Harris Announces Native XDCAM File Interchange Between NEXIO Servers and Avid HD Systems

Harris has announced that its NEXIO AMP and NEXIO XS servers now support Avid file interchange of native Sony XDCAM HD422 HD material via Avid Interplay Transfer software.

Tighter integration allows Avid customers editing their content in native XDCAM HD422 within Avid HD news production and editing systems to seamlessly transfer that content to and from Harris NEXIO servers.  The media remains native throughout the ingest, editing, and playout process — eliminating the multi-generational loss common to format transcoding.

“This latest integration offers a streamlined XDCAM HD422 workflow that can save customers time, while simultaneously preserving the picture quality of this popular HD news format,” says Patrick McLean, director of enterprise segment marketing at Avid.  “Working with Harris is another example of how we continue to collaborate with industry partners to provide our broadcast station and network customers with the flexibility to work the way they want.”

Harris is offering a free software upgrade that enables existing NEXIO AMP advanced media workflow platforms and previous-generation NEXIO XS model servers to support native XDCAM HD422 file transfers via Avid Interplay Transfer.  The new Harris NEXIO Volt server, which offers an economical, slimmed-down version of the AMP feature set, also supports the new native Avid XDCAM HD422 workflow with the addition of inexpensive external hardware.

“This improved interface enables us to support the growing community of broadcasters that want to work with Sony XDCAM HD422, and more importantly, keep the signal within the native XDCAM HD422 codec from ingest through playout,” says Brian Cabeceiras, VP of technology and strategic marketing, Harris Broadcast Communications.

While Avid customers typically use Avid storage systems, such as Avid Unity ISIS for caching their work during editing and production, they often choose the Harris NEXIO server to import newly acquired footage into Avid systems or export their finished Avid files to NEXIO for playout to air. This advancement greatly simplifies the process.

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