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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 realtime 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® Ingest Client is a broadcast-quality, frame-accurate, digital baseband ingest station that performs real-time SW-based encoding/decoding, and multiplexing/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. In addition to the HD/SD-SDI ingest channel, each ingest channel supports a HD/SD-SDI Confidence Playback output of the ingested content (with a minimal delay), as well a separate HD/SD-SDI Jog/Shuttle/Play output. The Jog/Shuttle/Play output can be used to review the content as its being ingested. This allows media to be qualified and prepared for on-air use during ingest. Alternately, this output can be used as a general purpose Play output for any local or network stored content.

While ingesting and playing back the high-resolution content, a low-resolution MPEG-4 Proxy is also generated. This eliminates the need for off-line, post ingest proxy generation thereby significantly accelerating, simplifying and reducing the cost of low-resolution, off-line workflows.

Real-time Record and Jog/Shuttle/Play I/Os are controlled via popular protocols over an IP network or individual RS-422 ports. For Ingest Clients provided with local RAID6 storage, file transfers are accomplished using FTP or NFS.

  • Real-time, frame-accurate, broadcast-quality Audio/Video codecs
  • Low-latency Confidence Playback while recording
  • Low-latency Jog/Shuttle/Play while recording
  • Low-res MPEG-4 Proxy creation while recording
  • Optional real-time Record/Playback to/from local RAID6 storage
  • IP-based non real-time File Transfers to/from local RAID6 storage
  • IP-based or RS-422 control of Record inputs and Jog/Shuttle/Play outputs
  • IPMI ready out-of-band management and KVM capability

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Number and type of video inputs per Ingest channel
  • 1 x Serial Digital Interface (SDI), as per SMPTE ST 292-1 for HD and SMPTE-259M for SD
Number and type of video outputs per Ingest channel
  • 2 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 487i (29.97Hz)
  • 720 x 576i (25Hz)
Supported Video Codec Profiles/Levels/Bit Rates
HDXDCAM HD422 50Mbps
SDIMX SD422 30Mbps, 40Mbps, 50Mbps
Supported Multiplexes
MXFSMPTE-378M Operational Pattern 1A (Single Item, Single Package)
  • HD/SD-SDI embedded per SMPTE-272M
  • Support for up to eight (8) AES pairs per video I/O 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
Low-res Proxy
Video FormatQuarter resolution (half-horizontal, half-vertical)
Video CodecMPEG-4 Part 10, Main Profile, Level 2.1, 4Mbps for HD rasters
Audio FormatFour (4) AES pairs, 48kHz, 16-bit samples
Audio CodecAAC, 96kbps per AES pair
Time Code
  • VITC pass-thru for each ingest channel
  • 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 Ingest/Playback Control
  • Protocols
    • V DCP
  • Interfaces
    • RS-422, IP
Non Real-time File Transfers from Local RAID6 StorageOptional
  • 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 Record input and Jog / Shuttle / Play output
  • Includes one (1) IPMI port
  • Includes dual-redundant, hot-swappable power supplies
  • 28" L x 17" W x 3.5" H (72cm L x 44cm W x 9cm H)
  • 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% (noncondensing)
  • 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-20220Dual-channel HD/SD XDCAM/IMX Encoder, Confidence Playback, Jog/Shuttle/Play, MPEG-4 Low-res Proxy, No Local Storage
EMS-MC-20220-R8-7200-1000Dual-channel HD/SD XDCAM/IMX Encoder, Confidence Playback, Jog/Shuttle/Play, MPEG-4 Low-res Proxy, 8x1TB 7.2K RPM HDDs, ~6TB RAID6 Local Storage
EMS-MC-20220-R8-7200-3000Dual-channel HD/SD XDCAM/IMX Encoder, Confidence Playback, Jog/Shuttle/Play, MPEG-4 Low-res Proxy, 8x3TB 7.2K RPM HDDs, ~18TB RAID6 Local Storage