The software-based Harmonic VOS platform is intended to enable the key functions of video delivery infrastructure, including ingest, compression, graphics and branding, packaging and delivery, on common off the shelf hardware.
According to Harmonic it offers a “fully virtualisable platform that unifies the entire media processing chain for broadcast and multiscreen distribution.” The VOS architecture leverages IT economics to enable content and service providers to simplify workflows, maximise flexibility, gain operational efficiency and lower their total cost of ownership, said the company.
The first products to take advantage of the VOS platform are the Electra XVM virtualised media processor and ProMedia X Origin multiscreen media server. At the heart of VOS is the Harmonic PURE Compression Engine, an encoding module that provides what the company claims is groundbreaking video quality and bandwidth efficiency for SD, HD and Ultra HD formats.
Harmonic’s ProView 7100 is a single-rack, multiformat, integrated receiver-decoder, transcoder and MPEG stream processor that supports the HEVC standard. As part of an end-to-end HEVC-based video transmission solution offered by Harmonic, the ProView 7100 enables video content and service providers to decode HEVC compressed streams up to 1080p60 resolution, maximising bandwidth efficiency for broadcast service delivery while maintaining pristine video quality. It comes in a high-density 1-RU chassis.
Tom Lattie, vice president, market management and development of video products, Harmonic, said, “The products we’re showing at IBC2015 demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing customers with innovative solutions and support that help them to achieve their operational and business goals. While enabling users to reduce total cost of ownership, these Harmonic products offer best-in-class features and capabilities.”