IBC, Amsterdam, Stand 5.A10 – 7th September 2015 – Rascular, the leading supplier of PC-based multi-device master control, has today announced that it has completed significant new third-party integrations, including with Blackmagic and Barnfindtechnologies. This brings the company’s renowned use-defined, on-air control technologies to an expanded user base.
Rascular has integrated its RouteMaster technology with Blackmagic’s cost-effective hardware router control panels (Blackmagic Smart Control), allowing users of the panels to control not only Blackmagic routers but any router that RouteMaster can control, including Barnfind. Barnfind manufactures a signal neutral platform that offers many functions and supports numerous different signal formats in one frame.
RouteMaster sits between the hardware panels and the router(s). This provides tremendous flexibility for users who can chose the same, familiar hardware interface to operate routers from multiple manufacturers. And because RouteMaster supports a wide range of protocols, users can upgrade or replace routers without changing either the control system or the hardware panels.
Ephraim Barrett, Sales Director with Rascular, said, “Deploying RouteMaster, users can control an existing router installation from any web browser via computer, tablet and even mobile phone using Rascular’s web panels. RouteMaster’s support for web-based control panels, built using standards-compliant HTML5 technologies, allows custom control panels to be used on any system, providing unrivalled levels of control flexibility for router installations.”
In addition, the technology that Helm, which provides manual control of playout systems in a master control environment, supports has also been expanded and now includes: Utah Scientific routers; enhanced Harmonic Spectrum™ media server and Spectrum ChannelPort™ support; RouteMaster native support; enhanced Imagestore 750 integration and; Kramer Router support.
Barrett added, “Today’s playout operations use specialised equipment from a variety of broadcast manufacturers. Operations staff are used to automated control of these devices. But manual control is also essential and that’s a different challenge. Operators are forced to use multiple control surfaces making manual control almost impossible, unless equipment is from a single manufacturer.”
Rascular is a broadcast software company based in the UK. It specialises in highly evolved device control and media management tools that provide operators with direct access to third-party hardware technologies. Flagship product Helm allows customers to pick best-of-breed systems – branding devices, routers, video servers, VTRs, multi-image display processors and modular gear – from a range of different manufactures and provides a single, integrated, user-defined control/monitoring surface for operators. Helm, along with Commander, Mediant and the ET Updater range, is deployed by broadcasters and playout providers globally.
Used by over 150 broadcasters globally including Discovery Communications Europe, BSkyB, Red Bee Media, M-Net, Sky Italia and ARD. For more information visitwww.rascular.com.
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