Options

$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
$1,200.00
ATHENSA PLAYOUT VTR Control Option – Allows control of up to 2x VTRs via RS422 Sony Protocol
$2,099.00
VDCP – External automation control of ATHENSA PLAYOUT in slave mode via VDCP protocol
$699.00
Cue-Tone Generator and Inserter – DTMF Cue Tone Generator and Inserter
$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
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 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.

PLAYOUT REDUNDANCY IS CRITICAL.

ATHENSA OFFERS THE ULTIMATE REDUNDANCY TOOLS.

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

 

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

 

$499

$1,599

FEATURE YES/NO
Video resizing YES
AsRunLog – disable editor / fixed config YES
Transitions YES
Filename parser YES
Live Viewer YES
System log YES
Shot Box YES
ATHENSA GRAPHICS NetControl (Commanding AG) YES
SD or HD output plugin Limited (MPO Single)
MPO – Multiple Parallel Output – SDI and IP output in the same time YES
Live input (SDI/ IP stream) Limited (no CC support, single stereo pair only)
GraphicRules Limited (3 rules & 3 properties)
Logo Limited (1-4 logo)
Backup Option NO
External events (incl GPI/DTMF, Router/Matrix, LTC OUT, NetSender) NO
DTMF in/ GPI in/ LTC in NO
Multiaudio (more than 1 stereo pair) NO
QualityControl/Loudness normalization* NO
Dolby Digital AC3** NO
API control NO
Time Events NO
Playlist Import (CSV) NO
Multi-instance NO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT Pro option NO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT VTR control option NO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT – VDCP NO
Cue-Tone generator NO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT automatic loudness control NO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT Backup Option NO
FEATURE YES/NO
Video resizing YES
AsRunLog – disable editor / fixed config YES
Transitions YES
Filename parser YES
Live Viewer YES
System log YES
Shot Box YES
ATHENSA GRAPHICS NetControl (Commanding AG) YES
SD or HD output plugin YES (MPO)
MPO – Multiple Parallel Output – SDI and IP output in the same time YES
Live input (SDI/ IP stream) YES
GraphicRules YES
Logo YES
Backup Option YES
External events (incl GPI/DTMF, Router/Matrix, LTC OUT, NetSender) YES
DTMF in/ GPI in/ LTC in YES
Multiaudio (more than 1 stereo pair) YES
QualityControl/Loudness normalization* YES
Dolby Digital AC3** YES
API control YES
Time Events YES
Playlist Import (CSV) YES
Multi-instance YES
ATHENSA PLAYOUT Pro option NO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT VTR control option NO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT – VDCP NO
Cue-Tone generator NO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT automatic loudness control NO
ATHENSA PLAYOUT Backup Option NO

Our Features

Graphic Rules

Graphic Rules

ShotBox

ShotBox

Asymmetric Backup

Asymmetric Backup

Autofill

AutoFill

Multi Parallel Output

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 CPU consumption optimization

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

RTMP streaming input

RTMP streaming input

Support of audio-only content

Support of audio-only content making it a perfect playout automation for radio, music and info channels

Asymmetric Backup

Asymmetric Backup

Autofill

AutoFill

ShotBox

ShotBox

Graphic Rules

Graphic Rules

Ingested Playback

Playback of clips still being ingested

Collapsible playlist

Collapsible playlist

Detailed Playout Log

Detailed Playout Log

Fast Forward

Fast forward feature to free additional time for commercial in 24 hours standard scheduled playlists in movie channels

Multi-channel Audio and Subtitles

Multi-channel multi-language audio and subtitling capabilities

On-the-fly Commands

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

Trim, edit or re-position

Every clip in the playlist (except the one which is currently playing) can be trimmed, edited or re-positioned

encrypted audio and/or video

Support of encrypted audio and/or video content

Fixed-time Scheduling

For automated playout ATHENSA PLAYOUT allows fixed-time scheduling of items inside playlist for weeks ahead.

Mixing media

Mixing different media formats, frame rates and resolutions in a single playlist

Loudness control

Loudness control

Simultaneous video scaling

Simultaneous video scaling of both live input and playlist output

K-playlist

K-playlist: graphically represents the playstist items based on their duration relative to the playlist duration

Seamless 4K playout with CG branding

Seamless 4K playout with CG branding (It is hardware dependent on the broadcast board used)

Third party device control

Third party device control

User definable interface

User definable interface

External Automation

Can be controlled by external automation via:

  • GPI or DTMF
  • VDCP
  • ATHENSA PLAYOUT SDK

Live Show Clipboard

Live products are facilitated by the powerful Live Show Clipboard which allows insertion and/or execution of various events or live streams

Seamless 4K playout with CG branding

Seamless 4K playout with CG branding (It is hardware dependent on the broadcast board used)

Grayscale option per output

Grayscale option per output

NewTek NDI Support

NewTek NDI Support

Adjustable global color option

Adjustable global color option

disable/enable streams per output

Selectable “disable” or “enable” Video, Audio and CC streams per output

Specificaton & Workflow

  • 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

SurCode for Dolby digital is manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Dolby and  double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.

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.

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