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4K for less

To make it more affordable to stream and distribute 4K content, Vitec is introducing the MGW Vision real-time encoder, which for roughly $25,000, produces HEVC bandwidth-efficient 4K IPTV streams for use in broadcast centres, in-house IPTV applications, sports and live events.

“As 4K/UHD gains more traction, the expenses associated with encoding and streaming 4K/UHD content are still cost-prohibitive for many organisations due to the high premiums charged by encoding companies for their 4K systems.

The high capex associated with establishing a 4K streaming workflow is a major barrier to market-entry,” asserted Vitec president and CEO Philippe Wetzel, adding that with MGW Vision’s price point “we’re broadening the access to Vitec’s 4K [systems] and making it more accessible for organisations to launch broadcast-grade 4K services”.

The MGW Vision is a compact 1-RU appliance featuring hardware

HEVC/H.265 encoding in both 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 modes. The encoder supports streaming a single UHD or four HD HEVC channels ingested from four 3G-SDI inputs and can also store encoded content while streaming onto the network.

Also at IBC, Vitec has unveiled the MGW Ace Encoder firmware v2.0. Using the new HEVC GEN2 codec, it provides up to 4:2:2 10-bit HEVC encoding.