Avid FastServe family features and benefits

Turn around content lightning-fast

The Avid FastServe family of video servers is designed to accelerate today’s demanding HD and UHD production workflows, so you can get better content to air first. Avid FastServe | Ingest provides low-latency Edit While Capture capabilities in Media Composer and MediaCentral for news and sports production teams, enabling greater craft editor creativity and faster story delivery. When rapid response is critical, Avid FastServe | Live Edit offers ingest, editing, and playout capabilities in one box for breaking news and live sports productions that require instant turnaround. And Avid FastServe | Playout offers the option to play directly from Avid NEXIS storage immediately, with no file rendering or transfer time required, maximizing production flexibility in fast-paced environments.

Experience a streamlined workflow with MediaCentral

Avid FastServe fully integrates with the MediaCentral platform, accelerating and simplifying production workflows. FastServe | Ingest can be fully controlled by MediaCentral | Capture, enabling auto file check-in and instant availability for logging and Edit While Capture. With FastServe | Live Edit, any sports highlight or news segment created by the operator is automatically and instantly shared with the entire production environment, enabling immediate response while extending creative editorial opportunities. FastServe | Playout works with Maestro | News (formerly Maestro), offering graphics and video playout in a single solution.

Get more channel value

Avid FastServe supports higher channel counts per video server, offering a lower overall cost per channel in a smaller footprint. Both FastServe | Ingest and Fast Serve | Live Edit can be flexibly configured to support up to four UHD channels in pristine Avid DNxHR, up to eight 1080p channels in Avid DNxHD, or up to eight channels of XDCAM HD or DNxHD for 1080i and 720p workflows. FastServe | Playout enables up to four SD/HD channels to support back-to-back playout of different codecs and resolutions.

Gain great flexibility and scalability

Avid FastServe offers total deployment flexibility, so you can start small and grow as needed. Its modular server architecture makes it easy to customize a configuration to support the smallest regional studios up to the largest multi-national media organizations. The servers also provide an easy transition from HD to UHD*, as well as from SDI to video over IP with interchangeable interfaces. Its redundant 10GbE architecture integrates directly with Avid NEXIS, eliminating the need for any additional hardware.

Get reliable performance

The Avid FastServe architecture is robustly built to address the most demanding news, sports, and entertainment production environments, with no single point of failure. The servers are equipped with hot-swappable dual power supplies, dual port network connections, and RAID-protected hard disks running the virus-free and stable Linux operating system, ensuring you can capture the media you need and keep content safe.

Boost your ROI

A versatile production environment offers a better return on investment, and Avid FastServe provides the flexibility you need to meet every production demand. From classic news ingest and playout, to turning around breaking news stories and live sports coverage quickly, Avid FastServe can handle the complex and ever-changing needs of modern broadcasters. It also reduces production costs with open support for IP, SDI, and mixed environments, providing a truly exceptional return on investment. Plus, only a single operator is required to orchestrate media for a multitude of workflows and needs, saving additional resources.

* Please note that Avid FastServe | Playout supports only SD and HD resolutions at this time.

Avid FastServe | Ingest—Capture and make content available instantly

Capture HD and UHD media easily

Avid FastServe | Ingest is designed to help live news, sports news, entertainment, and multi-camera productions overcome the challenges of baseband ingest. It can encode up to four UHD streams or up to eight HD streams simultaneously from in-studio cameras, satellite feeds, and other input sources. It offers hundreds of hours of internal storage and a redundant 10GbE interface that delivers real-time media transfer to Avid NEXIS storage, all in a compact 3U chassis.

Turn around content faster

Avid FastServe | Ingest fully integrates with MediaCentral, delivering maximum collaborative efficiency and support for low-latency Edit While Capture operation. This integration enables dispersed creative teams to access and edit incoming media as it’s being captured—even demanding UHD resolutions—from anywhere, using any device. Because media can be written to both the internal storage and to Avid NEXIS at the same time, fresh material is instantly available to contributors across your entire organization, with a backup ready for peace of mind.

Protect investments while reducing costs

Avid FastServe | Ingest is built on a modular design that handles both HD and UHD ingest. It not only provides an easy transition from HD to 1080p or UHD, it also makes it easy to migrate to IP infrastructures, offering interchangeable SDI and IP I/O interfaces (supporting the SMPTE 2110 standard) to lower overall costs and streamline operations. You can also mix HD-SDI with video over IP interfaces to support hybrid infrastructures and optimize production workflows, making FastServe | Ingest an easy fit into any broadcast environment.

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Avid FastServe | Live Edit—Empower ultra-fast turnaround in a turnkey solution

Accelerate production

When timing is critical, Avid FastServe | Live Edit kicks in as your storytelling first response tool, offering media ingest, editing, and playout capabilities in a single versatile solution. Designed to accelerate news, live sports, and sports news production, it can capture up to four simultaneous UHD feeds or eight simultaneous HD sources—24/7 if needed—through SDI or IP. With on-the-fly real-time editing on the video server itself, you can turn around content in seconds, speeding your time to air—ideal for press conferences, political debates, sports highlights, replays, and other live events.

