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Envivio bulks up encoder density

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 2:42pm
Brian Santo

Envivio has introduced a new encoder that provides vastly denser channel capacity than the company’s previous densest model.

The Envivio 4Caster G4 encoding appliance for the Envivio Muse software-based encoder family offers six times the density compared to the current platform – up to 72 SD or 12 HD channels per 2RU chassis, with the potential for further future density improvements.

The system supports multiple interfaces (IP, ASI and SD/HD-SDI) and features redundant power supplies and hot-swappable nodes. 4Caster G4 is ideal for broadcast, cable, satellite and telco environments.

Taking advantage of the latest iteration of processors from Intel, 4Caster G4 is capable of supporting next-generation codecs, such as HEVC, and can significantly reduce power consumption and rack space requirements, the company said.

A new version of the Muse encoding software offers two codec configurations across all output formats:

  • Extreme – featuring latest-generation statistical rate control for variable bit-rate applications and optimizing video quality for the most demanding HDTV content
  • Premium – maximizing density for a highly cost-effective solution.

Envivio distinguishes its software-based compression with hardware-based solutions, explaining that the latter require separate platforms to address high-quality, high-density, or multi-screen and traditional TV requirements, while the combination of Muse Live and 4Caster G4 enable all of that within a single system.

4Caster G4 is now available. Envivio said it is already in use by a Central American Tier 1 telco operator in a deal valued at more than $1 million, in which the operator upgraded its converged TV and multi-screen service, replacing the incumbent hardware-based solution.

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