“When we initially rolled out our first services, just buying an encoder or decoder would cost our broadcast clients upwards of $25K. In addition, no one offered an all-in-one video transport service, which meant all sorts of gear, formats and middlemen were needed to create temporary solutions which was problematic,” said Zivanovic.
DeckLink PCIe capture and playback devices are the world's highest performance capture cards for Mac, Windows and Linux. The DeckLink Duo 2 features four independent 3G-SDI connections and supports SDI formats in SD and HD up to 1080p60. The DeckLink Quad 2 features 8 independent SDI capture and playback channels and allows 4 independent capture and playback channels as well as 4 extra channels that developers can use for configuring the card in any combination of up to 8 capture or 8 playback channels.
An example of Nextologies and DeckLink Quad 2 combination was the recent launch and splashdown shows for SpaceX Dragon on Discovery Channel. Nextologies partnered with mobile broadcasting company PSSI Global Services to provide live video connectivity for the prelaunch shows. Since show talent and producers were scattered across the US working remotely during COVID, PSSI used Nextologies’ NXT-16 technology and a combination of NXT-4 and NXT-Lite gear to deliver the program feed in the highest quality and lowest latency allowing for a seamlessless remote production.
DeckLink Quad 2’s were used in each of the Nextologies’ products sent to the PSSI control center in Burbank, while DeckLink Duo 2s were used with NXT-4 and NXT Lite units sent to talent.
Zivanovic concluded, “During live, historical broadcasts such as SpaceX, there is zero room for technological errors. Sreamlined processes and flawless gear are essential. The DeckLink’s ability to handle multiple SDI connections, as well as the flexibility to work with any type of media formats were an important part in making this possible.”