Advanced Television

Harmonic ProMedia enables high-quality multiscreen video services

August 2, 2011

Video infrastructure specialist Harmonic has unveiled the ProMedia family of software solutions designed to optimise live and file-based multiscreen video production and processing for content and service providers.

The ProMedia family performs a broad range of functions, including transcoding, packaging and origination, to enable high quality video creation and delivery of live streaming, live-to-VoD and VoD services to TVs, PCs, tablets, smartphones and other IP-connected devices. ProMedia is designed as a solution for content creation in file-based workflows such as tapeless production environments.

The suite of software products can be deployed individually or as an end-to-end video processing solution, with the ProMedia family offering the flexibility and performance required for today’s multiscreen video services. The ProMedia family is also integrated with leading digital rights management systems, asset management systems and content distribution networks, in addition to other Harmonic products including encoders, receivers, playout servers and storage.

The ProMedia family leverages Harmonic’s strong H.264 video codec expertise – based on the same intellectual property behind Harmonic’s market-leading Electra encoders – to provide superior quality video content for multiscreen viewing.

“As demand continues to grow for more video on more devices, content creators and service providers need to implement an efficient and scalable infrastructure that can support a wide variety of input, editing and output formats,” said Moore Macauley, director, multiscreen product line management, at Harmonic, who suggested that the ProMedia family could easily be added to an existing broadcast video infrastructure to deliver high quality video services to any IP-connected device, including tablets, smartphones, PCs, and TVs.

First customer shipments are expected to begin in later in August.

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