ATHENSA PLAYOUT

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

Versatile in nature and running as a stand-alone solution, ATHENSA PLAYOUT provides the necessary playout automation processes, needed in today’s broadcast facilities. Its modular architecture makes it suitable not only for broadcasting organizations of any size but for media professionals who need seamless content playout automation. Available in UHD/HD/SD-SDI or IP streaming, ATHENSA PLAYOUT secures unattended operations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

MPEG2, AVC/H.264, HDV and DV compression scalability, hardware independence are the typical highlights of ATHENSA PLAYOUT. Ideally suited for time-critical live operations. Professional device support through GPI, RS232, VDCP is also available. Redundant playout makes it perfect for fail-safe environments.

ATHENSA PLAYOUT Multi Parallel Output – AP MPO enables the running of two or more outputs so that broadcasters can easily provide parallel outputs in any combination needed to deliver the content. UHD SDI, HD SDI, SD SDI (with real-time re-scaling) playout and IP streaming output, or for example, output in H.264 (MPEG-4) and MPEG-2 at the same time.

ATHENSA PLAYOUT supports MPEG1/2/H.264, HDV and DV streams from virtually every known production platform providing AVI, MPEG, WMV, Quick Time or MXF content. Files from third-party servers such as Leitch or Seachange are natively supported.

For live productions, any changes to the playlist during on-air session are possible! There are no qued or locked clips. Every clip in the playlist, except the one which is currently playing, can be trimmed, edited or re-positioned. Moreover, playlist order can be changed on-the-fly with commands like skip to next or jump. Such order changes are performed seamlessly without stopping the current playout session. Live productions are facilitated by the powerful Live Show Clipboard which allows insertion and/or execution of various events or live streams.

IN THE CURRENT VERSION

Totally redesigned, packed with features, ATHENSA PLAYOUT supports UHD playout for stunningly detailed TV experience while offering the first of its kind View over time.

Optimized and modernized

We have optimized and modernized the software by reviewing and renewing the entire engine architecture and code, therefore improving the stability and reliability.

New user interface and customizable view

A great number of view options and custom layouts

Dockable interface

Preloaded and user-defined skins/views

Customizable thumbnail item identification

Collapsible playlist blocks

Innovative timescale for faster and better playlist operations. K-playlist graphically represents the playlist items based on their duration relative to the playlist duration.

UHD support

Stunningly detailed TV experience with native 4K UHD playout.

AJA Support

AJA has a long history of building high-quality, reliable video devices for the video industry.

AJA support provides increased video and audio I/O capacity; 4K/UHD playout and ingest; alternate form factors that allow customizable configuration.

RTMP Support

ATHENSA PLAYOUT supports real time messaging protocol for streaming output.

HEVC/h.265 Support

ATHENSA PLAYOUT supports high efficiency video codec compression.

Optional software re-branding (while-labeling)

Optional software re-branding (skin, splash, headers, etc.) in accordance with the business partner’s request. Software re-branding is possible for every partner who would like to match software appearance with their own company branding.

We now allow customers to white-label the software as well.

Features
  • Seamless 4K playout with CG branding (It is hardware dependent on the broadcast board used)
  • Collapsible playlist
  • K-playlist: graphically represents the playstist items based on their duration relative to the playlist duration
  • User definable interface
  • Every clip in the playlist (except the one which is currently playing) can be trimmed, edited or re-positioned
  • Multi Parallel Output (MPO): ATHENSA PLAYOUT MPO enables the running of two or more outputs so that broadcasters can easily provide parallel outputs in any combination needed to deliver the content. HD SDI, SD SDI (with real-time rescaling) and IP streaming
  • Multi-channel multi-language audio and subtitling capabilities
  • Loudness control
  • Simultaneous video scaling of both live input and playlist output
  • Mixing different media formats, frame rates and resolutions in a single playlist
  • Playback of clips still being ingested
  • Playlist order can be changed on-the-fly with commands like skip to next or jump. Such order changes are performed seamlessly without stopping the current playout session
  • Live products are facilitated by the powerful Live Show Clipboard which allows insertion and/or execution of various events or live streams
  • For automated playout ATHENSA PLAYOUT allows fixed-time scheduling of items inside playlist for weeks ahead.
  • Third party device control
  • Detailed Playout Log
  • Can be controlled by external automation via:
    • GPI or DTMF
    • VDCP
    • ATHENSA PLAYOUT SDK

