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SSL Expands into Video

Well-known audio console provider Solid State Logic will launch a new video production platform at NAB2006.

SSL will debut MediaWAN, a system encompassing all aspects of digital video acquisition and storage. The expanded product line was prompted when Broadcast Devices LLC, which developed MediaWAN, merged with SSL. BDL was founded by Dave Engelke in 2004, who partnered with rock star Peter Gabriel to buy SSL in 2005.

"It's our intention to make Solid State Logic a major player in the integration of video and audio within production environments," said Antony David, SSL's managing director. "The MediaWAN is the springboard for a range of new products that will leverage our expertise in both areas."

Designed by Product Designer Jeff Stonier and Chief Technologist Bala Iyer, the system consists of two parts: MediaWAN Gravity, a completely scalable broadcast production system that uses proprietary software running on standard PCs and servers. The software includes encoders to import video from a variety of sources including HD, a preview and job allocation interface for production coordinators, editing software for journalists and management tools for news producers. An asset management database and user interface are provided to be integrated into a production's video workflow.

A second element, MediaWAN Backhaul, allows media networks to install encoders at remote locations and automatically ingest video and audio content to central servers, where it is immediately available for use. The system operates over a private MPLS network that provides high QoS and highly efficient use of the bandwidth.

SSL will be in Booth N822.