NAB 2011: Harmonic to highlight collaboration

With the first year anniversary of Harmonic’s acquisition of Omneon approaching in May, the company is understandably playing a lot of its cards close to its chest in the run up to NAB. But the indications are that the meshing of the two companies together has so far been a relatively smooth process.

Harmony, if you’ll excuse the pun, is also on show externally, as the company will be showcasing its ability to maximise collaborative workflows, such as integration with FilmPartners’ MXFServer which enables collaborative production with a range of NLEs, and a system first developed to interface with EVS XT[2] servers for NBC’s coverage of Vancouver 2010. “We’re promoting this quite heavily,” comments Ben Davenport, Solutions Marketing Manager Broadcast & Studio. “The partnership with EVS is working well – we both make servers that playback and ingest, but we’re pitched at different markets.”

Elsewhere,the company will be showcasing the new MediaPort 7000 series of video I/O modules for its Spectrum media servers (pictured), which allows them to support a range of codecs, formats, framerates and resolutions, along with fully integrated up-, down-, and cross-conversion and simulcast SD and HD outputs for every channel. A forthcoming Rhozet release, meanwhile, will bring a substantial increase in transcode speeds, with the roadmap suggesting the release after will be even quicker.

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