Aveco Introduces Redwood

At NAB 2014, Aveco will introduce Redwood, a family of cost-effective and scalable solutions aimed at the news studio (Redwood Studio) and master control (Redwood Play) markets, to the US market.  Redwood Studio and Redwood Play include all the functionality needed to produce news programming or put a new channel on-air at a fraction of the cost normally required with racks of equipment.

Redwood Studio (News Studio-in-a-Box)
Redwood Studio will quickly put a new news studio on-air, and is specifically designed for the complexity of news and production studios. Based on a client/server architecture, Redwood Studio is able to offer very high-end capability to those with limited budgets. The client integrates a production switcher, graphics, audio mixer, media player, storage, and PTZ camera control in one 4 RU frame.  The server runs Aveco’s existing ASTRA Studio 2’s production automation software providing users with functionality traditionally available only in much more expensive and complex products.  A bi-directional MOS interface with ENPS, iNEWS, Octopus, OpenMedia, Gorilla and other newsroom systems generates the rundown and allows changes even while a story is on-air.

“The reason nobody has come up with a ‘box’ solution for news production is that news is much more complex than master control—the workflow is more complex, more people are involved in the workflow, and more functions are required to produce a program’s unique look and feel,” said Pavel Potuzak, Managing Director for Aveco. “Redwood Studio defines a new market segment that can address the complexities of a live studio broadcast by providing broadcasters a way to automate the entire workflow, generate their own unique look with no trade-offs in on-air quality, and put the show on-air with minimal staff—all with an initial investment that is a fraction of what is required today.”

Redwood Studio is a complete systems solution.  In addition to providing all the hardware required, the NRCS interface and the automation software, it also includes an open media asset management system that makes sure the video/audio/graphic files are available for playout. It automatically scans the facilities storage system for the required assets and moves them to the Redwood client or warns the operator for missing files.  A rules-based workflow engine automates common day-to-day activities saving time and reducing errors.

Redwood Play (Channel-in-a-Box)
Redwood Play is designed to quickly put a new master control channel on air with minimal capital investment.  Redwood’s client/server architecture overcomes the limitations of traditional master control channel-in-a-box solutions with limited scalability, reliability, and functionality. Redwood Play can easily expand by adding additional clients for additional channels or redundancy and being based on a real-time OS, it offers extreme reliability and virus protection.

Redwood Play is based on the same proven automation control system that is on-air today at some of the largest broadcasters around the world.  Playlists can be imported from any traffic system or generated manually. Redwood Play benefits from Aveco’s 22+ years of automation experience in master control. Small TV channels as well as large broadcasters with a combination of premium and niche channels can enjoy the ease of installation, expansion, and control through the unified ASTRA/Redwood GUI and workflows.

Quick Return-on-Investment
Redwood Studio’s and Redwood Play’s return-on-investment is typically less than one year.  This aggressive ROI is achieved by integrating all the needed functionality that is generally provided by a rack of equipment into one 4 RU client.  In addition, significant operational cost savings are obtained as less manpower, training, rack space, power, cooling, and maintenance contracts are required to put a newscast or a channel on air.





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