Omneon Enhances MediaDeck

March 27, 2009
Omneon MediaDeck GX

Omneon, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based provider of video storage technology, has introduced MediaDeck GX, a channel play-out system that combines play-out, graphics and advanced audio processing, all of which can operate under the control of the user’s preferred automation system.

MediaDeck GX seamlessly unites three key components of a typical channel chain, transmission, branding and master control, and graphics. Omneon’s MediaDeck is a broadcast-quality video server designed specifically for broadcasters.

“In extending the MediaDeck system to include leading real-time graphics and branding technology, we offer customers a powerful video processing platform that simplifies workflows and speeds deployment of channel chains,” said Geoff Stedman, Omneon senior vice president for products and markets. “Unlike other single-box playout systems that tie users to an embedded automation system, MediaDeck GX delivers best-of-breed performance across playout, graphics, and audio processing while giving users the flexibility to choose the automation system that best meets their business and operational requirements.”

MediaDeck GX plays out stored stills and animations while enabling mixing and playout of voiceovers, promos and stinger, with optional encoding and decoding of AC-3 and Dolby E audio. The systems branding and master control capabilities include wipes, fades, pushes and other transitions typical of presentation mixers, as well as dual DVEs for squeezeback and other DVE effects.

The channel play-out system accepts data feeds from XML, VANC and serial sources to enable creation of data-driven graphics including tickers, ratings slides, and EAS alerts. By reading VBI/VANC metadata, MediaDeck GX also can update AFD information and apply templates based on the active picture or V-Chip data. Template creation, management and preview software simplifies usage while introducing a greater degree of accuracy and sophistication. MediaDeck GX can be configured and monitored via the Omneon SystemManager Web-based interface.

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