SeaChange debuts CIFS-based MediaClient systems

SeaChange International's MediaClient family of broadcast I/O subsystems

SeaChange International is bringing the cost and performance benefits of the common Internet file system (CIFS) to the broadcast industry with the introduction of its new MediaClient family of broadcast I/O subsystems. The new storage and I/O products support multiple compression standards and file types simultaneously.

Based on SeaChange’s Broadcast MediaCluster technology, the new systems enable television operators to store, package and distribute video more flexibly. The first products in the MediaClient family are MPEG-2 and DV-based video codecs, designed to support recording, playout and workflow throughout the television enterprise regardless of video image format, file type, or compression scheme.

Coupled with the use of a centralized, high-performance content server and remote client workstations, CIFS will allow multiple editors and post-production suites to collaborate with each other through parallel access to all the stored media, thereby enabling parallel workflow in the various phases of television production and distribution.

The new BML 24000e CIFS-based client/server architecture takes advantage of SeaChange’s new Broadcast MediaLibrary design, which provides fault-resilient storage, independent of the image format, compression standard and file type. The BML 24000e is now available as a CIFS server and is complemented by SeaChange’s new software-based MediaClient Codecs – which combine real-time, broadcast-quality I/O and MPEG-2 and DV coding with CIFS storage access over gigabit IP networks.

Through the use of gigabit IP connectivity and open, standards-based CIFS file access, the BML 24000e can provide high-performance storage access to hundreds of attached Windows, Apple, Linux or Unix clients. No specialized or proprietary hardware or software is required. IT provides 1.2 gigabit per node of cumulative bandwidth and costs less than one-fifth of SAN architectures for comparable media storage.

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