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Larry Zapotocky
Video Server Playback
on Mar 24, 2011 at 4:13:46 pm

Hello all,

We have a local origination station that broadcasts local news, programming, events, etc. on one of our cable channels. I am looking for some advice on a reliable video server.

We currently send our signal composite out to a Fiber Transceiver which goes to our cable headend. We may eventually be SDI, but I have no confirmation of that yet.

I would like the server to have at least one capture and two playback if possible.

Can anyone recommend a reliable server or company?

I am new to servers, so thanks for your patience!

Larry


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David Shulkin
Re: Video Server Playback
on Mar 24, 2011 at 4:23:41 pm

If you are on the less expensive side, take a look at Tightrope Media Systems
http://www.trms.com

Also take a look at 360 Systems
http://www.360systems.com

While you may not be in SDI now, it may make a lot of sense to prep your infrastructure (cabling, routing, connections, etc.) for SDI and most important HD-SDI. Since you are looking at composite options, they are out there, but are becoming scarce. Consider taking a hard look at converting those signals rather than buying a server with a more limited life span (and less quality output). Of course it may not matter on those issues, but...



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Larry Zapotocky
Re: Video Server Playback
on Mar 25, 2011 at 1:16:33 pm

Thanks David, I agree. I will spec an SDI and then convert the signal if I have to. On a side note, have you used either of these servers?

Thanks,
Larry


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David Shulkin
Re: Video Server Playback
on Mar 25, 2011 at 1:35:31 pm

Larry:
I have both used (currently have a 360 ImageServer 2000 in one of my headends/studio control and beta testing another from TRMS), installed, supported, and recommend both of those servers/companies. However, I do suggest taking a look at your critical needs as both of those server lines (whether HD or SD) have some significant differences depending on the model.
For example, 360 focused there servers as deck replacements - simple, reliable, cost-effective and basically you just pulled your deck out and shoved in the server, tweaked some serial controls/cabling and you were on your way.
TRMS is part of a larger automation system with serial and IP based protocols and a larger file codec supported playback options.

Also on the lower-priced end is to look at Princeton servers from Televue or even Leightronix
http://www.telvue.com/
http://www.leightronix.com

Obviously many of us can recommend far more feature rich and expensive servers, but these are the few that come to mind in terms of good value for the buck.



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Bob Zelin
Re: Video Server Playback
on Mar 26, 2011 at 12:16:41 am

I have used the 360 Systems server. It is very good, and not too expensive. If you want a "do it yourself" solution, look at Softron.

Bob Zelin



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Larry Zapotocky
Re: Video Server Playback
on Mar 28, 2011 at 5:28:11 pm

Thanks Bob, I will check them out.

Larry


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