SeaChange eyes HD migration with MediaClient platform

SeaChange International continues to evolve and expand the functionality of its MediaClient/MediaLibrary platform to support HDTV, recently unveiling new codecs that ease the migration for broadcasters from SD to HD.

SeaChange said its new MediaClient software codecs harnessed the power of Intel's latest high-performance server technology to drive bit rates up to 80Mb/s with MPEG-2 4:2:2 Long GOP. This brings significant quality and storage savings for HD play-to-air applications.

Consuming 7 percent less bandwidth than competitive solutions that use Intra-frame coding, SeaChange said that with the new codecs, broadcasters would realize the highest picture quality currently achievable.

Standard-definition broadcasters using the SeaChange MediaClient/MediaLibrary platform can turn on HD playout whenever they are ready, the company said.

The new software allows SD and HD simulcast from a single media asset, minimizing storage requirements and providing optimal versatility for the transition to HD broadcasting.

SeaChange's Broadcast MediaLibrary BML6000ex and the new BML24000ex systems deliver MediaClient's 80Mb/s Long GOP benefits. These transmission storage systems suit the entire range of broadcast operations today, from the entry-level BML6000ex that can be scaled to meet mid-market demands, through the BML24000ex for extremely demanding multichannel environments and complex tapeless workflows.

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