August 23, 2018 0

X-Pert Multimedia Solutions Announces Own-Brand Broadcasting Apps

Posted by:Maya Boycheva onAugust 23, 2018

 

X-Pert Multimedia Solutions announces its new X-Pert portfolio of broadcasting solutions. The company, which was established in 2016 by the core developer’s and management team of Athensa will present its own brand during the upcoming IBC2018 exhibition, stand 8.E02, September 14 – 18, in Amsterdam. The product portfolio includes X-Pert Playout, X-Pert Graphics, X-Pert Ingest, X-Pert, X-Pert Channel-in-a-Box, X-Pert Catalogue and X-Pert Studio.

“We are very excited to announce our own X-Pert brand. During the last year we have concentrated our efforts to develop flexible and scalable solutions that address the latest technology requirements of the broadcast industry,” says Ludmil Kushinov, CEO of X-Pert Multimedia Solutions. 

At IBC2018 the company will showcase:

  • Stand alone X-Pert Graphics, based on NDI
  • Hardware HEVC and H264 encoding accelerated by NVIDIA Quadro based boards
  • Single CPU system able to do 4K streaming with HEVC and H264
  • SCTE104 Ad Insertion protocol on X-Pert Playout SDI outputs
  • Automated Scheduled compliance recording, an automation between X-Pert Playout and X-Pert Ingest. 

The products include certification of latest Intel Core i7 processor.

In June X-Pert Multimedia Solutions participated at BCA2018 in Singapore, where some of the new products’ features were demonstrated. The company, which is very well presented in Asia showcased a monochrome broadcast functionality, specially developed for Thailand.

Our flagship products:

X-Pert Playout (XP)

Versatile in nature and running as a stand-alone solution, X-Pert Playout (XP) provides the necessary playout automation processes, needed in today’s broadcast facilities. Its modular architecture makes it suitable not only for broadcasting organizations of any size but for media professionals who need seamless content playout automation. Available in UHD/HD/SD-SDI or IP streaming, X-Pert Playout secures unattended operations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

MPEG2, AVC/H.264, HDV and DV compression scalability, hardware independence are the typical highlights of X-Pert Playout. Ideally suited for time-critical live operations. Professional device support through GPI, RS232, VDCP is also available. Redundant playout makes it perfect for fail-safe environments.

X-Pert Playout Multi Parallel Output – XP MPO enables the running of two or more outputs so that broadcasters can easily provide parallel outputs in any combination needed to deliver the content. UHD SDI, HD SDI, SD SDI (with real-time re-scaling) playout and IP streaming output, or for example, output in H.264 (MPEG-4) and MPEG-2 at the same time.

X-Pert Playout supports MPEG1/2/H.264, HDV and DV streams from virtually every known production platform providing AVI, MPEG, WMV, Quick Time or MXF content. Files from third-party servers are natively supported.

For live productions, any changes to the playlist during on-air session are possible. There are no qued or locked clips. Every clip in the playlist, except the one which is currently playing, can be trimmed, edited or re-positioned. Moreover, playlist order can be changed on-the-fly with commands like skip to next or jump. Such order changes are performed seamlessly without stopping the current playout session. Live productions are facilitated by the powerful Live Show presets which allows insertion and/or execution of various events or live streams.

More information is available here.

X-Pert Graphics (XG)

X-Pert Graphics (XG) is a sophisticated, yet extremely user-friendly on-air CG and graphics manager. It lets you create different static or dynamic objects such as rolls, crawls, multi-layered simultaneous still pictures, analogue and digital clocks, animated logos , etc., and save them in projects. Those could easily be used for direct broadcasting or as customized templates for future use. In addition, X-Pert Graphics has a built-in Scheduler which lets you start objects from previously created project(s) at different times.

X-Pert Graphics can run as a standalone solution or run in the background, without its front-end interface. This allows all objects and slide actions to be triggered by a third-party OEM software which sends its script commands via network protocol.

X-Pert Graphics is designed to work in sync with the X-Pert Playout. This allow objects in X-Pert Graphics to be started or stopped by using the X-Pert Playout. This is achieved by inserting X-Pert Graphics Net control events in the X-Pert Playout playlist. X-Pert Graphics control can also be automated using scripts triggered by metadata condition from X-Pert Playout. The playlist metadata value from X-Pert Playout can be sent to the text objects.

X-Pert Graphics provides powerful tools for project preparation and extensive control over on-air graphics. The projects may include:

  • Adding basic effects to text, such as a shadow, border, change the color and transparency
  • Define the appearance of you objects: define in and out transition, change position, size
  • Adding stationary, crawling or rolling text, with either static or dynamic content
  • Inserting logos, pictures or animations with a wide range of supported formats
  • Items can be played once, run on a loop, etc.
  • Items can be scheduled on a daily, weekly or other basis
  • No layer limitation
  • Use simple macros to automate metadata display direct from the playlist
  • Visualize data from external data providers such as: TXT files, XML, HTML files, ODBC, Weather, RSS, Emergency alert systems
  • Create animated objects, add banners, chat boxes and so much more
  • Use video objects in your project. You can open and use a video clip in your X-Pert Graphics project or directly display a Live video source

More information is available here.

X-Pert Ingest (XI)

X-Pert Ingest (XI) enables multiple channels of HD or SD content to be captured from HD/SD SDI digital feeds, analogue sources and MPEG transport streams. Four video sources can be monitored on a single screen and controlled via a new streamlined user interface. Audio levels can be monitored as loudness/true-peak displays and adjusted when required.

Content ingested to X-Pert Ingest is available for playback within a few seconds of capture commencing. The X-Pert Ingest feature set also includes capture-list import from third-party traffic systems, support for CEA-608/708 closed-captioning and automated VTR control via RS-422 with batch-capture listing.

Features:

  • Four independent ingest channels in a single server*
  • Scheduled capturing of satellite feeds with automated channel switching
  • Comprehensive Metadata handling (TCI, MTD creation)
  • HD capturing (optional)
  • File splitting based on duration
  • Multi-channel audio capturing (optional)
  • API available for OEMs
  • All 4 instances in a single screen
  • New Streamlined User Interface Design
  • Add Metadata during ingest (position markers, notes, etc.)
  • Loudness/True Peak audio meters are available for precise audio level fine-tuning
  • Automated RS-422 VTR control with batch capturing lists
  • Third-party traffic system capture list import
  • Closed Captioning support under EIA-608/708 standards

*Number of available ingest channels depends on used capture compression and hardware resources

More information is available here.

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