Lawo has introduced Home Apps, its next-generation server-based processing platform, consisting of scalable, dynamic broadcast and media production apps and microservices. Home Apps run on standard servers — on-premises, in private data centers or the public cloud — and are controllable via the unified user interface of Lawo’s Home management platform.
Along with the introduction of Home Apps, Home’s three existing pillars — connectivity, security and management — are joined by a fourth building block — processing — that Lawo says together future-proof broadcast and media operations.
“Broadcasters and service providers no longer enjoy the luxury of purchasing ever more bespoke hardware to cover both cruise-speed and peak-time resource demand,” explains Phil Myers, Lawo’s chief technology Officer. “Lawo’s Home Apps help them avoid long idle times of costly devices they purchased anticipating brief spikes and may be obsolete or outdated by the time they are required again.”
The first four Home Apps — Multiviewer, UDX Conversion with HDR processing, Stream Transcoder and Graphic Inserter — widen the pool of functionality from which operators can choose. The Home Apps platform supports SMPTE ST2110, JPEG XS, and the NDI and SRT protocols. Lawo says more Home Apps will follow over time.