Artesyn Embedded, Vantrix partner for video transcoding, media processing
Michelle Clancy
| 23 November 2014
Artesyn Embedded Technologies and Vantrix have developed a video transcoding and media processing platform to enable multiscreen content for broadcast and communications service providers.

The integrated Artesyn SharpStreamer hardware and Vantrix software solution enables higher channel density for virtualised, ultra-high density media processing functions, including encryption and adaptive bitrate (ABR) packaging.

For example, a single accelerated server could replace up to 40 non-accelerated servers for a video-on-demand (VOD) over-the-top (OTT) content transcoding application, the companies said, or up to 24 servers for a linear real-time broadcast ABR application. These substantial capital expenditure savings are matched by significantly reduced operating expenditure, thanks to power consumption that has been estimated at between 6% and 10% of that required to run the same applications on non-accelerated servers.

"Content service providers would prefer to use standard servers versus proprietary hardware for their video encoding and transcoding applications, but those standard servers today don't scale cost effectively to support ultra-high densities with software-based video processing solutions,” said Linsey Miller, director of marketing for server acceleration products at Artesyn Embedded Technologies.

“Our collaboration with Vantrix means service providers can combine Artesyn's SharpStreamer add-on card technology with market-leading video-processing, optimisation, caching and analytics software from Vantrix to scale to meet higher densities on existing servers."

Jean Mayrand, president and CEO at Vantrix, added: "Network demand for video encoding/transcoding is rising continuously as user habits change to ever increasing multiscreen consumption. Service providers now have a cloud-ready solution, with OpenStack integration and support for multiple virtual machines, to reach higher channel densities while preserving their server investment and no need to qualify new hardware."