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Electra 9200

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

Electra 9200 Video Encoder

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.

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  • High-quality low-bitrate MPEG-2 or H.264 encoding of SD or HD video
  • Up to eight broadcast services per chassis
  • Flexible internal video router feeds any audio/video processing module from any source
  • Integrated Flextream™ MX statmux, or Flextream IP statmux for LAN and WAN
  • High-quality integrated decoding with FLEX technology option


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Electra 9200 Features

Advanced Compression Performance

The Harmonic Hierarchical LookAhead™ multi-pass encoding architecture employs market-leading ASIC and programmable DSP/FPGA technologies to provide superior video quality at the lowest possible bitrates. This silicon architecture also provides high-quality deinterlacing.

Integrated Secondary Output

A secondary output on Electra 9200 effectively doubles encoder capacity while offering support for hybrid applications such as down-converting the main channel from HD to SD, or providing a primary VBR channel and a secondary CBR channel (or vice versa).

Internal Video Crosspoint Router

A flexible internal video router can feed any Electra 9200 processing module from any SDI or compressed source, reducing system complexity and increasing operational flexibility.

Integrated Statmux

The Electra 9200 streamlines system architectures and reduces the hardware footprint with Flextream, Harmonic’s widely deployed integrated statistical multiplexing solution.

High-Quality Integrated Decoding Option

The FLEX® dual decoder option delivers highly flexible video and audio decoding capabilities for Electra and Ion™ encoders. A single FLEX module decodes up to two incoming channels of H.264 or MPEG-2 in either SD or HD 4:2:0 formats, eliminating dependency on ingress formats.

Comprehensive Audio Tools

The Electra 9200 supports embedded audio and natively encodes up to three stereo pairs (or a single multichannel encode) of MPEG-1 Layer II audio. Optional audio input modules extend the Electra 9200’s functionality and density to address a variety of audio processing scenarios.