NEW FEATURES

  • Multi-channel CPU consumption optimization resulting in the seamless running of multiple instances together in a single Core i7 CPU, while also providing both SDI and IP Unified streaming outputs
  • Support of audio-only content making it a perfect playout automation for radio, music and info channels
  • Support of encrypted audio and/or video content
  • Fast forward feature to free additional time for commercial in 24 hours standard scheduled playlists in movie channels
  • Grayscale option per output
  • Adjustable global color option
  • RTMP streaming input
  • Selectable “disable” or “enable” Video, Audio and CC streams per output
  • Many long-term stability and feature improvements fixes
Specifications
  • AirBox supports MPEG1/2/H.264, HDV and DV streams from virtually every known production platform providing AVI, MPEG, WMV, Quick Time or MXF content. Files from third-party servers such as Leitch or Seachange are natively supported
  • Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby-E audio media playback and output (optional).

Video

 
Compression MPEG2, WMV/VC1,   MPEG1, MPEG4, AVC/H.264,   JPEG 200, AVC-Intra, Apple ProRes 422, DV, HDV,   DVC Pro, DVCPro 50, DVCPro HD
Format PAL, NTSC, 1080i HD, 720p HD, 1080p HD
Bitrate 1-15 Mbit/s in MPEG2 MP@ML; 1-50 Mbit/s in MPEG2 422P@ML;   1-80 Mbit/s in MPEG2 MP@HL;   25 Mbit/s with HDV and DV;       up to 80 Mbit/s MPEG2 HD HP@HL;     up to 40 Mbit/s AVC/H.264 Baseline/Main;   up to 80 Mbit/s AVC/H.264 Main/High;   class 50 and 100 AVC-Intra
Color sampling 4:2:0 – MPEG Main Profile (incl.HDV); 4:2:2 – MPEG2 4:2:2 Profile; 4:2:0/ 4:1:1 – DV 25 Mbit/s;   4:2:0 – WMV and AVC; 4:2:2 – Apple ProRes; 4:2:0 – AVC-Intra

Audio

 
Compression MPEG audio Layer 1 or 2;   AAC audio;   Uncompressed PCM;  Windows Media Audio;   Dolby Digital (AC3)
Bitrate (Mpeg audio) 64-384 Kbit/s
Sampling 48 kHz

Media File Formats

 
MPEG2 MPG(Program Stream); M2P(Program Stream); M2T (Transport Stream); TS (Transport Stream); Open DML AVI and WAV (mono and stereo); Quick time; MXF; GXF
DV OpenDML Type 1 and Type 2 AVI; QuickTime; DV; MXF; GXF
HDV MPG (Transport Stream); M2T/ TS (Transport Stream); QuickTime;   MXF; GXF
H.264/AVC/MPEG4 part 10 TS (Transport Stream – SPTS and MPTS)
WMC/ VC-1 WMV
MPEG1 MPG (System Stream)
 

Supported Video Boards

 DeckLink DeckLink Duo, DeckLink 4K Extreme , DeckLink 4K Pro, DeckLink 4K Extreme, DeckLink SDI 4K, DeckLink Studio 4K
 AJA Corvid 44 , Corvid 88
 DeltaCast Delta-hd, Delta-asi
 

Minimum System Requirements

Product functionality may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require advanced or additional hardware.
CPU Single Intel Core i7 CPU; Dual Intel Xeon CPU
RAM 16 gigabyte (GB) RAM (single CPU); 32 gigabyte (GB) RAM (dual CPU)
HDD 500 MB available hard disk space for installation

Hardware configurations

Athensa SUPERMICRO SINGLE CPU serverSUPERMICRO DUAL CPU server
HP HPz230, HPz640, HPz840

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Workflows

ATHENSA COMMERCIAL INSERTION WORKFLOW

ATHENSA enables content owners to maximize their business potential by targeting advertisements for specific audiences with ad insertion and Digital Program Insertion (DPI) in both SD and HD, in either SDI or DVB (ASI/IP).

