Enterprise-level Live Streaming Management for the New Era of Broadcast
IP-based streaming content delivery is redefining broadcast. Bridging the worlds of traditional video and IT networks, your media encoding and streaming platforms are key points along the critical path between you and your viewers. Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager provides management control of Digital Rapids StreamZ Live, StreamZ or StreamZHD live encoding servers (or DRC-Stream boards with Stream FE software), providing enterprise-level management, remote control, scheduling, monitoring and fault tolerance. Whether you have two encoders for fault tolerance of mission-critical applications or two hundred encoders for large-scale, multi-channel operations such as IPTV, the scalable Broadcast Manager software bolsters reliability while reducing operational cost and complexity.
Maintaining a loyal, engaged audience requires a consistent, reliable viewing experience. Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager provides failover management and "self-healing" recovery to automatically respond to failures, reinforcing your reliability of service to your viewers. If a failure occurs on an encoder, Broadcast Manager automatically transfers operation to a backup system, with minimal interruption to your customers' viewing experience. Integrated control of upstream, third-party video routers automatically re-routes input sources accordingly. Broadcast Manager's progressive "self-healing" functions attempt to resolve problems directly on failed systems – particularly significant if backup encoders are unavailable.
Broadcast Manager can alert engineering and operations staff to events such as failures and scheduled task completions through configurable alert notifications. Error conditions can also be monitored by any SNMP-compliant network management system.
Centralization and Scheduling Bring Simplicity
Broadcast Manager offers individual or group-based encoder management, significantly simplifying operation. Setup is streamlined through automatic detection of encoders on the network using discovery protocols, enabling seamless scalability and expansion. Encoding and streaming parameters are easily assigned to encoders through reusable project files. User access can be managed locally or via industry-standard LDAP services.
Broadcast Manager features flexible scheduling capabilities for easy automation. Encoders can be started, stopped, or taken offline (such as for maintenance or upgrades) at scheduled times, with the flexibility of using of a different set of encoding parameters (including different compression formats) for each scheduled task if desired. A graphical scheduling interface provides an at-a-glance visual representation of scheduled tasks and enables easy identification of scheduling gaps and conflicts. Mosaic-style multi-channel video confidence monitoring lets you view the signal of multiple encoders at a glance, while an integrated or external database keeps track of all activities and events.
Developers can also integrate Broadcast Manager into their own custom applications and existing enterprise management systems through an easy-to-use Web Services API.