A Media Server Platform Expansion From R&S


LAS VEGAS — The big news out of the 2018 NAB Show for Germany-based Rohde & Schwarz is centered on the expansion of its media server platform for studio production and playout applications.

This sees R&S “expand and optimize” its R&S VENICE platform for live production, studio production and channel playout applications.

Using open standards, the media server is interoperable with systems from other manufacturers and can be integrated into existing infrastructures.

R&S VENICE uses its own virtual storage access (VSA) technology and the upgraded platform supports the SMPTE 2110 video over IP standard, NMOS and SDI.

“The new R&S VENICE uses a standard IT server and features an ultra-robust, next generation modular software design based on a new software structure,” the company notes. “VSA acts as a partition between software and hardware functions and virtualizes two physical storage units as a single virtual storage unit. All crucial components are redundant to ensure uninterrupted operation.”

To achieve the greatest possible interoperability in existing installations, R&S VENICE uses web service technologies and standard communications protocols such as VDCP, MOS and FIMS. R&S VENICE supports workflows based on SDI or SMPTE 2110 by simply exchanging the SFP+ module on the video I/O board. This modular concept allows customers to flexibly transition from SDI to IP.