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Omneon Spectrum Server Now Offers HD and SD Playback

New MultiPort 4100 Series enables multiformat, multichannel playout environment (April 17, 2005)

Continuing to extend the integrated HD functionality of Omneon Spectrum media servers, at NAB2005 Omneon Video Networks introduced a new system capability that enables broadcasters to play back SD and HD content simultaneously from a single timeline of any combination of SD and HD source clips. With built-in up- and downconversion, the new system delivers integrated playback for today's heterogeneous broadcast facilities and simplifies the transition to HD.

This significant advance in streamlined hybrid playout is made possible by new Omneon Spectrum modules, the MultiPort 4100 series, a family of interface devices for MPEG-2 decoding that can support simultaneous playback of both SD and HD MPEG-2 material. Incorporating built-in up- and downconversion capabilities, the MultiPort 4100 series gives broadcasters the benefit of working with SD and HD on the same timeline. Operators can not only mix SD and HD material to create a single output channel, but they also can use one program timeline consisting of intermixed SD and HD material to create two simultaneous outputs -- one for SD and another for HD.

Omneon's MultiPort 4100 series modules feature outputs for two synchronized channels, one for SD and another for HD, each built from a single timeline that can originate from either SD or HD material, or both. In addition to outputs for SDI video, HD-SDI video, audio, timecode, and control, each MultiPort 4100 module also includes connectors that give customers the freedom to choose either the integrated functionality or select their preferred external device for up- and downconversion. When an external conversion device is used, the MultiPort 4100 series' built-in, adjustable audio-delay compensation maintains audio/video synchronization.

The MultiPort 4100 series can be incorporated into any existing Omneon Spectrum media server to add integrated HD playout capabilities. Learn more about the MultiPort 4100 series and other Omneon server solutions at

About Omneon
Omneon Video Networks is the leading provider of cost-effective and flexible networked media servers for the broadcast and video industry. The company's unique strategy integrates a strong foundation in broadcast with the best practices of information technology, giving its customers the best of both worlds. Because Omneon Spectrum media server systems are based on an open and advanced architecture, broadcast and video professionals are able to minimize both upfront and ongoing expenses, while gaining the flexibility to capitalize on emerging opportunities. Omneon pioneered the use of open systems in broadcast and, as a result, receives wide support from the application developer community.

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