A Look at Prodys Control Plus: Why Centralized Management Matters for Audio & Video Streams

In today’s complex broadcast environment, managing multiple live audio and video streams can be a time-consuming task within a pressurized environment to meet strict deadlines. Not only for TV production and broadcast engineers, but anyone with the task of using a camera for live streaming need to ensure smooth operation, which can be problematic for non-technical people in front of the camera, or for people doing remote commentary.  Maintaining control of the video and/or audio transmission infrastructure, especially in live environments, is crucial.

Prodys Control Plus (PCP) steps in as a powerful solution, offering a centralized platform for managing many of the Prodys IP video and audio encoders, streamlining workflows, and maximizing efficiency.

Centralized Control for Streamlined Workflows

PCP acts as a single point of control of the Prodys Quantum, Ikusnet, and ProntoNet broadcast encoding families. This user-friendly software application, with an enhanced graphical user interface, is shared across all the devices for easy and familiar operation, eliminating the need to manage each device locally and so saving valuable time and effort.

This enables easy control of broadcast encoders from a single intuitive interface, instead of juggling separate configuration tools for each unit. Technical configurations and adjustments can be handled remotely by experienced staff in the studio, ensuring optimal stream quality without requiring advanced technical knowledge on-site.

Remote Management: Empowering Flexibility

One of the most significant advantages of PCP is its robust remote management capabilities. Broadcast engineers can control and monitor encoders located anywhere with an internet connection, whether it’s across town or across the globe. This eliminates the need for on-site configuration, especially valuable for remote reporters without any technical skills, or crews operating in challenging locations. Devices can even be managed remotely via 3G/4G/5G connectivity, ensuring seamless operation even in areas with limited bandwidth.

Security & User Management: Tailored Access Controls

PCP prioritizes security by allowing you to establish different user levels with restricted access. This ensures that only authorized personnel have access to specific functions and equipment, minimizing the risk of accidental configuration changes or unauthorized use.

Customization Options: A Personalized Touch

PCP offers a user-configurable graphical background, allowing you to personalize the stream to match your company’s branding or specific workflow needs. This seemingly small detail can enhance user experience and reinforce your brand identity.

Advanced Functionality for Pro Users

Beyond basic management, PCP empowers advanced users with valuable features like live video preview, adjust encoder settings and codecs, and the ability to perform firmware upgrades on managed units directly through the platform.  Remote upgrades eliminate the need for manual updates on individual devices, saving time and ensuring all encoders are running on the latest software version.

Deployment Options: On-Premise or Cloud-Based

PCP caters to diverse needs by offering two deployment options: on-premise and cloud-based.

On-Premise: For companies with existing server infrastructure and a preference for local control, the on-premise version provides a familiar setup.

PCP Cloud: For those seeking a more streamlined and cost-effective solution, Prodys offers PCP Cloud. This cloud-based option eliminates the need for in-house server management, saving on hardware costs, maintenance, and power consumption. Furthermore, PCP Cloud offers automatic and transparent server operation, redundancy for high availability, and as part of a subscription, includes any upgrade-related maintenance costs.

Prodys Control Plus empowers broadcast professionals with a centralized and intuitive platform for managing their entire fleet of audio and video encoders with ease. Reduced complexity, remote operation, user-friendly features, and deployment flexibility, all combine to streamline workflows, minimize errors, and maximize efficiency. Whether you choose the on-premise or cloud-based version, PCP provides a powerful solution for today’s demanding broadcast environment, allowing you to focus on delivering exceptional content while Prodys takes care of the technical complexities behind the scenes.

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