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Advanced Media Server System

Spectrum X

Easy-to-deploy ingest and playout for baseband and IP workflows

Spectrum X Advanced Media Processor - SD, HD, UHD

The Harmonic Spectrum™ X advanced media server system brings new levels of efficiency, simplicity and reliability to broadcast playout workflows. Designed for mission-critical production and playout applications, Spectrum X combines file, baseband and transport stream ingest with comprehensive integrated channel playout (ICP) capabilities, including graphics, branding, DVE, and live switching of baseband and compressed IP sources. By reducing the number of discrete devices required to produce and distribute branded programming, Spectrum X lowers capital expenditures, simplifies workflows and reduces operational costs.

The software-based Spectrum X supports a broad range of SD and HD formats up to 1080p (3G) and Ultra HD. The integration of SDI and IP I/O on the same chassis also eases the migration to IP playout workflows, allowing broadcasters to transition smoothly away from baseband at a pace that makes sense for their operation.

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  • Supports a comprehensive range of SD, HD and Ultra HD formats
  • Integrates SDI and IP I/O on the same chassis to ease migration to IP workflows
  • Adaptable to all production and playout applications, including integrated channel playout, channel-in-a-box and integrated master control
  • Integrated video graphics and branding, using industry-standard authoring tools
  • Single and dual integrated DVEs for sophisticated content presentation

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Spectrum X

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Spectrum X Features

Workflow Efficiency

Spectrum X reduces the complexity of broadcast workflows by merging multiple capabilities onto a single appliance. Native 3G SDI and IP I/O on the same chassis simplifies the transition to IP workflows and the launch of new revenue-generating channels.

Comprehensive Format and Codec Support

The software-based Spectrum X supports a wide range of commonly used SD, HD, 3G and Ultra HD formats. Codec support includes AVC I-Frame, XAVC, XAVC-LGOP, AVC-LGOP, DVCPRO HD, XDCAM HD, VC-3 and ProRes.

Platform Flexibility

Spectrum X can operate as a true CIAB or as part of a Spectrum shared storage infrastructure. All functionality is available via software license keying, resulting in a highly flexible system that allows the easy addition of new codecs, capabilities, IP I/O and other advanced features when needed.


Fully compatible with Spectrum MediaDirector™ and MediaCenter™ servers, Harmonic Polaris™ playout management systems and the Harmonic MediaGrid shared storage system, Spectrum X fits seamlessly into existing broadcast infrastructures. The system’s open control architecture makes CIAB/ICP capabilities available to Polaris and third-party automation systems.

Rock-Solid Reliability

Spectrum X leverages the OS and code base of Harmonic’s Spectrum production and playout platform, the most trusted server system in the industry, to deliver rock-solid stability for all mission-critical applications.