RGB Networks has introduced a scaled-down version of its Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG) product. Like the original VMG-14, the new VMG-6 is a carrier-class, chassis-based platform that performs an array of video processing functions, including transrating, ad insertion, statistical multiplexing and transcoding.
Where the VMG-14 is a 13-rack unit system, the VMG-6 is a five-rack unit appropriate for hub location deployments.
The high-density VMG-6 can accommodate up to six modules that perform a variety of advanced video processing functions. The system can be customized based on which modules are integrated.
With RGB’s recently announced content repurposing technology, the ability of the VMG-6 to transcode MPEG-4/H.264 programs into MPEG-2 is particularly timely for cable operators as programmers increasingly deliver their content in the MPEG-4 format, RGB said.
The issue, according to RGB, is that although first-generation, single-channel, “pizza box” transcoders work for the few programs currently delivered in MPEG-4/H.264, they will be far too costly and operationally inefficient once most programs are in MPEG-4.
Additionally, integrated transcoders in satellite receivers lack the high availability, redundancy and networking flexibility of the all-IP VMG, RGB argues. The VMG-6’s ability to transcode an unprecedented number of streams drastically improves workflow and reduces operational expenditures, while enabling operators to cost-effectively convert an entire MPEG-4/H.264 channel lineup into the MPEG-2 format that their networks support.
Additionally, the VMG’s transcoding capability, combined with RGB’s content repurposing initiative, prepares operators for future “three-screen” delivery.
“RGB is committed to providing customers with the widest range of video processing solutions to meet their unique requirements and applications. With the addition of the VMG-6, we offer a scalable, carrier-class solution that ideally complements our already proven single-rack unit products, each addressing a different set of needs,” said Ramin Farassat, RGB’s vice president of product marketing.