Harmonic Releases Omneon MediaGrid 3.1

Harmonic announced the release of the new Omneon MediaGrid System Software Version 3.1, designed to support the performance needs of high-end postproduction workflows. Equipped with this software, MediaGrid storage systems can support ingestion, editing, color correction, grading, and manipulation of uncompressed media. This advance extends the success of previous MediaGrid versions in post-production workflows for use with high-bit-rate compressed formats such as ProRes 444 and Avid DNxHD.

“Most post-production companies use complex and expensive Fibre Channel SAN storage because it’s been the only alternative that meets their performance needs,” said Ravi Parthasarathy, senior director, product line management, media storage at Harmonic. “MediaGrid provides the postproduction industry with a new storage paradigm that will meet its demanding performance requirements, uniquely maintain consistent levels of performance over time, reduce costs, and simplify operations.”

MediaGrid comes with client-side multipathing software that can deliver more than a gigabyte per second of throughput to individual clients and tens of gigabytes per second of aggregate throughput — the levels of bandwidth needed by applications that work with uncompressed content. This uncompressed content can be a single large file or take the form of file-per-frame formats such as DPX.

Leading postproduction services company Crawford Media Services has been using MediaGrid in its workflows for high-end editing and finishing for more than a year. “We are very excited by the performance we are getting with MediaGrid 3.1 for these applications,” said Crawford technical director Ron Heidt. “We are now considering consolidating our uncompressed and compressed data storage to a single MediaGrid system and dramatically simplifying our post- production workflow.”

At the recent 2012 NAB Show, Harmonic demonstrated 2K/4K editing with DPX files using Autodesk Smoke software connected to MediaGrid with the new 3.1 software.

“Professional editors today are required to do much more sophisticated visual storytelling to get their message across,” said Maurice Patel, entertainment industry manager at Autodesk, Inc. “This requires not only high-quality software solutions such as Autodesk Smoke, but also a high-performance storage infrastructure that provides real-time access to high-bit-rate media. We’re pleased to see that the Ethernet-based MediaGrid system gives our clients the infrastructure to work fast with Smoke.”

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