Streamline collaboration across MediaCentral

With sports coverage driving the transition to UHD, teams are tasked with ingesting multiple UHD feeds and quickly cutting together highlights for immediate playback. Avid FastServe | Live Edit makes it easy to tag game highlights and other video with descriptive keyword metadata and automatically share content across your entire MediaCentral production environment, making media easier to find and monetize across multiple delivery platforms. This streamlined collaboration provides the best of both worlds—instant-response capabilities while simultaneously extending creative editorial to others using Media Composer or MediaCentral. Not only does this improve your end results, it significantly reduces turnaround time and costs.

Put better control in your operator’s hands

Avid FastServe | Live Edit’s intelligent hardware controller makes it easy to control and edit breaking news stories, game highlights, and deliver replays instantly. Get fast access to clips, playlists, server controls, and configuration tools through its intuitive touchscreen and tactile controls. Scroll, navigate, select, edit, assign, present, and export clips through user-customizable buttons, a configurable jog wheel, and T-bar. And access a variety of functions using user-programmable LCD keys that change according to the server’s status.

Get breaking stories on air fast

When news breaks, video from satellite feeds, cameras, mobile devices, and other sources come in fast and furious. Footage needs to be encoded and organized quickly. Avid FastServe | Live Edit enables a single operator to trim and package studio monitor loops, visuals for voiceovers, and audio syncs quickly, as well as create playlists and add or remove segments from playlists while on air. Clips can be tagged and sorted live while transferring to Avid NEXIS, making content immediately available and easy to find for MediaCentral and Media Composer editors.

Safeguard your live broadcast

When covering live events and breaking news scenarios, the possibility of airing offensive or controversial content in your live broadcast is a risk. To prevent this, Avid FastServe | Live Edit offers a delayed broadcast option that allows you to set a short time delay to prevent inappropriate content from getting to air.

Enable 24/7 ingest

Avid FastServe | Live Edit combines a huge storage capacity of over 200 hours in DNxHD (120 mbps) with “first in, first out” loop recording, enabling a continuous capture cycle. When loop recording is enabled, FastServe | Live Edit runs ongoing recordings, with each clipped item automatically protected. Any parts that are not required are overwritten automatically. This is extremely valuable in fast-paced news workflows, where broadcasters need to record and monitor different baseband sources, and need the option to roll back and create a segment from the ongoing recording.

Speed up sports highlight editing

FastServe | Live Edit makes it easy for a single operator to simultaneously edit highlights from several downstream game feeds in a studio environment. The studio work mode enables you to edit up to six separate feeds, while the server manages each input with its own clips list and playlists. Not only does this significantly boost productivity, it protects you from human errors that might end up as on-air mistakes.

Any clipped highlight can be instantly shared across your production environment. With embedded touchscreen keywords tagging, journalists can easily search for and find specific game highlights, as all keywords are checked in to MediaCentral | Production Management.

Streamline your workflow on location

Avid FastServe | Live Edit is ideal for on-location live sports or any remote live production. It can handle everything from pregame shows and instant replays, to highlight packages and full game recaps. And it offers a streamlined workflow for creating melts while maintaining all keywords and metadata across your production environment. Content can later be made available across your entire MediaCentral environment. Depending on your workflow requirements, loop recording can be disabled for manual start and stop recording, with the option to protect segments from deletion.

Protect investments while reducing costs

Avid FastServe | Live Edit greatly streamlines the studio workflow, requiring fewer servers and fewer operators while providing better results and reduced operational costs. It protects your capital investment by supporting both today’s and tomorrow’s technologies, so you can be “future-ready” right now. Designed to handle both HD and UHD ingest and playout, it not only provides an easy transition from HD to 1080p or UHD, it also makes it easy to migrate to IP infrastructures, offering interchangeable SDI and IP I/O interfaces (supporting the SMPTE 2110 standard) to lower overall costs and streamline operations. You can also mix HD-SDI with video over IP interfaces to support hybrid infrastructures and optimize production workflows, making FastServe | Live Edit an easy fit into any broadcast environment.

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Avid FastServe | Playout—Get breaking news to air fast with versatile playout

Turn around content faster

Avid FastServe | Playout offers four HD playout channels and supports a wide range of codecs and wrappers, enabling back-to-back media playout in fast-paced, rundown-based news environments. Offering large-capacity, RAID-protected internal storage, as well as direct media playback from Avid NEXIS, FastServe | Playout decreases response time and minimizes network traffic during production.

Consolidate video, image, and graphics playout

Avid FastServe | Playout significantly increases efficiency and cost effectiveness by consolidating all media playout through one system—run by a single operator—without compromising on quality. When paired with Maestro | News, it provides fully integrated video, image, and motion graphics playout. It also tightly integrates with MediaCentral, offering a holistic and streamlined workflow for end-to-end content playback. This unique capability sets Avid FastServe | Playout apart from every other playout server on the market.

Play out multiformat sequences

Avid FastServe | Playout enhances efficiency and decreases time to air, enabling fast and easy content playout. With a growing number of codecs supported, Avid FastServe | Playout enables you to play multiple sequences made up of different wrappers and codecs back to back from the same playlist, without transcoding in advance. In addition, it supports playback of static images and image sequences, as well as media with an alpha channel.

Enhance your workflow with baseband ingest

FastServe | Playout offers an option for two embedded HD ingest channels, offering baseband SDI ingest directly into the server, with ingest controls and video preview built into the same interface. For fast-paced production environments, this option allows the playout operator to grab an SDI feed, clip it, trim it, and play it back almost instantly. Trimmed segments can be played in loop or used in a playlist, for studio monitors, a vision mixer feed, or other immediate need.

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