Function Benefit
List processor FastBreak's List Processor is a compact highly-efficient application able to run a single channel playlist in real-time. List Processor runs with a low memory and CPU footprint. Each LP can control up to 5 server channels. Intra-system communication is faster and lower bandwidth is used with customer SQL server messaging interface and internal data streaming. Now with the List Processor Gateway, FastBreak scales to control extremely high channel counts for large-scale broadcast operations and central casting models. LP Gateway improves system performance for distributed network topologies, as well.

Efficiency: multiple List Processors can run concurrently on a single server
Fault-tolerance: each List Processor computer runs dedicated SQL server software, constantly synchronized with the main media database
Redundancy: Adding ListSync ensures uninterrupted service with a mirrored set of List Processors

Scalability: List Processor Gateway supports high channel count and distributed systems

Media Prep Hosting applications that manage content on the video server, Media Prep draws on an extensive array of multi-functional tools to manage such tasks as management of on-air inventory and videotape dubbing. It also serves as a primary contact point to deliver and process daily log schedule files, and ingest and purge orders. The workstation is equipped with a Jog/Shuttle control for manipulating tape and server clips Ease of use: All functions are concentrated on a single workstation
SIDON® Powerful, expandable TCP/IP-based machine control architecture Features unlimited access to the full library of drivers at no added cost for users in good standing. New device drivers are continually added to the pool of "Avid FastBreak Certified" devices
Air Control Workstation Offers master control operators a GUI specifically designed for multi-channel, server-based automation. The interface features a horizontal timeline overview of a large number of channels and separate areas for specific playlist details. Operators can visualize when their triggers will occur, and secondary events are shown attached to each element. Per-playlist security rights enable authorized users to select, view, manage, and control any channel from any List Processor visible within FastBreak 8000's network domain Helps eliminate errors and raise productivity by giving operators clear visualization of events and status as well as control over more channels
FlexEvent Allows broadcasters to tailor the visual impact of a channel. Any element in the inventory, or any line within the playlist can have a virtually unlimited number of secondary FlexEvent actions associated with it. FlexEvent data is displayed in the playlist and timeline. FlexEvent playout is accurate to the millisecond; GPI/O events play with single frame accuracy. Billable secondary events are reported to traffic for reconciliation. Informs operators about FlexEvents within the UI for easier monitoring. Provides substantial flexibility by removing the barrier to complex secondary events in on-air presentation
Custom Traffic Interface Enabling efficient communication with your traffic system, a custom interface is included with every system. As an option, the BXF protocol is supported with full adherence to the SMPTE standard Streamlines business operations with traffic systems for seamless access to schedule logs, ingest, purge, and as-run reports. Standards-based communication is available with the BXF Gateway
Microsoft SQL Running on the Microsoft SQL Database, Avid FastBreak automation systems feature list and inventory management handled by the master automation database schema. The master database is continuously replicated to each List Processor server Offers efficiency, security, and reliability by allowing efficient metadata access and sharing across multiple applications, with data replicated across multiple servers in the system
Open API

Provides third parties with a rich set of functions to interface and exchange data with FastBreak. Use case examples include:

  • Playlist inter-process triggering
  • Live data exchange with traffic via BXF
  • Third-party and customer-driven interaction with playlist (i.e. direct interop with graphics systems, status displays in other locations)

Gives flexibility to integrate automation data with other applications to customize workflows and increases efficiency of master control operations