SGI Open Broadcast Initiative eases connectivity with Omneon servers and Pinnacle editors

Silicon Graphics has launched an Open Broadcast Initiative, a move designed to deliver a more open system choice approach to broadcasters by easing their transition to a digital IT infrastructure.

Among the challenges facing broadcasters making an IT transition is equipment interoperability, said SGI. Leveraging the company’s expertise with broadcast partners and designing all-digital workflow environments, the SGI Open Broadcast Initiative brings together the best broadcast products, regardless of vendor origination, with the implementation of scalable SGI broadcast system architectures.

The initiative includes, as part of a total SGI broadcast solution, in non-exclusive alliances, the integration of Omneon Spectrum media servers and Pinnacle Systems non-linear editing systems.

Many SGI broadcast customers have chosen Pinnacle Liquid editors specifically because of the SGI integrated software which speeds up the efficiency of the average ingest-to edit-to server-to broadcast sequence from minutes to seconds. The SGI integration software for Pinnacle editors is the result of a long-term, ongoing close working relationship with Pinnacle Systems.

A different version of the SGI software suite has also been utilized for Avid editors, currently used by SGI customers France2, France3 and M6 in France. SGI is also planning to integrate its software tools with the Omneon server as part of the new collaboration between the companies.

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