Reading, UK (April 7, 2008)–Pro-Bel has announced Morpheus ICE (Integrated Content Engine), which combines automation and master control in a single 3U standalone box.
Based on the company’s Morpheus automation and playout technology–including its Media Ball approach to secondary event management–Morpheus ICE provides single channel playout and by linking ICE units together, a multichannel environment. As it’s fully compatible with existing file formats ICE provides channel backup, preview or regional opt-out management to existing systems.
ICE supports a range of SD and HD video file formats removing the transcode bottleneck. It also features at least 1 Terabyte of internal RAID storage, plus connection to external Network Attached Storage. This internal capacity equates to at least 100 hours of DV25, devoted to caching media for playout.
A fully featured mixer is included; this includes four external video inputs for live sources as well as allowing the system to perform fades, mixes and wipes from internal sources. In addition ICE can control an external Pro-Bel router for further source selection, and manages audio voiceovers using either embedded audio or the 16 discrete AES/EBU audio inputs. ICE can import and store graphical material (logos/bugs) and layer them onto the output stream, it can also integrate with external third-party graphics devices.
ICE has the technology to load, edit and append schedules, either on or offline with content availability checks performed automatically.
Explains Howard Twine, Morpheus product manager, “ICE also has the ability to handle unpredictable events where the lengths of the breaks vary, which is of course a key requirement in the modern broadcast environment. Another advantage of being part of the Morpheus family is that additional Media Management facilities can be added as and when required.”