Omneon MediaDeck GX Offers Channel-Playout Functionality With Choice of Automation

Omneon has
announced the release of MediaDeck GX, a complete channel-playout solution that
combines proven video-server playout, world-class graphics, and advanced audio
processing, all operating under the control of the user’s preferred
automation system. Offering rich branding and master-control functionality,
MediaDeck GX makes it easier and more affordable for broadcasters to launch new
services or to make incremental additions to their existing channel lineup.
“In extending the MediaDeck system to include leading real-time graphics and branding technology, we offer customers a powerful video-processing platform that simplifies workflows and speeds deployment of channel chains,” says Geoff Stedman, Omneon SVP for products and markets. “Unlike other single-box playout systems that tie users to an embedded automation system, MediaDeck GX delivers best-of-breed performance across playout, graphics, and audio processing while giving users the flexibility to choose the automation system that best meets their business and operational requirements.”

MediaDeck GX unites three key components of a typical channel chain: the proven MediaDeck transmission platform from Omneon, a leading branding and master-control module, and template-based graphics software. When deployed in a customer’s environment, MediaDeck GX will operate under the control of the broadcaster’s choice of automation software. The Omneon MediaDeck is a broadcast-quality video server designed specifically for broadcasters who need a cost-effective, easy-to-deploy playout platform.

The MediaDeck GX system plays out stored stills and animations while enabling mixing and playout of voiceovers, promos, and stingers, with optional encoding and decoding of AC-3 and Dolby E audio. Also among the system’s branding and master-control capabilities are wipes, fades, pushes, and other transitions typical of presentation mixers, as well as dual DVEs for squeezeback and other DVE effects.

The channel-playout system accepts data feeds from XML, VANC, and serial sources to enable creation of data-driven graphics, including tickers, ratings slides, and EAS alerts. By reading VBI/VANC metadata, MediaDeck GX also can update AFD information and apply templates based on the active picture or V-chip data. Template-creation, management, and preview software simplifies use while introducing a greater degree of accuracy and sophistication. The MediaDeck GX can be configured and monitored via the Omneon SystemManager Web-based interface.

More
information about the Omneon MediaDeck GX is available at www.omneon.com.