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Lorac managing producer Brandon Carvalho operating PlayBox Technology Neo

PlayBox Technology Neo powers Lorac

Caribbean telecommunication service provider Lorac Communications Incorporated (LCI) has chosen PlayBox Technology Neo as the core of a new broadcast playout system. It includes two AirBox Neo servers configured to handle three of its managed cable channels for viewers in Latin America.

"This investment forms part of a major upgrade to our technical infrastructure," comments Lorac founder and president Tony Marchand. "We talked with key suppliers at the NAB Convention in April 2016, including a lengthy discussion with PlayBox Technology. The versatility and efficiency of AirBox Neo matched our requirements very closely. It was easy to install and highly operator-friendly.  Further deciding features were the advanced graphic overlay capabilities provided by the TitleBox Neo module and the flexibility of the ListBox Neo scheduler. We also ordered and installed two SafeBox Neo file storage modules which ensure safe playout by replicating remote content to local playout server folders prior to transmission. Our engineers performed the installation themselves and our operators found the system very intuitive to drive without need for formal training."

"We also provide weather services for television viewers in our target region," adds Lorac managing producer Brandon Carvalho. "TitleBox Neo allows us to integrate a large amount of weather information in an attractive visual style and it gives us the freedom to adjust practically any element during the live transmission."

AirBox Neo adds UHD capabilities to the core PlayBox Technology content playout system which now supports UHD, HD and SD in single server. Recent enhancements include a streaming input supporting HTTP, HTTP Secure, UDP, RTMP, MMS, MMSH and YouTube. RTMP Streaming Output improvements have also been added, allowing easy web streaming. A virtual output supports multiple instances. Third-party product support was recently extended to Ross NK series routers and the Horita TR-100 timecode reader. Timecode can now be applied to MOV files. Multiple DeckLink cards can be used for multi-channel ad insertion. Enhancements have also been made to the clip trimmer and audio level control. AirBox Neo is designed for 24/7 unattended operation. It can also be operated manually, including the ability to handle live-to-air throughput.

TitleBox Neo provides a wide range of interactive on-air graphics and titling capabilities which can be manipulated live. It includes substantial improvements for dealing with UHD projects as well as supporting HD and SD operation. A new API plug-in has been produced for use by PlayBox Technology development partners, allowing easy interfacing to third-party software devices. Improvements have also been made in dealing with ODBC data providers and RSS feeds. The TitleBox feature set includes horizontal crawling text, vertically rolling credits and messages, still and animated logo graphics, analogue and digital clocks, banner slideshows and chat text with automated horizontal or vertical scrolling. Among the additional creative facilities are pre-constructed graphic components, video resizing (from live source or file), window-style display and website content ingest.

ListBox Neo enables programme editors to create and edit schedules days or weeks in advance of transmission. It provides facilities such as text searching, clips copying/pasting and schedule printing. ListBox Neo also has a clip trimmer for simple programme editing. No special server or hardware is required. ListBox Neo runs flawlessly even on a notebook, even with software-based trimming and previewing.

SafeBox Neo replicates remote content to local playout server folders for safe transmission. The workflow routine protects content being overwritten. Expired daily schedule content is automatically deleted or moved to a predefined folder for manual deletion or archiving. Deletion can be performed automatically or by manual approval of deletion lists. Files can also be assigned specific protection to prevent removal from network sources. SafeBox Neo can be operated in playlist-dependent or stand-alone mode.

PlayBox Technology presents its products at CABSAT (stand G1-20) and at the 2017 NAB Show (booth N5311).

Picture: Lorac managing producer Brandon Carvalho operating PlayBox Technology Neo. (3/17)

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