Digital Automated Recording Tool

Viz Dart solves the ever-growing problem of the acquisition of video from a wide range of live and feed sources and making it available for immediate use in Viz One. Viz Dart provides a collaborative and automated feed scheduling system that can control a large number of video servers and video routers. Acquired assets can be searched and re-purposed in Viz One as they are being captured. Viz One also performs automatic purging and deletion of files on the controlled servers. Together this radically reduces the amount of manual work required to ingest and manage video from a large number of sources. The solution is highly scalable and cost-effective for both small setups, with only a few inputs, and larger setups with hundreds of sources and record devices. Input video can be sourced from either SDI or IP video sources.

Key features:

  • Highly automated acquisition of live and feed video together with Viz One.
  • Web-based scheduling client gives all your staff access to the current feed schedule.
  • User access permissions dictate their individual or group level of access.
  • Compatible with a wide range of video servers and video routers.
  • Batch acquisition of tape possible together with cart machines.

Central scheduling server to control acquisition

Viz Dart runs on a central scheduling server that is placed in your data or broadcast center to connect to your video servers (encoders) and video router(s) via either IP or serial interface (depending on device requirements). Multiple redundant scheduling servers can also be used for higher availability. The scheduling server is responsible for orchestrating the recording of feeds entered into the schedule. During the record process video router and server are controlled creating new files and assets in Viz One. Viz Dart is commonly deployed with Viz Video Engine, but other third party video servers both SDI and IP-based are compatible with the system. The scheduling server can also be extended with a wide number of modules to integrate with third party systems. Using these integration modules Viz Dart will control such systems as video routers, servers and dish control messaging allowing you to reuse existing infrastructure.

Web-based client enabling multiple users to concurrently control the schedule

The web-based client provides a user interface that is collaborative, easy to use, drag and drop style graphical editing of scheduled recordings. The client can be run simultaneously on multiple desktops within your facility. When scheduling, the ingest operator can associate metadata with the recording using the same configurable metadata model that is used in Viz One. The scheduling server monitors the schedule and controls the server and registers new content in Viz One. While the recording is ongoing. Viz One will also automatically perform purging and retrieval to centrally managed longer-term storage, eliminating the need for storage micro-management of the server.

Using authentication, the application can run in viewer only mode enabling a broad range of users to monitor the schedule. Scheduling performed in the client is synchronized with the scheduling server so that a several concurrent users can collaboratively modify and monitor the feed schedule. Once a recording has been scheduled in the client the scheduling server will update its schedule. As such users can then freely close the client and know that the scheduling server will take care of the recording.

The application consists of a main calendar view that is designed to show a complete overview of an entire day of scheduled and completed recordings. Zoom and navigation features are available to enhance the visibility of recordings. Scheduled recordings can be repeated with fine-grained control over exactly when a recording shall repeat. The duration of a recording can be altered even after the recording has started. Recording status is clearly shown with different colors for completed, active and scheduled recordings. Current status and changes to the schedule are updated immediately on all workstations connected.

Batch acquisition of tape

Viz Dart can control cart machines, such as Sony Flexicart or the Odetics Cart machine, to automate and visualize batch acquisition of tape for archived or purchased material. This is typically performed against a library manifest so that asset metadata is married to the ingested media.

Manual acquisition of tape

Viz Dart can also be used together with the single instance tape acquisition tool Viz Capture to perform resource booking against the central schedule thus ensuring operators do not interfere with each other’s work.

Security

Viz Dart provides login access security. Login accounts can be locally managed by the scheduling server or using an existing Active Directory or LDAP server. The customizable Viz Dart authorization mechanism allows individual configuration and control of channel access. In this way different users can work with Viz Dart in different views. Each individual booking can also be set with group priorities to restrict access even further.

Support

Vizrt provides both 24x7 and 8x5 support options.

In summary

Viz Dart is a collaborative and automated feed scheduling system recording video from a wide range of live and feed sources and making it available for immediate use. It is highly scalable and cost-effective, for both small setups, with only a few inputs, and larger setups, with hundreds of sources and record devices.

Viz Dart Tech Specs

Record Management

  • Highly automated acquisition of live and feed video together with Viz One
  • Web-based scheduling client gives all your staff access to the current feed schedule
  • Edit recording files during ingest in Viz One for faster turnaround
  • Configurable metadata and views to fit with your workflows
  • Rest-based API to control Ingest or populate schedule based on existing data sources

Video Routing

  • Automatic routing of video including configurable parking
  • Compatible with a wide range of video routers including Nvision, Grass Valley, Philips Jupiter, Evertz, Quartz, Utah, and Aurora routers
  • Rapid development for new routers via plugin-based architecture
  • Video Server Control

    • Compatible with a wide range of video servers including Viz Ingest Server, Viz Video Engine, GrassValley K2, Imagine Nexio, Quantel SQ, and EVS XT
    • Additional servers can be controlled via MVCP, VDCP, AMP, Quantel, Corba, Vortex, and Omneon API protocols

    Cart Machines

    • Cart machines can be integrated to automate and visualize bulk ingest of archived or purchased material
    • Compatible with Sony Flexicart and Odetics Cart machines

    User Management and Security

    • User access permissions control individual and group access
    • Supports Active Directory and LDAP
     

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