The NXT-MCR hybrid solution is designed to provide unified master control functionality for live events.
Nextologies, a provider of end-to-end solutions for live digital video management and maker of the award-winning HITC (Headend in the Cloud) live video delivery infrastructure, will be launching its new remote master control solution, NXT-MCR, at IBC 2023.
NXT-MCR is a hybrid solution designed to provide a unified remote master control interface for live event production. It orchestrates incoming satellite and/or IP signals, video routers, video switchers, audio coms, video monitoring, scheduling systems and pre-recorded files, and generates a downstream feed that’s fully loaded with SCTE markers, CCs and all the metadata necessary to distribute the signal to any taker around the world.
Sasha Zivanovic, CEO of Nextologies, added: “With live events, a series of dependent steps must all go perfectly – signal delivery, routing, switching, monitoring, ad-break coordination, which changes based on what’s happening in the event, and so on – and there are no redos. Typically, several people must manage all the different systems, solutions, and steps, and those people are located within a physical facility. We designed NXT-MCR so that live events could achieve the entire process on one screen, from anywhere in the world, without requiring our clients to invest in a single piece of hardware.”
NXT-MCR eliminates the burden of connecting to various systems through different remote control interface applications combining a one-stop UI, easy to learn and operate, that can reduce the manpower required for production by 50%.
The benefits of NXT-MCR are already being realised by some major live sports events. Those benefits include increased flexibility, visibility, lower operator cost, and no cap-ex investment.
The remote automation software ties back to the Nextologies HQ in Toronto, where all of the hardware and software are located. This frees the operator from being tied to any location, allowing them to be located inside the OB van, or production truck, or they could be sitting at a station a thousand miles away from where the devices are with virtually zero latency.
NXT-MCR allows the operator to monitor the health of the signal in one screen and, because the software is built into Nextologies’ Control Panel, to switch signals without leaving that screen. Because NXT-MCR allows one operator to run multiple pieces of hardware, fewer people are required to run each live event.
NXT-MCR is a fully managed service, employing Nextologies infrastructure, hardware, and software, as well as the operator required to run the event. In an era of unprecedented hiring challenges, that is sure to be a key benefit.