IBC 2018: VITEC features multi-site video solutions, debuts new encoder
By: Kristian Hernandez, Assistant Editor
Friday, September 14, 2018 - 8:50 am

VITEC (stand 7.C34) announced it will demonstrate its broadcast-grade HEVC Multi-Site Video Contribution Solutions, including the fully featured MGW Ace hardware-based HEVC encode/decode solution and the company’s Playout Server at IBC2018 from 14-18 Sept. in Amsterdam.

“As video management for broadcast, government, sports, and entertainment industries becomes increasingly more complex with a multitude of video streams coming in from all over the world, more and more of our customers have requested a simplified and reliable solution to deliver and distribute encoded video feeds,” says Richard Bernard, product manager at VITEC. “VITEC’s Playout Server gives customers one hub to capture all available IPTV protected streams transmitted from encoders in the field and intuitively distribute them inside or outside their network. It fully complements VITEC’s HEVC ecosystem, enabling the growing demand for multi-site video contribution and distribution.”

VITEC’s Playout Server provides an efficient platform to manage, capture, and preview IPTV-protected streams transmitted by VITEC encoders from any location and distribute them within a target network, whether for rebroadcast, video-on-demand, or any other application. When used in conjunction with VITEC’s MGW Ace Encoder, the server is the perfect solution for high-quality, low-bandwidth, reliable contribution over the internet without the use of expensive and less flexible fiber or satellite transmission infrastructure, leading to a dramatic reduction of operating expenses (OPEX).

At the show, VITEC will also feature the new capabilities of the MGW Ace point-to-point/point-to-multipoint HEVC streaming offering. The solution now supports low-latency HEVC streaming down to 65ms glass to glass, closed captioning, talkback for direct communication with team members, latency monitoring, and auto adaptive bitrate encoding for delivering the highest level of details in complex video content applications. The compact, powerful streaming appliance uses VITEC’s second-generation 4:2:2 10-bit HEVC codec (GEN2+) for unmatched video quality and highly efficient bandwidth compression. Built-in advanced stream protection guarantees reliable video distribution over any network, including the internet.

MGW Diamond Encoder
The MGW Diamond adds quad-channel HEVC encoding in a compact and portable form factor to the VITEC HEVC product lineup.

“The MGW Diamond is a much-needed solution in our ever-changing video landscape,” says Bernard. “Its attractive channel-count-to-footprint ratio supports our customers’ field-based applications within the sports, enterprise, defense, and surveillance markets. VITEC’s comprehensive HEVC offering includes broadcast-grade contribution appliances, head-end 4K IPTV encoders and now, with the debut of the MGW Diamond, an ultra-compact, quad-channel streaming appliance for field applications.”

The MGW Diamond is a versatile solution that enables point-to-point and point-to-multipoint streaming with the benefits of low-bandwidth and low-latency streaming from four inputs with up to eight streams output. Making its global debut at IBC2018, the compact, power-efficient, and portable HEVC and H.264 HD/SD encoder is the ideal solution for any multichannel application with stringent size, weight, and power requirements (SWaP). The MGW Diamond delivers HEVC encoding in a fraction of the footprint of comparable encoders, with the ability to capture up to four 3G/HD/SD-SDI or composite inputs and live stream up to eight channels.