Thomson Video Networks reveals new release of MediaFlexOS

The latest release of the MediaFlexOS video operating system includes support for virtual machines (VMs) and cloud-based video processing resources. The updated MediaFlexOS is an important component in the company’s new Behind Every Screen strategy — an all-encompassing video infrastructure for broadcast and multi-screen services that leverages both on-premises and cloud resources for the highest video quality and lowest cost of ownership.

MediaFlexOS is the video operating system powering Thomson Video Networks’ ViBE family of encoding, transcoding and contribution solutions, including the ViBE VS7000 multi-screen and HEVC encoder and the all-new ViBE XT1000 high-density transcoder. MediaFlexOS provides a software layer that enables live transcoding, branding and other A/V processing functions in the cloud and on virtualised platforms, in addition to physical, on-premises resources. The software suite optimises physical, virtual and cloud services through a sophisticated load balancer that takes maximum advantage of all available resources.

“Previously, video operators had a choice between dedicated hardware solutions that offered the necessary computing performance but required time-consuming provisioning, or nonoptimised virtual or cloud solutions with poor redundancy, underperforming compression and complex management,” said Christophe Delahousse, president, Thomson Video Networks. “This release of MediaFlexOS gives video operators the best of both worlds. All they need to do is take care of the service creation and characteristics. MediaFlexOS is able to use a combination of on-premises resources and, if necessary, a cloud infrastructure to meet the operation’s requirements. In this manner, the operator can find the ideal balance of lowered operational costs and optimised, broadcast-grade performance.”

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