Harmonic Launches ‘Ellipse 3000’ Encoder

Ellipse provides ‘very low latency’
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Harmonic, a producer of video delivery infrastructure products, launched its Ellipse 3000 encoder, which provides “very low latency,” making it attractive for digital satellite news gathering operations and live coverage.

The Ellipse 3000 employs MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC 4:2:0/4:2:2 8, and10-bit compression technologies to enable transmission of pristine real-time video over satellite and broadband contribution networks, Harmonic says.

In addition, the Ellipse 3000’s low latency—in conjunction with multiformat and multicodec versatility—fosters “the highest possible picture quality at the front end of the broadcast chain” creating “amazing video experiences,” Harmonic says.

“Offering broad codec support and simple in-field firmware upgradability, Ellipse 3000 is a future-proof platform spanning from MPEG-2 SD 4:2:0 8-bit to AVC HD 4:2:2 10-bit,” says Yaniv Sibony, Harmonic’s product manager for contribution and distribution. The combination of Ellipse 3000 and ProView 7100 IRD, enables a highly flexible and easy-to-use solution for end-to-end 4:2:2 10-bit contribution workflows, according to Sibony.

To assure universal compatibility, the Ellipse 3000 supports DVB-S, DVB-DSNG, and DVB-S2 modulation schemes, and provides QPSK/8PSK/16QAM/16APSK constellation support, Harmonic says. Simultaneous L-band, IP, and DVB-ASI outputs assure reliability by providing alternate distribution channels in the event of link failure, according to the company.

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