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



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

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-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 Format Quarter resolution (half-horizontal, half-vertical)
Video Codec MPEG-4 Part 10, Main Profile, Level 2.1, 4Mbps for HD rasters
Audio Format Four (4) AES pairs, 48kHz, 16-bit samples
Audio Codec AAC, 96kbps per AES pair
Multiplex MPEG-2

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 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 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‑20220 Dual-channel HD/SD XDCAM/IMX Encoder, Confidence Playback, Jog/Shuttle/Play, MPEG-4 Low-res Proxy, No Local Storage
EMS‑MC‑20220‑R8‑7200‑1000 Dual-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‑R8‑7200‑3000 Dual-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