High-quality video creation and delivery to all mobile and IP-connected devices

Harmonic’s ProMedia® family of integrated software applications and hardware appliances optimizes multiscreen video production and delivery workflows with new levels of scalability, efficiency and flexibility. The first integrated, carrier-grade transcoding solution for live and file-based content, the comprehensive ProMedia suite performs a broad range of processing and streaming functions to enable high-quality video creation and delivery to all mobile and IP-connected devices.

ProMedia applications offer high performance and premium video quality for today’s multiformat video services. The products can be deployed individually or as a complete, end-to-end video processing and adaptive bitrate streaming solution. They integrate with leading digital rights management (DRM) systems, media asset management systems and content distribution networks (CDNs) — in addition to other Harmonic
products, including the Spectrum™ media server platform, Electra™ broadcast encoders, ProStream® with ACE® stream processor and transcoder, and Harmonic® MediaGrid shared storage systems.

Electra 5000

Flexible SD encoding for MPEG-2 broadcast services

The Electra™ 5000 is a cost-effective MPEG-2 SD encoder for IPTV, satellite, cable and terrestrial applications. It’s a flexible, 1-RU compression platform that offers up to four SD channels, enabling operators to roll out new MPEG-2 channels with no disruption to existing service. It achieves the best possible video quality at the lowest bitrates by combining integrated noise reduction and preprocessing with an extremely powerful and flexible compression engine.

Possessing standard IP interfaces, the Electra 5000 can be easily incorporated into Harmonic’s DiviTrackIP™ closed-loop statistical multiplexing solution. DiviTrackIP provides significant operational advantages and cost benefits by connecting encoders and multiplexers via a switched IP network rather than through port-to-port ASI interconnects. As a result, any encoder anywhere in the network can efficiently be part of any multiplex, essentially creating a virtual headend.

  • Cost-effective SD encoding for delivery of multiple feature-rich services
  • Compact, high-density design provides excellent value per channel
  • Integrated preprocessing provides the highest quality video at the lowest possible bitrates
  • Native IP interfaces seamlessly integrate into scalable, low-cost IP networks
  • Comprehensive audio tools reduce costs and complexity by eliminating the need for external audio processing
Electra 5400

High-quality H.264 SD encoding for broadcast video services

A cost-effective solution for IPTV, satellite, cable and terrestrial applications, the Electra™ 5400 encoder allows operators to quickly and efficiently launch SD services while providing the highest-quality viewing experience. Up to four simultaneous MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) channels are supported in multiple formats, enabling efficient encoding of broadcast video services in high and low resolutions. This operational flexibility enables operators to increase their revenue per program while enhancing customer satisfaction by flexibly delivering multiple services to any device.

  • Cost-effective H.264 SD encoding for delivery of multiple services
  • Simultaneous picture-in-picture (PIP), channel mosaic or Internet video streaming
  • Integrated preprocessing provides the highest-quality video at ultra-low bitrates
  • Compact, high-density design provides excellent value per channel
  • Native IP interfaces seamlessly integrate into scalable, low-cost IP networks
  • Comprehensive audio tools reduce costs and complexity
Electra 7000

Cost-effective H.264 HD multi-service encoding

The Electra™ 7000 is a 1 RU encoder with MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) HD capability. Designed to address the ever-increasing demand for advanced video and audio services, the high-performance Electra 7000 provides up to four channels of superior-quality constant bitrate (CBR) or variable bitrate (VBR) H.264 HD video for IPTV, satellite, mobile, cable and terrestrial broadcast applications. Simultaneous delivery of low-resolution channels allows operators to deploy multiple feature-rich services using less space than required in a traditional headend.

The industry’s first HD encoder based on ASIC processing technology, the Electra 7000 provides a full 30-40% compression gain over firstgeneration DSP-based MPEG-4 HD encoders. DTH satellite operators can quickly and efficiently launch new HD services and improve servicecarrying capacity with the Electra 7000 by combining several H.264 HD channels in a single statistical multiplex. For telcos and other IP-based service providers, the Electra 7000’s bandwidth-efficient H.264 CBR encoding and native IP output make it easy to deliver competitive HD services.

