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|Processor||300 MHz or better processor|
|Memory||256 MB RAM or better|
|Display||No display is required for the server.|
Server should be a *nix system (Debian 7 server is good for a specific recommendation) capable of running a PHP/MySQL web application, and additional software dependencies to assist the application with things like media identification and transcoding. The exact requirements will depend on the specific way OB is used, and the load from users.
|Processor||ARM Cortex, Intel Celeron or better|
|Memory||2 GB RAM|
|Display||Minimum 640x480 screen resolution. HDMI for HD content.|
No display actually required unless displaying Video or Images
|Audio||Analog Input\Output and\or Digital HDMI, SPDIF. Gstreamer uses JACK or Pulse to send the audio output to an ICE cast streaming server.|
OBPlayer should be on a *nix system (Debian 7 with xfce or xubuntu 14.04 LTS desktop is good for a specific recommendation). Requires additional software Dependencies.
OpenBroadcaster has a simple and effective web-based radio automation system to conveniently manage your station from just about anywhere, through the creation and scheduling of content lists that can play out over both terrestrial or internet radio, using a mobile-friendly ’drag-and-drop’ interface. Setting up repeating content, such as station identification, public service announcements or advertisements is easy.
Being web-based means that OpenBroadcaster offers an excellent platform for the collaborative programming of radio shows.
And with OpenBroadcaster’s extremely secure permission system, station administrators can access DJs and radio enthusiasts all over the world, allowing them to log on and program their own shows.
OpenBroadcaster’s radio automation system also comes with a built-in logger application. Whether you need to maintain detailed program logs for compliance with regulators, or just want to demonstrate to clients that their ads are getting the air time they deserve, OpenBroadcaster will generate the logs you require with only minimal effort.
This system extends the operating life of existing transmitters in service adding new features and more revenue generating opportunities.
Digital content media files are the currency of modern broadcast system, but managing large repositories of media files can be a major challenge for any broadcaster. Searching, storing, retrieving, and distributing video and audio files for broadcast can be time-consuming, even for the simplest of operations, as modern broadcasters do not live in a simple world.
Media Asset Management (MAM) demands have to accommodate complex realities, including:
Given these demands, modern broadcasters require solutions that help them maximize their production capabilities, simplify workflows and keep costs down. This is where OpenBroadcaster comes in. Instead of having to pay thousands of dollars for proprietary MAM solutions that often don’t scale well, especially for small to medium-size operations,
OpenBroadcaster’s open-source MAM system gives broadcasters a cost-effective choice by providing users web-based tools to easily find, retrieve, share and distribute media-rich content over multiple platforms, promoting collaboration while providing a secure and stable platform to protect media assets and enhance their value.
OpenBroadcaster is especially focused on the ability of our MAM system to support community-based broadcasters, often overlooked by developers in the broadcasting space. For example, our MAM system is ideal for Indigenous groups to manage, store and protect precious media assets, supporting the preservation, revitalization and promotion of Indigenous language and culture. In doing so, OpenBroadcaster can support the protection and promotion of Indigenous language and culture.
Additionally, OpenBroadcaster has spent a great deal of effort to enhance our MAM system using specially-designed modules that add extra functionality to our basic offering, including a Program Manager module that supports enhanced metadata for better storage and retrieval of media assets. This same module also includes a ’podcast generator’ tool, so users can drag & drop media in the creation of podcasts for distribution and syndication among collaborating broadcasters.
Broadcasting emergency alert messages is an important service that broadcasters provide to the communities they serve. By providing timely and accurate information concerning emergency events such as forest fires, floods, tornados and Amber Alerts, broadcasters play an important role in helping to prevent injury, death and property damage.
In a number of key jurisdictions, providing emergency alerting has become a mandatory regulatory requirement for licenced broadcasters. However, for many small-to-medium sized broadcasters, maintaining compliance with the applicable regulators can be both costly and complicated. To provide better and more cost-competitive options to broadcasters, OpenBroadcaster Inc. has recently entered the emergency alerting space, offering an open source, web-based software solution to manage and distribute emergency messages over radio, television, digital signage and cable TV channels. OpenBroadcaster’s system allows the broadcast of unattended emergency messages consisting of audio and visual alerts based on the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) – the world standard for transmitting emergency messages. OpenBroadcaster offers its emergency alerting solution as either a complete turnkey integrated broadcast system – packaged alongside our radio automation, media asset management and other core offerings, or as a stand alone inline box that works with whatever system a broadcaster is using.
