R&S®VENICE

Broadcast and Media Newsletter10.05.2021

Rohde & Schwarz brings seamless Ultra HD convenience to R&S®VENICE Control

Multichannel virtual storage management platform gains full support for 2SI

Rohde & Schwarz, a global leader in broadcast media technologies, has extended the functionality of its R&S®VENICE virtual storage access platform. In particular, it has moved to support 4k Ultra HD signals, using either 12G or 2SI formats.

VENICE is a high-performance, high-resilience platform to manage signal processing and storage, particularly in live broadcast and playout applications. It provides uninterrupted operations including scheduled recording, clip transforms and playouts, across a network of processors and third-party qualified storage sub-systems. It also bridges the SDI and IP environments. VENICE appliances can be configured for multiple HD and Ultra HD signals, and units can work together as a single resource from a single user interface.

The high bandwidth of Ultra HD signal demands special handling, beyond the traditional 3G environment. Ultra HD infrastructures today are typically built around either 12G – a single, very high bandwidth connection which has some technical limitations – or 2SI, which spreads the signal pixel by pixel across four conventional SDI cables. 2SI also provides a degree of resilience, as the loss of one channel simply means a drop in resolution, not a complete loss of all or part of the picture.

The Rohde & Schwarz VENICE platform now supports both 12G and 2SI, enabling it to fit comfortably into any environment. Because each VENICE processor is software defined, a channel can easily switch between an Ultra HD signal and HD signals. With VENICE sharing resources across a network from a single management user interface, it means resources can be allocated for maximum efficiency and utilisation.

The ability to achieve performance by making efficient use of the available hardware is one of the chief benefits of the VENICE architecture. It allows resources to be shared, for instance through a method called Transform Channel Assignment, which allows a source to be recorded, viewed and processed – trimmed, merged or edited, for example – simultaneously, while making the optimum use of available resources. Using Record Scheduler, VENICE looks ahead to ensure there are sufficient channels for planned recordings while serving current requests for access.

“With VENICE, we set out to offer a platform for excellence in mission-critical applications like playout and studio operations,” commented Andreas Loges, Vice President Media Technologies at Rohde & Schwarz, “Central to that is the ability to be flexible, to meet the workflows our users demand, and to provide a seamless opportunity to handle Ultra HD signals as they are required.”

Transform Channel Assignment and Record Scheduler are already available for all VENICE installations. Support for 12G and 2SI will be available in the June 2021 software release.

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