The question is a common one: “where’s the V in AVB?” It’s a little-known fact that Biamp has been working to create a video product for the last several years. Biamp didn’t decide to develop video capabilities simply because we could; our customers were asking for it. Our commitment to customers is evident in our laser-focus on needs-based product development. We don’t ask ourselves what we can make just to make it. We ask what we should make to meet customer needs. Those early prototypes weren’t up to our quality standards because the available technology wasn’t quite where we wanted it to be, so we paused the project to focus on other cool things.

AVB was designed to provide the framework for synchronized audio and video data. The trick, though, was getting it to work on the Tesira platform with the quality and ease of use customers have come to expect from Biamp. We didn’t want to shoehorn it into a preexisting system and damage Tesira in the process; it had to make sense. If it didn’t make sense, if it didn’t work seamlessly, and if we couldn’t have gotten the performance we wanted, then we wouldn’t have done it.

Biamp has heard the questions and criticisms regarding the robustness and adoption of AVB, and TesiraLUX is our answer. After years of working to get our networked video solution as close to perfect as possible (for a first generation product) Biamp is ready to show the world the V in AVB.

From Audio to Networked Media
With the release of TesiraLUX, Biamp is no longer an audio company. We’re officially a media technology company. As with our networked audio products, Biamp has sought to achieve the same standards of quality and integrity in our networked video product. Everything we do is high-quality — not just good. Our products must solve real problems our customers are facing, or we don’t create them.

Video streams use so much bandwidth that it has to be managed carefully if it’s to be included on a converged network. Today’s network solutions typically run on dedicated switching to avoid traffic issues. Even then, without a deterministic network, you have no guarantee of your network transit latency. Taking the guesswork out of networked video is one of the greatest benefits of TesiraLUX. The R&D team spent several brainstorming sessions determining how to achieve this goal — giving users multiple options for controlling bandwidth through resolution, compression, and frame rate settings.

We also devoted resources to making the design aspect of TesiraLUX as seamless and user-friendly as the rest of the Tesira family. The team didn’t re-write the rules for TesiraLUX — they kept the same language and the same paradigm. That’s why you’ll find new video blocks and partitions that look and act remarkably like their audio counterparts (with a few extras added) in Tesira software to accommodate TesiraLUX solutions. This means users who are already familiar with Tesira won’t have to learn how to use a completely different platform; they’ll just have to learn how to use the new tools to best effect. As always, Biamp offers training and support for TesiraLUX.

TesiraLUX includes multiple built-in features designed to help you achieve your design goals.

•  TesiraLUX allows you to distribute video over an AVB/TSN Ethernet network in real time.
•  Because TesiraLUX is part of the Tesira platform, system designers save time by using a single software product for both their audio and video designs.
•  It has an end-to-end system latency of less than 2 frames of video, which includes scaling, compression, and network transit.
•  By controlling the entire signal path, TesiraLUX’s integrated lip sync management is simple, automatic, and very robust.
•  Multiple bandwidth controls for resolution, frame rate, and compression are available.
•  TesiraLUX is capable of processing up to and including 4K60 video in 4:4:4 color at 16-bit color depth.

Want to learn more about how and why we created TesiraLUX? Visit our InfoComm booth, #C9525, this week and check out the featured article in the June 2016 issue of Component.