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Quantel has unveiled Picturebox sQ, a new addition to the sQ server range that provides an integrated approach to the creation, playout and management of graphics.

Picturebox sQ can partner Paintbox, and in keeping with the modern approach to graphics, Picturebox sQ plays out moving sequences in the form of clips as well as stills. It can be upgraded to HD, for broadcasters looking to solve their long-term graphics playout and management needs.

The management facilities of Picturebox sQ bring a new dimension to the editorial control of graphics creation and playout. On the same network as both Paintbox and Picturebox sQ, there can be a number of independent viewing and editing stations. In this way, creative, content and legal approvals can all be achieved “online,” playlists can be updated and new graphics added while the system is literally on-air.

To the on-air operator, the QPlay panel will feel instantly and reassuringly familiar, based as it is on the control panel from the original Quantel Picturebox. However the new software behind the new panel provides more flexibility for the input, output and rundown processes. For live events an optional slo-mo lever can be added to Picturebox sQ.

The brain of the system is an Integrated Graphics Architecture (IGA) computer that manages the database. The new IGA marries seamlessly with the Integrated Server Architecture computer used in sQ server systems, ensuring total transparency of data between the graphics server and the broadcaster’s main production system.

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