SSL moves into video at IBC

This year's IBC Convention will give European broadcasters their first opportunity to see products based on Solid State Logic's new MediaWAN technology platform, which encompasses all aspects of digital video acquisition and storage technology.

The move into video marks a major expansion for Solid State Logic, a manufacturer of professional analog and digital consoles, and comes as a result of the merging of the operations of Broadcast Devices (BDL), developer of MediaWAN, with those of SSL. BDL was founded in 2004 by Dave Engelke, one of SSL's principals.

Among the products on show at IBC will be MediaWAN Gravity, a complete broadcast production system that uses proprietary software running on standard high-performance PCs and servers. The software provides encoders to import video from a variety of sources, including HD, a preview and job allocation interface for production co-coordinators, editing software for journalists and management tools for news producers. An asset management database and user interface also provide for seamless information lifecycle management in the video domain.

In addition, MediaWAN technology has also been developed to provide a highly cost-effective backhaul service. 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 efficient use of the bandwidth, enabling broadcast-resolution video to be delivered at a fraction of the cost of traditional satellite transmission. The system operates at low latency, which significantly improves the performance of the circuit for remote interviews.

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