Pebble Beach Systems, a specialist in automation, content management and integrated channels, will showcase its latest range of solutions at IBC in September. These include: the deployment of multiple virtualised channels in both a public and a private cloud with Orca; Lighthouse, a web-based remote management and monitoring tool for the Marina automation system; and Beluga, a new workflow engine, content management and video processing solution.
IBC attendees will be able to see a live deployment and hosting of multiple channels in the public or private cloud, using Orca, Pebble's virtualised playout solution running under the Marina automation control system. The ability to deploy new channels in a matter of minutes at low cost makes Pebble's public cloud solution particularly suited to pop-up, event-based channels, comprehensive disaster recovery applications, and any instance where deployment agility is required.
Lighthouse is a web-based remote management and monitoring dashboard for the Marina automation environment that extends Marina’s functionality to business users, operational staff and engineers both inside and outside the broadcast facility. As Pebble’s product portfolio expands into the virtual world, Lighthouse offers a series of interfaces which deliver conﬁguration and deployment functionality for Orca virtual channels. Using the new design and deployment tools, Lighthouse users can quickly and easily design, edit, launch and decommission virtual IP channels on the fly.
Control, monitoring, media management, and system conﬁguration tools are offered via widgets on conﬁgurable web-based dashboards, with the ability to aggregate data across multiple sites.
Modern playout workflows require agile, responsive methods of interaction at any time of day or night. Lighthouse extends the reach of staff with standard browser interfaces so that status and corrective actions are just seconds away, even outside the control room. For users with control privileges, accessing and controlling a channel from any location with Lighthouse makes unattended operation safe, and worry-free for senior staff.
Developed in partnership with Blue Lucy, Beluga is a new workflow engine, content management and video processing solution that integrates closely with Pebble’s Marina automation system. It offers targeted file delivery, content preparation, and integrated QC workflows without the need to deploy an enterprise MAM solution.
Beluga’s content management approach focuses on the tasks of preparing content for playout and distribution. Checking segmentation, program content, allowing for conformance editing, performing comprehensive QC and generating reports are all essential steps along the playout pipeline. Beluga also adds transcoding and proxy creation to Marina’s existing toolset. As the number of users grows, Beluga’s simple web-based interface enables teams to interact with the media dynamically without having to install dedicated client software.