SL NEO 2000. Multipurpose Playout

Playout Solution for a Wide Range of Applications: Live Production, Central and Regional Casting, OTT and Thematic Channels. Up to 8x HD or 2x UHD Output Programs and up to 16 I/O Ports. File & Live Events, On Air Graphics and Branding. Closed Captioning, MultiFormat IP Encoding & Streaming. LAN/WAN Configurations, Redundancy Schemes from N+1 to N+N.

Overview of the SL NEO 2000

Main Functions and Workflow Operations

Streams Capture
File Ingest: Transfer & Processing

  • Streams Capture: demux, decoding of incoming Signals/Streams from SDI/HDMI, ASI/IP Interfaces. Types/protocols: SMPTE ST2110/2022−7, NDI, HLS, RTMP, RTP, UDP, SRT, Zixi.
  • Up to 16x HD 1080i/p 50/60 or 4x UHD 2160p 50/60 I/O Ports.
  • Up to 8x PGM HD Channels or 2x PGM UHD Channels in one SL NEO 2000 Server (depend on model).
  • File Ingest: Manual or Automatic File Content Copying to Playout Servers, Copying and Moving Files between production units according to configurable rules.

Preparing: Сontent, Schedules, Graphics Templates

  • Schedules: Import PlayLists Files from Traffic Systems, from Excel, scheduling in PlayList Editor.
  • File Content: Search, Preview, I/O Points & Key Frames, Ad Points Settings, Proxy Fast Editing for News Stories.
  • Graphics Preparation: Сreate and edit Graphic Compositions with titles, video, 2D DVE in Networked Graphics Editor.

Playout: Live Events and Files, On-air Graphics

  • Automated according to Schedules or Manual Controlled Playout. Mix of File & Live Events (Input Streams from Server Capture Ports).
  • Graphics Layers Generation and Overlay: Lite or PRO Graphics Set.
  • Lite Graphics Set: 1x GR Players and Character Generator plus a Logo Layer per one PGM Channel.
  • PRO Graphics Set: 8x GR Players and Character Generators plus a Logo Layer per each PGM Channel.
  • Automated Channel Branding or Manual Controlled Graphiscs Playback.
  • «Secondary events» with markers in the Main PlayList per each PGM Channel.

Data Exchange (Control, CC, Text Visualization)

From External Systems and Devices:
  • GPI, VDCP for SL NEO Playout Services Control in Slave Mode,
  • CII Protocol for SL NEO Graphics Playback Control,
  • Live Close Captioning Data from FAB and Polistream Systems,
  • Data from Emergency Alert System (EAS) — National Warning System in the United States,
  • Data to Text Visualization from External Sources (Weather Stations, RSS, HTTP).
To External Systems and Devices:
  • Aidio Devices (Ember+), GPO Ports,
  • TSL5/UMD Data for External Multiviewers.
SL NEO Control Protocol

During operation, Server Software Modules exchange commands with each other, receive and generate commands to external Devices and Systems via software and hardware control interfaces. The SL NEO Control Protocol allows the exchange of commands between:

  • SL NEO Modules running on the same Server, or Modules running on multiple servers in a local network,
  • SL NEO Servers & Workstations (XML-RPC Clients),
  • SL NEO Servers, and External Systems which use SL NEO Control Protocol.

Media Data & Embedded Ancillary Data Processing

  • Media Data (AV Streams): up/down/cross convertion (FPS, Color Spaces), Super White/Black Levels, Video Levels Ajust, Frame Sync, Output Loudness Normalization (R-128), Audio Levels Ajust/Normalization, DRC, Audio tracks mapping,
  • ANC/MPEG2 Data Decoding, Generation, Retransmittion (Relay) from Capture to Output Ports: VITC, AFD/WSS, Closed Captions, SCTE-104/SCTE-35/DTMF, DVB/ATSC Subtitles, EPG.

Media Files Processing

  • During File Transfer Operations: up/down/cross convertion (FPS, Color Spaces), Output Loudness Normalization (R-128), Audio Levels, DRC, Audio tracks mapping, change Codecs and File Container.

Output Stream Encoding

  • Streams Encoding with GPU Assistance. Data processng: ANC Data, DVB/ATSC Subtitles Insertion.
  • Multiple Signals/Streams Outputs with a different resolutions/fps/protocols/bitrate per each PGM Channel (option).

Fault Tolerance in the Local Network or in the Cloud

  • LAN and WAN Configurations: Built-in Media Database with proxy, Automated File Ingest, PlayLists Preparation and Control Tools, Web Application Server. All Playout (PGM) Channels are controlled and through SL NEO Client Applications when working in the local network or through Web-Clients when working in the WAN.
  • SkyLark SL NEO Products is optimized for Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver comprehensive cost-efficiently Solutions.
  • Redundancy Schemes from N+1 to N+N: hot redundancy: parallel running of half sets, on-line synchronization of all Backup Playlists from Main Server. Automatic Media DB mirroring, copying content from the Main Server to the Backup with tracking of changes in file versions.

