Nevion MediaFunctionVirtualization

Nevion is adding up/down/cross conversion (UDC) capabilities to its software-defined media node, Virtuoso. The media function software performs low latency, native-IP and high-quality video conversion for live broadcast and media production applications, including remote and distributed production.

Modern live media production involves video sources as well as destinations, in a variety of formats that need to be handled simultaneously, for example 720p, 1080i, 1080p, UHD, SDR or HDR. This creates the need for conversion between formats throughout the production workflow.

This initial release of Virtuoso’s new UDC media function enables the conversion between the different video formats that are typically required in production, including HD to HD cross-conversion, HD to UHD up-conversion and UHD to HD down-conversion. The video processing includes high quality de-interlacing and interlacing, and resolution scaling, with a built-in legalizer and frame synchronizer with PTP support.

This functionality is built for native SMPTE ST 2110-20 IP connectivity, with SMPTE ST 2022-7 hitless switching transport protection on dual 25GigE. In line with other Virtuoso media functions, more functionality will be added over time through software updates.

A single 1RU Virtuoso can run up to 16 video conversion processes simultaneously, or combine conversion with other media function capabilities, such as SDI/IP adaptation, MADI and AES3 audio adaptation, audio embedding/de-embedding, processing and mixing or video encoding and decoding. This makes Virtuoso especialy well suited to use in a server farm, for example in a broadcast line switching centre.

Inge Hillestad, Vice President of Product Management, Virtuoso, at Nevion said, “Virtuoso is a very versatile and cost-effective platform that can be used for a variety of live production and distribution applications. UDC is an important addition to Virtuoso’s existing video functionality, offering high-density processing capabilities that will be very attractive in production environments.”

Svein Håvard Haugen, VP Business Partner Sales and product manager, Flashlink, at Nevion commented, “This development leverages experience from our Flashlink optical optical transport and signal processing platform, which has been widely deployed in SDI environments in the past 20 years. The addition of UDC to Virtuoso also effectively completes the migration of Flashlink functionality to IP, giving customers a reliable option to move to IP when they are ready.”