SL NEO Servers in Custom Configurations

Choose the number of I/O ports, types and formats of signals, select the basic functions. We will pick up all the necessary hardware, software components, assemble and configure one or more servers SL NEO on individual configurations to implement your tasks.
What components are used to assemble the SL NEO Servers?

We use components from the world’s leading manufacturers of professional server equipment — Intel, Supermicro, Dell, HP, Adaptec, Matrox, Dektec, Nvidia. The requirements to professional equipment for the media industry are very high and we focus on reliable, verified and effective products.

How long will it take to make the order?

Servers according to individual configurations are assembled and configured in up to 60 business days after payment for the order. The assembly speed is directly depending on the delivery time of server components, namely Matrox and Dektec I/O cards. Anyway, we will assemble your order as fast as possible.

Is it possible to expand the functionality of the server during its use?

You can order the SL NEO server platform with a performance reserve in order to purchase and activate the necessary software options during the exploitation. We are ready to consider requests for activation of additional functions on any SL NEO server, but we cannot guarantee that the platforms that were not initially provided with performance reserve will cope with the additional load. In such cases we recommend to test your platform before purchasing the options.

Ordering Information

1. Select interfaces, formats, and number of capture ports

It is necessary to define the maximum number of Server Inputs (Capture Ports) as summ of all Streams Sources for needed Processes:

  • Streams for Recording Channels,
  • Full Screen Live Sources in Program Channels and for PIP in Graphics Layers,
  • Fill + Key Live Sources in Program Graphics Channels and for Graphics Layers,
  • Additional Input Streams for Multiscreen and for Stream Players Software Modules (stream duplicates on they inputs and internal SL NEO streams are not counted)

Next, you need to select the types of Hardware Interfaces and Formats for the input Signals and Streams from list of Supported.

SkyLark policy does not provide additional licensing for capturing of Media Streams Embedded ANC & MPEG2 Data: SCTE-104/35, DTMF markers, Teletext & Closed Captioning Data, VITC/AFD/WSS Data, DVB/ATSC Subtitles & EPG.

2. Determine the number of recorders, file players and software players with graphics
  • Necessary to specify the number of file recorders that will work simultaneously and their formats: UHD, 1080p50/60, 1080i 50/60. or SD.
  • Need to specify the number of simple file players (playlist playback without graphics) that will run concurrently and their formats (UHD, 1080p50/60, 1080i 50/60. or SD).
  • Number of program channels with graphics (playlist playback, live sources in the program, 9 graphics players) that will work simultaneously and formats for the program channels.

SkyLark policy does not provide additional licensing for using external commands to control events in the playlists of program channels: SCTE-104/35 tags, DTMF, GPI commands: the functionality is included in the playlist licenses. Licensing is required to generate SCTE-104/35 tags.

3. Selecting options for recorders and software players

Recorder options:

  • LTC In, GPI I/O, VDCP over IP Software License, Device Server (VTR Control, SDI Router Control Software License).

Options for software players:

  • GPI I/O, VDCP over IP Software License,
  • Device Server (SDI Router Control) Software License,
  • SCTE-104/35 Generation Software License,
  • EBU R128 Loudness Normalization Software License,
  • Closed Captions Generation from File. Software License,
  • Live Closed Captions Generation. Software License.
4. automatic file transfer: with or without processing (only copying)
  • Transfer Manager is a software package designed to automatically move media and metadata files between nodes in production systems.
  • Processing when moving files: changing codec, file container, up/down/cross conversion.
  • Audio processing: audio level change, audio level normalization by dBFS scale, volume level normalization by LUFS scale.
  • Transfer Manager Lite is a software suite for automatic file transfers. Works without processing, and does not change files.
5. Built-in multiscreen for signals and streams
  • Additional HD SDI/HDMI output is designed to display all input/output signals on a video monitor screen in multiscreen mode. In addition to SDI/HDMI, the multiscreen output format can be configured to generate IP streams.
  • Integration with recorders and software players lets you visualize service information (TC values, clip IDs).
  • Alarms: triggers when a freeze frame or black box is detected, and if the audio volume exceeds or underscores the set dBFS level.
6. Signal time delay functions
  • Short Delay. In cases where a delay of several minutes of live broadcasting with editing is not possible, Profanity Delay mode is used: the output signal is delayed by 5 to 30 seconds and unwanted moments are «blocked» by pressing buttons with special effects from the list. The short delay is used in «classic» broadcasts and webcasts on social networks.
  • Time Shift — Signal delay mode from 3 minutes to a few hours, can be used for both program production and beltcasting with a time shift from the central station, when broadcasting belts are spread from east to west of the center.
7. Select the types of interfaces and the number of output signals and streams
  • Define the maximum number and types of output audio-video signals and streams that the server must simultaneously generate: encode and output signals and streams for each program, to display Multiscreen signal on the SDI/HDMI output, or encode this signal into IP.
  • Select the types and number of hardware interfaces to output streams and signals (SDI/ASI/IP) and specify the formats they will work in (UHD, 1080p50/60, or 1080i 50/60). See «Technical Options» for a complete list.

SkyLark policy includes additional licensing for multiplexing ANC data: SCTE-104/35 tags, teletext signals, closed captioning, AFD data.

8. Redundancy
  • Trustworthiness is ensured by 100% «hot» redundancy of the servers. Redundant playout channels for all channels, server storage contents, including database records, are automatically and continuously synchronized during operation.
  • The «client-server» architecture allows you to quickly switch to another workstation if any of the network workstations fail, with no data loss or broadcast interruption.