Best Performance & Functionality

  • SL NEO 2000 Performance is provided by two Intel Xeon Gold Server CPU, highly productive DDR4 RAM, and the disk subsystem based on hardware RAID from 8 to 16 Tb (depend on model).
  • The Wide Functionality is Powered by the SL NEO Media Platform Software.

SL NEO 2000 Server Software Licensing

  • Only the number of each Function type for Ports and Channels (Capture Ports, Output Ports, Program Channels, Lite or PRO Graphics Set) and Formats (SD or SD/HD or SD/HD/UHD) are licensed.
  • Any changing of Capture Port Interface type (SDI/HDMI/IP/ASI) and selecting for Capture Port any IP protocol from the list of supported, will not require additional licenses.
  • Changing type of Output Port Interface (SDI/HDMI/IP/ASI) within the same category (uncompressed or compressed type), selecting any IP protocol from the list of supported for Output Port, will not require additional licenses.
  • Increasing the number of Capture Ports, Output Ports or the number of Program Channels, format changes to a higher resolution will invalidate the current license.
  • To restore license validity, return the number of Ports, Channels and formats to their original values, or purchase an upgraded license that includes payment only for additional Ports, Channels and Format upgrades.

More Details

  • Various types of Events Start: Manually, by the Hard Time value, Sequential Playback.
  • Events Start by external commands GPI/VDCP/XML-RPC, SCTE-104/SCTE-35/DTMF markers in incoming stream.
  • Import Schedules from Traffic Systems, or from Excel files. On every workstation — built-in Playlist Editor with access to MediaDataBase, frame-by-frame proxy preview to set In/OUT.
  • Handy tool for Manual Playback Control: quick selection and start, quick transitions to any lines in the schedule, multi-channel playback with synchronous start.
  • Minimum duration of a clip in the playlist is 1 frame.
  • The Basic Design Elements: titles, roll or crawl on dynamic backgrounds.
  • The number of such objects is not limited, they can be combined arbitrarily with files and live video with alpha Graphic Compositions.
  • The Compositions may contain 2D DVE, PIP, audio mixes. Text data are not tied to the design and can be retrieved from external sources (Excel, RSS, HTML, Weather Stations).
  • Compositions are created and edited with the built-in network Graphics Editor.
  • For each PGM Сhannel: 8x Graphic Players plus 1 Logo Player work simultaneously.
  • Playback of graphics is done manually or automatically according to specially play-lists or as «secondary events». Graphics playback does not require pre-rendering.
  • Transfer Manager Lite — Server/Client tool for automatic copying and moving file content between production units according to configurable rules.
  • Transfer Manager Lite is also available as Standalone Software Product.
  • TM Lite used for moving files from Ingest to Playout zone, NLE and to archive.
  • The second scenario — priority copying from NLE and archive to Playout Servers arrays with analysis of executable playlists. Files first in the play queue are copied first.
  • The module supports multithreaded copying with adjustable speed.
  • SL NEO Media Database significantly expands the functional scope of the operating system when working with media: the user does not work with files but with clips, text metadata enables material search by basic attributes: time, place, event, person, while additional technical profiles, such as proxy, enable collective editing without a significant load on the network.
  • Each SL NEO 2000 series server comes with an included Media Database module that operates 10 text metadata fields in the initial configuration.
  • The MultiScreen client application is a network receiver of the «prewiew» streams coming from the active software modules of the SL NEO Servers in common network.
  • All software modules of the SL NEO Servers transmit its I/O streams to the network in proxy mode.
  • MultiScreen application receives these streams and displays them on the PC monitor.
  • Any stream can be switched to online fullscreen viewing mode. This technology is designed to monitor multiple streams at operator workstations.
  • Optional SDI/HDMI and/or IP/ASI MultiScreen HD Monitor Output is needed to view all PGm and output signals in multiview mode with an overlay of audio levels.
  • Built-in up/down/fps conversion allows signals with different resolution and frame rates to be displayed together on the same display.
  • Alarms will alert the operator to abnormal situations such as freeze frame or «black» field, when audio levels are exceeded or undershot.

Functional Diagrams

SL NEO 2000 Series Servers. Software Modules Types and Interconnections

File Import and Backup Sync Diagram for SL NEO 2000/3000 Series

PDF Documents


How do I connect to a Web Application Server?

The Administrator Control Panel is accessed via a browser at http://server_ip:7701/admin

I need to connect to SL NEO Server Settings by Web

The Administrator Control Panel is accessed via a browser at http://server_ip:7901

What are «Actions» in relation to the SL NEO Platform?

The SL NEO Server Software Modules can exchange tasks to perform certain Actions. The main part of the Action exchange mechanism is the Action Router Module, which provides registration for modules that want to send or receive Actions. Modules interact with the Action Router using the XML-RPC protocol.

What is a Program Channel?

The Program Channel is a service that is responsible for playing clips and graphics on playlists, generating events, receiving and performing actions. Manual control of the program channel is performed through playlists in the Air Manager application. Automated control is possible through the engine of actions.

Why do I need the News Cut app?

News Cut app is a proxy news editing client with graphics creation and closed captioning editing features.