Envivio enhances 4K encoding software  

Envivio introduced a new multiprocessor software approach for real-time 4K Ultra HD HEVC (H.265) compression using its Muse encoding software.

The approach relies on distributing HEVC encoding across multiple server nodes.

This architecture is designed to provide the power to perform high quality Ultra HD compression on industry-standard servers.

The company expects this should encourage migration to HEVC and cost-effective, scalable deployment in the datacenter and cloud.

Muse Ultra HD is designed to encode either one 4Kp60 (progressive video at 60 frames per second) or two simultaneous 4Kp30 (30 fps) video signals in HEVC format using a 2-RU Intel-based server.

These services can be delivered to Ultra HD-capable devices, including the brand new Ultra HD big screens that have been gaining consumer momentum since their launch at CES this year.

Ultra HD provides video with four times as many pixels as today’s 1080p HDTV, twice the frame rate, and a broader color range with the new BT 2020 standard. The HEVC standard reduces bandwidth consumption compared to MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) by 30 to 50 percent, improving the video experience and reducing cost of operations for both Ultra HD bigscreen services and existing mobile or over-the-top TV services.

“Ultra HD gives consumers a much richer and higher quality experience in the home for premium video services such as high-profile sports events, and HEVC is a game-changing technology quickly gaining traction in the market,” said Julien Signès, Envivio’s president and CEO.


RGB Networks enables ad insertion for multi-screen 

RGB Networks recently launched its CloudXstream ad insertion for multi-screen (AIM) and network DVR.

The cloud-based platform provides a turnkey approach for the deployment of AIM or network DVR (nDVR) in an operator’s own data center or hosted private cloud. The framework helps operators monetize their TV Everywhere services.

RGB said it was already in discussions with several large cable operators and expects to start customer trials of CloudXstream in the near future. The production deployments of CloudXtream could be underway by the end of this year.

In order to speed up deployments, RGB said it had developed an Openstack framework model that enables deployment of up to hundreds of application instances in a matter of minutes. The end result is that RGB can now offer operators a native Openstack deployment platform that quickly deploys all AIM and nDVR software components as simply as a “video cloud on a USB stick.”

“We first unveiled our CloudXtream initiative in October 2013, and since that time the reception from our customers has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Simone Sassoli, vice president of marketing and business development at RGB Networks.

“Our customers tell us that CloudXtream will facilitate and accelerate the deployment of new revenue-generating services such as multi-screen ad insertion and network DVR so they can maximize the opportunities for monetizing their TV Everywhere deployments.”

RGB’s CloudXtream framework also enables the integration and deployment of other third-party applications directly into the Openstack cloud environment including DRM, subscriber management, ad servers and other third-party products.