Общие технические характеристики серверов SL NEO

Platform Supermicro 2...4U, two power supply modules in hot standby,
1 or 2 Intel Xeon Gold CPU, 48/96Gb DDR4 RAM, 1 or 2 in RAID1 SSD 3D NAND TLC for OS,
2 ports 1GbE, Additional 1GbE and 10GbE ports are optional.
Built-in or external array, configuration and volume are determined at the ordering stage.
Windows Server 2022 x64 Eng
I/O ports, recorders, software players Pluggable or fixed I/O ports for SD/HD 1080i 50/60: up to 12
Pluggable or fixed I/O for SD/HD 1080p 50/60: up to 8
Pluggable I/O ports for UltraHD: 2
File recorders: 0...12
File players without graphics: 0...12
Software players (live/file) with original graphics: 0...8
Video formats and color spaces 625i/525i, 720p, 1080i/1080p, 2K cinema 2048x1080p, 2160p
25/29,97/50/59,94/60 fps
Color Spacing: BT.601/709/2020, SMPTE ST2084, ARIB STD-B67
I/O streams: interfaces, protocols, codecs SDI: SD/HD/3...12G SDI, 4x 3G SDI/Embedded Audio
Genlock Reference: Analog Tri-level or Bi-level
IP: HLS/NDI/SRT/RTMP pull/push
DVB IP: UDP/RTP Unicast/Multicast SPTS/MPTS
Video Codecs: MPEG2/H.264
Audio: 48kHz/16/24 bit PCM, ADPCM, MPEG-1 L-II/III, AAC, AC3, AC3 passthrough
ANC Data (decoding, retransmission), generation - optional OP-42/47 Teletext (retransmission)
OP-42/47 Closed Captions (retransmission, generation)
CEA-608/708 Closed Captions (rebroadcast, generation)
DVB Subtitles in SPTS
SCTE-104/35 with metadata
Receiving external control commands SCTE-104/35 with metadata
VDCP over IP, GPI, DTMF Tones
Interfaces and I/O cards Matrox DSX LE3/LE4 Boards
Mellanox ConnectX Network Adapters
Dektec DTA-2172/2174B/2175/2178/2179/2195 SDI/ASI Boards
Dektec DTA-2160/2162 ASI/IP Boards with FEC
DataPath Vision RGB Boards
Blackmagic DeckLink Boards
Standard Ethernet Interfaces
IEEE1394 Interfaces
DirectShow Devices
Codecs for files (recording and playback) SD/HD:
IMX 30/40/50
DNxHD 120/145/180/220
AVCI 50/100
MPEG2 I-Frames/Long GOP
H.264 L I-Frames/Long GOP

Ultra HD:
X.264 8/10 bit
XAVC I-Frames/Long GOP


RAW 16/24 Bit PCM
File containers Microsoft AVI
QuickTime MOV
File formats with alpha AVI, MOV (32-bit Uncompressed, SL NEO JPGA Codecs)
TGA, PNG, PSD Files and Sequences
SLG (SL NEO Graphics Compositions, XML-based)
Recording/playback environments OS file system (work with files)
SL NEO Media DataBase (working with clips)
Avid Unity/Interplay (recording only)
Number of file streams for one recorder - 2 (Full Res + Proxy)
SDI switch management protocols Grass Valley Triton BDS
Grass Valley Nvision/Native Protocol/Vega/M-2100
Nevion Vikinx v128/Thor
BMD Videohub Ethernet/RS-232
Snell Switcher/Remote Protocol
Evertz Quartz/QMC-2
Sierra XXvse
Utah SC-4/RCP-1
Pro Bel SW-P-02/SW-P-08
Venux VM/SI/3000 ASCII
Ross Video Presmaster/NK-SCP/A
Imagine LRC
Managing external devices CII (Chyron Intelligent Interface)
Ember+ (Junger Audio)
TSL5 UMD Protocol
Sony 9-pin Remote Protocol (VTR/DDR)
Other protocols and functions SNMP monitoring (Hardware/SL NEO Software)
NTP/PTP Client
SMB/CIFS, FTP File Transfer
LTC receivers (optional) Adrienne AEC-41
Plura PLC
Miranda Little Red
Horita TCI-50
GPI I/O devices (optional) Ontrak ADU200/ADU2X8
Pushbutton panels (optional) XKEYS XK-24/60/80
Hardware/software options LTC In
VDCP over IP Software License
Device Server (VTR Control) Software License
Device Server (SDI Router Control) Software License
Profanity Delay Software License
Time Shift Delay Software License
SCTE-104/35 Generation Software License
EBU R128 Loudness Normalization Software License
Closed Captions Generation Software License
Live Closed Captions Generation Software License
MultiScreen Output (HD SDI/HDMI/IP)
Transfer Manager Software License
Additional I/O SDI/IP Channels (Capture or Streaming)
Additional I/O IP ST2110 Channels (Capture or Streaming)
GPU Support
TS Mux/DeMux for IP/ASI Streams Software License
Live Slow Motion Option (includes JL Cooper Jog/T-Bar Controller and Software License)

The diagram shows the roles and connections of the main modules of the SL NEO platform. The number of modules is shown conventionally, the diagram is of a general conceptual character and does not reflect all the interrelations between the software elements.


Questionnaires for specifications and proposals
Ordering Information