PlayMaker Product Information
PlayMaker is an SD/HD, slow-motion video server designed to meet the growing challenges of live sport productions. PlayMaker provides up to 8 I/O channels of high quality ingest, synchronized slow motion replay, and powerful yet simple editing tools.
With its unique 8 I/O channel capability, PlayMaker can provide up to 6 inputs while using preview/program output channels, or a combined standard and super slow motion configuration, significantly decreasing operational costs as fewer operators are needed.
With its "PlayNet" module, PlayMaker provides Gigabit network file sharing between servers, for preview, copy, or instant playout of clips from remote servers.
PlayMaker – the controller
PlayMaker's controller is designed to enhance the production workflow, while providing the operator with familiar and intuitive surroundings.
PlayMaker’s controller can support up to 6 inputs and 2 outputs with multiple PGMs, or PVW/PGM capabilities. In addition, it supports super slow motion configurations including mixed super slow and standard recordings at the same time, as well as seamlessly mixing them on the output.
The PlayMaker controller’s advanced architecture provides a user-friendly display, local database management, and sophisticated sorting tools.
PlayMaker’s programmable LCD buttons change appearance and functionality according to server status, providing more features, while keeping the controller interface simple.
For example, when a clip is loaded, the buttons change label and functionality to allow "delete", "rename", "copy" etc.
Equipped with a 5.7 inch color touch screen, PlayMaker allows quick and easy access to the server’s controls and configuration tools. Sort lists by selecting relevant columns, type in text using the virtual keyboard, and control the entire setup from the touch screen.
The PlayMaker controller includes a heavy-duty and configurable Jog and T-bar, and highly reliable, illuminated tactile buttons.
With its synchronized recording of inputs, once an "in" point is set, switching to a different input re-cues to the same "in" point, allowing replay of the same event from all recorded inputs. If necessary, different "in" and "out" points can be set for each input.
Clips can be saved easily by pressing the Enter button, or by setting a clip number using the smart keypad.
The PlayMaker smart keypad indicates used or available clip slots, protecting from operation mistakes, and accelerating operation speed.
To enhance the workflow, event types (goal, missed chances, reactions, etc.) can be set for each saved clip, by selecting one of the 12 event buttons. Events can be assigned to the buttons from pre-defined categories, according to sport disciplines, or can be custom defined. This allows easy sorting of different events for immediate replay.
Instant highlight editing
Preparing a playlist is also simple and intuitive. Users can set the clip's position in the list, trim the clips "in" and "out" points, switch the input, set different playout speeds and transitions for each clip, etc.
The playlist can be played using the Play button, the T-bar, or the Jog, which override each other.
PlayNet – sharing video over network
With the growing number of cameras used in each production and the demanding pace required, sharing clips between servers is a major factor to a successful broadcast.
With a click of a button, the PlayMaker operator can engage any server on the network. Once connected, the user can browse through remote clips lists or playlists, and select one to preview, copy, or playback instantly
To improve the communication between the operators in the truck, PlayMaker offers the “Inbox” module, which allows the operators to send links to clips, very similar to how emails are sent. Operators can browse through the inbox list and select any clip that was “emailed” to him for preview or import, significantly enhancing the production efficiency.
PlayMaker offers a dedicated studio mode to highlight edit multiple clips from various incoming feeds, turning each input into a standalone environment with its own clips and playlists. This significantly accelerates operation, improves the productivity, and the final result.
PlayMaker – the Server
PlayMaker consists of a compact 3U chassis which supports up to 8 I/O channels. Thanks to its flexible architecture, PlayMaker can be configured to support 6 input channels and 2 output channels, reducing the number of systems that need to be installed for production.
By supporting super slow motion cameras, PlayMaker can run 3 cameras at 50 frames per second or 2 cameras at 75 frames per second, from a single server and a single controller with 1 operator, while preserving the PVW/PGM output channels.
PlayMaker also supports combining 1 super slow motion ingest with 3 single channels seamlessly integrated for synchronized replay or to be played out from the same playlist.
In order to provide increased storage with high data rates, advanced SATA technology is used.
PlayMaker uses 8 X 1 TeraByte disks, which provide over 60 hours of HD recording in 100mbps, or 120 hours of SD recording in 50 mbps.
The video data on PlayMaker is protected with RAID 6 technology, ensuring that even if 2 disks are down, no data is lost and there is no degradation in server performance.
The video disks can be easily accessed from the front panel, without removing the server from the rack.
To further ensure server reliability and redundancy, PlayMaker uses a hot swap power supply and runs on the reliable Linux operating system.
3D stereoscopic support
With its unique 8 channels configuration, PlayMaker can provide up to 4 stereo channels with flexible I/O configuration, while maintaining the existing workflow.
Superior image quality
In order to provide the best available image quality, motion-JPEG2000 encoders are used. Motion JPEG2000 uses a wavelet-based transform to achieve better compression, providing superb image quality and high error resilience. The JPEG2000 fast encoders also provide very short latency, which makes PlayMaker very responsive to operator commands.
PlayMaker implements 2 line/4 line interpolation to provide high quality slow-motion replays at any speed.
Flexible audio configuration
PlayMaker provides a flexible audio configuration that can be easily integrated into any production workflow.
Configured to embedded audio, PlayMaker provides 8 stereo audio channels for each of the recording video channels, with audio mixing on the output when working in program/preview mode.
Audio data is kept uncompressed, and fully preserves all Dolby E and Ancillary data.
When working with analog audio or digital AES, PlayMaker can be provided with optional breakout boxes.
The 2U AC-8 box provides 8 balanced stereo analog inputs and outputs, which can be easily routed to each of the recording channels using the internal audio router, and can be operated from the touch screen. The same audio capabilities are available for Digital AES audio, with the AES-8 slim 1U device.
8 in video splitter
PlayMaker can be provided with Orad’s MV-8 - a 1U rack mount unit with up to 8 inputs (6 in SD) and both SDI and full HD DVI outputs.
MV-8 supports either SD or HD SDI inputs, 50hz or 60 HZ, and can switch between various pre programmed screen configurations (4 in/6in/8in).
PlayMaker Server Key Features
- Up to 6 in 2 out (2PGM or PVW/PGM)
- Multi format, SD/HD
- PlayNet - File sharing over network
- 3D stereoscopic support
- Super slow-motion support
- Up to 180mbps, variable JPEG2000 CODEC
- Over 60 hours of HD recording (@100mbps) 120 hours in SD
- Uncompressed audio, 8 stereo channels per input
- Optional AES and analog audio inputs and outputs.
- RAID 6 redundancy
- Synchronized, field accurate editing and playout
- High quality slow motion (2 or 4 line interpolation)
- On screen display for preview monitor including audio meters
- Redundant hot swap dual power supply
PlayMaker Controller Key Features
- 1000 cyclic cues, 8000 clips, 100 play lists
- Synchronized clips, with separate in/out option per input
- 5.7" color touch screen
- LCD programmable buttons for advanced features
- Fast sort-by-event tools
- Robust T-Bar with programmable ranges
- Smooth response in fast jog search mode
- Powerful Linux operating system
- Smart keypad for errorless clip save and load
- Synchronized and non-synchronized switch between inputs