Broadcast manufacturer offers advanced SSD technology with the debut of PlayMagic™ MFP-100.
IDX Company, Ltd. has announced the introduction of a new multi-format play out server being unveiled at the 2009 InterBEE show. The MFP-100, known as PlayMagic™, marks IDX's formal entry into the post production market.
Setting the MFP-100 ahead of current standalone servers offering traditional HDD storage and access is a dedicated SSD (Solid State Drive) configuration with outstanding HD/SDI quality, speed and reliability. SSD technology offers many advantages with multiple GB per second throughput, much faster access times than HDD, no moving parts, low power consumption, simultaneous record/playback and a highly stable output of digitally stored video/audio - even if problems occur from external content servers.
With a slim 1RU chassis design, the MFP-100 Play Out Server ingests and delivers HD-SDI/SD-SDI using a multi-layer chip equipped with a robust and long-life access engine to optimise faster I/O results than a single layer chip. PlayMagic™ also uses an automatic cache control protocol to ensure confident data security.
Key characteristics of the PlayMagic™ model include;
Supports MXF OP-1a (SMPTE 337M, 378M compatible) MPEG-2, QuickTime file format and DVCPRO HD (optional configuration required).
Internal memory using multi-layer, dedicated SSD with standard storage starting at 128GB (record two hours at 100Mbps) with optional RAID 1 mirroring protection.
HD-SDI/SD-SDI video input (1 ch) and output (2 ch). Audio includes AES, analog, balanced/unbalanced (16 ch).
Provides multiple pass capability using two network channels (1 GBps) for media file broadcasting (two monitoring channels and two control channels for a total of four channels). This also includes networked broadcasting during play out and file importing from removable media.
Creates simple playlists in the main unit. Select choice of operation locally or from external control.
Supports external control via two (2) RS-422 serial ports, reference input loop-through, external time code input, GPI port, dual USB 2.0 ports, VGA output, IEEE1394b output (800MBps max) and four (4) Ethernet connections (1 GBps x 2; 100MBps x 2). Controller software is included.
1RU chassis includes dual, hot-swappable power supplies.
Maximum selection of one or two play out channels (On-Air/Next x 2) and additional encoding functions are configured as options.
With its superior SSD throughput, HD signal processing and flexible control connectivity housed in 1RU, the MFP-100 exceeds HDD in stability, reliability and access speed. PlayMagic™ is suited for a number of production and broadcast workflows as a fast access cache server, and in contents/archiving for many applications such as non-linear editing, mobile live production, news/sports ops and high-end displays.
IDX is showcasing PlayMagic™ for the first time during November at the International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition (InterBEE) at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center in Japan (IDX Booth 6404). The MFP-100 will start shipping from IDX Technology Europe throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa from January 2010.
For more information about the MFP-100, please visit our company worldwide website at www.idx.tv