New Orad VJ Production Server Facilitates End-to-End Studio Production Workflows

Orad (booth SL4524) has unveiled its VJ production server, which is designed to facilitate tapeless, end-to-end ingest-to-playout workflows for studio productions and is suitable for a wide range of studio productions, including news, live events, soap operas, and talk shows. The Orad VJ flexible architecture supports up to eight input/output channels that can be configured in a variety of combinations.

VJ also supports industry-standard codecs — including Panasonic DVCPRO, DVCPRO-HD, and Avid DNxHD — as well as the widely used wrappers QuickTime and MXF. Ingested media are immediately available across the production chain for previewing, editing, and archiving, facilitating fast-turnaround production and postproduction workflows. VJ seamlessly integrates with industry-standard NLE systems, including Avid Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro, Grass Valley Edius, and Adobe Premier Pro.

Accelerating production workflows is essential for successful studio productions. VJ’s high-performance edit-while-ingest feature accelerates production and postproduction processes by enabling the operator to create rough cuts and export clips directly to industry-standard NLEs while ingest is in progress. The user can create, on the fly, as many clips as needed. In two mouse clicks, VJ exports media in the background, continuing with server tasks, such as ingest without interruption. With clips immediately available, postproduction teams get a jump-start on editing.

The versatile VJ solution can be implemented as an ingest station; for VTR replacement or news production, playout, QC, and log; and in multicamera studios, where the user can simultaneously record up to eight ISO frame accurate feeds. “VJ’s flexibility lends itself well to a number of production scenarios,” says Orad President/CEO Avi Sharir. “For example, VJ can be used as an ingest station and ingest eight channels in parallel from different sources, including satellite, VTR tape, cameras, etc. In a news environment, VJ can be used to record and broadcast live feeds to air within a news program. As a playout server, all of the channel’s recorded content can be sent via the network to VJ and then aired from automation or from VJ’s playlist. The possibilities are nearly endless.”

The VJ flexible channel configuration includes up to eight channels of support in different configurations, including four bidirectional channels. Video disks can be easily and quickly accessed from the front panel without the server’s being removed from the rack. To optimize server reliability and redundancy, VJ uses a hot-swap power supply and runs on a Linux operating system. VJ is available in either 3RU box or 1RU box for two-channel configurations.

For more information about VJ, visit Orad’s booth at the NAB Show.