GRASS VALLEY, CALIFORNIA – Ensemble Designs announced today that it will be demonstrating version 2.0 feature sets of its popular Avenue Multiviewer and BrightEye NXT family of compact routers at the Broadcast Asia International Digital Multimedia & Entertainment Technology Exhibition & Conference in Singapore June 17-20, 2014. Both software versions were singled out for awards at NAB this past April. The Ensemble Designs demonstration located on the Techtel stand 5J3-03 will include a comprehensive, hands-on opportunity to explore all of the exciting new features.
The all new Multiviewer Magic 2.0 delivers an offline mode for creating screen layouts, alarms for ensuring signal integrity, new fast authoring tools with eye dropper and paste functions, closed caption support, and countdown clocks. Also new are independent Edit and Control modes, giving users the precise controls needed for their particular jobs.
“The staff setting up and configuring a Multiviewer have very different needs from the day-to-day operators,” said Mondae Hott, Director of Sales for Ensemble Designs. “Engineers and installers are configuring the hardware, setting up alarms and creating screen layouts. Segment producers, floor directors and QC staff need to see a lot of different sources and look at signal quality. We’ve addressed those two types of workflows in Multiviewer Magic 2.0.”
An unlimited number of layouts can be created offline. The layout editing window is so accurate that one can design a layout without looking at the actual Multiviewer video output. Multiple screen layouts can be created, saved, and easily recalled, or applied to other Multiviewer outputs. One Multiviewer screen layout might be for a QC position while others could be created for a control room, remote truck or producer position. New screen layouts can be designed while the Multiviewer hardware is in use.
“Imagine a segment producer of a live show who’s got 20 cameras or sources available and one Avenue Multiviewer output has been allocated to her,” said David Wood, Chief Design Engineer and President at Ensemble Designs. “She can use the Web Control Panel on her iPad to recall any number of preset Multiviewer layouts, easily looking at all of her sources.”
The Avenue Multiviewer’s web control panel can be used on a Mac, PC or tablet, which means the Multiviewer can literally be used from any location. The browser-based control panel provides intuitive controls for selecting and monitoring particular video and audio sources.
“The segment producer may want to verify that the microwave feed is good, for example,” said Mr. Wood. “With an iPad, she can switch the Multiviewer output to Fullscreen to see that specific source.”
The Avenue MV82 is an eight input/two output Multiviewer. All eight sources can be displayed on one screen, or split into two quad splits. The MV164 is a sixteen input/four output Multiviewer. All sixteen sources can be displayed on one screen, or divided between the outputs. Output configurations are extremely flexible, allowing a variable number of sources on the different outputs. The 9480 Multiviewer option can be added to the Avenue Integrated Routing System, providing incredible flexibility, drawing from the sources to the router, and returning Multiviewer outputs directly to the router matrix without tying up valuable routing inputs. This level of integration is unique to the Ensemble system, delivering routing, production switching and Multiviewing, all in a very small footprint.
The BrightEye NXT 2.0 software upgrade, provided at no charge to owners of Ensemble Designs BrightEye NXT Video Routing Switchers, provides dissolves and direct take transitions of HDMI as well as SDI sources, external control via TCP/IP or DB9 connector, and configuration and salvo memory registers.
“Now you can dissolve between HDMI sources, SDI sources, or any combination of SDI and HDMI without glitches, hiccups, or black screens to both HDMI and SDI destinations,” said John Pichitino, Technology Evangelist at Ensemble Designs. “It’s now possible to ‘mix’ a show directly from the field using a box about the size of a club sandwich.”
The software upgrade is available to all BrightEye NXT customers under Ensemble Designs “Five-year hardware, software for life” warranty on all products.
“This sweet little router supports several different external control protocols via either TCP/IP –RG45 or DB9 – RS 232 connection that allows interfacing with automation control,” said Robert Nunez, Sales at Ensemble Designs. “And, recalling router matrix configurations on the fly allows router volleys and quick destination and source reconfiguration – all at the touch of a button.”
“We continue to bring upgrades and advanced features to our customers without additional expense thanks to our ‘software for life’ warranty. This is the second major release of software for the BrightEye NXT this year, and the product continues to improve and provide value. All our customers reap the benefit of our software development,” said Mondae Hott, Director of Sales for Ensemble Designs.
Based in Grass Valley, California and formed in 1989, Ensemble Designs is a leading provider of signal processing and infrastructure products. Customers include CBS News, NASA, Major League Baseball, Olympic Broadcast Organisation, General Atomics, and ESPN.
Based in Grass Valley, California and formed in 1989, Ensemble Designs is a leading provider of signal processing and infrastructure products. Customers include Lockhead, NASA, Major League Baseball, Olympic Broadcast Organisation, General Atomics, and ESPN.