IBC 2014: Harmonic shows off virtual video, 4K UltraHD | 4K/UltraHD | News | Rapid TV News
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Harmonic will be showcasing virtualised video infrastructures and UltraHD encoding and delivery at the upcoming IBC 2014 exhibition in Amsterdam this September.

"All of the technologies and solutions we'll be highlighting at IBC2014 are designed to bring simplicity, flexibility, scalability and efficiency to broadcasters, which is becoming increasingly important as video production and delivery get more and more complex," said Peter Alexander, CMO at Harmonic. "At the show, Harmonic will demonstrate its latest innovations, including new software-defined, virtualisable video delivery that unifies all media processing functions on a single platform. Attendees can stop by the booth to see how the Harmonic VOS software-based architecture and Electra XVM virtualised media processor bring unprecedented efficiencies to broadcasters through intelligent function integration and the ability to leverage an IT-centric infrastructure."

Featured demonstrations at Harmonic's booth will include virtualised media processing via a variety of technologies including the new Electra XVM integrated software package, a converged, broadcast-ready media processing platform. Integrating real-time encoding, branding and graphics, and transport stream playout for broadcast and multiscreen services, Electra XVM offers users function integration, increased operational flexibility and unlimited scalability.

Contribution and distribution solutions include the expanded Ellipse 3000 family of contribution encoders, which features the industry's first DSNG encoder to support the new DVB Carrier ID (DVB-CID) standard for reducing interference between satellite signals, and the new DVB-S2X specification for improving performance of DVB-S2 satellite digital broadcasting.

The company will also show UltraHD demonstrations, including a real-time encoding and streaming workflow demonstration, powered by Harmonic's HEVC-ready VOS platform, as well as interoperability demonstrations with chipset vendors of 2160p50/60 HEVC Main 10 profile encoded Ultra HD streaming.

The company will also show its ProMedia Origin stream packager/server, highlighting simplified delivery of live, video-on-demand (VOD) and time-shift TV services to all screens; and production and playout with collaborative editing and 4K editing on the Harmonic MediaGrid shared storage system.

The company will highlight new developments in the Spectrum media server product line which provide higher channel counts and storage density, improved caption support, monitoring and scheduling capabilities, and integrated management tools; and the cable edge solutions, including the NSG Pro and new NSG Exo CCAP-compliant platforms.