As studios and production outfits grow the number of channels for their subscribers, shift to newer transport technologies from changing revenue models, and media workflows increase in complexity, the need for a cost-effective solutions for delivery of TV programs and video content becomes more pronounced. It also becomes imperative for media providers to be able to launch channels channels rapidly while minimizing cost, improving operational management and efficiency, and ensuring that any investment in necessary equipment is one that can easily scale in the future.
Production, Ingest, and Play-to-Air in One
AirGo is a complete production, ingest, and play-to-air system-in-a-box by media technology provider MediaPower. In a mere 2RU machine, AirGo is a turnkey playout solution for multi-channel broadcasting that combines automation, simultaneous SDI & IP playout, and interactive graphics within one system. Now, broadcasters can have a single, compact, multitasking box to manage, reducing the cost and effort in maintaining a system that continues to scale in size and complexity, as it transitions to newer transport technologies. AirGo comes with functionalities that cover a significant portion of the media workflow including support for advanced graphics overlay, built-in storage with edit-in-place, and edit-while-ingest.
Ingest and Playout
It is critical for video servers to be able to support all widely used encoding formats. AirGo supports all compression schemas and common wrappers. But beyond supporting a wide list of encoding and decoding compression and file formats, AirGo also supports file import and native file playback (no conversion required) of existing legacy SeaChange and XOR Media BMC and BML files, as well as Harris NEXIO, and Omneon MPEG2 OP1a MOV and MXF files. No conversion is required which means a lot of resources saved that would have otherwise been dedicated to format conversion.
AirGo also features automatic low-res proxy generation during ingest and unlike other playout systems, AirGo uses the same encoder/input channel to create low-res proxies on the fly. Content can also be immediately edited and played out while still being encoded, which again, also save time and effort in broadcast operations.
Also, as the industry shifts to newer transport technologies, allowing content providers to tap other revenue sources, AirGo bridges the gap to IP technology by providing support for simultaneous SDI and IP ingest and playout. This important feature of AirGo ensures that broadcasters and content providers are able to support the transition seamlessly.
Built-in MAM and Automation
Businesses including broadcast centers always look for ways to streamline operations in order to save on costs. In a broadcast playout workflow, automation becomes a key requirement in this effort. However, traditional automation systems, which are often separate systems decoupled from playout servers, often cost too much to implement and maintain, discouraging small broadcast operators to shift into automated operations. With this very challenge in mind, AirGo incorporates its own content management and fully-featured automation tools, in order to help broadcasters streamline their content acquisition and playout operations.
AirGo’s all-in-one architecture features its own content management system that allows contents and clips to be seamlessly added to the content library, and a wide gamma of automation tools that allow operators to create, prepare, and schedule playout content. Moreover, AirGo also provides the flexibility to integrate with VDCP-based automation systems if deployed into existing playout operations.
Integrated Master Control, Branding & Graphics
As media content demands increase, so do the broadcaster’s needs to cope with the advanced and complex workflows that satiate the consumer’s appetite. Spectacular and relevant content have to be delivered to viewers in high definition, with dynamic and spectacular visuals, and also visually branded. At the same time, broadcast technologies should simplify the production and playout workflow, enhance graphic capabilities of, and be affordable for a growing broadcast company.
To help broadcasters improve their playout workflow, differentiate their brand, and keep audiences visually interested, AirGo integrates fully-featured master control and advaned real-time graphics and channel branding tools. AirGo provides a software-based control panel that allows operators to control multiple channels through standard preset and preview bars, and includes most graphics and audio functions such as multiple logo layers (up to 8), crawl/CG, audio control and shuffling, Dolby E Pass-through, and DVE and video transition effects; all through a touch-screen graphic interface.
Ready to go and future-proof
Whether a small local station or a nationwide TV network, AirGo introduces efficiency and automation into a media workflow. Airgo is designed to be scalable and redundant, with flexible options for storage, integrated features, and different redundancy options that can be chosen to suit current needs and workflow requirements. AirGo’s software-centric architecture allows broadcasters to start small, allowing them to deploy channels quickly, then cost-effectively and easily scale and integrate additional features as their business requires.
Also, AirGo helps bridge the gap to highly-anticipated IP delivery methods as it provides support for simultaneous SDI and IP IN/OUT capabilities, ensuring broadcasters and content providers can transition to IP now or when they want or need to.