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Getting the right clip on air at the right time is key to any live production. This is where the BlackStorm Playout Server excels as an easy-to-use Production Clip Player with a comprehensive production workflow.

It starts in editing with an elegant networked file-based workflow, supporting popular editing systems like Apple's Final Cut, Adobe's Creative Suite and Avid's Media Composer. The workflow continues with standard protocols like VDCP and AMP allowing point-of-control integration with virtually any production switcher or remote control panel on the market. Finally, a sophisticated client / server interface gives easy and distributed operator control including production playlists with built-in transitions.

BlackStorm delivers in live production. From a technology standpoint, it is a unique software-based server platform using standard off-the-shelf hardware and offers a long-range growth path for future technology.

Models

Concentrated Server Power
The BlackStorm Playout Server offers a powerful video server engine, driving a comprehensive production workflow within a compact 1 RU 24 inch deep chassis. Designed from the ground up using next generation parallel processing technology on a 64 bit O/S, the BlackStorm server may be small, but has all the power of a larger system.

BVS-102P

2 Channel playout - The BVS-102P entry level play out server incorporates two independent channels of playout. All video content is supported within files wrapped in the industry standard, .mov file wrapper. Files can be encoded using the DV family of codecs or the QuickTime Animation Codec. With drag and drop FTP for ingest and AMP & VDCP for automated playout, the BlackStorm is designed to fit your workflow.

BVS-104P

4 Channel playout – The BVS-104P, the most cost effective price per channel solution available incorporates four independent channels of playout. All video content is supported within files wrapped in the industry standard, .mov file wrapper. Files can be encoded using the DV family of codecs or the QuickTime Animation Codec. With drag and drop FTP for ingest and AMP & VDCP for automated playout, the BlackStorm is designed to fit your workflow.

BVS-102P-SSD

2 Channel playout with Solid State drives – The BVS-102P-SSD incorporates all the features of the BVS-102P, with the added features and benefits of solid state drives. Using no moving parts giving greatly increased life expectancy with enhanced read/playout performance and also provides a more shock resistant solution for environments like mobiles or flight packs.

BVS-104P-SSD

4 Channel playout with Solid State drives – The BVS-104P-SSD incorporates all the features of the BVS-104P, with the added features and benefits of solid state drives. Using no moving parts giving greatly increased life expectancy with enhanced read/playout performance and also provides a more shock resistant solution for environments like mobiles or flight packs.

 

Concentrated Server Power
The BlackStorm Playout Server offers a powerful video server engine, driving a comprehensive production workflow within a compact 1 RU 24 inch deep chassis. Designed from the ground up using next generation parallel processing technology on a 64 bit O/S, the BlackStorm server may be small, but has all the power of a larger system.

Feature Rich
Broadcast quality playlists, integrated transitions, customizable gui layouts, Drag and drop file transfer, VDCP and AMP control, Service Locator Protocol, multi-server control, client/server architecture, sub-clipping, independent channel control, simple media management and more.

Workflow simplified
Built to support the DV family of codecs, as well as the QuickTime animation codec, while using the industry standard .mov wrapper, workflow could not be any simpler. BlackStorm supports native playout of files generated from Final Cut Pro, the Adobe suite of product and Avid NLE platforms. The open file system allows content to be moved directly onto the server for playout across your existing network infrastructure.

Client/Server Architecture
Using the DashBoard Control System, BlackStorm offers the flexibility of distributed remote control from any desktop to any server channel. The DashBoard User Interface also allows control of multiple servers from location. The DashBoard software is Java-based and able to run on your choice of client machine whether it is a Windows® or MacIntosh® computer.

Reliability
BlackStorm servers are built to withstand ongoing daily use. Built with redundant power supplies, dedicated hardware based raid controller and fully hot-swappable raid protected drives all on an IT server-class hardware platform BlackStorm provides the stability and reliability to keep your system up and running in demanding broadcast and production environments.

Open Integration
No matter how you plan to control your BlackStorm Playout server, it will integrate well with a wide variety of devices including automation systems, controllers and other devices. By implementing industry standard VDCP and AMP interfaces BlackStorm is hardware agnostic. Of course, a BlackStorm server makes an excellent addition to a Ross Vision, Carbonite or CrossOver Production Switcher or OverDrive Production Control System.

Future Growth
The BlackStorm Playout Server is designed to continue to evolve. Software based codecs provide.

 

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