Omneon and Interra Team Up to Combine Automated QC of Media on Active Storage

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 2, 2008 -- Omneon, Inc. and Interra Systems today announced that they have worked together to deliver the industry‘s first grid-powered quality assurance application, the Interra Baton. The Baton application harnesses the inherent media processing capabilities of the Omneon MediaGrid™ active storage system. Employing the Omneon MediaGrid Processing Framework, the Baton software is now able to use the MediaGrid system‘s many CPUs in parallel to deliver automated quality control of media files, while eliminating the need for separate QA hardware and additional external storage to perform the quality control (QC) function.

“With the advent of file-based operations in the media world and the proliferation of formats and delivery methods, quality control has become a very important and demanding function,” said Ashish Basu, vice president, sales and business development, Interra Systems, Inc. “Using the parallel processing power of MediaGrid, Baton provides a simple and elegant solution. The user already has the necessary hardware and processing power so no further investment is needed. The entire QC operation is set to automatically run in the background completely transparent to the user.”

MediaGrid was designed by Omneon not only to meet the storage capacity and bandwidth demands of large media files, but also to play an active role in the workflow of a facility by enabling the processing of media files while they reside in the storage system. By combining grid storage and grid computing, MediaGrid delivers the necessary storage while offering processing power for applications that run on it, such as Interra‘s Baton system.

With MediaGrid as the central active storage running Baton, facilities can institute a highly efficient QC function that is automatic, integral to the workflow, and able to perform checks at all stages of the content life cycle. For example, post production facilities can use Baton to confirm that content has been encoded correctly and conforms to quality and format standards before delivery to customers. Likewise, broadcasters can check quality at ingest, after editing, and before playout for every delivery method including Internet and mobile TV.

“The Baton content verification system is a perfect application for MediaGrid active storage,” said Geoff Stedman, vice president, worldwide marketing for Omneon. “Other QC systems require additional hardware and become an additional step in the workflow. Baton, on the other hand, is a seamless fit, providing this necessary function automated and in the background while content resides within the MediaGrid system.”

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About Interra Systems

Interra Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of highly flexible and adaptive design solutions and tools for the acceleration of digital video, memory, ASIC, SoC, and system designs. Interra's development capability includes digital video/audio test tools, codecs, memory development system, EDA tool front-ends, which includes RTL Synthesis, VHDL, and Verilog analyzers and test suites. Interra offers a breadth of services for electronic and memory design automation, and for developing digital video applications and DSP solutions. For more information on Interra, please visit

About Omneon

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. 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. Omneon is on the Web at

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