Vizrt Demo’s New 4K Coder

Vizrt’s new multi-platform now supports 4K and UHD content variant for VOD, Web and mobile distribution including the insertion of graphics, requiring up to 10X less disk I/O.

By introducing Coder at IBC 2015, Vizrt will be demonstrating new live streaming and multi-platform transcoding capabilities in 4K and UHD that include the live insertion of graphics using the BlueFish444 Epoch 4K Supernova for SDI-ingest. Coder systems can be either part of the Vizrt One media asset management (MAM) system or a standalone component utilized with other Vizrt products such as the Viz Engine.

“Media companies are now publishing more and more video content for multiple platforms while dealing with a growing number of formats. Coder gives them a tool that makes the adoption of those formats dramatically faster,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, CTO at Vizrt.

Users of the Viz One MAM only have to select a storage destination and Coder transcodes all of the required format variants. Making changes to the tool’s setup is facilitated by web-based system configuration interfaces and Coder supports dynamic scheduling of jobs so it can efficiently distribute VOD, proxy or Live transcoding tasks on a server farm prioritized by load and job requirements. Because all variants are generated in a single job, Coder uses up to 10X lower disk I/O than previous transcoders. If you are publishing over 100 videos each day, this efficiency can result in significant cost benefits.

Coder has been officially qualified by Akamai, a company renowned for its Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, ensuring full compatibility with Akamai’s Media Delivery Solutions. Vizrt’s customers using Coder in tandem with the Akamai CDN platform will find it easy to stream live events to connected devices such as mobile phones, tablets and desktop computers on a global basis.

This new qualification guarantees that Coder’s live streaming capabilities have passed all of Akamai’s rigorous tests and support all of its requirements for wide-scale deployment. It also ensures that Coder will provide the best experience for viewers on the Akamai Delivery Network, since Coder provides a simple tool to push an IP or SDI signal for multi-bitrate streaming on the Akamai network. Using Viz Engine’s IP functionality, Coder can provide device adapted graphics streams, delivering users relevant and beautiful graphics from their smartphone to their televisions.

Coder is also compatible with most video-sharing platforms supporting RTMP (Real Time Messaging Protocol) ingest including YouTube and Dailymotion. Producing VOD has never been so easy.

“While Coder is part of Viz One, it also fits in with all of Vizrt’s products,” CTO Jakobsen said, “allowing for a complete video and graphics workflow across multiple platforms.”

You can see Vizrt’s Coder in action at stand 7.A20 at the RAI in Amsterdam during IBC 2015.

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