Encoding, Transcoding & Multiplexing

Playout & Storage

Contribution & Distribution

Multiscreen Delivery

Cloud Media Processing

Cable Access

MPEG Stream Server


A unique “channel-in-a-box” solution


Combining the functions of a video router, a baseband video server, a logo inserter, and a character generator, the Sapphire “channel-in-a-box” (CiaB) solution provides everything needed to ingest, process, brand, and playout digital SD and HD TV channels over ASI or IP networks. This includes advanced capture, playout, and regionalization capabilities, as well as frame-accurate operation with MPEG-2 and H.264 compressed content. All functions operate seamlessly and frame-accurately in the compressed domain under the control of internal playlists or traditional automation systems.

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  • Supports for SD and HD content with MPEG-2 or H.264 video
  • High-performance ASI and Gigabit Ethernet MPEG interfaces
  • Scalable and highly reliable storage system
  • Advanced transport stream or program captures capabilities
  • Unique frame-accurate and seamless audio/video splicing



Learn more about the unique channel-in-a-box solution.

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Sapphire Features

High-Performance Recording

Sapphire can capture multiple live streams or programs via ASI or IP inputs. Recording can occur locally or on remote storage devices through an FTP connection, producing clean and accurate MPEG-2 TS files that become automatically available for editing or playback — even when recording is still in progress.

Frame-Accurate Playout

Sapphire supports multiple SD and HD channels simultaneously via ASI or IP outputs carrying MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) video, generating live, standards-compliant MPEG-2 TS (DVB or ATSC) that can be used directly, without any post-processing. Function integration capabilities include multiplexing, splicing and PSI/SI management.

MPEG Asset Management

All clips stored locally on Sapphire are registered in a clip library to offer simplified asset management. The server also provides the ability to edit MPEG-2 and H.264 clips with in and out markers, and to perform trimming or clip merging.

Reliable and Scalable

Storage on Sapphire is highly reliable and extensible. The system features multiple SAS hot-pluggable drives, organized into a dual RAID system.