Summary of new features for the QuBE

For NAB, we've been looking back at some of the new features and functions which have been added to the Broadcast Engine firmware over the last few months. The list is quite extensive!

  • RTMP streaming component, allowing an IP stream to be produced in parallel with the video output

  • NetStream, allowing a video input on one unit to appear as a video output on another, via a standard internet connection

  • FileStream, allowing a file to be transferred and played out on another unit, via the internet, even whilst recording is still in progress

  • NetFrame, providing real-time unit-to-unit transfers and virtual routing via a fast IP network

  • ScreenFeed application, enabling any window or screen on a PC to appear as a system input, without requiring external conversion

  • Pointer-based sub-clips, allowing sub-clips to be created by reference, almost instantly, as an alternative to creating new content

  • Still Store mode, providing playlist playback of selected still images, with stills keyed internally over a looping background

  • Extended Key+Fill support, allowing linked playout on standard I/O hardware

  • New ability to start transcoding as soon as recording has begun

  • New ability to initiate export as soon as transcoding has begun – allows the transfer to USB device to complete earlier

  • Alpha-channel transcoding, enabling creation of sub-clips for content with an alpha channel

  • Additional transcode features, enabling burnt-in timecode and audio down-mix to stereo to be included within the new clip

  • Program Part Recognition, enabling a long clip to be split automatically into program parts, based on identification of black breaks

  • Audio down-mix to stereo, for both main and preview outputs - for instance to enable review of clips on standard PC workstations

  • Manual audio level control on port outputs, allowing volume to be adjusted by the operator on-the-fly during playback

  • Automatic audio levelling, providing normalized output levels based on automatic analysis of each clip

  • AES support, providing AES input and output connections as an alternative to embedded audio

  • h.264 encoding, now available as a standard option at no additional charge

  • Auto-mask processor, providing automatic detection and replacement of specific on-screen elements (e.g. an incorrect graphic)

  • Auto-failover handling, providing detection of black, frozen, lost or silent inputs and automatic switching to backup/emergency sources

  • Talkback monitoring, allowing access to any audio source from any networked PC – soon to be extended to full intercom capability

  • HTTP interface, allowing system control and monitoring from any standard browser on any OS

New document packs available

We've updated two of our standard document packs, available for download using the links below:

- Company & Product range: provides information about our background and details of our products, especially the new Broadcast Engine (QuBE)

- System & Block Diagram examples: provides a set of drawings which illustrate different types of configurations, functions and processes possible with the QuBE


aQ at BroadcastShow Live

The aQ Production Suite was once again in use for the latest edition of BroadcastShow Live - the Christmas special - where Simon and Matt took over the presenting role at the last minute. We modified the caption templates to include the new BroadcastShow logo, decorated the set to add to the festive feel, operated the prompter for the first-time presenters and provided the vital role of filling and passing the box containing the competition entries! Another great show powered by aQ.

The episode can be viewed here: