Appear's XC500 chassis.
Appear is demonstrating new UHD encoding/decoding hardware at IBC.
The product combines up to 12 UHD HEVC encodes per 1RU and supports resolutions up to 4K and “all common video codecs” including HEVC.
A variety of input/output options are available: traditional SDI up to 12G SDI but also SDI over IP (SMPTE 2022-6, SMPTE 2110). For low delay contribution applications the module has a 4:2:2 10-bit mode with “ultra-low latency” rated as delivering UHD in less than 150ms glass-to-glass. An audio engine delivers up to 32 stereo audio channels in all common audio codecs and channel configurations.
"With the introduction of the new UHD encoding/decoding hardware, our company is looking to bring the future to today," says Carl Walter Holst, CEO, Appear. "The hardware platform provides the newest option for low delay HEVC contribution and distribution with the opportunity to be in accordance with today's audio industry standards. Adding this hardware to any current setup is a surefire way to streamline and increase the efficiency of today's broadcaster's workflows with minimal effort."
The company appears to have rebranded from its former name of Appear TV.
At IBC, it is also spotlighting its X10 and X20 platforms, which assist broadcasters in the transition from an SDI- to IP-centric operation. Both of these platforms allow users to adopt IP easily by providing a programmable option with modules that easily alternate between SDI and IP in either the compressed or lightly-compressed domain.
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