Rohde & Schwarz unveils next generation R&S Clipster and Venice platforms
Rohde & Schwarz DVS has created a next generation of its R&S Clipster mastering station. Originally introduced in 2003, the latest R&S Clipster is built on an entirely new hardware platform with upgraded image processing and codec acceleration to enable postproduction workflows including 4K UHD, HFR and Rec. 2020.
In combination with increased I/O capabilities as well as extended J2K profiles, the new generation reportedly provides content creators with higher resolutions, higher frame rates and larger colour spaces. The integrated software version features a new high-precision colour processing engine which the manufacturer states offers on-the-fly colour transformations between standardised colour spaces and customised colour formats. The colour transformations can be configured dynamically without the need to generate a 3D LUT, and so the creative toolsets for colour grading are freed up for their original creative purposes.
The R&S Clipster supports production formats such as QuickTime and DNxHD in addition to mastering formats that support 4K HDR such as IMF. Rohde & Schwarz states that the hardware accelerator also increases JPEG2000 performance and extends the supported IMF App #2 profiles, whilst offering support for contribution formats such as AS-02 and AS-11 and distribution formats such as H.264 and HEVC.
The manufacturer has also added new features for its ingest and production server, R&S Venice, targeted at enabling TV studios to optimise workflows from ingest to studio playout and content distribution. R&S Venice 4K assists TV studios establish file-based studio production workflows in 4K, whilst allowing direct recording in 4K. As the ingest and production server offers parallel generation of both 4K and HD content, it facilitates production until content is broadcast entirely in 4K. Housed in a 2U chassis, R&S Venice 4K supports a large variety of codecs including XAVC.
The feature set of Venice has reportedly been further upgraded for studio production applications. Venice View software is based on streaming technologies providing multi-viewer functionality, without the need for additional HD-SDI cabling to deliver an overview of all ingest, playout and transcoding channels. The Venice Play GUI offers access to all key functions with its simultaneous display of multiple channels, allowing operators to keep a parallel overview of channels for primary playout in an A/B layout as well as auxiliary channels for secondary playout. The usable Venice channels are recognised automatically within the network.
With its channel-grouping feature targeted at multi-camera productions, R&S Venice reportedly offers parallel recording as well as frame-accurate starting and playout of up to four camera streams per system. Furthermore, several servers can be combined with each other to increase the number of channels to suit requirements.