Omneon launches Spectrum HD media server

September 27, 2004

Omneon Video Networks has introduced the Spectrum HD, the latest configuration of the company's scalable media server.

The new model provides integrated playback of high-definition (HD) video content, and when configured with other components in the Omneon Spectrum family, it allows broadcasters to ingest, store, and playback SD and HD content simultaneously from a single system, using a common pool of shared storage.

The system incorporates two new real-time media interface adapters to provide a complete system configuration for HD material acquisition and playback. Media ingest is based on the new MediaPort 4010, which combines HD MPEG-2 ingest with MPEG Transport Stream (MTS) demux in a single device. The MediaPort 4010 demultiplexes MTS into independent video and audio elementary streams while maintaining frame-accurate synchronization.

HD playout is based on the new MultiPort 4002 playout interface adapter, which features built-in decoding capability for MPEG-2 HD video, thereby eliminating the need for external HD decoders. The adapter offers playout for two independent channels of MPEG-2 HD video — each with up to 16 embedded audio channels — within a single 1RU device. Multiple MultiPort 4002 devices can be combined to create multichannel systems as large as required.

Additionally, the adapter can be combined with other Omneon Spectrum I/O devices to create multiformat video server systems to support both SD and HD playout in a broadcast operation.

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