Imagine Communications has introduced a high-density adaptive bit rate (ABR) transcoding product built on Selenio One, the company’s software-defined linear transcoding platform. The first release of the product can support up to 180 HD ABR or 360 HD linear channels per 4-RU server and Imagine Communications claims this establishes new cost-per-channel benchmarks for high quality video transcoding.
Source formats supported in the first release of the transcoder are MPEG-2 or H.264. HEVC/H.265 or H.264 are provided on the output. The new product will help TV providers realise significant space and power savings, the vendor says.
Imagine Communications introduced the Selenio One platform at NAB Show in April. Using a software-based architecture, Selenio One provides a common control system but lets TV providers customize the functionality via their selection of video processing engines. It runs on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platforms and can be used for software-only and GPU-accelerated encoding. Benefits from using this approach include more channels on existing networks and lower costs.
The first release of the high-density Selenio One transcoder includes GPU-powered transcoding and the Selenio One Media Manager system for redundancy and network management. It supports Linux-based and distributed software architecture.
Brick Eksten, Chief Product Officer at Imagine Communications, says: “The high-density transcoding instantiation of Selenio One was designed to relieve a particularly acute pain point for today’s content distributors, who have been steadily increasing the cost and complexity of their networks to accommodate shifting video consumption patterns.
“Selenio One redefines the operational environment for transcoding, offering cloud-like control of mixed services with the ability to define and redefine those services on-the-fly. Combining centralised control with dynamic service provisioning allows the operator to be more fluid in operations while providing the ability to create new services on demand.”