Abekas Launches Mira Control Surface for Live Instant Replay

Abekas (booth SL1515) is exhibiting the Mira Control Surface for Mira instant-replay multichannel servers. Comprising a specialized control panel and complementary graphical user interface (GUI), the Mira Control Surface is designed to simplify live–instant-replay operations. It has been designed specifically to meet the challenging and fast-paced world of live sports broadcasting.

The new control panel features a jog/shuttle dial on the right and a replay-speed T-bar on the left. The wide and slim panel design combines with the broad separation of these two primary controls to provide comfortable ergonomic design. The slim panel design has a secondary benefit: it allows the operator to accommodate a computer keyboard directly in front of the control surface. In this configuration, interaction with the GUI doesn’t require a second display or force the operator to move away from the critical action.

Buttons are grouped logically with generous spacing to reduce the chances of multiple buttons’ being selected at the same time.

The GUI provides intuitive color-coding around the video window in the display, with corresponding color-coded buttons on the control panel. This allows operators to easily verify which camera and output they are seeing without obscuring the action by overlaying text on the video.

Soft-key labels, corresponding to buttons on the control surface, alleviate the usual multilevel menu structure. The Mira Control Surface provides all major functions at the top-level menu. This aspect is particularly useful when the operator is preparing a live replay-highlight sequence or exporting clips to an external editing system for packaging highlights.

“We observed the instant-replay operator at dozens of live sporting events,’” says CEO Junaid Sheikh. “It’s an incredibly stressful job where operators are under constant pressure to line up the right clip for slow-motion replay throughout the broadcast. Simplifying the operation of this critical component of live sports broadcasting was a logical next step for Abekas.”

The new Mira Control Surface will be available this month for use with Mira instant-replay servers. More information about Abekas products and services is available at www.abekas.com.