AVIWEST launches 4K UHD encoder for live remote production

AVIWEST has debuted RACK400, the latest entry in its RACK encoder series, which can be used for remote and at-home video production over unmanaged IP networks.

The encoder supports 4K UHD and multicamera workflows for up to four high-resolution, fully frame-synced feeds, as well as the latest generation of H.265/HEVC and H.264/AVC compression standards.

It can deliver up to 4Kp60 combined with eight audio channels for high-end productions.

Advanced features include frame-accurate synchronisation and video transmission between multiple cameras to ensure seamless camera switching in the studio, as well as high-definition video return (up to 1080p50/60) from the studio to the venue. In addition, AVIWEST said the RACK400 supports full-duplex intercom to optimise communication between OB crews and studio operators, along with innovative data bridging for remote camera control, tally light management, or any other IP device control during a live event.

“The RACK400 is a game-changer for the broadcast industry, accelerating live remote production and offering the potential for greater productivity and huge savings in operational and capital expenses,” said Samuel Fleischhacker, senior product manager at AVIWEST. “For on-the-go production, broadcasters need equipment that is easy to deploy. The RACK400 is small, light, and robust and offers exceptional video quality.”