Issue: Monday, April 16, 2007


LAS VEGAS – Sunnyvale, CA’s Omneon ( is at NAB with a number of new products, including next generation media I/O devices, a new media server platform for smaller operations, and a grid-based transcoding application. 

The MediaPort 5000 Series is designed for HD ingest and debuts with the 5300 model - a multi-rate MPEG2 HD encoder. The unit incorporates hardware codec technology licensed from Sony, providing support for all HDCAM XD bitrates. The 5300 will come in one and two HD-channel versions and will also support LGOP & I-Frame bitrates, 4:2:2 & 4:2:0 color, and 1080i & 720p formats, along with 16 channels of audio per video channel. 

MediaDeck is a $36,000, two-rack video server featuring up to 4TB of storage and capable of serving up to six SD channels. The unit incorporates both disk drives and I/O modules in its compact footprint. While it is not scalable, Omneon says the MediaDeck will, in the future, support four SD/HD channels. 

Omneon is also showing a grid-based Linux transcoding application at NAB that handles video and audio format conversion. The solution also handles video wrapper conversion for QuickTime, MXF, AIFF, WAV, DV, DV50, MPEG2, H.264 and DVCPRO HD. In the future, Omneon reps say the 3GPP, MP3, MP4 and Windows Media VC1 formats will also be supported.