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www.inbroadcast.com | Vol: 6 - Issue 3 | March 2016

InMedia

Hot Topics: UHD & OTT
Multiscreen Delivery
By Ian Trow, Senior Director,
Emerging Technologies & Strategy, Harmonic

W

ith the recent explosion of
UHD/4K content and OTT
multiscreen offerings, the broadcast
and pay-TV industries are witnessing
enormous change.
As we gear up for CABSAT 2016
in Dubai, many tier-1 broadcasters
and telcos are actively considering
launching these services in 2016.
A major challenge that operators
face with regards to offering UHD
is the high cost associated with
storage and delivery. Operators need
a complete and efficient, yet costeffective, UHD workflow solution
for delivery of live and linear UHD
broadcasts.
At CABSAT 2016, Harmonic will
demonstrate its award-winning endto-end UHD production and delivery
solution, including the Spectrum X
media server and Electra X3 advanced

media processor. Electra X3 is the
world's first encoder to support
graphics, branding and playout
functionalities, as well as industryleading video quality and full-frame
UHD/4K live encoding for broadcast
and OTT delivery.
At the heart of Electra X3 is the
Harmonic PURE Compression Engine,
an advanced encoding technology
that supports SD, HD and UHD
formats, and MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC
and HEVC codecs, ensuring superior
video quality at minimum bandwidth.
By integrating the Electra X3 with
Harmonic's Spectrum X media server,
operators can bring additional levels of
efficiency, simplicity and reliability to
broadcast playout workflows.
In 2016, we also expect to see new
players enter the OTT multiscreen
market. SVOD and live offerings will be

especially popular, giving
video content and service
providers a competitive
advantage
over
other
Harmonic Spectrum media server
offerings that are strictly
VOD.
and packaging is performed after the
Harmonic
offers
a
complete video stream leaves the server. Prior
ecosystem
for
launching
OTT to ProMedia X Origin, operators had
multiscreen
services.
Using
a to encapsulate each piece of content
combination of our Electra X advanced multiple times in order to support an
media processor and ProMedia X array of HTTP-based media protocols
Origin multiscreen media server, (e.g., Apple HLS, Adobe HDS, Microsoft
operators can introduce new SD, HD Smooth Streaming, and MPEG-DASH
and UHD revenue-generating services DASH) and then store each version
to every screen, including smart until it was requested by the end user,
TVs, set-top boxes, PCs, tablets, and an approach that consumes a massive
smartphones, with a low total cost of amount of storage space and increases
ownership.
CDN costs.
On-the-fly packaging and origination
Harmonic will demonstrate its vision
capabilities featured on the ProMedia for UHD and OTT multiscreen delivery
X Origin streaming media server at CABSAT.
dramatically
reduce
operators' storage and
service costs, as the
transcoded
content
Harmonic Electra X3 advanced media processor
is stored only once

FileCatalyst Speeds
DDP File Transfers

U

nlimi-Tech Software, Inc., the
creator of FileCatalyst, has
announced an integration partnership
with Ardis Technologies to combine
accelerated media file transfer with
their DynamicDrivePool (DDP) series of
Ethernet based SAN systems.
Ardis Technologies started as
a technical ICT company with
consultants, software design and
coding engineers, specialists in
electronic design, and product and
information
management.
They
concentrated on developing one-stopshop solutions for products or projects
involving electronic and/or hardware
design and software.
Today
Ardis
Technologies
manufactures the DynamicDrivePool
(DDP) series of Ethernet-based
SAN systems with built-in
Metadata Controller, the Ardis
Virtual File System, AVFS. The
DDP provides full project and

file level based Sharing for Avid, Final
Cut Pro, Pro Tools, EVS, Adobe, Grass
Valley, Telestream, Fork, Blackmagic,
DVS, Digital Vision, Autodesk and all
other applications with any video,
audio and film format from DV to
4K/DPX/Cineon. The DDP can also
be integrated with MAM and backup
systems.
The DDP is designed to be a highperformance, online storage system
which is simple to connect. It's an
Ethernet SAN, running its own stable
Virtual File System, readily interpreted
by any device. It can be treated as a
simple disk drive by all the popular
editing systems and supports all video
formats, including 4K UHD, DPX and
Cineon.

As media files exponentially increase
in size in the media and entertainment
sphere, the delivery of these files
between facilities is important.
To speed the delivery of these files
within its solutions, DDP has partnered
with FileCatalyst to enable users to
send digital content at accelerated
data transfer rates. FileCatalyst's
unique
acceleration
technology
transforms transfers, reducing them
from hours or days into minutes,
regardless of size or format. By
integrating specifically with the
FileCatalyst Direct solution, DDP users
can experience incredible speed gains,
enabling transfer speeds 100 times
faster than FTP and other traditional
file transfer methods.
"Using
FileCatalyst
with DDP, the easiest
SAN
around,
further
supports our initiative of
global media production

FileCatalyst reduces file transfer times

workflows," said Jan de Wit, CEO of
Ardis Technologies. "The secure,
reliable, and accelerated file transfer
capabilities of FileCatalyst combined
with the cost effective DDP series
ranging from a small desktop DDP8DP
to a large scalable redundant system
deliver an ideal solution for content
producers looking to extend the
production workgroup."
"Our partnership with Ardis is a
perfect match as we both address
the fundamental problem that digital
video requires bandwidth," said Chris
Bailey, CEO of Unlimi-Tech Software,
Inc. "As the size of media files continue
to grow, large digital assets often send
data transfers to a screeching halt
when using traditional methods of
sending files. This is why accelerated
file transfer is becoming more and
more necessary in the media and
entertainment industry."


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