Omneon, Inc. is a leading provider of scalable media server and active storage systems that optimize workflow productivity and on-air reliability for the production, distribution, and management of digital media. Omneon is a pioneer in the use of advanced IT technologies and open systems for broadcast applications, producing a modular and expandable video server architecture in the Omneon Spectrumâ„¢ media server. The companyâ€™s MediaGridâ„¢ active storage system delivers centralized content storage that is scalable in capacity, bandwidth, and media processing power. The company has an extensive global presence with customers in more than 50 countries on six continents, including a fast-growing presence in the Middle East with installations at Zoom TV, Mazzika, CNBC Arabiya, Funoon TV, Al Watan, Arab Media Group, Dubai TV, and ADMC. Omneon is on the Web at
Products Featured at CABSAT 2009
The Omneon booth at CABSAT 2009 will feature an SD/HD file-based workflow, with ingest and transmission using the Omneon Spectrumâ„¢ and MediaDeckâ„¢ servers, with Final Cut Proâ„¢ edit-in-place. In addition, there will be demonstrations of the benefits of the acclaimed MediaGridâ„¢ active storage platform and ProXchangeâ„¢ high-performance transcoding. Omneon will also be showcasing the award-winning ProCastâ„¢ CDN content distribution platform, which provides managed, secure, and efficient content distribution across multiple sites.
The Omneon Spectrumâ„¢ media server system is the industry’s most scalable, reliable, and cost effective video server and storage infrastructure for television production, playout, and archive applications â€” a solution that’s transforming the economics of broadcasting for television operations worldwide. Media server solutions from Omneon enable broadcasters to migrate from analog to digital, from tape to disk, from standard definition to high definition, and from single to multi-channel operations. By combining its expertise in broadcast with the best practices of information technology, Omneon is able to deliver cost-effective and flexible networked media servers that meet the demanding requirements of broadcast environments. Omneon Spectrum media servers incorporate an open and advanced architecture, providing a facility with a scalable common server and storage infrastructure.
Simulating real-world failure scenarios, the â€œResiliency Centreâ€? will give visitors to the Omneon CABSAT booth the opportunity to get â€œup-close and personalâ€? with the Spectrum system.
HD Workflow: Omneon MediaPort 5300 Series
The Omneon MediaPort 5300 is a family of powerful HD/SD MPEG-2 encode/decode devices supplying one play/record plus one play channel per module, with up to two modules per enclosure. Supporting a wide range of HD and SD bit rates and MPEG-2 encoding formats, the MediaPort 5300 maximizes the ability of broadcasters to balance picture quality and storage utilization, with excellent support for today’s file-based production workflow. The MediaPort 5300 provides higher channel density and a far lower cost per channel than standalone HD encoders, and includes HD playback capability as well. Like all MediaPort devices, it integrates easily into both new and existing Omneon Spectrumâ„¢ SD and HD systems without requiring changes to other system components, simplifying deployment and operation. Its flexible support for both HD and SD MPEG-2 (including IMX) eases the transition from SD to HD and supports both SD and HD ingest and playback in a single device.
The Omneon MediaDeckâ„¢ server is a broadcast-quality video server designed specifically for broadcasters who need a cost-effective, easy-to-deploy platform for up to six channels. The MediaDeck server is an integrated version of the Spectrum media server, combining storage, system management, Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, and video I/O modules in one convenient 2-RU package. By leveraging the Spectrum server architecture, the MediaDeck server combines mission-critical reliability with support for a complete range of broadcast workflows.
Omneon MediaGridâ„¢ Active Storage
The award-winning Omneon MediaGridâ„¢ active storage system represents a technological breakthrough: It is the first content storage system to play an active part in the broadcast workflow. Version 2.1 enables a smaller, more affordable, entry-level system configuration suitable for a wider range of facilities, such as local broadcast stations, post-production facilities, and corporate A/V departments.
Among the features in the Omneon MediaGrid 2.1 are the ability to create storage reservations so that individual users are guaranteed a minimum amount of storage, tail-mode FTP to support active workflows in conjunction with third-party servers, and more robust system monitoring and reporting.
Omneon ProXchangeâ„¢ Transcoding System
Omneon ProXchangeâ„¢ version 1.1, on display at CABSAT 2009, is a high-performance transcoding system designed for high-volume multiformat media environments. Running on the Omneon MediaGridâ„¢ active storage system, the ProXchange system takes advantage of the combined storage and processing architecture offered by the MediaGrid system to deliver scalable and efficient grid-based transcoding.
Omneon ProXchange performs conversion between a wide variety of video and audio formats, including all formats supported by the Omneon Spectrumâ„¢ media server, as well as conversion to the low-resolution H.264 format and to MicrosoftÂ® Windows MediaÂ® VC-1 and AdobeÂ® FlashÂ® video formats. Conversion and rewrapping between wrapper formats also is supported (QuickTimeÂ® and Material eXchange Format), with preservation and accurate placement of all metadata through all conversions.
Omneon ProCastâ„¢ CDN v.6.1
At CABSAT 2009 Omneon will make its Asian debut of the new 6.1 version of ProCastâ„¢ CDN, the high-performance content distribution platform that allows for high-speed, long-distance file transfers over IP networks. The award-winning ProCast CDN v.6.1 offers even greater transfer efficiencies, and integrates more easily and tightly with Omneon storage systems.
Along with the improved integration, which will make ProCast CDN a compelling option both for new and existing Omneon customers, key upgrades include the addition of transfer-and-delete mode to automate erasure of content from the source device once a transfer is verified; improved allocation of transfer channel bandwidth; and increased protocol efficiency to enable the best use of the network under varied conditions.
As broadcasters increasingly utilize media servers at the core of their operations, there is a growing need for smart, intuitive utilities for controlling server functions and managing media files contained within the system. To meet this need, Omneon offers a suite of MediaTools that provide simple and cost-effective, yet powerful, functionality. The Omneon ClipTool Pro is a Windows-based software application that provides an easy-to-use graphical user interface to monitor and control playout and record functionality for an Omneon Spectrum media server. With a VTR-like control panel, ClipTool Pro provides powerful control for ingest, quality assurance and playout operations. Written directly to Omneon APIs, ClipTool Pro provides agile, precise manual record and playout control.
Edit-in-Place With Final Cut Proâ„¢
Both Omneon MediaGridâ„¢ and Omneon Spectrumâ„¢ media server systems can be used as network drives for an Apple Final Cut Proâ„¢ system, providing the integrated ingest, storage, and playout infrastructure needed to establish a productive, collaborative broadcast environment.
Omneon Product Preview
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