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Advanced Media Processor

Electra X2

The industry’s first fully converged platform for broadcast and OTT delivery

Electra X Advanced Media Processor

Featuring real-time encoding of SD and HD media and integrated, high-quality branding and graphics, the Electra™ X2 media processor offers broadcasters and pay-TV operators market-leading video quality, unparalleled function integration and increased operational flexibility in a cost-effective 1-RU appliance. At the heart of the system is the Harmonic PURE Compression Engine™, an advanced encoding technology that supports SD and HD formats and MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and HEVC codecs for broadcast and over-the-top multiscreen delivery. Originally developed for our VOS™ cloud-native media processing platform, the Harmonic PURE Compression Engine powers Electra X2 with superior video quality at minimum bandwidth. Users can also employ EyeQ™ real-time video optimization, Harmonic’s enhancement for PURE Compression that ensures delivery of the highest video quality across OTT delivery networks while reducing bandwidth consumption by up to 50%.

As a next-generation media processing system, Electra X2 offers a new approach to encoding. Uncompressed video over IP workflows are supported with optional SMPTE ST 2022-6 ingest. High dynamic range (HDR) content is supported. Dynamic ad insertion (DAI) is also available. With its superior video quality, function integration, bandwidth efficiency and workflow flexibility, this multi-service, multi-codec, multi-function platform is sure to simplify your infrastructure, reduce costs and drive new revenue-generating services.

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Highlights

  • SD/HD MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and HEVC encoding for broadcast and OTT multiscreen services
  • Harmonic PURE Compression Engine and EyeQ technologies for market-leading video quality at low bitrates
  • Integrated video graphics and branding
  • Optimized statistical multiplexing over IP
  • Rich audio functionality, including E-AC-3 encoding and Jünger Level Magic audio level adjustment
  • SMPTE 2022-6 support for uncompressed video over IP workflows

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Electra X2 Features

Video Compression Excellence

Delivering significantly improved efficiency and simplified upgradeability over competing encoder technologies, the Harmonic PURE Compression Engine enables true codec independence. MPEG-2, AVC and HEVC Main 10 transport streams are supported, as are the most common SD and HD content formats. For OTT applications, the optional EyeQ technology leverages the function of the human visual system to cut bandwidth consumption by up to 50% while ensuring delivery of consistent, superior-quality video to all devices.

Preprocessing

Advanced noise-reduction capabilities include Harmonic’s signature motion-compensated temporal filtering (MCTF) to enhance the appearance of incoming material. The Electra X2 processor also supports powerful deinterlacing to cleanly deliver progressive formats.

High-Quality Graphics and Branding

Electra X2 possesses a unique set of graphics and branding capabilities tailored to the requirements of content distribution and service delivery. Dynamic text, regulatory and station logos, and rich branding elements can be easily added to video channels. Up to eight graphics layers are supported, and graphics elements can be shared across all distribution channels, including mobile devices and the web.

 

Statmux Over IP

The Electra X2 processor maximizes the efficiency and flexibility of statistical multiplexing through tight integration with the Harmonic ProStream® X video stream processor and gateway, and Flextream™ IP (formerly DiviTrackIP™) statmux technology.

SD-to-HD Up-Conversion

Featuring integrated broadcast-quality up-conversion, Electra X2 media processors are ideally suited for applications such as HD simulcast of an existing SD channel lineup.

Audio Processing

Electra X2 supports embedded audio and can natively encode AC-3, E-AC-3 and AAC/HE-AAC. Integrated Jünger Level Magic enables compliance with the U.S. CALM Act by automatically eliminating audio level changes both within a channel and when switching from one channel to another.