Nevion Virtuoso is a standards-based, virtualization-ready, software-defined media node that can be used to perform a variety of real-time functions in the converged IP LAN/WAN network – for example in broadcast facilities, contribution, remote production and terrestrial distribution. Its versatility enables a faster time-to-production and greater cost-effectiveness.
Virtuoso’s functionality is virtualized, and delivered by software modules, known as Media Functions – all designed to perform with ultra-low latency. These licensed-controlled functions can be installed, activated and changed on demand – meaning there is no need to switch equipment when a change of functionality is required. Most of the media functions run on generic Media accelerators, which are housed in a Media Appliance. Accelerators provide the required processing resources for media functions ranging from video encoding to advanced audio video processing.
Virtuoso can perform a large variety of software-based media functions, including but not limited to:
- SDI, SMPTE 2022-6 and SMPTE 2110 transport and adaption
- Uncompressed video and audio processing/embedding/de-embedding (AES67, MADI)
- Video encoding and decoding for JPEG 2000, H.264/AVC, TICO
- Support for SD, HD, 3G, 2K (cinema), 4K/UHD (broadcast and cinema), slow-motion and stereoscopic 3D
- Advanced transport protection, including FEC, ST2022-7 and LDO (launch delay offset)
- Comprehensive SDI and TS monitoring
- Alarm-based intelligent switching
- Content protection including BISS1, BISS2 and BISS-CA scrambling
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Media functions are listed on this page, under Related Products below.
There are currently three main Media Accelerators, the most versatile being the HBR (high-bit rate) accelerator with flexible interfacing to IP/10GE, SDI/video or audio signals. There is also an H.264 accelerator, designed to provide the highest quality H.264/AVC and MPEG-2 encoding and decoding, as well as an ASI accelerator, which provides low cost ASI input/output ports.
The Nevion Virtuoso platform has been designed to allow for the provision of Media Servers (appliances) with different characteristics, such as size, number of Media Accelerators they can accommodate and level of modularity, in order to suit virtually any requirement. See for example the Virtuoso M4 here.
Management and orchestration
The Nevion Virtuoso platform, together with Nevion’s VideoIPath orchestration and SDN management software, are designed to enable the full potential of IP-based lean production. VideoIPath controls the functionality on the platform including service scheduling, provisioning and monitoring.
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