NAB 2011: Harmonic Unveils Omneon Spectrum MediaCenter

Harmonic has introduced Omneon Spectrum MediaCenter, a new multichannel media server with integrated low-cost storage and support for Spectrum MediaPort modularity and scalability. Designed for local and regional broadcast stations, as well as remote playout facilities, MediaCenter delivers value for operations requiring from four to 12 channels in a single video server configuration.

“The Omneon MediaCenter enables a new cost-optimized Spectrum video server configuration for applications requiring a moderate number of ingest and playout channels,” says Geoff Stedman, VP for corporate marketing at Harmonic. “Harmonic is committed not only to continued innovation, but also to bringing down the cost of reliable high-performance systems, and MediaCenter does just that for customers that need limited channel scalability combined with the reliability of our flagship Spectrum video server.”

The MediaCenter system unit includes up to 16 TB (more than 600 hours at 50 Mbps) of integrated SATA storage and supports 600 Mbps of real-time channel bandwidth — enough for 12 channels of multiformat record and play for material at 50 Mbps. The system operates with all Spectrum-compatible software applications, and supports up to six externally connected Spectrum MediaPort I/O modules for real-time ingest and playout of video and audio content. Equipped with integrated storage, the system simplifies deployment by eliminating external fiber channel storage cabling and also reduces space and power requirements by collapsing the rack space required for ingest and playout.

MediaCenter provides a high degree of reliability and serviceability through redundant and hot-swappable components, such as power supplies and disk drives. Additionally, the new MediaCenter system unit maintains full compatibility with all Spectrum APIs and media formats, ensuring complete operational and media file compatibility with other Spectrum system configurations.

The Omneon Spectrum MediaCenter will be on display at the 2011 NAB Show in Last Vegas, April 11-14, in booth SL2005 as part of Harmonic’s comprehensive range of production and playout solutions. The company’s line of video distribution and delivery solutions will be on display in booth SU4909.