Telestream launches Pipeline 2.5 video capture systems

Telestream, provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, has announced a new release, version 2.5, for its award-winning Pipeline video capture systems. Pipeline is an industry-first network-based video capture and playout device for moving HD and SD video in and out of file-based workflows. Pipeline version 2.5 capabilities include immediate access to media for editing while it is being captured into Avid workflows, as well as a new Controlled Playout interface that turns Pipeline into a virtual VTR. Additional new features provide support for DVCPRO 50 and ProRes LT/Proxy formats plus automated ingest of baseband video and metadata into Telestream Vantage workflows. The new features allow for more flexibility and control of video capture and playout for broadcasters and post-productions houses.

“This release continues to extend the power of Pipeline systems beyond simple video capture and playout by offering a more flexible and efficient alternative to conventional video capture solutions,” said Barbara DeHart, vice president of marketing at Telestream. “For example, the new Pipeline Controlled Playout interface allows broadcasters, production houses and post-production shops to play back captured files to a monitor for review and approval or quality assurance with full VTR control, just like a tape deck.”

Pipeline Controlled Playout provides VTR-like video play out control using standard RS-422, manual control, or a custom application developed using Pipeline’s Web Service API. Play out can be remotely controlled through RS422 from an automation system or an edit control device, a third-party application using the Web API, or manually from the Pipeline Control software. In addition, all Pipeline play out interfaces now support industry-standard MXF OP1a, enabling Pipeline to play out files made by nearly any professional video system.

Telestream continues to expand format choices by adding video capture and playout support for DVCPRO 50 and ProRes LT/Proxy, increasing Pipeline value in professional HD broadcast and post-production environments. A new Video Wall feature expands visibility beyond the current session stream by allowing users to monitor all individual capture sessions in one Pipeline interface screen.

Pipeline 2.5 expands support for Avid editing workflows with the addition of Avid Interplay asset check in. This allows video to be accessed immediately, enabling live events and breaking news to be edited in Avid while they are being captured – rather than waiting until the complete file arrives.

Additionally, a new Vantage plug-in provides direct, one-step, automated integration with Telestream’s enterprise-class Vantage workflow design, automation and management software. This new feature allows seamless submission of baseband video, audio and metadata from tape or live sources into Vantage workflows.

Unlike traditional capture cards on dedicated workstations, Pipeline is the only shared network encoder on the market that allows access by anyone connected to the network. Pipeline offers real-time encoding to multiple formats from a single box, providing flexibility in multiformat environments for Mac and PC users. Pipeline is scalable to an unlimited number of channels, providing a cost-effective alternative to professional tape decks or video server channels for multi-channel ingest into file-based workflows.

Pipeline is now available as a free software update. Pipeline systems will be demonstrated at the NAB Show in Las Vegas April 11-14 at Telestream booth SL3309 and are available for purchase from Telestream’s direct sales channel and network of worldwide resale channels.

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