Key features of OpenBroadcaster’s emergency alerting solutions include:
OpenBroadcaster provides managed services to stream your media content with simple “pay as you go” plans. Whether you are an established broadcaster looking to increase your online presence, or an amateur radio enthusiast wanting to host your own online radio station, OpenBroadcaster can help you stream your media to the world.
OpenBroadcaster provides high quality, on demand streaming services that support most current streaming media formats. We make it easy to configure and run your stream through a “point and click” web admin control panel linked to dedicated media-streaming servers which will reliably deliver your content. We offer secure hosting and mediia storage to fit any budget or requirements.
Our OpenBroadcaster Streaming Plan includes:
When not busy developing hardware and software solutions for broadcasters, the OpenBroadcaster Team members work as broadcasters themselves, actively owning and operating commercial and community radio stations. Clients requiring support for their own broadcasting operations can draw upon the extensive experience of the OpenBroadcaster team.for advice on matters including:
While OpenBroadcaster is very focused on developing hardware and software solutions that help broadcasters effectively run their operations, we also recognize that making investments in people is absolutely essential for a station to be successful and sustainable. The OpenBroadcaster Team is actively involved in training programs aimed at building community capacity in the broadcasting sphere. We recognize that ‘many hands make light work’ and broadcast operations that have a large and supportive base of contributors are best positioned to be sustainable over the long term. To support our partners, especially those operating in community radio environments, OpenBroadcaster offers ‘hands-on’ production courses using open source tools, including those that we have designed ourselves!
If you need a customized onsite training package for your operation, please Contact Us today to discuss your training requirements.
Modules extend the basic operation with additional features, enhancing functionality of the core OpenBroadcaster system to address specific needs. Modules take very little in the way of available resources to create, some requiring only a few hours of development time. A selection of our most popular and powerful modules are listed below. Do you need customized tools for your broadcast operation? Module development ranges 5K - 20K and most of the work we have done below is released under Open Source licencing. Contact us to discuss affordable custom module development for specific features that your station requires.
Live Assist OpenBroadcaster offers a ‘Live Assist’ function to allow on-air personnel to broadcast ‘live to air’. When combined with OpenBroadcaster’s web-based interface, the Live Assist tool becomes a powerful application that turns a device into a mobile studio capable of broadcasting live and ‘in the field’. Using Live Assist, OpenBroadcaster users, running standard web browsers, can activate the on-board microphone on their devices in order to capture live audio at up to a 44.1 kHz sampling rate. Users can continue to stream audio playlists in the background while simultaneously capturing and broadcasting live audio – perfect for a live DJ set. Users can even take live audio from a capture device, such as a mixing board, and stream it out to broadcast via their mobile device – an ideal solution for broadcasting live concerts or public events.
Mapping The mapping module provides an interactive map, showing areas affected by current Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) alerts (Canada and US only), current global weather patterns, as well as location of OBPlayer installations managed by your OB Server.
Program ManagerEffectively manages a series of episodes in programming to play most recent episodes with an intelligent scheduler Extended metadata for with customized fields for; Role, Theme and Licence selection. Long term archiving solution for Archiving past PL/Shows into one audio file with metadata and track list. Download function of archived programming. PEX Program Exchange for distribution and syndication of podcast to other stations and devices. Parental advisory
Podcast Assembler Drag playlist to turn into a single file podcast episode with embedded track list for regulatory and copyright compliance. Dynamic Playlist segments are automatically generated including voice overs to create a series of episodes. Podcast includes advanced metadata, including copyright credits and parental advisory information.
Ad ManagerManage time-based advertising campaigns and auto archive media when complete. Schedule campaigns. Media is moved to Archive for long term storage or final deletion. Saved search shortcut expedites management to a few clicks. Supports all media, audio for radio, Image\Video for CATV and streaming video channels.
SVG EditorCreate and edit SVG files within the OpenBroadcaster web interface. Simple inline tools with text editor to make a slides. Supports templates available from main interface, and importing of external SVG graphics.
Ob2ObTransfer media to another installation of OpenBroadcaster retaining enhanced metadata. Transfer entire media libraries or filtered advanced search results. Intelligently transfers media server to server on broadband pipes, yet can be managed by an remote session on expensive satellite based internet
What’s PlayingEmbed this code to show current media-artist and show title. Substitute device ID for your station
Tutorial UploadProvide a quick interactive tutorial running through the basics of OpenBroadcaster. Tutorial uses TTS (Text To Speech) to guide student through steps. Provides audio feedback for completed segments.
Theme Branded accessible interface.