Omneon to unveil MediaGrid upgrades, file transport engine at NAB Show
Omneon at NAB will be highlighting ProCast, a file transport
engine employing unique acceleration technology that allows for high-speed file
transfers over a wide area network (WAN). With ProCast, users can move large
media files over great distances as fast and simply as if it were a local
transfer. The core technology behind this system was obtained by Omneon in the
acquisition of Castify in December 2007. File transfer speeds achieved with
ProCast are orders of magnitude greater than FTP transfers and are not affected
by distance. For example, a one hour DV25 file sent from Los
on a 450 Mb/s connection would take 30 hours via FTP, but takes only three
minutes with ProCast. The same file sent from Beijing
would take 69 hours via FTP, but still takes just three minutes with ProCast.
ProCast is fully integrated with all Omneon server and storage products
(MediaGrid, Spectrum, and MediaDeck). It allows for point-to-point and
point-to-multipoint transfers of content between systems. Typical media
applications for ProCast include transport of contributions from regional
offices of large broadcasters, transfers between affiliates, transfers from
post productions houses to clients and broadcasters, etc.
ProXchange is a high-performance transcoding system designed
for high-volume, multiformat media environments. It is the first media
processing application specifically designed to run on the Omneon MediaGrid
active storage system, taking advantage of the combined storage and processing
architecture offered by MediaGrid to deliver scalable and efficient grid-based
ProXchange performs conversion between a wide variety of video and audio
formats, including all formats supported by the Omneon Spectrum media server,
as well as conversion to the low-resolution H.264 format, and now with version
1.1, Windows Media VC-1 and Flash video. Conversion and re-wrapping between
wrapper formats also is supported (QuickTime and MXF), with preservation and
accurate placement of all metadata through all conversions.
As media files move from acquisition to production to playout, these files
often need to be converted in order to be in the proper format for each
application in the workflow. ProXchange streamlines the process of converting files
to the appropriate format for each application, making workflows faster, more
efficient, and more consistent. The combination of MediaGrid and ProXchange
also simplifies the process of repurposing media. For example, ProXchange can
take MPEG-2 50 Mb/s I-Frame content, automatically create a transmission copy
in MPEG Long GOP, and concurrently create an H.264 or Flash video clip for
distribution to IPTV or the Web.
ProXchange works by harnessing the unique combined storage and processing
architecture of the MediaGrid, and hence brings a fundamental change to the
workflow, helping to eliminate separate application islands and allowing all
parts of a facility to function as a cohesive whole.
Omneon MediaGrid active storage system is the content storage system that plays
an active part in the broadcast workflow. Now with version 2.1, Omneon has
enabled 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 new features in 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.