Deployment & Recommended Hardware For PlayoutONE Pro

Deployment

We recommend that where possible PlayoutONE Pro be deployed in a client-server setup. We strongly recommend this setup due to the fact that PlayoutONE Pro has a number of applications that sit within the suite that also need to be running. It's, therefore, best to have these run out of sight leaving the studio playback computers to concentrate on the single most important task - playing audio and let the server machine concentrate on all administration tasks.

All audio imported into PlayoutONE Pro resides within the main designated audio folder. At the time of import, PlayoutONE will make a copy of the audio file and rename it to UID.Extension. This folder is then shared with all clients. Within the audio folder copies of each audio file are made for use in WebVT®. These files are encoded in the .opus format.

The server houses the SQL Server, and as mentioned all of the administration applications (FileCopy, Auto Importer, Monitor etc). WebVT® is provided through Windows IIS and so this service will be installed also onto the Server. A port forward through the firewall is required for users to gain access to the service alternatively, users may opt to use a self-configured VPN if port forwarding is an issue.

PlayoutONE Pro follows a strict installation procedure and can only be installed by one of our support engineers. They will in turn work with you when it comes to the installation of the software. Because of this installation procedure, we must insist that all server and studio playout machines be installed with a fresh copy of windows and have no traces of other automation or database software.

On Air / Control Room Computer Specifications

The following is the current minimum hardware specification for PlayoutONE Pro that is supported by PlayoutONE for studio and server hardware where the total Multi Station count is 1 or 2.

  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
  • Server Processor: Intel i7 8th Generation / AMD Ryzen 7 3rd Generation
    Control Room / On Air Processor: Intel i5 8th Generation / AMD Ryzen 5 3rd Generation
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Hard Drive: SSD / HDD minimum of 1TB for the Server. Smaller SSD drives may be used in Studio PCs.
  • Network: 1GB wired.

Server Specifications

The following is the current minimum hardware specification for PlayoutONE Pro that is supported by PlayoutONE for Server computers.
We recommend deploying server hardware when running in a Multi Station cluster where the total stations are greater than 2.

  • Operating System: Windows Server 2019 / Windows 10 Pro
  • Processor: Intel Xeon 8 Core Processor (released within last 3 years) 
  • Memory: 32GB
  • Dual Hard Drive: SSD for OS (Minimum 256GB) and HDD or SSD for Data (Minimum 1TB)
  • Network: 1GB wired.

Off Air / Production Computer Specifications

The following is the current minimum hardware specification for PlayoutONE Pro that is supported by PlayoutONE for off air / production machines. 
Please note that running other resource hungry applications at the same time will affect performance of PlayoutONE.

  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
  • Processor: Intel i5 6th Generation / AMD Ryzen 3 3rd Generation
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: SSD or HDD
  • Network: 1GB wired

Soundcards

PlayoutONE Pro & Standard can utilise any soundcard that is compatible with Windows 10. For best quality vs cost, we recommend any of the Focusrite Scarlett USB range. Focusrite offers many models within the Scarlett range, these range between 2 and 4 stereo outputs and 2 and 4 stereo inputs. Whilst PlayoutONE does support ASIO we do not recommend it due to the way that ASIO requires exclusive access to the Soundcard. 

Windows Updates

We recommend that all Windows Updates are disabled on Servers and Studio computers. We have a guide for disabling windows updates here. We recommend users schedule maintenance windows at least two times a year to enable Windows Updates and apply any updates that are needed. Windows Updates should be disabled again afterwards.

Antivirus

We recommend users not install third-party antivirus on their Server and Studio Machines and instead rely on Windows Defender with the following exclusions.

  • C:\PlayoutONE
  • C:\MsSQL
  • D:\PlayoutONE (if users have additional hard drives)

Firewall

We recommend that Windows Firewall remain switched on at all times.

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