Major advance in video server tech


Teleprompter, newsroom and video server specialist Autocue will use the upcoming NAB2012 Show in Las Vegas as the platform for the global launch of new v3 firmware for its range of multi-format SD/HD ingest, storage and playout video servers.

The v3 release includes substantial support for Avid and Apple editing workflows, with new OP-Atom and ProRes formats and improved handling of QuickTime, DNxHD and XDCAM content.

Autocue CTO Neil Hutchins said, “This is not an incremental firmware release, but a major advance in video server technology derived from extensive in-house research and development designed to further extend what was already an extremely versatile production workflow system.”

The new software also provides scheduled playout of clip sequences, with both local and remote access to playlists. Improved timecode handling enables the server’s time to be synchronised to house timecode via LTC and recordings to be triggered from embedded VITC. Support for 608 and 708 closed captions has been added, and transcoding can now be triggered on demand from a pre-defined list of encode profiles. A new XML-based remote protocol means the server can be controlled by third-party applications, and support is also now provided for field order and pixel aspect ratio requirements.

Autocue Video Servers are the most cost-effective video servers on the market today and can be used as an e-VTR or VTR replacement; as part of an Autocue


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