Harris NEXIO Servers Now Support Wider Array of Formats

Harris has
strengthened its leadership position in facilitating file-based broadcast
workflows with new enhancements to the NEXIO family of video servers.Direct
file import of both GXF (SMPTE 360M) and AVID MediaStream MPEG files are now
available, creating a higher level of efficiency in file-based workflows.

Support and
essence compatibility with GXF and MPEG files allows NEXIO to import content
from all MediaStream video servers and media archives — as well as from other
compliant platforms, including Thomson/Grass Valley.This capability,
coupled with the NEXIO server’s ability to accommodate multiple software
codecs, streamlines the broadcast workflow by virtually eliminating the cost,
latency and quality concerns of file transcoding. It also positions NEXIO as
the leader in media compatibility.Content owners can now transition from
a broader assortment of video formats to the NEXIO server platform, confident
that their content essence and associated metadata is preserved and quality is
maintained.
“Many
broadcasters today work with multiple file formats, having acquired content in
a variety of video formats and perhaps using different server and archive
platforms over time,” says Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast
Communications.“Direct file import with NEXIO servers enables
broadcasters to handle this content without the need to return it to baseband
video at any point in the workflow. This strategy allows broadcasters to
import original files from various devices for immediate playback at their
original quality and without any generation loss.”
Avid will
cease support for the MediaStream 8000 playout server and its associated
components in September 2013 (http://www.avid.com/mediastream.asp),
making NEXIO an ideal solution for MediaStream users needing high-quality,
long-term playout support of their content. NEXIO servers also handle MXF
file exchange, which enables interoperability with Omneon and SeaChange
servers, as well as the Panasonic P2 DVCPRO25/50, DVCPRO HD and AVC-Intra and
Sony XDCAM and XDCAM HD 35/50 formats
NEXIO
servers further enhance file-based workflow efficiency through a virtual file
system mechanism that separates the content from the wrapper.This process
stores the information in an effective and uniform manner, and eliminates any
transcoding or file-conversion requirements.Broadcasters can view the
content in a variety of wrapper types, and conveniently import and export files
from the server system in their selected wrapper type.NEXIO customers
with large, format-specific archive systems can work with similar efficiency to
enable immediate playback of multiple file formats from their archives.

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information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.