DNF Controls, a provider of hardware- and software-based control solutions for television broadcast equipment, has unveiled a series of new applications for the Flex Control Network, DNF’s modular platform of professional Internet protocol- (IP) based machine controllers.
The new applications provide control integration enabling broadcasters to solve all manner of operational control problems, DNF says. The applications are designed for all segments of the broadcast industry, including live and live-to-tape production; master control and playout; broadcast and (cable) network operations; postproduction; live sports; live news; and machine control, the company says.
The Flex Control platform consists of device controllers with 25 drivers and interface solutions that combine with a full range of control panels to create applications for solving complex control problems while using existing IP infrastructure as the backbone, the company says.
With its tactile control surfaces, browser-based interfaces for ease of use and deployment, and simple push-button operation using “event to action” logic for sophisticated, automated control, Flex Control delivers unparalleled centralized and distributed control over machinery and workflows, according to the company.
“Today’s broadcast facilities comprise more disparate technology than ever before, and all these systems need to be networked, managed and controlled in new fundamental ways,” said Dan Fogel, DNF Controls’ chief technology officer. The Flex Control broadcast applications integrate easily with existing equipment, so users do not miss a beat when changing setup, he said. Plus the modular nature of the platform means users can scale and adapt the system as their requirements change, he added.