Omneon: Products > MediaDeck - mediacenter

By: Omneon  09-12-2011
Keywords: Spectrum, Media Server, media servers

Smart Scalability™

Because of the MediaCenter's modular architecture, adding channels is as simple as plugging in a new component. Software license upgrades are available to increase channel capabilities without requiring new hardware. These upgrades and additions can be performed on a system without taking it off the air.

Flexibility to Fit Any Workflow

As the industry's leading media server platform, Spectrum has been deployed in hundreds of broadcast facilities worldwide, taking advantage of its inherent ability to support virtually any broadcast workflow:

  • Transmission, live studio production and news production workflows
  • Small facilities requiring just a few channels and simultaneous support for multiple applications
  • The largest transmission and production environments with dedicated ingest and playout infrastructures

Media Processing Performance

The Spectrum MediaCenter is designed to streamline workflows by providing the broadest support for multiple video formats and file wrappers. Because of the modular architecture of MediaCenter video I/O modules, users can choose exactly the components that match their requirements, rather than having to adjust to a limited selection of video formats. Spectrum also provides a wide range of powerful media processing functions needed across many different types of facilities:

  • Back-to-back playback of clips of different formats
  • Playback of SD and HD clips on the same timeline
  • Integrated up/down conversion
  • Simultaneous proxy creation during recording
  • Up to 16 channels of embedded audio per video clip, and API-based track manipulation for multi-language applications
  • Aspect ratio signaling to downstream equipment
  • Full VBI and VANC support

Platform flexibility also extends to the applications used to drive broadcast operations. The Spectrum MediaCenter uses industry-standard media wrappers (including QuickTime and MXF) as well as open networking protocols (including FTP, AFP and CIFS) to enable direct access to content by any file-based media application. Combined, these features give broadcasters the freedom to choose from the widest range of best-of-breed applications for an end-to-end solution.

Rock-Solid Reliability

Media servers are complex, and have a huge number of both moving and non-moving parts—all of which can potentially fail. The measure of reliability for a media server is not how rarely a component fails, but rather what happens to the overall system when a component does fail. Spectrum MediaCenter media server systems are designed specifically to eliminate all single points of failure and isolate potential failure points so that a failure of one component does not disrupt operations across the rest of the system:

  • Disconnection of a media I/O module causes only that unit to stop operating until replaced or reconnected, while no other component in the system is affected.
  • Failure of a power supply does not disrupt system operation. A replacement power supply can be hot-swapped while the system is running.
  • Failure of a disk drive does not result in loss of content or even a dropped frame; and with software-based smart data rebuild procedures, the exposure to a second failure is significantly reduced compared to hardware-based RAID systems.

The isolation of component failures to minimize overall system impact is a key architectural advantage of the Spectrum MediaCenter system. It lowers the risk of a catastrophic failure, since the impact of a component's failure is limited to only a portion of the system, and failed components can be quickly replaced while the system remains operational.

MediaCenter System Controllers with Integrated Storage

The MediaCenter is a multi-channel controller for Spectrum media servers that combines integrated storage with MediaPort connectivity to deliver moderate channel counts and flexibility at an exceptional value. MediaCenter supports up to 16 TB of storage, up to three fully-populated external MediaPort I/O devices for four to twelve channels of multi-format record and play, and all Spectrum compatible software applications. Like all Spectrum family products, MediaCenter provides the highest degree of reliability and serviceability through redundant and hot-swappable components, such as power supplies and disk drives.

MediaPort Input/Output Modules

Like all media servers, Spectrum systems include encode and decode components for real-time ingest and playout of content. What distinguishes the Spectrum system is the ability to attach these media interface components in smart, manageable increments so that systems can be configured to exact requirements for channel count and video compression formats. When expansion is needed, additional MediaPorts can be added without taking down the system. MediaPorts for different media formats can be combined within a single system, including support for both SD and HD at the same time. MediaPorts accurately capture and replay all information—including VBI and VANC data—contained in a video data stream with real-time conversion of video, audio and timecode into file information for storage on an Omneon Spectrum server system. MediaPorts support up to sixteen channels of embedded audio, easing the transition or expansion into multilanguage broadcasting.

MediaPorts support a broad range of formats, channel counts and record/play capabilities. MediaPorts in the 5000 series are preconfigured for certain format and channel combinations. The flexible MediaPort 7000 series offers a wide range of features and formats through modules to create a Spectrum system that supports both current and future requirements. Up to two modules fit in a MediaPort 7000 chassis. MediaPort 7100 and 7300 modules support DV and MPEG-2 SD and HD functionality, and MediaPort 7600 modules support DV, MPEG-2 and AVC-Intra. Each product is offered in a variety of configurations; see the table below for the full range of MediaPort 7000 offerings.

MediaPort Options
Product ID Max # of Video Channels SD HD Proxy DV record/
MPEG-2 AVC-Intra Up/Down Conversion HD
Cross Conversion
Audio/Vid. Ch.
Record Play Record Play
MIP-7100-DVS 4 in or out
(2 Modules)
X     X             16/0
MIP-7100-M2S 4 in or out
(2 Modules)
X         X         16/0
MIP-7100-DMS 4 in or out
(2 Modules)
X     X   X         16/0
MIP-7300-DMS 4 in or out
(2 Modules)
X     X X X         16/0
MIP-7100-DVH 4 in or out
(2 Modules)
X X   X         X X 16/0
MIP-7100-M2H 4 in or out
(2 Modules)
X X       X     X X 16/0
MIP-7100-DMH 4 in or out
(2 Modules)
X X   X   X     X X 16/0
MIP-7101-DMH 4 in or out
(2 Modules)
X X X X   X     X X 16/0
MIP-7600-UVP 4 in or out
(2 Modules)
X X   X   X   X X X 16/0
MIP-7600-APR 4 in or out
(2 Modules)
X X   X   X X X X X 16/0
MIP-7601-APR 4 in or out
(2 Modules)
X X X X   X X X X X 16/0
MIP-7300-M2H 4 in or out
(2 Modules)
X X     X X     X X 16/0
MIP-7301-M2H 4 in or out
(2 Modules)
X X X   X X     X X 16/0
MIP-7300-DMH 4 in or out
(2 Modules)
X X   X X X     X X 16/0
MIP-7301-DMH 4 in or out
(2 Modules)
X X X X X X     X X 16/0
MIP-5000 2 in or out plus 4 out X     X   X         16/4
MIP-5220 4 in or out X   X   X X         16/4
MIP-5320 4 in or out X X X   X X         16/4
MIP-5400 2 out X X   X*   X     X   16/4
MIP-5500 4 out X X   X*   X     X   16/4
MIP-5620 4 in or out   X X       X X     16/4

*DV playback only

SystemManager Configuration and Management Platform

Omneon SystemManager handles system management functions for all Omneon hardware platforms and application servers, including the Spectrum media server. Providing a Web-based interface, with easy-to-navigate screens, SystemManager supports system configuration, network connectivity, security, fault monitoring and performance management. SystemManager also manages the configuration of external control protocols such as VDCP and native Omneon API functions.

Keywords: Broadcast Facilities, Live Studio, Media Server, media servers, news production, Spectrum, Studio Production, Video Formats,

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