ATHENSA PLAYOUT, using DTMF or GPI, performs basic cost-effective digital ad insertion and can easily be scaled to meet the next-generation of targeted advertising solutions that are driving the revolution in today’s television advertising.

ATHENSA PLAYOUT delivers the power and scalability to meet the demands of today’s rapidly changing advertising environment, and gives a quick return on investment by providing the solution you want, at your price.

ATHENSA PLAYOUT can be installed locally or remotely at the headend and monitored and controlled via the internet. If required, many hundreds of hours of ad insertion and DPI can be scheduled and an entire stand-alone solution can be provided, or alternatively it can be integrated into the content owner’s current workflows and systems.

In addition to ad insertion and DPI, ATHENSA PLAYOUT can include graphics capabilities ranging from simple logo insertion to full CG and interactive graphics insertion – using ATHENSA GRAPHICS to enable a complete and very powerful local branding solution including SMS2TV.

ATHENSA PLAYOUT can be integrated into the clients’ traffic systems to enable traffic and billing to provide the complete one-box solution that includes automation, video server and switching.

ATHENSA PLAYOUT works by receiving a GPI, or Cue Tone, trigger for the start of commercial break or program insertion. Other trigger sources can also be handled via GPI or Cue Tone from an external cue decoder. Once the trigger is received the scheduled advert break or program is switched from the live feed and played to air. After a scheduled period, or on receiving a second trigger, ATHENSA PLAYOUT returns to the live program feed.

ATHENSA PLAYOUT will only insert advert breaks or programs during predefined or scheduled periods. It can also auto-fill any periods that have no defined adverts or programs.

IP Switch

ATHENSA’s IP Switch is a cost effective UDP IP Switch. It uses commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) IT hardware for single or multiple AdBox systems where multiple inputs and/or output routing / switching is required. IP Switch can be installed in AdBox or installed in a separate server in multiple AdBox installations

Universal Matrix Controller (UMC)

ATHENSA’s Universal Matrix Controller (UMC) provides central control for routers / matrices that enable multiple AdBox installations to centrally control the switching for ad insertion and DPI. UMC is fully integrated with AdBox as well as installations containing AirBox, CaptureBox and Multi-Backup Manager (MBM).

ATHENSA EDGE – REDUNDANT AUTOMATIC REMOTE PLAYOUT

Fully Redundant Automatic Remote Playout Anywhere in the World via Internet, the ATHENSA EDGE workflow solution makes delivering a TV station, complete with local branding and content, anywhere in the world an economic reality – even for small audiences. The ATHENSA EDGE workflow solution enables the whole operation to be run from an established broadcast center.

The ATHENSA EDGE workflow solution provides a tapeless file-based operation that has two parts: one integrated with the broadcast center, and the other, at the remote site. At the broadcast center it is fully integrated into the current or preferred systems including traffic, storage, MAM, ingest, transcoding and file transfer systems. This connects to the new remote The ATHENSA EDGE workflow solution site’s playout equipment via the public internet – making a huge cost saving over the traditional dedicated fiber or satellite links.

Workflow

The workflow is highly automated and is designed to provide easy, familiar playout operation. Proceedings start with daily playlists created in the broadcast center’s traffic system, which is integrated with MAM, being sent to the remote ATHENSA EDGE workflow solution. There, it checks for the required media and generates a list of missing items that’s sent back to the MAM, which then generates requests for the media and subtitle files required for playout. Aspects such as ingest requests, the correct TV format, SD or HD, transcoding, etc., are automatically handled and the required material is sent to the remote. Remote playout then proceeds in the normal way, running from the playlist.

The ATHENSA EDGE workflow solution enables all the features of normal local operation such as the inclusion of subtitles. Subtitle files can be produced in the normal way. Then SubtitleBox, installed with each ATHENSA EDGE system, accepts and checks the files and automatically delivers open subtitles during transmission. ATHENSA SubtitlePlus DVB supports DVB subtitles. Multilingual channels are also supported. Operations are monitored with SNMP sending server status alarms. The ATHENSA EDGE workflow solution is also connected to VPN for access from anywhere. Local monitoring can be added if required.

Remote Media Format

The media format used at the remote location can be decided on a number of factors such as the amount of new media per day, the bit rate chosen for playout and the available internet capacity. MPEG2 IBP at 10Mbps is often chosen, however H.264 at 4Mbps or less is also chosen as a very good alternative. The bit rate is the customer’s choice.

