BEACON Simplified Playout is designed for channels that need simple, easy-to-use playout in a self-contained, broadcast quality, ECO system.

BEACON eliminates unnecessary hardware and uses software to provide the key broadcast elements of video playback, graphics and scheduling in a streamlined playout solution the delivers on broadcast quality, ease-of-use and cost-effective channel playout.

Designed around the architectural elements of our industry leading OASYS platform, BEACON Simplified Playout includes the necessary features for file-based playout, localized content and digital ad insertion with a single live input.

  • BEACON Simplified Playout is perfect for Diginets, Closed-Circuit, CATV channels and channel limited broadcasters.
  • It’s a plug n’ play solution, ready to go out of the box; easy to configure and use.
  • Supports up to 4 SD Channels and 2 HD Channels.
  • It’s cost-effective; runs on a commodity based IT server.
  • Saves you money on installation and training.

 BEACON Simplified Playout – Overview Diagram

BEACON Streamlined Playout-Overview Diagram

  • Multiple channels per server possible (2 HD or 4 SD)
  • Supports for centralized storage and media management
  • On-board File QC and file movement
  • Closed caption for 608, 708, teletext and OP47 and subtitle support, including up to 4 DVB subtitle streams
  • Control of a single SDI Router (serial or IP)
  • SCTE-104 decode for digital ad insertion triggering
  • One graphics layer with complex graphics via template for still, sequence, animation or OASEQ.
  • Includes BroadStream Storage Manager, LML (Local Media Library) to manage files and Watchdog to monitor system health.
The following are hardware specifications for BEACON:

  • Chassis: SuperMicro SuperChassis 835 R920B (Black) with 8 – removable 3.5″ drive bays
  • Hot-Swap Drive Bay: Mobile Rack 2.5″ SATA 4-Bays (Black ) for 2 x 2.5″ OS drives.
  • Motherboard: SuperMicro X10DAi
  • Heatsink: SNK-POO48P
  • CPU (Hexa-Core): Intel Xeon E5-2620 (2.0G 15M Cache, 2.00GHz, 7.20GT/s QPI. Faster CPU’s may be required for multi-instance systems or those using streaming connections.
  • RAM: Hynix 2GB DDR-3-1600MHz (PC3-12800) registered EEC (for 32GB total)
  • Graphics Adapter: x16 PCI-e Graphics card with minimum of 512MB of onboard memory, 1GB onboard memory preferred.
  • RAID Controller: Minimum 8 port SAS/SATA 6Gb/s controller with RAID 50/6 support
  • Battery Backup for RAID Controller: Recommended; not essential.
  • Connection Cables: Mini -SAS SFF-8807 to SATA/SAS fanout cable required for LSI RAID controller listed as example above.
  • OS Drive: Minimum 128GB, SATA 3GB/s, 2.5″ Solid-State Drive (SSD). Enterprise Class SATA 2.5″ may be an acceptable alternative but may result in longer boot times.
  • Media Drive: Enterprise Class SAS/SATA Storage Drive 3.5″ minimum 500GB minimum 64MB Cache minimum 7200rpm 3Gb/s. 128MB Cache, 6Gb/s recommended for HD systems (compulsory for complex or multi-instance systems). Consumer grade hard disks are not permitted. Connected to PCI RAID Controller and configured in RAID 50.
  • Operating System: Playout/Ingest: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64 (can use Server but higher cost). Indexing Servers: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 RS STD x64
  • Schedule creation & insertion and appending
  • Append without interruption
  • Trim edits
  • Edit effects
  • Transition effects
  • Save as template
  • Live event insertion
  • Automatic Gap Filler Schedule from text file
  • Audio leveling
  • Graphics insertion and positioning
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