SL NEO Platform supports Multi-Channel Recording to a wide range of codecs and Multi-Stream File Import

Multi-Channel Ingest for Broadcast and Production

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The most important quality of tapeless technology is the ability to automate all production stages, from import into the system to broadcast. In addition to the automated broadcasting system, SkyLark Technology offers automated recording complexes for production, archiving, and broadcasting complexes.

As a system designed to interoperate with a number of different broadcast technologies, SL NEO Platform supports real-time multi-channel ingest to a wide range of codecs and file containers including:
  • AVID DNxHD (120, 145, 185, 220 Mbit/s);
  • Panasonic (DVCPRO25, DVCPRO50, DVCProHD);
  • Sony XDCAM IMX (30, 40, 50 Mbit/s), DV25/DVCAM, XDCAM HD 422, HDV, AVCHD;
  • MPEG-2 4:2:0, 4:2:2, IPB GOP or I-frames;
  • MPEG-4 (H.264);
  • Apple Pro Res;

  • File Containers: AVI, MOV, MP4, MXF D-10/OP1A, RAW DV/DIF, MPEG PS/TS, FLV.
Each ingest SL NEO server is capable of recording up to 12 SD or to 8 HD channels simultaneously, with each channel being captured to one or more independent codecs along with a low resolution proxy. Metadata about an ingest is stored in a built-in media-database. Client applications can be used to add metadata to a live or prerecorded feed.

The system also incorporates an edit-while-capture module that was implemented as a virtual filesystem. This allows editors to start working on a file being captured before the capture is finished. A further advantage of the virtual filesystem is that the same essence can be presented within multiple edit-while-capture files without having an additional storage overhead.

When recording in accordance with rec lists, management of several VTRs via RS-422 or Firewire takes place, as does management of commutators for signal switching at server inputs and commutation of VTR management interfaces (if the number of tape recorders is smaller than the number of recording inputs). A fragmented recording mode is possible, in which access to material for viewing, editing, and playout is provided 2 seconds after the beginning of the recording. Recording lists are either loaded from the media planning system or are prepared on the built-in editor. VITC support for frame-accurate recordinf from tapes.

The sound level is displayed during recording, the operator may change the level in real time, which may be beneficial when working with Embedded in SDI. The SL NEO servers use coding and broadcasting technology in the chain of signals arriving in the write input of all servers, which permits network clients to visually manage input signals in multiscreen mode on a PC monitor with the option of full-screen viewing of a chosen channel with sound. 

SL NEO Media Platform Provides:

  • Centralized view of all ingest and playout servers;
  • Integration with SL NEO automation system, nonlinear editing systems and broadcast servers;
  • Immediate access to full-resolution video & low-resolution video proxies;
  • Task-focused user screens that make it easy to view content available on delivery and edit systems;
  • Support for UHD/HD and SD content;
  • Support for the delivery of content directly to video servers;
  • Rec-list integration with traffic, programming and promo systems;
  • Automated/Manual file ingest from network or local sources, P2, SxS card support. Material is accessible for viewing, editing, and playback 2 seconds after the beginning of the record or import.

SL NEO Media Platform Advantages:

Ingest System can be configured to meet your most demanding 
ingest requirements. The system enables you to:
  • Make more time available for important projects by reducing the cost of ingest 
  • Fully automated digital file ingest and transfer
  • Import key metadata supplied with the media directly to the built-in media database
  • Move media throughout the workflow without manual intervention
  • Use configurable rules to adapt workflow processes to your operation
  • Transcode media automatically to your broadcast server
  • Integrate seamlessly with playout automation, and to add ingest capabilities to any of the SL NEO family of workflow products.

Diagrams for the use of SL NEO server recording modules may vary depending on the task:

  • Recording of files onto a local array server or on a central array (SAN/NAS) in shared folders for subsequent editing or for transfer to the archive
  • File recording in the central archive of the collective editing system, registration in the system database (for example, Avid Unity/Avid Interplay)
  • Recording of files onto the local array of the broadcast server or onto a central broadcasting archive (SAN/NAS) in shared folders for subsequent broadcast
  • File recording in the central archive of the broadcasting system, registration in the SL NEO media database.

Supported Devices

SL NEO Media Platform can be easily integrated with third-party devices, ensuring seamless workflows across mixed environments. The system comes preconfigured to be interoperable with file server devices that support direct-convert transfers of media files, and works with a large number of devices: routers & VTRs.