Workflow Solutions from Harris Corporation Demonstrate Efficiency, New Revenue Streams and Reduced Costs at HD World


Last Updated: October 14, 2009 6:03 pm GMT
(HD World, Booth #1115--October 14, 2009) Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, is showcasing its latest digital technology solutions at HD World 2009 being held October 14–15 in the Javits Convention Center.

These Harris solutions enable customers to improve efficiency, create new revenue streams and reduce the costs of operations — all while easily and affordably transitioning from SD to HD and all the way to 1080p broadcasting.

Signal Processing
Making its North American debut is the new cost-effective X50™ frame synchronizer/converter – a single-channel platform that delivers exceptional quality and functionality. With the addition of the X50, the award-winning Harris series of 1RU processors — which also includes the X85™ platform — now offers a powerful, future-proof solution to meet the requirements from standard to advanced applications.

The X50 synchronizer/converter features up-, down- and cross-conversion, eight analog and four AES inputs and outputs, and 16 channels of embedded audio processing. Standard features include color correction, closed caption/teletext capabilities, control and monitoring via a built-in Web server, support for Active Format Description (AFD) and two fully controllable Aspect Ratio Converters.

Enabling processing of analog and digital baseband video and audio via its easy-to-use controls, the X50 supports standard- and high-definition formats — as well as optional 3 Gb/s 1080p Level A and Level B processing for hybrid television and production systems. Fiber input and output are available as a plug-in option. The energy-efficient X50 processor can be incorporated easily into the workflow of any broadcast environment — from small stations and OB vans to production studios and networks.

Harris also will showcase the industry-leading HDTV modular converter, the NEO® XHD-3903. It is available with built-in 3 Gb/s 1080p 50/59.94 processing and conversion capabilities, and includes AFD support.

The NEXIO® server family now offers improved flexibility for all broadcasters — with a wider product range for scaling small to large systems. Making its North American debut is NEXIO Volt™ — a new 1RU video server that provides direct access to the NEXIO shared storage network. A new addition to the NEXIO product family, NEXIO Volt is built on the same platform as the award-winning NEXIO AMP™ advanced media platform and provides SD and HD baseband I/O and exceptional reliability in a slim-line package. Supporting up to four SD/HD- or SD-only channels, NEXIO Volt brings high-channel density, space savings and lower cost of ownership to the NEXIO product family.

The NEXIO AMP advanced media platform features the industry’s most advanced HD/SD server architecture, best-in-class storage protection, integrated software codecs and automatic up/down/cross conversion for complete format transparency. At the heart of NEXIO AMP is a high-performance, 64-bit software engine that seamlessly handles HD/SD baseband video I/O and file-based ingest — with enough horsepower to run additional media applications right from the 3RU chassis. NEXIO AMP servers also provide a direct link to the next-generation NEXIO SAN and the Emmy® Award-winning RAIDsoft™ software RAID controller, which delivers the highest levels of fault tolerance and system resiliency.

News and Production
The entire Harris® NewsForce™ HD/SD production platform is upgraded — with a major new release featuring global proxy file support and integration with Harris Invenio® digital asset management. Global proxy support for the NEXIO Browse suite enables NewsForce integration with low-resolution files from any IT storage system. By using a common-file format, global proxy support eliminates redundant proxy generation to streamline the production workflow, and makes NEXIO proxy files available for viewing on common players like QuickTime® Player and Windows® Media Player.

Proxy files also can be used to view the contents of archival storage — via integration of Invenio with the Velocity ESX™ on-SAN editing system. Velocity ESX soon will open an Invenio Search window, which allows the user to perform complex searches of near-line and archive storage systems. Once media from the archive is selected, the Invenio Motion module can move the content to online NEXIO storage for editing in place by Velocity ESX. Finished edits then are conformed and sent from the NEXIO server to air.

NewsForce also now enables a complete portable video device workflow, allowing content captured on Blackberry® and Apple® iPhone® mobile devices to be easily imported into NEXIO servers and Velocity™ nonlinear (NLE) editors. This capability makes it possible to import and edit these assets in conjunction with high-resolution content.

A multi-format output feature allows for completed stories to then be output in broadcast, Web-compatible and mobile video formats simultaneously, reducing the need for post-publish format flipping. Consumer-captured images, video and key storyline information for integration into the news workflow also can be automatically ingested and managed using a new Harris Invenio citizen journalism prototype. Content from mobile devices is playable within both the Invenio digital asset management system and Velocity editors, and is recognized by the workflow engine.

