In the dynamic realm of broadcasting, TSL stands at the forefront with its innovative control solutions for Server/clip control (DDR) and IP transition. These solutions are revolutionizing the way broadcasters manage their digital disk recorders (DDRs) and transition to IP-based infrastructure.

Want to explore TSL’s expansive range of modular and individually deployable control solutions? Explore The TSL Control Toolkit now.

Server/clip control (DDR)

Broadcasters may have a number of record/replay devices (DDRs – Digital Disk Recorders) that they wish to control from a remote operational position, this device could be from a number of different manufacturers (EVS/Blackmagic/Evertz/Grass Valley etc.).

It is common practice to bring in rental equipment for some productions, so the make and model can change frequently.

TSL Control will allow full DDR control either from a dedicated hard control panel (such as a TSL USP3-8D) and/or a GUI Virtual Panel – TMVP. In addition, playback or ingest can be scheduled or controlled via a playlist for automated control of your record and playback devices.

There only needs to be one panel for each operator position, and it can flexibly respond to different operational requirements. Where the underlying DDR server may be local or remote, the control surface can dynamically control separate DDR servers makes and models, and gang operations.

Thousands of customers around the world use TSL control panels to remotely control their DDR devices.

Use Case: Dome Productions

The dynamic nature of live sports broadcasting requires tools that offer both precision and ease of use. The need was for a system that could handle slow-motion instant replays and clip creation efficiently, allowing operators to access and control these features seamlessly across various servers.

Dome Productions implemented TSL Control, a system designed with personalised control features. This solution can include:

  • A detented jog/shuttle wheel for straightforward control.
  • A T-bar option enabling smooth, simple execution of slow-motion instant replays.
  • Integration options with Ki Pro and Black Magic HyperDeck.
  • Simplified control for recording, saving cue points, stopping/starting recordings, and playing back in normal or slow motion.

IP transition

More and more broadcasters are moving to IP-based infrastructure over traditional SDI. The promise is that the equipment required (IP switches, router etc) are more cost-effective than their SDI equivalent as well as opening up broadcast to a huge amount of industry-standard tools that are used in the IT industry.The problem is that doing reliable real-time media over IP is hard. There is a significant learning curve and a very different methodology used than with SDI.

TSL can help ease the transition to IP by offering a path towards migrating to IP infrastructure while making it compatible with existing control infrastructure.

Utilising NMOS, TSL’s multi-award-winning X-Connect takes care of the end-point discovery and media flow subscriptions while presenting it to the new or existing SDI router control system so that the operators can gain familiarity with controlling IP media flows.

X-Connect allows broadcasters to incorporate IP with a lower cost of entry with their existing router control system while retaining the familiarity of an SDI routing system.

TSL’s innovative control solutions are setting new standards in the broadcasting industry. By offering modular, flexible control systems for DDR management and easing the transition to IP infrastructure, TSL is not just keeping pace with industry evolution but is actively shaping the future of broadcasting technology.

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