Live From NAB: Evertz Dives Head First Into Replay With Dreamcatcher

At this year’s NAB, Evertz isn’t looking to simply jump into the replay market. According to Mo Goyal, Product Manager for Evertz Microsystems, the company is looking to change the way replay is done. “Dreamcatcher is our foray into the live, slo-mo replay market,” says Goyal. “It’s highly scalable with flexible architecture… that allows us to meet the changing needs of our customer base.”

Evertz, drawing from its experiences building the Mediator Content Management and Automation system, sought to create a replay server characterized by production quality, new compression technology, and codec flexibility. Rather than rely on a single mode of compression, Dreamcatcher can handle JPEG2000, MPEG-4, and H.264, among others.

“I can do more with less,” says Goyal, of the user reaction he hopes Dreamcatcher will achieve. “Do more replays, get more information, with less operators.”

Dreamcatcher is highly scalable, capable of suiting the needs of small sporting events and Olympic-size productions alike by increasing or decreasing the number of outputs. The user can visualize and manage all data on a graphical, flexible interface.

Cognizant that entering the replay server market pits the company against some steep competition, Evertz plans to offer a different way to approach replay.

“We know that we’re going in as the underdog in this race,” says Goyal, “We’re looking at all the ways to change the way you do replay.”

Evertz will unveil new features to Mediator, which is part of the company’s IT-based playout architecture, including automatic join-in-progress with content deadroll; live break insertion without altering the automation list for breaks in live events; new graphics workflow with integrated templating tools; and new configuration tools for custom modifications to workflows, tasks, and templates. The company hopes to address the demand for traditional live playout features in an IT-based model.

The company is also announcing the release of MAGNUM VUE MV hardware. MAGNUM VUE MV utilizes the company’s MAGNUM VUE visual control software and combines it with a mixed signal format multiviewer platform, enabling operations to build operator-specific work surfaces.

Rounding out Evertz’s new NAB product offerings, the company is unveiling the new 3480ENC for ATS for high density H.264/MPEG-2 video encoding and transcoding for broadcasting, IPTV, and cable headends, and a new line of multi-service fiber transport products.


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