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Simplifying Complicated Switching
T

he AC is set to high; the lighting
is too bright. Which computer
runs my presentation? How do I
turn on the sound?
The technology provided in the
room seems to be a bit too much
for the tutor. That's not even unusual
considering he holds a Masters
in Economics instead of Media
Technology. Why can't technology
for non-technicians simply be
simple? Or can it? Together with
German company Medientechnik
Thomas, Guntermann & Drunck
solved this task for their customers.
Industry, administration, education,
traffic control centre or control room
- for many users, media equipment
can pose almost insurmountable
technical challenges. Instead of
being technology experts most
users are experts in their

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Joint development: Touchpad for
user-friendly media control

respective fields. Despite their lack
of technical understanding, they
still need to be able to manage
complex equipment including hightech computers.
Wouldn't it be nice for users to
be able to control their devices
with very little effort and without
having to have a master's degree
in the technology? This is where
a joint development from KVM
manufacturer Guntermann &
Drunck and Medientechnik Thomas
comes into play.
Both companies developed
a media control to intuitively run
different switching scenarios for the
entire computer, house and media
system over one graphical user
interface. It gives users access to
several computers, logs them in,
displays the image of a computer
on a specific monitor or a video wall
and takes over many other tasks. All
integrated system devices can be
intuitively operated via computer,
tablet or smartphone. That's
not only a relief for users, but
also reduces the amount of
servicing needed as well as
the costs for maintenance.
A superior, intelligent
operating
system
takes over the central device
management, which manages,
monitors and controls the entire
system. The provided GUI can

L to R: Henry Niemeyer and Martin Althaus, Product Management Guntermann &
Drunck GmbH with Uwe Thomas and Philip Weber, Medientechnik Thomas GmbH

be adjusted individually. It's
even possible to store entire
switching scenarios, which initiate
comprehensive sequences of
commands and connections in the
background and therefore relief
the user of having to think about
these aspects.
The buttons of the GUI trigger
configured actions. The GUI
consists of an individually selectable
image file. It's even possible to take
an image of a room where the user
can tip the computer and switch
its image to a particular display or
video wall. Simple, isn't it?

The operating system transmits
image, sound and control
independently and without any loss
in quality. The building's technology
can be integrated in a media
control to operate everything from
the sound to the blinds or the air
conditioning. Due to its modularity,
the system can be easily expanded.
With their passion and discipline,
the technicians from Guntermann
& Drunck and Medientechnik
Thomas found a way to unite
computer technology, KVM and
media control.

Harmonic ProView 8000 Boosts Primary Distribution
H

armonic has announced
the ProView 8000 family of
multiformat integrated receiverdecoders (IRDs) that optimise
primar y distribution of video
content over satellite or IP delivery
networks.
With an advanced feature set
and compact design, the ProView
8000 IRD family increases workflow
efficiencies, cost savings, and
reliability for global broadcasters
and service providers, simplifying
the migration to an IP infrastructure
aand launch of value-added services.
Harmonic is demonstrating
the ProView 8100 commercial
decoder at NAB.
Harnessing Harmonic's superior
video quality and low latency
technologies, the ProView 8100
ensures timely distribution of video
at resolutions up to 1080p50/60.

The ProView 8100 is ideal for
use in a wide range of applications,
from basic monitoring to end-point
delivery from the distribution network.
The IRD can act as a standalone
unit or as part of a widely dispersed
primary distribution network under
the control of Harmonic's DMS video
distribution management system.
DMS provides broadcasters and
service providers with powerful
control tools for remotely managing
large device populations, enabling
secure broadcast of video content
over satellite or IP delivery networks.
Relying on the ProView 8100-DMS
combination, service providers
can lower operating expenditures
and eliminate the need for costly
remote site visits by managing
the video distribution network
from a single control system with
advanced scheduling, configuration,

Harmonic's ProView 8100 commercial decoder

software upgrade, and inventory
management capabilities.
"The ProView 8100 fills a gap in the
market for robust, affordable primary
content distribution solutions," said
Yaniv Ben-Soussan, Senior Director,
Product Management and Video
Processing, Harmonic. "This new
general-purpose decoding platform
delivers features traditionally
available only in high-end IRDs -
like simultaneous HD-SDI and SDSDI output with high-quality downconversion - to broadcasters and
service providers, enabling them
to power HD and SD production
chains with a single device to
maximise workflow efficiencies and
cost savings."
Designed to enhance singlechannel commercial decoding
applications, the ProView 8100
supports advanced decoding,
descrambling, and frame-rate
conversion from a single rack unit,
decreasing rack space and energy
consumption in video distribution
plants. Decoding of MPEG-2/MPEG4 AVC SD or HD video transport
streams eases the transition from
legacy to modern delivery networks,

while frame-rate conversion
increases workflow efficiencies
for multinational programme
distributors by enabling high-quality
up- and down-conversion of content
shot at one frame rate but targeted
for distribution at a different frame
rate. The flexible IRD supports
multiple input options, including
DVB-S/S2, DVB-ASI, and IP, and
outputs to ASI and IP. Advanced
descrambling capabilities further
improve workflow efficiencies,
eliminating the need for a separate
descrambler. An intuitive Web-based
graphical user interface lowers the
learning curve for operators.
The ProView 8100 is the latest
addition to Harmonic's complete
IRD product portfolio, which
includes the multichannel ProView
7100 and ProView 7000.
The ProView 7100 is the industry's
first single-rack-unit, scalable,
multiformat IRD, transcoder and
MPEG stream processor, and the
ProView 7000 is a scalable receiver,
DVB descrambler, multiformat
video decoder, and MPEG
stream processor.


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