Test and Measurement
Visitors to the show will see a demonstration of the new Videotek® Compact Monitor series (CMN-41 and CMN-91) for testing signal integrity across all DTV broadcast signal formats up to 3 Gb/s — in a half-rack, energy-saving design. Each model provides a compact footprint of less than 7 inches in depth, two HD/SD-SDI inputs with optional 3 Gb/s (1080p) capability, one AES input and metering for 16 channels of embedded audio.

For portable requirements, the award-winning Videotek STAR handheld test instruments will be showcased. They include the HD-STAR® HD/SD-SDI monitor/generator, which is well suited to the demands of cable field technicians and now features auto-format detection of HD or SD inputs; the GEN-STAR®, which offers HD-SDI/SD-SDI generation, discrete AES audio output and genlock capabilities through a reference input; and ASI-STAR®, which features transport stream monitoring of DVB-ASI or SMPTE-310M for compliance to ETR-290 priority 1 specifications with error counting.

Harris also is demonstrating:
  • Videotek TVM-4MA metadata analyzer, the first analyzer on the market to provide a comprehensive list of all ancillary and vertical blanking interval (VBI) data present in an SDI video signal
  • DDM-840 ATSC frequency agile digital demodulator/decoder, which offers 8-VSB, 64 QAM or 256 QAM (clear) demodulation to DVB-ASI transport stream and decoding to multiple video and audio formats

Harris continues to offer the widest range of multiviewer solutions in the industry — from standalone to modular to an integrated router/multiviewer solution. HD World sees the North American début of the award-winning Predator II-GX™. A complete HD control and monitoring solution at an excellent price-point, the Predator II-GX is available in a 1 or 2RU frame, making it best-suited to outside broadcast vans, production centers, monitoring facilities or master control rooms that require a flexible, scalable architecture.

The Predator-II GX brings two new exciting features: the ability to add extra input cards, allowing for future expansion needs; and an optional DVI-I input card, allowing PCs or test equipment sources to be displayed alongside the video inputs. Featuring low system latency and easy reconfigurability, the Predator II-GX also offers built-in autosensing support for multiple input video and audio standards, embedded and discrete audio monitoring, SNMP-based alarms and aspect ratio management, providing a flexible, powerful monitoring tool.

Harris also will showcase the QVM6800+ Quad card, a quad-split "multiviewer in a card" that brings high-quality, multi-image display processing functionality to the popular Harris 6800+™ modular core processing platform. Harris also offers the QVM6800+C, a flexible cascading model that allows multiple cards to be linked together to build larger systems.

Visitors to the show also will see a demonstration of the CENTRIO™ multiviewer integrated within the Harris Platinum™ router. Ideal for large-scale monitoring environments, the award-winning CENTRIO multiviewer is also available as a standalone platform. This highly redundant monitoring solution allows customers to select from up to 512 sources and drive up to 64 displays, and provides multiformat input support. Combining superior graphics, scrolling video, integrated test and measurement tools and a rugged, self-contained architecture, CENTRIO can reduce the cost and complexity of large-system monitoring applications.

Broadcast Graphics
Also at the Harris booth will be a comprehensive workflow demonstration of the Harris broadcast graphics workflow in action — including the first demo in North America of the all-new Inscriber® G5™, the industry’s most powerful, yet affordable, all-in-one broadcast graphics system. Featuring the Harris Altitude™ Express graphics board, the 3RU G5 delivers flawless 2D and 3D real-time graphics on a single channel in SD or HD. It can easily be incorporated into the workflow of any automated, live news/sports broadcast environment through the use of the industry-standard Intelligent Interface or MOS protocols, or via the new version of the Harris Direct Control™ 2 interface — which enables users to manage graphics content, build playlists and control multiple CG systems from a single interface.

As today's demand for rich media continues to grow, consumers require various types of content – originated from around the world – delivered to them in multiple formats, on multiple devices and at any time. Whether the requirement is JPEG 2000, MPEG-2 or H.264 compression, ATM or IP networking, or full-redundancy capability, Harris — through its NetVX™ video networking system and the 6800+ core processing platform — offers the industry's broadest suite of interoperable networking and compression products that can be configured to address individual requirements.

At HD World, Harris will demo the 1RU SYS-H264 encoder, which supports H.264 4:2:2 profile HD (1080i/720p), as well as up to 16 channels of audio input capability — with both DVB-ASI and IP outputs. With its low latency of less than 350 ms, the SYS-H264 can be used in a variety of contribution applications, including sporting events and ENG/SNG.

Special Note: Rich Redmond, director of strategic marketing, transmission, for Harris Broadcast Communications, will serve as a speaker during the Mobile DTV conference session on October 15. During this session, experts involved in every aspect of Mobile DTV — including broadcasters, transmission equipment manufacturers and consumer product vendors — will explore the challenges and progress of mobile DTV.

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 approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 15,000 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


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