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Thomson Video Networks boosts encoder compression

Compression-boosting encoding updates, simplified content delivery management and enhanced DVB-T2 multiplexing, IRD, and 4K compression on show at IBC2015

Thomson Video Networks will use IBC2015 to showcase new compression-boosting software, simplified management of content delivery services and enhanced capabilities for its DVB-T2 multiplexing, IRD, and 4K compression systems.

At IBC2015, the second release of the MediaFlexSUITE will be unveiled, designed to greatly simplify services management for customers operating across multiple delivery platforms.

Combined with MediaFlexOS, the suite can provision branding and compression resources based on priorities for deployment speed, video quality requirements, bandwidth optimisation, and content customisation. MediaFlexSUITE provides a unified view of the entire operation to streamline tasks such as migrating services between compression resources, deploying new services rapidly in a data centre, dynamically updating the channel lineup, or extending file transcoding capabilities with external cloud resources.

The company will show new software releases for its ViBE EM4000, ViBE VS7000, and ViBE XT1000 HD/SD encoders, which it claimed significantly enhance compression efficiency across all current and emerging standards, including MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and HEVC.

Enabled by MediaFlexSUITE, the software features new algorithms implemented in the core compression engine used by Thomson Video Networks products, designed to improve compression performance by 10 percent for HEVC and MPEG-4 AVC encoding and by 5 percent for MPEG-2 encoding.

In addition, a new release of the ViBE EM4000 encoder features Flextream 2.0 statistical multiplexing. With Flextream 2.0, the EM4000 will enable operators to include nonvideo components in a statistical multiplexing pool to optimise bandwidth usage.

Also being demonstrated is encoding of an Ultra HD high dynamic range (HDR) TV signal in HEVC — designed for distributing live HDR content — based on the company’s new ViBE 4K real-time encoding solution.

The complete workflow takes a UHD HDR signal from a SMPTE 2084-compliant broadcast feed and processes it in order to provide a standard UHD HEVC Main10 compressed stream with specific HDR information. In a single stream, broadcasters can address both HDR decoders and non-HDR-compliant deployments with minimal overhead for the HDR information carried in the signal.

Also to be unveiled is a new SingleFeed capability for both the NetProcessor 9030/40 multiplexing and transport system and the RD1100 receiver/descrambler.

SingleFeed is designed to simultaneously feed DTH receivers and DVB-T2 transmitters with a single multiplex, resulting in significant OPEX savings for DTTV headend operators, said the company.

Stand 14.A10