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Envivio launches 4Caster G4

Video processing company Envivio has launched the Envivio 4Caster G4 encoding appliance for the Envivio Muse software-based encoder family.

Envivio says that the 4Caster G4 offers six times density compared to the current platform, which represents up to 72 standard definition or 12 HD channels per 2RU chassis. The appliance has the potential for further future density improvements, Envivio said.

4Caster G4 can support next-generation codecs, including HEVC and offers various interfaces, including IP, ASI and SD/HD-SDI, redundant power supplies and hot-swappable nodes 
Unlike hardware-based compression solutions that require separate platforms to address high quality, high density or multi-screen and traditional TV requirements, Muse Live and 4Caster G4 provide this flexibility within a single system, Envivio said, adding that 4Caster G4 would suit existing pay TV operators who want to deploy high quality TV services to the home and support other devices such as tablets or smartphones.

“Envivio 4Caster G4 is the most powerful encoding platform that we have ever offered. With this high performance system, we are providing a broader range of interfaces, the largest number of output formats and the option of high quality or high density configurations,” said Julien Signès, president and CEO of Envivio. “The combination of this new platform with the flexibility and best-in-class video quality of Muse software-based encoding supports the most demanding broadcast TV services, dense headends and multiscreen distribution, all at the same time.”

Envivio has also announced enhancements to its Halo network media processor, adding support for advanced TV Anytime multiscreen services. One key element now available on Halo is Personalised Index Creation, which enables dynamic asset creation in the network, including highlights creation and time-shifted TV assets. This solution uses bits of content already cached in the network to deliver a unique stream per user. By leveraging the existing caching infrastructure, PIC does not require expensive storage and processing and opens up possibilities for new personalised service offerings, Envivio said.

Envivio will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 1.D73