  • 1-RU HD encoder delivering multiple full- and low-resolution services
  • Integrated preprocessing provides the highest quality video at ultra-low bitrates
  • Compact, high-density design delivers excellent value per channel
  • Simultaneous PIP, channel mosaic or Internet video streaming enable enhanced navigation services
  • Native IP interfaces seamlessly integrate into MPEG-2 TS/UDP IP networks
Electra 8000

The industry’s best-selling broadcast encoder

With over 22,000 channels shipped, the Electra™ 8000 series continues to set the standard for high-quality, low-bandwidth broadcast encoding. Featuring multi-resolution, multi-standard, multi-profile, multiservice
and multi-channel capabilities for cable, satellite, IPTV and terrestrial broadcast applications, Electra 8000 encoders deliver unmatched technical and cost benefits in a compact, energy-efficient design.

Support for MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) in SD and HD, including 1080psf 23.98, and hardware ready for 1080p50/60 and 3D allows Electra 8000 encoders to be configured for a variety of applications. Deploy new HD and 3D. Monetize legacy SD content and equipment. Improve IPTV quality and delivery. Increase channel capacity for satellite. And achieve unmatched video compression performance for cable.

  • High-density, energy-efficient design reduces operating costs and delivers excellent value per channel
  • Available second output supports streaming of multiple resolution channels from low-resolution for picture in-picture (PIP), to HD for IPTV or timeshifted TV
  • Available integrated broadcast-quality up/down converter enables deliver of new services such as HD and mobile simulcasting while assuring SD
  • MPEG-2 business continuity
  • Ability to license options as needed allows operators to scale infrastructure efficiently and predictably
  • 3DTV frame-compatible-format capable
  • Microsoft Mediaroom™ certified
Electra 9200

Superior video quality for multi-channel, multi-service applications

The latest evolution of Harmonic’s market-leading Electra™ compression family, the Electra 9200 is a multichannel, multi-service encoder in a compact, energy-efficient 1-RU chassis. Part of a complete video headend solution, the encoder supports main and secondary SD or HD channels of constant bitrate (CBR) or variable bitrate (VBR) video using either MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 AVC encoding. It offers high bandwidth efficiency and channel density—up to four audio/video input processing modules per chassis.

Superior video quality merges with Harmonic intelligent function integration in the Electra 9200 to deliver a high-performance unit that helps increase efficiency while lowering service providers’ capital and operating expenses. Comprehensive features include integrated audio encoding tools, GbE networking, flexible internal video routing, and enhanced serviceability via removable power supplies, fan assembly, compression modules and processing cards.

  • High-quality low-bitrate MPEG-2 or H.264 encoding of SD or HD video
  • Up to eight broadcast services per chassis
  • Available dual hot-swappable power supplies
  • Flexible internal video router feeds any audio/video processing module from any source
  • Broadcast-grade up/down converter and deinterlacer
  • Integrated statmux, or statmux over IP for LAN and WAN
  • High-quality integrated decoding with FLEX technology option
  • Rich audio functionality
Electra Audio Encoder

Efficient, high-density encoding for audio-only services

The Electra™ Audio Encoder frees up spare audio outputs from video encoders to provide dedicated audio encoding for rebroadcast of regional free-to-air or separate music services. It delivers an efficient and high-density audio encoding solution, with up to 10 stereo or 20 mono channels of audio in a single rack unit. The Electra Audio Encoder reduces system complexity and adds redundancy to digital audio services delivered by broadcasters or service providers.

  • Cost-effectively deliver more customer value and choice with regional rebroadcast of free-to-air or radio services
  • High-density design maximizes space and power
  • Native MPEG-1 Layer II, AC-3, AAC and aacPlus audio encoding (stereo or mono)
  • Up to 10 stereo or 20 mono audio channels in 1 RU
  • Native 100/1000 BaseT IP outputs, optional ASI outputs
Electra XVMThe industry’s first software-based broadcast-ready media processing platform

Leveraging the broad capabilities of the Harmonic VOS™ platform, the Harmonic Electra™ XVM virtualized media processor offers video content and service providers unparalleled function integration, increased operational flexibility and unlimited scalability. At the heart of Electra XVM is the VOS encoding module: the Harmonic PURE Compression Engine™. An advanced encoding technology that supports SD and HD MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and HEVC codecs over CBR, VBR and ABR encoding schemes, the PURE Compression Engine powers Electra XVM with superior video quality at minimum bandwidth.

As a completely virtual media processing system, Electra XVM offers a new approach to encoding and channel playout. The software-based solution includes integrated video graphics and branding, and its transport stream playout capabilities include channel origination, linear ad insertion and SCTE automation control. With its superior video quality, bandwidth efficiency and workflow flexibility, Electra XVM is sure to simplify your infrastructure, reduce costs and drive new revenuegenerating services.

