Offering a Lower TCO Than Traditional Playout with Flexibility, Operational Efficiency and Scalability

Versio™ modular playout, a microservices-based media workflow platform, enables media companies to accelerate the launch of new channels and services, unlock revenue potential and adapt to market dynamics faster.

The modular nature of Versio delivers an industry-leading variety of functionality, operational modes and deployment models, including premises-based, cloud (private or public) or hybrid. Businesses can choose functionality, including playout engine, I/Os, automation and graphics, and can incrementally implement numerous value-added options such as advanced audio track routing, multi-language captioning, UHD and proxy generation, on an as-needed basis.

a diagram showing how all the different parts of Versio fit together with the storage servers

A diagram showing how all the different parts of Versio fit together with the storage servers

diagram showing the overall Versio Platform structure

Diagram showing the overall Versio modular playout structure

a visual list of how the different Versio Modules fit into different Playout categories

A visual list of how the different Versio Modules fit into different Playout categories

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Screen capture of the content portal software

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Screen capture of the automation software

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Screen capture of the ingest control panel

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Screen capture of the graphics control panel

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Screen capture of the live panel software interface

a diagram showing how all the different parts of Versio fit together with the storage servers
diagram showing the overall Versio Platform structure
a visual list of how the different Versio Modules fit into different Playout categories
screen capture of the content portal software
screen capture of the automation software
screen capture of the ingest control panel
screen capture of the graphics control panel
screen capture of the live panel software interface
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  • Enables the launch of new channels quickly and cost-effectively
  • Experiment with emerging business models, while maintaining primary revenue streams
  • Provides a scalable, modular solution designed to fit to any installation
  • Enables quick incorporation of new functionality, ensuring disruption-free operations 
  • Get to air faster and easier with unified UI, database and metadata
  • Reduces long-term infrastructure costs with future ready components and flexible design
  • Reduces equipment and operational costs by virtualizing master control
  • Runs in a hybrid SDI I/O or compressed or uncompressed IP deployment
  • Supports both receive and transmit of MPEG-2 transport streams
  • Supports SMPTE ST 2110 for applications that require extremely low latency
  • Future ready, microservices-based design
  • Optional UHD: 2160p @59.94/50 fps and HDR support
a visual representation of how the different Versio modules fit into each of the areas of Playout
Using Versio™ Modules to Create Solutions


Ingest
Versio Ingest  is available as a component of Versio modular playout. Versio Ingest provides a highly integrated operational experience from booking, to media prep and QC, to playout, and archive.

Graphics
Versio Graphics  simplifies the graphics creation process, enabling customers to either create or modify templates using an intuitive web-based interface with full-motion preview and video overlay. Versio Graphics can create markers and simplified macros or create more complex graphics using direct import from Adobe® After Effects®, as well as add dynamic-data driver content and real-time tags, including content triggering.

Automation
Versio Automation is designed from the ground up to support geo-dispersed operations and architected to provide enhanced scalability and modularity. A channel landing page provides a simple, high-level overview of all channels and their status. Versio Automation also provides easy-to-navigate clip management and vertical channel workspaces, including advanced secondary event control and horizontal timeline.

Redundancy
The Versio Redundancy option provides a flexible, powerful and scalable redundancy solution that keeps up to five channels mirrored and synchronized. Versio Redundancy includes automatic failover based on real-time health and status monitoring. It also provides a pivot point where customers can begin moving to the cloud, such as disaster recovery for business continuity.

Master Control
Versio Master Control Surface(MCS) is available as a component of Versio and is fully optimized for running in a cloud environment, as well as on standard hardware. Versio MCS provides an intuitive, touchscreen-based master control surface ideal for preparing content for playout or enhancing the look, with simplified control of switching graphics and automation.

Workflow
Within Versio, several fundamental workflows are included in the standard Versio Automation and Content Portal packages: retrieving missing material, managing storage capacity, copying a file and archiving a file. If more advanced functionality is required, these basic workflow processes can be augmented via the addition of the Versio Workflow package.
Workflow is a file orchestration solution that automates workflow processes within Versio. The Versio Workflow package includes more advanced workflow processes to cover several typical transcoding, file transfer and metadata management use cases. The Workflow package is also required for other complex workflows, such as those that require third-party integration components, or for tailored workflow design and deployments.

Core Services
At the core of every Versio design sits Versio Core Services, offering the basic features required for all Versio deployments, including service layers for operation: core management services, database infrastructure layers, an essential service layer, including a messenger service.
Another essential tool of Versio Core Services is Versio Content Portal, which is used for content management for media preparation and distribution.

Content Portal
Versio Content Portal  provides a common content management layer for linear media preparation and distribution for playout. The solution manages all the required playout elements within a common database, including video, audio, and still and graphic layout content, and enables triggering of several key workflows to improve operational efficiency. A common file orchestration layer provides storage inventory management and file movement.

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IP Playout: NPC Media Proves Consolidation is Smart Business

How do you transform a single-station playout facility supporting 18 regional channels into a multi-tenanted managed media services provider distributing more than 211 live terrestrial television channels nationwide? For starters, you go IP.

Join us for an illuminating conversation with NPC Media’s Chris Howe on how moving to IP has enabled this Australian change-maker to pursue business-driving new ventures that they would have had to say no to just a few years ago.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group Puts Cloud Playout Through its Paces

From rapid deployment of new services to massive economies of scale, cloud-based playout promises to revolutionize the way broadcasters deliver channels. But how is it actually working in the real world? 

Join us as we sit down with Mike Kralec from Sinclair Broadcast Group to hear how SBG put cloud-based tech through its paces during a migration of three of its emerging networks ― Comet, Charge! and TBD ― to AWS.

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Tales of Scale: Secrets to Successfully Scaling Any-size Playout Operation

Under pressure from management and media rivals to scale up your channel count? With minimal risk and zero disruption? Welcome to the new normal.

Our panel of experts has collectively spent decades supporting channel spin-ups ― from small-scale operations to monster playout environments. They’ll share lessons learned and best practices for disaster recovery, IP, branding for different markets, and the inevitable OTT. Be sure to bring your questions for our live Q&A!

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Playout Perspectives: What's Working in the Real World?

The days of a single over-the-air channel are long behind us. Media companies are under constant pressure to spin up new channels for multiple platforms — and fast-track time to revenue.

Future-focused media companies around the world are tackling these challenges by rethinking and reshaping the way they manage playout.

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MultiChoice Moves to Exceed Consumer Expectations with IP Platform from Imagine Communications

MultiChoice, the largest satellite broadcaster in Africa, is responding to rapidly growing customer demand for superior content by building a new playout centre. The new facility is the first stage of the broadcaster’s transformation from traditional video playout to leading-edge IP transport and modular playout technology, providing for greater business agility, technical and operational flexibility and a reduction in the total cost of ownership (TCO). This allows for an improved consumer experience and ensures faster speed to market with new broadcast offerings.

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Playout Planning Guide: Choose the Right Deployment Model For Your Business

Choosing a playout solution that supports a phased approach to next-generation technology allows you to sustain current operations, protect your investment, and make a seamless transition at a pace that works for your business.

In this Guide, we will discuss the challenges today’s media organizations face in implementing competitive channel playout operations, while comparing the benefits of on-premises, hybrid, and fully cloud-based deployments to help you determine which model is right for your business. 

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