August 9, 2013
Brigham Young University Broadcasting (BYUB), located in Provo, Utah, has purchased a total of twelve channels of Mira Production Multi-Channel Server, consisting of three four-channel Mira Production servers.
The selection of the Mira system followed extensive testing and evaluation by the broadcast technical and operational staff at BYUB. Multiple vendors were short-listed, including Abekas, and each competitive system was evaluated based on a number of criteria including: ease-of-use; features & functionality; system configuration & interoperable flexibility; price; and wide codec compatibility. After a thorough testing regimen, BYUB selected Mira for delivering overall value for money.
“We evaluated a number of multi-channel servers. In the end we selected the Abekas Mira because of its amazing usability, and its great price-performance value,” says Brandon Smith, Director of Technical Operations, Brigham Young University Broadcasting. “We try to standardize our operations where possible, which made the Mira a great fit as we consider our growing production needs. Our production engineer, Brian Wood, was relentless when testing the Mira. It handily passed every test he threw at it, and the Mira services team was extremely helpful through the entire process.”
Two of the Mira systems will be used in BYU Broadcasting control rooms to play back animated video, key and audio for bumpers, promos, and on-set monitors. Part of the evaluation process was the integration between the Mira Production Servers and Sony MVS switchers. Seamless interoperability makes the interface between the two products one of the fastest and most complete in the industry. The third Mira Production Server will be deployed in BYUB’s HD truck to cover remote production. Again, the Mira will provide video, key and audio playback to the Sony switcher.
“It’s always gratifying when a customer puts Mira and its competitors through such a thorough evaluation and Mira comes out on top,” says Junaid Sheikh, CEO of Abekas. “We look forward to seeing programming from Brigham Young University Broadcasting employing Mira in the future.”