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ENCO to showcase new features for MOM at NAB 2017
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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:50

At the 2017 NAB Show, taking place from 24 to 27 April at the Las Vegas Convention Center, ENCO will introduce updates for its MOM (Media Operations Manager) system, offering one of the industry’s most impressive cost-to-feature ratio for automated TV workflows.

Designed for broadcasters, cable television operations and streaming media providers, MOM delivers a comprehensive platform for organising and managing a wide array of broadcast production and integrated channel playout tasks. MOM integrates ingest, media asset management, graphics, branding, on-the-fly multi-format transcoding, and 24/7 multi-channel playout automation within its single, unified platform.

New for the 2017 NAB Show is an integrated graphics generator for live channel branding, support for Network Device Interface (NDI) connectivity, and the ability to produce a live show with live camera and NDI inputs. This extends MOM beyond standard automation-related tasks and deeper into the TV production infrastructure.

“These new features further expand the functionality of our feature-rich MOM system,” said Ken Frommert, general manager of ENCO Systems. “While MOM is a powerful broadcast automation and media asset management system, it’s now migrating into live production territory by accepting live camera and NDI inputs.

Support for NDI-connected devices is especially valuable given the ability to easily share bidirectional SD, HD and 4K/UHD video over a single, ubiquitous, standard Gigabit network – amplifying MOM’s value in IP production.

“The broadcasting industry is rapidly gravitating to IP-based operations, and MOM is now one more way to embrace IP network-based production workflows,” said Frommert.

MOM and virtualisation
ENCO will have a presentation area in its NAB booth where company representatives will also demonstrate the value of virtualised automation. The demonstrations will include multiple automation systems running off a single ENCO1 virtualised server. ENCO1 allows ENCO software solutions to run efficiently via IP-based virtualisation to reduce costs and operational overhead, as well as minimize rack space.

“Depending upon the configuration, MOM can serve as a reliable channel-in-a-box or integrated channel playout system, both of which fully automate the broadcast chain – with rock-solid reliability and redundancy,” said Frommert. “And when master control operators want to ‘take the reins,’ they can quickly switch the system over to manual mode with our user-friendly on-air user interface,” Frommert said.

With MOM’s intuitive, graphical on-air user interface, a single operator can handle all of the media production and playout tasks required by the end-to-end broadcast workflow. Tasks like scheduling, logging changes, manual playback and live insertion control can be executed with simple drag-and-drop functionality.

“MOM is a futureproof system that already supports UHD/4K, and since we support SDI, IP and a hybrid of the two, MOM also allows broadcasters to transition to an all IP infrastructure at their own pace,” Frommert said. “For those streaming media and online-based broadcast operations that have an end-to-end IP-based infrastructure with no SDI, MOM already allows them to operate in a fully virtualised environment.”





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