At NAB 2023, Evertz Introduces Cloud-based Tools and Real Time Streaming Platforms

Evertz, at NAB 2023, will showcase new methods to simplify remote and live productions and to enable media companies to use new cloud workflows.

Being shown are Evertz’s XPS Live 4K/UHD/3G/HD Video Encoder and Decoder Series, a real-time video streaming platform. Available in a variety of form factors, this software-defined UHD live encoder platform can be used for encoding and decoding over IP networks.

It works with live or cloud-based applications where security and low-latency are essential. Supporting SRT, RIST, Zixi and other transport protocols, the XPS Series provides broadcasters access to low-latency live contribution encoding over public networks for cloud production or playout and remote monitoring of broadcast facilities.

Added to XPS is 5G capability (MAA10G-TRXS-5G), which makes the device more versatile for those who need to deliver remote contributions from places where IP connections are either unreliable or unavailable.

The XPS Live Video Encoder/Decoder Series can be deployed to the edge to feed live video, audio and data to Reflektor, Evertz’ Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) media transcoding and distribution platform.

Offering processing and transcoding directly in the cloud, Reflektor can manage signal formats (MPEG-TS, NDI, ST 2110, HLS, MPEG, DASH) that are produced or required by traditional broadcasters. Reflektor uses licensed microservices in the cloud to normalize signal types to best suit the needs of the end user.

Evertz said the cloud technology is for UHD/4K field contribution, remote production, return feed monitoring, remote collaboration and cloud production.

XPS Series now supports iTrak technology for multi-camera synchronization from multiple locations and is integrated with Reflektor. In addition, Evertz has introduced the MIO-XPS module, a new encode/decode tool for the SCORPION Flexible Media Processing Platform.

For broadcasters who need multiviewing and monitoring solutions for their cloud-based workflow, Evertz is showing its latest generation multiviewers that can combine several broadcast signal formats into a unified multi-image layout.

The cVIP Evertz cloud-based multiviewer supports monitoring of IP signals, including video, audio, closed captions and subtitles. The virtualized cVIP allows users to employ public cloud providers to scale multiview system, depending on the number of inputs and outputs required.

cVIP allows monitoring and visualization of native MPEG, H.264, HEVC, NDI, JPEG-2000, JPEG XS, Amazon Web Services (AWS), CDI, SRT and RIST compression and transport formats. It offers support for mosaic outputs using NDI, JPEG XS or H.264/HEVC.

Also, Evertz will showcase its Ease Live interactive graphics overlay platform. This Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) gives sports and live events the tools to create, build and distribute overlays to millions of end users on multiple platforms in real time.

Alongside its support for mobile and web-based touch devices, Ease Live also offers interactive experiences developed for Connected TV devices including Apple TV, Roku and Android TV. These allow the viewer to engage with content using their television’s remote control device.

At NAB, Ease Live will introduce additional integration with reward and loyalty services for the fan engagement experience. Content owners can use the first party data collected from the fan’s interaction with the graphical overlays to reward them with features or experiences based on their frequency of interactions. This enables the content owner to build a loyal community and further opportunities for content monetization.

Also, Evertz will show, a Software as a Service (SaaS) that aids in launching new channels and monetizes content across a wide range of Over-the-Top (OTT), Direct-to-Consumer (DTC), Connected TV and traditional Broadcast distribution/streaming applications.

Using serverless microservices, gives customers the ability to grow, scale and launch channels knowing they will only pay for the services they use. This reduces time to market and helps channel owners avoid the costs and learning curves associated with leveraging cloud native playout, streaming and digital distribution technologies.

A key feature of the platform is Stream, a streaming and playout SaaS that meets the needs of OTT, DTC and Free Ad-Supported TV (FAST) services by delivering flexible daily and monthly pricing models. It provides all the features found in enterprise class broadcast playout systems, including live inputs, video/audio mixing, comprehensive multi-language captioning and subtitling and full graphics and branding capabilities.

It also delivers pre-built recipes for delivery of OTT and FAST TV channels to services like Roku, Samsung TV+, YouTube TV and Tubi. The simple user interface means that, in the space of a few minutes, content owners and broadcast services can start monetizing live and archive content across a range of distribution platforms. Stream combines the technological and feature requirements of both traditional broadcast channels and conventional OTT channels into a single platform. It includes support for file-based playback and advanced live events; a wide range of video streaming inputs and outputs including 4K UHD with HDR; and support for common transport protocols (RIST, SRT and Zixi).

Also, Evertz announced a partnership with Lumen Technologies that conducted a proof of concept to demonstrate contribution quality transport of a single-link UHD signal with ultra low-latency over a dedicated IP network during a high-profile sporting event.

The IP flow output from the JPEG XS encoder was compliant with the Video Services Forum (VSF) TR-07 recommendation for carriage of JPEG-XS video in MPEG-2 transport streams over IP. The Evertz SCORPION platform had already been in operation, providing contribution transport services for Lumen broadcast customers using 3G-SDI format video signals, and it was able to auto-sense and process the single-link UHD signal without any additional configuration.

The single-link video input signal on the 12G-SDI interface featured full 2160p 59.94 resolution. The JPEG XS compressed transport stream rate was around 1.8Gb/s, or about 8:1 compression ratio. The MIO-BLADE with the JPEG XS codec app utilized auto-sensing of the UHD signal with no required license or code change, providing a flexible media network edge solution for Lumen.

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