Rohde & Schwarz expands media server platform for studio production and playout

The Venice platform now supports SMPTE ST 2110, NMOS and SDI

Rohde & Schwarz has expanded and optimised its R&S Venice platform for live production, studio production and channel playout applications.

Now supporting SMPTE ST 2110, NMOS and SDI, Venice is interoperable with systems from other manufacturers and can easily be integrated into existing

infrastructures. It also deploys proprietary virtual storage access (VSA) technology to ensure reliable transmission even in critical applications, said Rohde & Schwarz.

For broadcasters transitioning from SDI to IP technology, Venice is an ideal option to overcome the challenges in updating infrastructures, said the company. Venice offers applications ranging from a standalone server to multi-channel installations, and can support studio, live productions and multi-channel playout applications. The upgraded Venice uses a standard IT server and features an “ultra-robust” next-generation modular software design based on a new software structure.

Enabling fail-safe ingest and playout operation, VSA acts as a partition between software and hardware functions and virtualises two physical storage units as a single virtual storage unit.

To achieve the maximum interoperability in existing installations, Venice uses Web service technologies and standard communications protocols such as VDCP, MOS and FIMS. It also supports workflows based on SDI or SMPTE ST 2110 by simply exchanging the SFP+ module on the video I/O board.


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