Slomo.tv is updating its Blackjack broadcast video server line with the Blackjack AT/4K, a 4RU multichannel 4K recording and instant replay server supporting Apple ProRes and Sony XAVC. The new server will debut at IBC 2017.
The Blackjack AT/4K uses SSD storage and includes a second system disk for switchover if the server can’t start from the primary disk. All 4K 50p and 60p broadcast formats are supported through four 3G-SDI connections, Slomo.tv said.
In 4K replay mode, the Blackjack AT/4K supports four input and two output channels simultaneously, with simultaneous search and clip-marking on all channels. In recording-for-editing mode, it supports recording 4K video signals on six inputs. In 3G, HD or SD modes, the system can support up to 20 recording channels and allows up to four replay operators to work on the same server, Slomo.tv said.
The company said the Blackjack AT/4K is based on the Red Arrow server that it introduced at NAB 2016, but it adds a hardware option supporting Sony’s 4K XAVC codec. It can record up to six discrete XAVC 480 Mbps or 960 Mbps signals in MXF wrappers to NAS for later editing.
In its basic configuration, the server records a 1200 Mbps stream using proprietary I-frame codecs, with 4K Apple ProRes as the default contribution codec.
The AT/4K was specifically designed to address the needs of OB vehicles as mid-range and high-end sports broadcast production migrates to 4K, the company said. “As the cost of 4K cameras and production switchers decreases, the need for affordable 4K replay servers is growing,” said Slomo.tv CTO Igor Vitiorets in a prepared statement.
Slomo.tv said it will demo the server throughout IBC at its booth, 8.B40.