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Omneon Adds HDV Playout Capability to Spectrum Media Server

Allows Omneon Spectrum users to take advantage of HDV workflow cost benefits (August 29, 2005)

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Omneon Video Networks today announced  that its Omneon Spectrum media server system now supports the emerging HDV  format, further simplifying for Omneon clients the transition to HD  broadcasting. HDV support allows Omneon Spectrum users to implement a  cost-effective "capture, edit, and play" workflow that takes advantage of  lower-cost HDV equipment for affordable HD production and playout.

"HDV format support strengthens our proposition of 'HD in any format' -- a  position no other server manufacturer can claim -- providing our clients  with yet another means of making a smooth migration into HD," said Geoff  Stedman, vice president of worldwide marketing at Omneon. "Any network or  affiliate looking for a way to bring HD material into their broadcasts will  find that the Omneon Spectrum provides the greatest amount of flexibility  in handling the entire HD format range."

In the new workflow made possible by Omneon's HDV support, users can deploy  relatively low-cost camcorders to capture HDV footage, ingest that material  into an HDV editing platform such as Apple's Final Cut Pro, and then  transfer edited content directly to an Omneon Spectrum server system for playout.

Unlike other servers that require time-consuming transcoding prior to  storage, the Omneon Spectrum server can handle direct storage of HDV-based  material for later playout. New Omneon Spectrum users can make use of HDV  within their facilities, and existing HD customers can add HDV at no charge  with a simple upgrade to the latest software release.

HDV playout functionality can be combined with all of the other 4000 and  4100 series MultiPort module capabilities, including simultaneous HD and SD  outputs and SD and HD on the same timeline. Omneon's 4100 series MultiPort  modules allow HDV clips to be played back-to-back with an automatically upconverted SD clip on the same timeline. Both the 4000 and 4100 series  MultiPort modules feature automatic horizontal scaling from 1440 to 1920,  enabling HDV and other HD-format clips to play seamlessly back-to-back on  the same timeline.

Omneon will be exhibiting at IBC2005 Stand 8.260. For more information, go to


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