage solutions ensures more efficient storage capacity utilization. Broadcasters, post production houses, corporate organizations, and scientific institutes can now implement intelligent solutions for storing their media files based on their needs. The new file system software for R&S SpycerBox Cell and R&S SpycerBox Ultra TL simplifies the storage workflow and makes it more cost-effective.

To meet these requirements, IBM Spectrum Scale is now available for the R&S SpycerBox product family. This file system enables users to more efficiently utilize different storage tiers based on their needs. Combining high-performance R&S SpycerBox Cell online storage and powerful R&S SpycerBox Ultra TL nearline storage with IBM Spectrum Scale provides the basis for a centralized, tiered storage solution.

Ingest and Playout

Rohde & Schwarz has significantly expanded and optimized its R&S Venice platform for live production, studio production and channel playout applications. R&S Venice offers superior stability and an extensive range of features. Its flexibility makes it a future-proof investment. Thanks to the use of open standards, the media server is interoperable with systems from other manufacturers and can easily be integrated into existing infrastructures. R&S Venice uses proprietary virtual storage access (VSA) technology to ensure reliable transmission even in critical applications. The latest evolution of the platform supports the SMPTE 2110 video over IP standard, NMOS and SDI.

Broadcasters and production companies face many challenges when updating their infrastructure. The R&S Venice platform facilitates the smoothest possible transition from SDI to IP technology. Its applications range from a standalone server to multichannel installations. It is ideal for the studio, live production and multichannel playout applications. The new R&S Venice uses standard IT server technology and features an ultra-robust, next generation modular software design based on a new software structure.

Encoding and Multiplexing

Another Rohde & Schwarz focus at BroadcastAsia is its R&S AVHE100 system solution for encoding and multiplexing. A compact, yet flexible and scalable transcoding, encoding and multiplexing solution, it offers best in class video quality for premium content distribution, including for today's most advanced video coding standard HEVC for broadcast applications. It also fully supports high dynamic range (HDR) video transmission.

The platform provides COTS-based encoding and multiplexing. Its IP-based system workflow provides advanced redundancy options. At BroadcastAsia, Rohde & Schwarz demonstrates how the video headend solution integrates seamlessly with the company’s R&S PRISMON monitoring solution to ensure efficient monitoring of all streams received and generated, thereby minimizing customer stress in multi-signal environments that are commonly found in today’s broadcast solutions.

Monitoring and Multiviewer

Another focus for Rohde & Schwarz at BroadcastAsia is advanced content monitoring for broadcast and streaming media services featuring its award winning R&S Prismon multiviewer.

Rohde & Schwarz is demonstrating how R&S Prismon is applicable to the broadest range of scenarios including playout, production, contribution, distribution and cloud environments. Reporting is another key focus with combined data rates, stream types and resolution reporting, thereby reducing management complexity in modern media operations.

Contribution

Also at BroadcastAsia, Rohde & Schwarz is showcasing R&S RelayCaster for live contribution over public internet services. With R&S RelayCaster, reliability of contributing and distributing live content via unmanaged networks is significantly improved, as packet loss issues are efficiently resolved. R&S RelayCaster enables the replacement of expensive satellite links or contracts with CDN service providers. In contrast to these services, RelayCaster is not limited to certain regions or data centers. RelayCaster enables distribution of content across any distance, to any place that is reachable by Internet infrastructure. With optional encryption, data streams will be protected between all senders and receivers (AES). – Broadcast and CableSat Bureau