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Your centre of excellence for live, studio and channel playout applications

The R&S®VENICE media server is your first choice for any production workflow in live, studio and channel playout environments. With its comprehensive software application, it offers a wide range of possibilities. - SDI / IP functionality, 24/7 reliability, UHD and HDR-ready

Product Details
Your centre of excellence for live, studio and channel playout applications
The new R&S®VENICE is suitable for all possible media workflow's
The redesigned R&S®VENICE incorporates Rohde & Schwarz's decades of experience in the broadcast & media industry, our customer feedback and the latest IP technologies. R&S VENICE can be flexibly adapted to your requirements thanks to its software architecture and scalability. For channel playout, studio and live applications, the latest application is just a software license away. The foundation comes from our new R&S®VENICE microservice core paired with commercial off-the-shelf hardware and a video I/O board designed by Rohde & Schwarz.
Features & benefits
On-air reliability
R&S®VENICE has no single point of failure due to redundancy of system-relevant components and the unique R&S Virtual Storage Access which virtualizes a single point of access for redundant storage repositories.
SDI and IP
Thanks to its unique board design, R&S®VENICE can switch from SDI to IP (ST 2110) by simply exchanging the SFP+ modules.
New architecture
R&S®VENICE was redesigned from scratch and based on new microservice architecture, offering purely software-enabled applications.
Due to support for various communication protocols such as VDCP (serial and TCP/IP) FIMS, MOS and more, R&S®VENICE can be integrated into any media value chain.
Software applications for ingest and production workflows plus newly developed capabilities for automation driven channel playout enable the R&S®VENICE platform to be deployed across the broadcast ecosystem.
Variety of codecs
R&S®VENICE minimizes the need for transcoding by supporting a variety of software-based codecs that can be expanded via software updates.
R&S®VENICE supports up to one UHD p60 channel (bidirectional) and four HD p60 channels (bidirectional) and handles HDR material with ease.
COTS server
R&S®VENICE uses a standard IT server whose reliability and performance has proven itself a thousand times over in data centers worldwide.
R&S®VENICE Control
Rohde & Schwarz developed R&S®VENICE Control in close cooperation with leading studio production companies to meet the high demands of multi-camera recordings.
R&S®VENICE Control makes it possible to record up to 16 independent SD, HD or UHD channels in all professional production and broadcast formats.
The R&S®VENICE Play software application is designed to simplify your life in hectic studio and live situations.
R&S®VENICE Play provides clarity when managing multiple channels for studio and production playout applications.
R&S®VENICE View, a dedicated multiviewer application from Rohde & Schwarz, is the perfect addition to the R&S®VENICE product line.
R&S®VENICE View uses a sophisticated IP-based software architecture that makes costly conventional SDI infrastructure and dedicated multiviewer hardware obsolete.
R&S®VENICE Maintenance
R&S®VENICE Maintenance was designed to meet teh specific needs of administrators.
As a client-server application, it lets you conveniently acquire log files from all R&S®VENICE systems in the network.
The innovative R&S®Spycer data management software lets you effectively review and manage extremely large volumes of data.
Create a transparent network that allows you to view and edit the contents of all connected systems using a wide array of tools.
Technical Specification
System configuration 2 HU rackmount
up to 14 front-mounted, hot-swappable media hard drives
1+1 redundant front-mounted, hot-swappable operating system hard drives
1+1 redundant hot-swappable power supplies 750 W (100 V to 240 V AC)
2 Intel Xeon 12-core processors
64 Gbyte DDR4 RAM
2 °— 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports
2 °— 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports
2 °— USB 3.0 ports (rear)
2 °— USB 2.0 ports (front)
Linux operating system
Video I/O formats
SDI 270 Mb/s
SMPTE 259M 525i 29.97 fps
SMPTE 259M 625i 25 fps
SDI 1.5G single link
SMPTE 274M 1080i, 1080p, 1080PsF 25 fps, 29.97 fps
SMPTE 296M 720p 25 fps, 29.97 fps, 50 fps, 59.94 fps
SDI 3G single link (level A or B)
SMPTE 425 1080p 50 fps, 59.94 fps
SDI 6G quad link, 4 °— 1.5G SDI
SMPTE 2036 2160p 25 fps, 29.97 fps
SDI 12G quad link (level A or B), 4 °— 3G SDI
SMPTE 2036 2160p 50 fps, 59.94 fps
Channel configurations
R&SRVENICE can be set to HD/SD or UHD-1 operation.
