Harmonic Powers Up Compact Encoder For Video Everywhere

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Harmonic debuted the Electra 9000, a video encoder that melds support for broadcast TV, mobile and Web video formats in a one-rack-unit chassis.

The Electra 9000 encoder delivers HD and SD video services using MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) and MPEG-2 compression algorithms, as well as support for multiscreen applications. The encoder provides up to four audio/video processing modules per chassis; each module supports up to four SD/HD inputs and up to eight broadcast and 32 multiscreen output profiles.

First customer shipments of the Electra 9000 are expected in the first quarter of 2012. Harmonic is showing the new product at IBC in Amsterdam this week.

Harmonic Electra 9200

According to Harmonic, the Electra 9000 lets operators streamline headend operations by bringing together functions for broadcast, mobile and Web video into a single platform.

"With mobile and Web delivery, operators can reach a wider audience and increase the value proposition for subscribers by offering maximum video quality on a wide range of devices," Harmonic senior group manager for compression products Neil Brydon said.

In addition, the Electra 9000 supports both baseband and IP workflows, as well as three-pass encoding and integrated statistical multiplexing. Fault-tolerance features include an optional dual power supply and field-replaceable modules.

Last month Harmonic announced the ProMedia software for adaptive streaming video transcoding, which includes an HTTP and RTMP streaming video server to encapsulate and deliver video to a variety of target ecosystems. The ProMedia line supersedes the vendor's MediaPrism family.