1/8/2009 3:22 PM
Omneon Product Preview
Hall: Zabeel Hall
Chineham Business Park
RG24 8QY United Kingdom
Tel: + 1-408-585-5421
Wall Street Communications
Omneon, Inc. is a leading provider of scalable media server and active storage systems that optimize workflow productivity and on-air reliability for the production, distribution, and management of digital media. Omneon is a pioneer in the use of advanced IT technologies and open systems for broadcast applications, producing a modular and expandable video server architecture in the Omneon Spectrum™ media server. The company’s MediaGrid™ active storage system delivers centralized content storage that is scalable in capacity, bandwidth, and media processing power. The company has an extensive global presence with customers in more than 50 countries on six continents, including a fast-growing presence in the Middle East with installations at Zoom TV, Mazzika, CNBC Arabiya, Funoon TV, Al Watan, Arab Media Group, Dubai TV, and ADMC. Omneon is on the Web at www.omneon.com.
Products Featured at CABSAT 2009
The Omneon booth at CABSAT 2009 will feature an SD/HD file-based workflow, with ingest and transmission using the Omneon Spectrum™ and MediaDeck™ servers, with Final Cut Pro™ edit-in-place. In addition, there will be demonstrations of the benefits of the acclaimed MediaGrid™ active storage platform and ProXchange™ high-performance transcoding. Omneon will also be showcasing the award-winning ProCast™ CDN content distribution platform, which provides managed, secure, and efficient content distribution across multiple sites.
The Omneon Spectrum™ media server system is the industry's most scalable, reliable, and cost effective video server and storage infrastructure for television production, playout, and archive applications — a solution that's transforming the economics of broadcasting for television operations worldwide. Media server solutions from Omneon enable broadcasters to migrate from analog to digital, from tape to disk, from standard definition to high definition, and from single to multi-channel operations. By combining its expertise in broadcast with the best practices of information technology, Omneon is able to deliver cost-effective and flexible networked media servers that meet the demanding requirements of broadcast environments. Omneon Spectrum media servers incorporate an open and advanced architecture, providing a facility with a scalable common server and storage infrastructure.
Simulating real-world failure scenarios, the “Resiliency Centre” will give visitors to the Omneon CABSAT booth the opportunity to get “up-close and personal” with the Spectrum system.
HD Workflow: Omneon MediaPort 5300 Series
The Omneon MediaPort 5300 is a family of powerful HD/SD MPEG-2 encode/decode devices supplying one play/record plus one play channel per module, with up to two modules per enclosure. Supporting a wide range of HD and SD bit rates and MPEG-2 encoding formats, the MediaPort 5300 maximizes the ability of broadcasters to balance picture quality and storage utilization, with excellent support for today's file-based production workflow. The MediaPort 5300 provides higher channel density and a far lower cost per channel than standalone HD encoders, and includes HD playback capability as well. Like all MediaPort devices, it integrates easily into both new and existing Omneon Spectrum™ SD and HD systems without requiring changes to other system components, simplifying deployment and operation. Its flexible support for both HD and SD MPEG-2 (including IMX) eases the transition from SD to HD and supports both SD and HD ingest and playback in a single device.
The Omneon MediaDeck™ server is a broadcast-quality video server designed specifically for broadcasters who need a cost-effective, easy-to-deploy platform for up to six channels. The MediaDeck server is an integrated version of the Spectrum media server, combining storage, system management, Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, and video I/O modules in one convenient 2-RU package. By leveraging the Spectrum server architecture, the MediaDeck server combines mission-critical reliability with support for a complete range of broadcast workflows.
Omneon MediaGrid™ Active Storage
The award-winning Omneon MediaGrid™ active storage system represents a technological breakthrough: It is the first content storage system to play an active part in the broadcast workflow. Version 2.1 enables a smaller, more affordable, entry-level system configuration suitable for a wider range of facilities, such as local broadcast stations, post-production facilities, and corporate A/V departments.
Among the features in the Omneon MediaGrid 2.1 are the ability to create storage reservations so that individual users are guaranteed a minimum amount of storage, tail-mode FTP to support active workflows in conjunction with third-party servers, and more robust system monitoring and reporting.
Omneon ProXchange™ Transcoding System
Omneon ProXchange™ version 1.1, on display at CABSAT 2009, is a high-performance transcoding system designed for high-volume multiformat media environments. Running on the Omneon MediaGrid™ active storage system, the ProXchange system takes advantage of the combined storage and processing architecture offered by the MediaGrid system to deliver scalable and efficient grid-based transcoding.
Omneon ProXchange performs conversion between a wide variety of video and audio formats, including all formats supported by the Omneon Spectrum™ media server, as well as conversion to the low-resolution H.264 format and to Microsoft® Windows Media® VC-1 and Adobe® Flash® video formats. Conversion and rewrapping between wrapper formats also is supported (QuickTime® and Material eXchange Format), with preservation and accurate placement of all metadata through all conversions.
Omneon ProCast™ CDN v.6.1
At CABSAT 2009 Omneon will make its Asian debut of the new 6.1 version of ProCast™ CDN, the high-performance content distribution platform that allows for high-speed, long-distance file transfers over IP networks. The award-winning ProCast CDN v.6.1 offers even greater transfer efficiencies, and integrates more easily and tightly with Omneon storage systems.
Along with the improved integration, which will make ProCast CDN a compelling option both for new and existing Omneon customers, key upgrades include the addition of transfer-and-delete mode to automate erasure of content from the source device once a transfer is verified; improved allocation of transfer channel bandwidth; and increased protocol efficiency to enable the best use of the network under varied conditions.
As broadcasters increasingly utilize media servers at the core of their operations, there is a growing need for smart, intuitive utilities for controlling server functions and managing media files contained within the system. To meet this need, Omneon offers a suite of MediaTools that provide simple and cost-effective, yet powerful, functionality. The Omneon ClipTool Pro is a Windows-based software application that provides an easy-to-use graphical user interface to monitor and control playout and record functionality for an Omneon Spectrum media server. With a VTR-like control panel, ClipTool Pro provides powerful control for ingest, quality assurance and playout operations. Written directly to Omneon APIs, ClipTool Pro provides agile, precise manual record and playout control.
Edit-in-Place With Final Cut Pro™
Both Omneon MediaGrid™ and Omneon Spectrum™ media server systems can be used as network drives for an Apple Final Cut Pro™ system, providing the integrated ingest, storage, and playout infrastructure needed to establish a productive, collaborative broadcast environment.
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