ATHENSA Playout Sample Workflows_update2

PRICING

  • ATHENSA NAKED PLAYOUT
  • NAKED represents the entry-level technology base, suitable for small TV Channels that need basic functionality.

  • $700
FEATUREYES/NO
Video resizingYES
AsRunLog – disable editor / fixed configYES
TransitionsYES
Filename parserYES
Live ViewerYES
System logYES
Shot BoxYES
ATHENSA GRAPHICS NetControl (Commanding AG)YES
SD or HD output pluginLimited (MPO Single)
MPO – Multiple Parallel Output – SDI and IP output in the same timeYES
Live input (SDI/ IP stream)Limited (no CC support, single stereo pair only)
GraphicRulesLimited (3 rules & 3 properties)
LogoLimited (1-4 logo)
Backup OptionNO
External events (incl GPI/DTMF, Router/Matrix, LTC OUT, NetSender)NO
DTMF in/ GPI in/ LTC inNO
Multiaudio (more than 1 stereo pair)NO
QualityControl/Loudness normalization*NO
Dolby Digital AC3**NO
API controlNO
Time EventsNO
Playlist Import (CSV)NO
Multi-instanceNO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT Pro optionNO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT VTR control optionNO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT – VDCPNO
Cue-Tone generatorNO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT automatic loudness control NO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT Backup OptionNO

*Requires additional ATHENSA QC
** Requires additional Dolbi Digital License

  • ATHENSA ADVANCED PLAYOUT
  • ADVANCED corresponds to what most customers look for when they are out for an advanced-level, scalable broadcast solution.

  • $2,999
FEATUREYES/NO
Video resizingYES
AsRunLog – disable editor / fixed configYES
TransitionsYES
Filename parserYES
Live ViewerYES
System logYES
Shot BoxYES
ATHENSA GRAPHICS NetControl (Commanding AG)YES
SD or HD output pluginYES (MPO)
MPO – Multiple Parallel Output – SDI and IP output in the same timeYES
Live input (SDI/ IP stream)YES
GraphicRulesYES
LogoYES
Backup OptionYES
External events (incl GPI/DTMF, Router/Matrix, LTC OUT, NetSender)YES
DTMF in/ GPI in/ LTC inYES
Multiaudio (more than 1 stereo pair)YES
QualityControl/Loudness normalization*YES
Dolby Digital AC3**YES
API controlYES
Time EventsYES
Playlist Import (CSV)YES
Multi-instanceYES
ATHENSA PLAYOUT Pro optionNO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT VTR control optionNO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT – VDCPNO
Cue-Tone generatorNO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT automatic loudness control NO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT Backup OptionNO

*Requires additional ATHENSA QC
** Requires additional Dolbi Digital License

  • ATHENSA ULTRA PLAYOUT
  • ULTRA is for large multi-channel broadcasters or up-link centers who need complicated automation systems.

  • ADVANCED + ALL OPTIONS
FEATUREYES/NO
Video resizingYES
AsRunLog – disable editor / fixed configYES
TransitionsYES
Filename parserYES
Live ViewerYES
System logYES
Shot BoxYES
ATHENSA GRAPHICS NetControl (Commanding AG)YES
SD or HD output pluginYES (MPO)
Streaming optionYES
Live input (SDI/ IP stream)YES
GraphicRulesYES
LogoYES
Backup OptionYES
External events (incl GPI/DTMF, Router/Matrix, LTC OUT, NetSender)YES
DTMF in/ GPI in/ LTC inYES
Multiaudio (more than 1 stereo pair)YES
QualityControl/Loudness normalization*YES
Dolby Digital AC3**YES
API controlYES
Time EventsYES
Playlist Import (CSV)YES
Multi-instanceYES
ATHENSA PLAYOUT Pro optionYES
ATHENSA PLAYOUT VTR control optionYES
ATHENSA PLAYOUT – VDCPYES
Cue-Tone generatorYES
ATHENSA PLAYOUT automatic loudness control YES
ATHENSA PLAYOUT Backup OptionYES

*Requires additional ATHENSA QC
** Requires additional Dolbi Digital License

OPTIONS

You can add any of the following options to ATHENSA ADVANCED PLAYOUT.

