Harris Corporation NEXIO® Servers Now Support a Wider Array of Formats to Facilitate Server-Driven, File-Based Workflows


File Import of GXF and Avid® MediaStream™ Formats are Among Enhanced Offerings of NEXIO® Server Platforms

Last Updated: April 8, 2009 4:03 pm GMT
(Cincinnati, Ohio--April 8, 2009) Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has strengthened its leadership position in facilitating file-based broadcast workflows with new enhancements to the NEXIO® family of video servers. Direct file import of both GXF (SMPTE 360M) and AVID® MediaStream™ MPEG files are now available, creating a higher level of efficiency in file-based workflows.

Support and essence compatibility with GXF and MPEG files allows NEXIO to import content from all MediaStream video servers and media archives - as well as from other compliant platforms, including Thomson/Grass Valley. This capability, coupled with the NEXIO server's ability to accommodate multiple software codecs, streamlines the broadcast workflow by virtually eliminating the cost, latency and quality concerns of file transcoding. It also positions NEXIO as the leader in media compatibility. Content owners can now transition from a broader assortment of video formats to the NEXIO server platform, confident that their content essence and associated metadata is preserved and quality is maintained.

"Many broadcasters today work with multiple file formats, having acquired content in a variety of video formats and perhaps using different server and archive platforms over time," said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications. "Direct file import with NEXIO servers enables broadcasters to handle this content without the need to return it to baseband video at any point in the workflow. This strategy allows broadcasters to import original files from various devices for immediate playback at their original quality and without any generation loss."

Avid has announced that it will cease support for the MediaStream 8000 playout server and its associated components in September 2013 (http://www.avid.com/mediastream.asp), making NEXIO an ideal solution for MediaStream users needing high-quality, long-term playout support of their content. NEXIO servers also handle MXF file exchange, which enables interoperability with Omneon and SeaChange servers, as well as the Panasonic® P2 DVCPRO25/50, DVCPRO HD and AVC-Intra™ and Sony® XDCAM and XDCAM HD 35/50 formats.

NEXIO servers further enhance file-based workflow efficiency through a virtual file system mechanism that separates the content from the wrapper. This process stores the information in an effective and uniform manner, and eliminates any transcoding or file-conversion requirements. Broadcasters can view the content in a variety of wrapper types, and conveniently import and export files from the server system in their selected wrapper type. NEXIO customers with large, format-specific archive systems can work with similar efficiency to enable immediate playback of multiple file formats from their archives.

Harris Broadcast Communications offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite and out-of-home networks. The Harris ONE™ solution brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that enable advanced media workflows for emerging content delivery business models.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of $5.4 billion and 16,000 employees - including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at http://www.harris.com.


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