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.
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