SeaChange to Introduce CIF-Based MediaClient

SeaChange International will debut its new MediaClient family of broadcast I/O subsystems at IBC2004 in Amsterdam. The subsystems are designed to work with SeaChange's Broadcast Media Library (BML) to offer the Common Internet File System (CIFS) for storing, packaging and distributing video.

The MPEG-2/DV-based video codecs are designed to support recording, playout and workflow in a television environment.

CIFS allows multiple editors and post-production suits to collaborate through parallel access to all stored media, according to John Pittas, vice president of broadcast systems for the Maynard, Mass.-based company.

BML provides storage that is independent of image format, compression standard and file type. BML24000e is available as a CIFS server and is used with SeaChange's software-based MediaClient codecs, which support MXF, QuickTime and AVI (DV) file formats. The BML can accommodate any media type from uncompressed HD to MPEG-1 or Windows Media 9 and can incrementally scale to petabytes with more than 36TB of RAID-5 storage per rack.

The mcl-4201 is an HD/SD Simulcast Decoder, which provides SD and HD outputs by either upconverting or downconverting the source materials. SeaChange will demo the mcl-4201 at IBC2004.

SeaChange will be in Booth 8.280 at IBC2004, Sept. 10-14. For more information, visit