NAB 2015: Harmonic unveils next-gen media server

DetailsEditor | 13 April 2015

Video delivery infrastructure firm Harmonic is claiming a breakthrough in levels of flexibility, efficiency and reliability with its new Spectrum X next-generation media server system.

Designed for production and playout applications, the Spectrum X media server system is claimed to be able to ease the transition to IP broadcast workflows by integrating SDI and IP I/O on the same chassis. The software-based system is based on Harmonic's VOS technologies and combines file, baseband and transport stream ingest with integrated channel playout (ICP) capabilities, including graphics and branding, DVE, master control switching and audio mixing.

Supporting a range of SD and HDTV formats, and upgradable to Ultra HD, the Spectrum X system can operate as a channel-in-a-box (CIAB), as an integrated channel playout server or as a conventional I/O server connected to Spectrum shared storage infrastructure or internal storage. Indeed at NAB 2015, Harmonic will demonstrate how the Spectrum X server can provide playout with graphics and branding to Harmonic's Ultra HD live workflow, making it the first Ultra HD CIAB solution.

"As the first playout server to mix SDI and IP I/O with up/down/cross-conversion capabilities in the same chassis, the Spectrum X server not only facilitates users' shift to IP playout, but also powers new revenue-generating services at a lower total cost of ownership," said Bart Spriester, senior vice president, video products at Harmonic. "Transitioning at their own pace ... users can migrate smoothly and cost-effectively from the SDI workflows of today to the IP-based workflows expected to take off in the future. The software-based design of the system lends further flexibility to users by allowing them to reconfigure the Spectrum X system to suit the changing needs of specific channels, as well as providing a path to Ultra HD."