Upgrades and enhancements introduced will provide deeper value across Live Production, Playout, Distribution, and OTT video applications.
TAG Video Systems, a player in integrated software-based IP probing, monitoring and multiviewer solutions, is building on its platform by adding support for more video applications and increasing features and functionality that strengthen its position as the world’s first and only 100% software, 100% IP solution capable of running on standard off-the-shelf-hardware for all four primary video applications: Live Production, Playout, Distribution and OTT. The company demonstrated its flagship MCM-9000 at IBC 2019 with application-specific tools and configurations that amplify flexibility by allowing the same solution to work across all disciplines maximising scalability, flexibility and potential for expanding IP workflows.
Initially established as an IP-based solution to address real-time probing, monitoring and multiviewing for Distribution and OTT applications, TAG has now brought its expertise to Live Production and Playout. The acceleration of SMPTE ST 2110 replacing SDI within broadcast facilities has driven IP to greater acceptance in the market, offering increased scalability and flexibility while enabling new capabilities such as remote and collaborative production, and providing unsurpassed breadth and depth of monitoring and probing of uncompressed media signals in an IP environment.
Until TAG’s recent development, the industry had been challenged by the large number of high-bandwidth, uncompressed video signals that forced users to deploy proprietary hardware multiviewer solutions, limiting flexibility and agility. TAG’s 100% software approach, operating on standard COTS server hardware, overcomes these restrictions and enables broadcasters to break away from purpose-built hardware and truly leverage the scale and agility that comes with software-deployed IP solutions while still delivering a low latency solution (2fps). TAG’s software skills also allowed it to break the software / bandwidth / timing limitations of ST 2110 in COTS hardware and has brought a high-density solution with multiple 100GE interfaces and support for ST-2022-7 network redundancy.
Commenting on the applications, Abe Zerbib, TAG CEO, said: “Each application has its own set of challenges but imagine what you could do if all formats and standards could easily be managed within the same software platform and in an IP environment. TAG’s MCM-9000 is the world’s first system that combines monitoring of compressed and un-compressed signals on the same screen for all four primary video disciplines – and runs on off-the-shelf hardware. Now we’ve extended our reach and added application-specific features so broadcasters can maximise flexibility and easily expand and scale without changing or adding to their core infrastructure.”
TAG’s cross-application solution is currently supporting over 40,000 channels in facilities around the globe underscoring the adoption of the company’s 100% software approach to probing, monitoring and multiviewing for live production, playout, distribution, and OTT in an all-IP ecosystem.