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Digigram at IBC2014

Visit Digigram at IBC2014 at Stand 8.C51, Sept. 12-16 in Amsterdam

Digigram will showcase significant product enhancements and new product releases to both the company’s IP audio and IP video solutions. In extending RAVENNA/AES67 support across its range of IP audio codecs, the company offers high-performing audio-transport solutions that enable a seamless shift toward use of IP-based studio infrastructure and the many benefits it yields. Digigram will demonstrate its first cloud-based application engineered to simplify the management of a fleet of IP audio codecs. Digigram also will highlight IP video solutions that meet customer demand for higher-density encoding and packaging of streams for delivery to multiple CDNs and, ultimately, the broad array of viewing devices used today. Demonstrating that lower-cost systems can afford high performance in video contribution applications, the company will feature the latest addition to its AQORD line of IP video codecs.

Advancing the AoIP Migration With Greater RAVENNA/AES67 Support and Cloud-Based Codec Management

RAVENNA/AES67-Enabled Encoder Products
Digigram was among the first members of the RAVENNA consortium launched by ALC NetworX in 2010, and the company continues to expand its range of products with RAVENNA/AES67 connectivity. Enabling new levels of performance and flexibility in IP audio transport, RAVENNA is an AES67-compatible open technology standard that represents a major technological advance for low-latency synchronous audio distribution over IP infrastructures in radio facilities. At IBC2014, Digigram will showcase the addition of RAVENNA/AES67 connectivity to the company’s IQOYA range of audio-over-IP (AoIP) codecs, which now allow users to get audio programs directly from an in-studio RAVENNA network and subsequently encode and stream them over IP to transmitter sites via a WAN in compliance with EBU ACIP. Users likewise can decode EBU ACIP streams from a WAN to their in-studio RAVENNA network. With these capabilities, radio stations can easily migrate towards the use of IP audio within their studios.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Digigram/Digigram-IQOYA-LINK.jpg
Photo Caption: IQOYA *LINK and *LINK/LE Audio-Over-IP Codecs

LX-IP RAVENNA PCIe Sound Card — Now Shipping
The LX-IP RAVENNA PCIe sound card, the first RAVENNA-enabled product developed by Digigram, features ultra-low latency — down to one audio sample per IP packet — and up to 256 RAVENNA I/O channels from multiple RAVENNA streams. Ideal for high-density audio production or automation applications in radio and TV broadcast studios, this solution makes it easy for users to record and play as many as 128 audio-over-IP RAVENNA channels simultaneously in/out of a desktop computer. Boasting ultra-low, round-trip latency down to 3 ms, interoperability with all AES67 requirements, an embedded 128 x 128 switching matrix, Grandmaster PTP clock abilities, and high redundancy assured by two Gigabit Ethernet connections, this reliable hardware solution enables broadcasters to maintain high performance regardless of the computational load presented by other applications running on the host system.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Digigram/Digigram-LX-IP_Ravenna.jpg
Photo Caption: LX-IP RAVENNA PCIe Sound Card

New MADI Option on LX-IP RAVENNA PCIe Sound Card
With the addition of an optical MADI interface option to the company’s LX-IP RAVENNA PCIe sound card, Digigram enables the industry’s migration from synchronous audio (MADI) to IP audio (RAVENNA/AES67) in the studio environment. As a result, users can move from more expensive, less flexible proprietary equipment to standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) IT-based systems running common media-oriented IT protocols. The new MADI option facilitates a seamless shift by supporting use of the LX-IP RAVENNA soundcard in a synchronous audio environment to stream up to 64/64 I/O MADI channels from/to the host PC and from/to RAVENNA/AES67 audio-over-IP (AoIP) equipment. Users realize these valuable dual interface capabilities without any change to the familiar application used to manage the card. Control of the Digigram card is straightforward, thanks to its full compatibility with the industry-standard EMBER+ protocol.

New LX-MADI PCIe Sound Card
During IBC2014, Digigram will showcase the new LX-MADI PCIe sound card, designed to provide radio and television broadcasters with reliable multichannel synchronous audio PC connectivity in high-density audio production and automation applications. Equipped with an optical MADI interface, the card supports a 64/64 I/O channel count with low roundtrip latency down to 3 milliseconds. Embedded 64 x 64 routing gives users direct monitoring capabilities, along with record and play functions. Because the LX-MADI card is a hardware solution, it offers high stability regardless of the computational load presented by other applications — editing, processing, ingest, playout — being supported by the host system.

New Codec Fleet Manager Speeds and Simplifies Management of AoIP Contribution Codecs
Digigram presents the full release of the company’s new Codec Fleet Manager. The Web-based application, which can be hosted privately on any virtual machine or operated as SaaS in the cloud, enables structured management of all deployed audio-over-IP (AoIP) contribution codecs. Accessible from anywhere through the Web browser of Internet-connected devices such as PCs, tablets, and smartphones, the application automatically synchronizes phone books, connection profiles, and “favorite” groups of codecs to dramatically simplify deployment and day-to-day operation of the full codec fleet. The release of the Codec Fleet Manager is the first step in Digigram’s larger rollout of cloud-based AoIP solutions.

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Photo Caption: Digigram Codec Fleet Manager

Extending the Value and Utility of IP Video Transport Solutions

New AQORD *LINK/LE Video-Over-IP Codec
Digigram will showcase the new AQORD *LINK/LE codec for simple, cost-effective transport of high-quality video over IP networks (fiber, xDSL, satellite). Designed for video contribution in broadcast, live event, and live distribution applications, this latest addition to the AQORD family allows users to begin streaming almost immediately. Ready to use right out of the box with minimal configuration, this new codec makes it easy and affordable for users to get into IP-based video transport without compromising on video quality. With both H.264 encoding or decoding capabilities, the AQORD *LINK/LE also gives users flexibility in system deployment. Housed in a 19-inch encoder/decoder rack, the unit features SDI raw video I/O and network I/O for IP-based live streaming.

AQILIM *SERV/FIT Video-Over-IP Codec — Enhanced for OTT Distribution
Throughout the IBC2014 exhibition, Digigram will demonstrate the enhanced encoding capabilities of the company’s AQILIM *SERV/FIT IP video codec, including the ability to encode multiple streams at multiple resolutions simultaneously. With this single solution, users can quickly, easily, and cost-effectively publish content in multiple containers to multiple content delivery networks (CDNs) at once. Thus, in addition to increasing encoding density and reducing the cost per output stream, the AQILIM *SERV/FIT streamlines provisioning of content to all variety of display devices — computers, smartphones, tablets, and connected TVs — via OTT services. Digigram’s close relationship with popular CDNs assures that the company’s products maintain compatibility with those distribution outlets.

Digigram Quote:

“At the IBC2014 exhibition, we will show products engineered to simplify and accelerate the broadcast industry’s move toward IP-based media transport and cloud-based applications. The benefits of making this transition are enormous, and we’re continually refining our IP audio and IP video solutions to help broadcasters move forward in realizing these benefits.”
– Philippe Delacroix, President and CEO at Digigram

Company Overview:

Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production, and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

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