FEED Summer 2021 Newsletter

DEVELOPMENT H2R software is free to download, although Barker

is working on a monetised version

“I’m running an application to remotely control someone else’s video switcher – a companion to cloud-based graphics software – where you can control the switcher and also trigger certain graphics on people’s computers for their streams,” he says. ASSESSING DEPLOYMENT With more and more production platforms moving away from SDI to running on IP, ensuring high-level security – and avoiding cyberattacks – has become even more critical for media organisations. It’s an area that Singular is working on, with the company currently undertaking a black box penetration test, as well as a new enterprise-grade security feature (“by popular request”, according to Singular ’s Mike Ward). Red Bee Media head of technology architecture, Alexandre Dubiez, warns that while an open-source approach avoids licensing costs, it often requires effort and support in other areas. “To develop and support such a solution, one must rely heavily on in-house expertise and stay abreast of updates created and used by the open-source community.” Some service providers, particularly ones with bigger broadcast clients, are assessing the cloud graphics market cautiously – and they have been careful about incorporating these platforms into their graphics armoury. Dubiez adds that the choice between a cloud- based solution or an on-premises one is not just based on the capabilities of the graphics solution itself, but also on how the end-to-end integration works within their production environment. “Once you rely on internet access to stream graphics overlays, there is always the risk of experiencing unexpected delays,” he says. “It might be good enough depending on what you are looking for, but if you need a guaranteed

premium experience and frame accuracy, then you should properly test the solution in real conditions prior to going live.” According to Rose, Chapter 3 is currently assessing whether to use Singular as one of the systems for its Paralympic coverage for Channel 4. “We haven’t come to a conclusion yet. It needs to be able to work the way we currently do in terms of integrating data, using XMLs and so forth. And there’s also rendering – I’m not quite sure how far that’s come along. But I don’t see why this platform can’t be used on bigger broadcast events.” ONCE YOU RELY ON INTERNET ACCESS TO STREAM GRAPHICS OVERLAYS, THERE IS ALWAYS THE RISK OF UNEXPECTED DELAYS


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