HD, SD four bidirectional HD/SD channels
optional transform functionality per channel
automatic aspect ratio conversion (ARC) with active format descriptor (AFD) support
UHD-1 one bidirectional UHD-1 channel
optional transform functionality
one HD downconversion output channel (locked to UHD-1 channel)
Connectivity (inputs and outputs)
HD/SDI (video inputs/outputs) 4 °— SFP+ slots with 4 °— 3G high-density BNC (HD-BNC) connectors on two 3G-SDI dual receivers (optional)
4 °— 3G high-density BNC (HD-BNC) connectors on two 3G-SDI dual transmitters (optional)
HD/SDI down conversion (video output) 1 °— 3G high-density BNC (HD-BNC)
Genlock (reference sync input) bi-level, tri-level with dedicated highdensity BNC (HD-BNC) connector
RS-422 serial control 4 °— RJ-45
LTC (input/output) high-density D-Sub 26 (one LTC input and one LTC output per channel with optional breakout cable)
10 Gigabit Ethernet network 2 °— SFP+ ports with SFP SR for 10 Gigabit Ethernet
1 Gigabit Ethernet network 2 °— RJ-45
Input 8 pairs (16 channels), embedded
Output 8 pairs (16 channels), embedded
Sample precision 16-bit, 24-bit or 32-bit PCM, 48 kHz
Compressed audio pass-through DolbyR E
Compressed audio playback DolbyR Digital (AC-3; TS, MP4)
SD IMX30/40/50, DV25, DVCPro25, DVCPro50, Apple ProRes LT/422/HQ
HD 1080p/720p: DVCPro100, XDCAM HD (RDD09), Avid DNxHD, AVC-Intra50, AVC-Intra100, AVC-Intra200, XAVC, Apple ProRes LT/422/HQ
UHD-1 XAVC Intra Class 300 and Class 480, Avid DNxHR, Apple ProRes Proxy/LT/422/HQ
Aspect ratio
SD 16:9,4:3
HD UHD-1: 16:9
Aspect ratio conversion in HD/SD playout and transform mode
AFD support 1 standard (read) WSS, SMPTE 2016 standard (write) SMPTE 2016
override insert/fill/override embedded AFD metadata on a per-channel basis
Closed captions and subtitles
Closed caption formats
file insertion, pass-through and generation scenarist closed caption (SCC)
standards EIA-608/708
up/down/cross conversion support for NTSC EIA-608 to/from EIA-708 conversion
support for line 21 to EIA-608/708 conversion
Subtitle formats
file insertion, pass-through and generation STL: world standard teletext (WST) subtitles
standards WST, OP-42, OP-47
up/down/cross conversion 1 support for PAL WST, OP42 to OP47 conversion
Timecode LTC balanced analog I/O per channel
HD/SDI- HD HANC/VANC read, generate and write discontinuous ATC/LTC, ATC/VITC1 and ATC/VITC2
HD/SDI- SD VBI read discontinuous VITC1 and VITC2
Image processing
Proxy generation
video encoding ProRes Proxy/LT/422/HQ, MPEG-2, MPEG-4
HD/SD encoded frame size 640 °— 360 pixel, 640 °— 480 pixel
UHD-1 encoded frame size 1920 °— 1080 pixel
UHD-1 to HD downconversion
parallel HD-SDI output
Protocols, file interchange and file ingest
TCP/IP, RS-422 serial video disk control protocol (VDCP) 1
TCP/IP FIMS capture
TCP/IP FIMS transform
TCP/IP simple network management protocol (SNMP)
File interchange
FTP - active and passive FTP, FXP