  • Fully virtualized SD/HD MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and HEVC encoding for broadcast and multiscreen services
  • Harmonic PURE Compression Engine for market-leading video quality at the lowest bitrates
  • Easy-to-deploy video graphics and branding
  • Transport stream playout, enabling channel origination and linear ad insertion
  • Optimized statistical multiplexing over IP
  • Rich audio functionality, including Dolby Digital Plus encoding and Jünger Level Magic audio level adjustment
Electra Ion

Cost-effective encoding for expanding digital services

The Ion™ encoder offers up to four channels of high-quality video and up to 10 stereo audio channels in a compact single rack unit. Supporting both constant bitrate (CBR) and variable bitrate (VBR) encoding, in addition to integrated statmux functionality through the DiviTrackMX™ option, Ion is ideal for quickly and cost-effectively expanding SD services while minimizing capital and operating expenses.

The entry-level Ion allows operators to reduce their cost per channel without sacrificing compression efficiency. It’s well-suited for a range of applications within the cable, telco and ATSC environments, including digitizing the analog tier, digitizing and distributing local content, and distributing analog services in digital format to remote locations. Ion is also perfect for enabling video, voice and data triple-play services.

  • Ideally suited for cable, telco and ATSC environments
  • Compact, high-density design delivers excellent value per channel
  • Integrated preprocessing provides the highest-quality video at ultra-low bitrates
  • Native IP interfaces seamlessly integrate into scalable, low-cost IP networks
  • Integrated statmux IP switching further reduces total cost of ownership
ProStream 1000 with ACE

High-density solution for advanced stream processing and SD/HD transcoding

Harmonic’s ProStream® 1000 with ACE® is the industry’s first truly converged solution for advanced processing and transcoding of SD and HD MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) video and audio for broadcast and over-the-top (OTT) mobile/web applications. This highly versatile and ultradense processing platform is ideal for functions including:

  • Any-to-any and any-to-many video/audio transcoding
  • Automatic audio level adjustment
  • Statistical multiplexing
  • Advanced remultiplexing
  • Scrambling and descrambling

ProStream 1000 with ACE leaps over competing stream-processing platforms by enabling the cost-effective deployment of next-generation SD and HD broadcast and OTT multiscreen services from a single, highly scalable, 1-RU device. It can simultaneously transcode video content for both broadcast and OTT mobile and web applications while providing unmatched video quality. In addition, the ProStream 1000’s power-efficient design
helps operators reduce OPEX — and their carbon footprint, as it draws only 10 watts per HD channel and less than 3 watts per SD channel.

  • High-quality, high-density transcoding of 60 SD or 20 HD MPEG-2 and H.264 broadcast channels
  • 20 SD/HD inputs for multiscreen transcoding with up to 80 output profiles
  • SD/HD MPEG/H.264-to- H.264 any to any transcoding
  • HD-to-SD down conversion and audio downmix
  • Multiple output streams per input service to support simulcast, triplecast, SDV, VOD, IPTV and mobile/web applications
  • Up to 16 integrated statmux pools
  • Any to any audio codec transcoding and automatic audio leveling adjustment
ProStream 1000 with ACE

A converged solution for processing SD/HD content for broadcast and multiscreen delivery

The latest evolution of Harmonic’s market-leading ProStream platform, the 1-RU ProStream® 9100 with ACE® delivers superior video quality and the flexibility to support multiple complex digital processing applications, such as digital turnaround, any-to-any audio and video transcoding, linear ad insertion and live adaptive streaming. It addresses current broadcast and multiscreen I/O formats—and scales easily to accommodate future formats.

ProStream 9100 with ACE features an ultrahigh-density architecture that dramatically reduces the amount of rack space required to meet growing processing and transcoding requirements. System flexibility and workflow versatility are achieved with modular audio/video processing modules and high-capacity IP processing cards. Low power consumption, high reliability and simplified serviceability result in a best-in-class, multiformat platform that offers superior video quality and OPEX.

  • Up to four audio/video processing modules per chassis, configurable for broadcast or multiscreen
  • High-density transcoding of 60 SD or 20 HD MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC broadcast channels
  • 20 SD/HD inputs with up to 80 OTT multiscreen output profiles
  • IP, ASI and 8VSB I/O
  • Multiplexing and scrambling of up to 500 services
  • Linear ad insertion into SD/HD video streams
  • Up to 16 integrated statmux pools
  • Support for Picture-in-Picture and Microsoft Mediaroom applications
  • Dual power supplies