The Evertz Media Clients are highly optimized digital Audio/Video I/O platforms that perform real-time, multi-channel HD or SD ingest and playout for broadcast and post-production facilities. Individual Media Clients can be provided with optional local RAID6 storage to allow a simple, standalone HD/SD ingest/playout platform as an inexpensive broadcast or post-production solution. The ability to exploit either networked or local storage allows the Evertz Media Client to be used in multiple operational models that feature real-time ingest and playback from central storage, local storage or both.

Broadcast and post-production workflows are no longer operationally constrained by the architecture of the server system or an individual box.

The Evertz Playout Client is a broadcast-quality, frame-accurate, digital baseband linear playout station that performs real-time SW-based decoding, and de-multiplexing of HD/SD-SDI content in either MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 formats. Currently supported HD codecs include XDCAM HD 4:2:2 and AVC-Intra HD 4:2:2.

A real-time, frame-accurate, linear playout channel is controlled via popular protocols over an IP network or individual RS-422 ports. For Playout Clients provided with local RAID6 storage, file transfers are accomplished using FTP or NFS.


  • Real-time, frame-accurate, broadcast-quality Audio/Video codecs
  • Optional real-time linear Playout from local RAID6 storage
  • IP-based non real-time File Transfers to local RAID6 storage
  • IP-based or RS-422 control of individual Playout channels
  • IPMI ready out-of-band management and KVM capability



Number and type of video outputs per Playout channel
  • 1 x Serial Digital Interface (SDI), as per SMPTE ST 292-1 for HD and SMPTE-259M for SD

Video Signal Format

  • 4:2:2 Y/C 8-bit sampling

Supported Raster Formats

  • 1920 x 1080i (29.97Hz)
  • 1920 x 1080i (25Hz)
  • 1280 x 720p (59.94Hz)
  • 1280 x 720p (50Hz)
  • 720 x 484i (29.97Hz)
  • 720 x 576i (25Hz)

Supported Video Codec Profiles/Levels/Bit Rates

HD XDCAM HD422 50Mbps
SD IMX SD422 30Mbps, 40Mbps, 50Mbps

Supported Multiplexes

  • MXF: SMPTE-378M Operational Pattern 1A (Single Item, Single Package)


  • HD/SD-SDI embedded per SMPTE ST 272
  • Support for up to eight (8) AES pairs per video output
  • 48kHz sampling
  • Support for 16-bit, 20-bit and 24-bit samples
  • Support carriage of AES audio ancillary and user data

Supported Audio Formats

  • XDCAM HD422 Codec
    • Eight (8) PCM mono channels, 24-bit samples
  • IMX SD422 Codec
    • Four (4) PCM mono channels, 24-bit samples
    • Eight (8) PCM mono channels, 16-bit samples


  • Lock to SD video black

Vertical Blanking Interval

  • Uncompressed VANC data per video channel:
    • Pass-thru of all VBI lines
  • Encoded VANC data per video channel:
    • Pass thru of Closed Caption (CC) per CEA-708 and CEA-608
    • Pass thru of VITC per SMPTE-12M
    • Pass thru of AFD per SMPTE-2016-1-2007

Real-time Playback Control

  • Protocols
    • V DCP
  • Interfaces
    • RS-422, IP

Non Real-time File Transfers to Local RAID6 Storage

  • Protocols
    • FTP, NFS
  • Interfaces
    • IP

Media Client Platform Specifications

  • Based on multi-core Linux Server architecture
  • Includes four (4) 1GB E ports
  • Includes one (1) RS-422 port per Playout channel
  • Includes one (1) IPMI port
  • Includes dual-redundant, hot-swappable power supplies


  • 28"W x 17"H x 3.5L" (72cm x 44cm x 9cm)
  • Gross Weight = 55lbs (25kg) w/local RAID6 storage
  • 2U Rackmount

Operating Environment

  • Operating Temperature 10°to 30°C (50 to 85°F)
  • Non-operating Temperature -40°to 70°C (-40 to 158°F)
  • Operating Relative Humidity 8% to 90% (non-condensing)
  • Non-operating Relative Humidity 5% to 95% (non-condensing)
  • RoHS Compliant

Power Requirements

  • 100 – 240V AC
  • 50/60Hz (auto-sensing)
  • 375 watts (Max with no local storage)
  • BTU/h 1,280 (Max with no local storage)
  • 425 watts (Max with RAID6 local storage)
  • BTU/h 1,450 (Max with RAID6 local storage)

Ordering Information

EMS‑MC‑20204 Quad-channel HD/SD XDCAM/IMX Playout, No Local Storage
EMS‑MC‑20204‑R8‑7200‑1000 Quad-channel HD/SD XDCAM/IMX Playout, ~6TB RAID6 Local Storage
EMS‑MC‑20204‑R8‑7200‑3000 Quad-channel HD/SD XDCAM/IMX Playout, ~18TB RAID6 Local Storage