What are shared resources related to q.air?

Shared resources are features in q.air that can be applied to or utilized by different channels if more than one channel is booked for the respective q.air account. Shared resources can be asset storage, egress data volume, or live sources. While stream targets, stream recording, compliance recording are shared resources, too, they can only be […]

How is q.air different from other playout solutions?

Flexibility, scalability, and ease-of-use are key challenges for today. Media companies of any size do not want to deal with technically complex processes but want streamlined solutions that allow them to focus on their core creative competency of producing and distributing content. As a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, q.air meets these requirements by providing an adjustable […]

What software and hardware is recommended for the best q.air experience?

All cloud computing resources required to run q.air are managed on demand by the qibb management platform in the cloud that is covered by the subscription. A user of q.air requires a regular computer (PC or Mac) with a browser and internet connection. q.air and the underlying qibb platform officially support and are optimized for […]

What are the subscription options?

q.air is offered as a Software-as-a-Service 24/7 playout solution with a fixed monthly subscription and a pre-defined asset storage and egress data volume for your channel(s). Alternatively, q.air can be subscribed as a pay-per-use model with an hourly-based pricing a pre-defined asset storage and egress data volume for your channel(s).

How are the costs calculated?

Additional costs added to the subscription fee are calculated by overage consumption of asset storage in the cloud, which depends on the quantity and size of the media assets, by egress data volume streamed to the internet that depends on the hours and bandwidth used during the playout, and by the overall capabilities of the […]

What does cloud playout mean in the case of q.air?

q.air is a package of carefully selected software components that are built from scratch to efficiently run on cloud computing resources. Resources in use include compute nodes, file servers, storage, databases, network infrastructure that are fully virtualized and support scalability and elasticity. To remain flexible in respect of the utilized cloud provider and native toolsets, […]

What are the distinguishing features of q.air Standard and q.air Premium?

q.air Standard provides access to the professional playout and automation capabilities of q.air with all-in-one playout solution in the cloud for one or more linear channels ranging from SD to UHD. q.air Standard already provides the whole workflow comprising file ingest, media asset management, live sources, resolution-independent realtime graphics, comprehensive scheduling, playout, streaming to different […]

What is q.air used for?

q.air is a full-featured cloud-based channel playout and automation service to launch and manage numerous linear 24/7 and pop-up channels in record time. q.air combines all relevant assets like live sources and pre-recorded videos, graphics, etc. It provides a scheduled, continuous playback that may be streamed to head-ends for cable, satellite, IPTV, CDNs, or to […]

How many live sources can I use with q.air?

As q.air is based on qibb, a scalable cloud management platform, there is no limit for the amount of live sources you can subscribe and manage. However, a single q.air Standard channel can access up to 6 live sources at once, while a single q.air Premium channel does not have such a limitation.

What is a live source?

A live source in q.air is an IP-based stream with audio and video data in one of the supported protocols (SRT, RTMP, RTMPS, UDP) that can originate for example from a web cam or a studio with live mixing gear and streaming encoders.