You cannot remove or replace any options yet, but we are working on it.

  • ATHENSA PLAYOUT Pro option
    $599.00
    ATHENSA PLAYOUT PRO Option:
    * GPI & Router Control (Kramer, Leitch, VikinX, Pesa, Quartz, GrassValley Concerto/Acapella,Snell (Serial control only), BMD-Videohub, UMC)
    * LTC Timecode input for playback triggering
    * MPEG2 Live Input Stream Support in the Playlist  (required for IP Pump only)
    * ATHENSA GRAPHICS Net Control – Control of ATHENSA GRAPHICS on the same PC or on remote PCs
    * 2D Video Scaling (Squeeze) of the playlist content
    * DTMF & SCTE 35 (DTMF part) Decoding for Commercial Insertion
  • ATHENSA PLAYOUT VTR Control Option
    $1,200.00
    ATHENSA PLAYOUT VTR Control Option – Allows control of up to 2x VTRs via RS422 Sony Protocol
  • ATHENSA PLAYOUT VDCP
    $2,099.00
    VDCP – External automation control of ATHENSA PLAYOUT in slave mode via VDCP protocol
  • Cue-Tone Generator
    $699.00
    Cue-Tone Generator and Inserter – DTMF Cue Tone Generator and Inserter
  • ATHENSA PLAYOUT Automatic Loudness Control
    $1,399.00
    Automatically adjusts audio loudness of media during playback according to ITU-R BS.1770, ATSC A/85, EBU R128 based on media metadata

ATHENSA DOLBY Digital Plus (AC3/E-AC3) Packs & Options

  • Dolby Digital Plus Decoder Pack
    $1,650.00
    2x ATHENSA Dolby Digital (AC3/E-AC3) Decoders per audio stream
    * 2 Decoders – allowing seamless playback of two consecutive Dolby files in a single audio stream;
    * For SDI output only DeltaCast video boards are supported
  • Dolby Digital Plus Decoder/Encoder Pack
    $2,150.00
    2x ATHENSA Dolby Digital (AC3/E-AC3) Decoder & 1x Dolby Digital Plus Encoder per  audio stream
    * 2 Decoders – allowing seamless playback of two consecutive Dolby files in a single audio stream;
    * 1 Encoder per output audio stream
    * For SDI output only DeltaCast video boards are supported
  • Dolby Digital Plus Decoder
    $800.00
    ATHENSA Dolby Digital (AC3/E-AC3) Decoder Option per audio stream
    * Additional Decoder – for Clip Trimmer Dolby Monitoring / Preview Purposes;
    * For SDI output only DeltaCast video boards are supported
  • Dolby Digital Plus Encoder
    $800.00
    ATHENSA Dolby Digital (AC3/E-AC3) Encoder Option per audio stream
    * Additional Encoder Licese per output audio stream
    * For SDI output only DeltaCast video boards are supported

ATHENSA DOLBY E Packs & Options

  • Dolby E Decoder Pack
    $2,000.00
    2x ATHENSA Dolby E Decoders per output audio stream
    * 2 Decoders – allowing seamless playback of two consecutive Dolby files in a single audio stream;
    * For SDI output only DeltaCast video boards are supported
  • Dolby E Decoder/Encoder Pack
    $2,700.00
    2x ATHENSA Dolby E Decoder & 1x Dolby E Encoder per audio stream
    * 2 Decoders – allowing seamless playback of two consecutive Dolby files in a single audio stream;
    * 1 Encoder per output audio stream;
    * For SDI output only DeltaCast video boards are supported
  • Dolby E Decoder
    $1,000.00
    ATHENSA Dolby E Decoder Option per output audio stream
    * Additional Decoder – for Clip Trimmer Dolby Monitoring / Preview Purposes;
    * For SDI output only DeltaCast video boards are supported
  • Dolby E Encoder
    $1,000.00
    ATHENSA Dolby E Encoder Option per output audio stream
    * Additional Encoder Licese per output audio stream
    * For SDI output only DeltaCast video boards are supported

ATHENSA MSRP  PriceList – July 2016

ATHENSA GRAPHICS – comparison between levels