Abekas introduced version 5.0 software for both Mira Instant Replay and Mira Production multi-channel video servers.

23.04.2014 12:33


Artesyn Embedded Technologies Launches SharpCaster™ Accelerator to 
Simplify, Speed and Save When Deploying Broadcast Video 
Accelerates time to market by over nine months and 
reduces development costs by over $500,000 
Las Vegas, Nev. [7 April, 2014] —At NAB Show, Artesyn Embedded Technologies, 
formerly Emerson Network Power’s Embedded Computing & Power business, today 
launched the SharpCaster™ video transcode acceleration engine to speed the 
deployment and lower the cost of rolling out broadcast video applications on standard 
servers. Artesyn estimates development savings of at least $500,000 plus a time saving 
of nine months or more for customers adopting its SharpCaster accelerator versus 
developing their own solution. 
Artesyn’s SharpCaster accelerator is aimed at broadcast and streaming equipment such 
as encoders, transcoders, video on demand (VOD) playout servers, and video content 
delivery network (CDN) servers, estimated by Infonetics Research to be a $1.39 billion 
market in 2013 and expected to grow at 4.1 percent from 2012 to 2017*. 
Available as either a plug-in PCI Express card for easy deployment in a customer’s own 
server or as a pre-configured Artesyn server, the SharpCaster video accelerator can 
eliminate the need for proprietary appliances and associated support infrastructure for 
broadcast quality video. A SharpCaster solution can offer a similar footprint and density 
as dedicated video processing appliances, but gives customers the flexibility of using 
more readily available servers as hardware platforms. Compared to software-based 
alternatives, a SharpCaster accelerator offers better density, less rack footprint, and 
more high-quality features such as hierarchical motion estimation with large search 
ranges, all available mode decisions, and up to 80 Mbps Context-adaptive binary 
arithmetic coding (CABAC). With its versatile form factor, as customers upgrade or 
change their servers, the SharpCaster card can continue to be deployed in the new 
infrastructure, meaning a smooth deployment experience. 
Jeff Heynen, principal analyst, broadband access and pay TV, Infonetics Resea

Abekas Introduces Mira 5.0

Support for native AVC-Intra recording and dozens of new features and enhancements to Mira Instant Replay and Mira Production

MENLO PARK, California (NAB Show booth #SL6313)—April 7, 2014— Abekas announced today the introduction of  version 5.0 software for both Mira Instant Replay and Mira Production multi-channel video servers. The new software, which incorporates dozens of new features and enhancements to both products, is available as a free upgrade for all existing Mira customers.

The latest version of Mira software provides support for native recording of AVC-Intra-encoded media at both 50Mb/s and 100Mb/s data rates. Both versions of Mira now support AMP protocol over Ethernet. This simple, flexible and comprehensive interface allows Mira video channels to be controlled across a facility’s local area network.




Mira Instant Replay servers receive an improved GUI with larger PGM displays and a unique Count-Down Timer display. The Count-Down Timer provides the Technical Director with a clear status of the playback of events in a playlist.  New features have also been added to the Playlist capabilities of Mira Instant Replay including; dual Playlist playback on two separate Program outputs and Playlist naming. A separate Auxiliary audio track can now provide a music bed or voice over to any Playlist—this makes game day highlights even more engaging.   

In addition to existing support for embedded audio, AES audio is now available via DB25 connectors conforming to Tascam Digital or AES59-2012 standards. A new integrated audio routing feature allows any embedded or AES audio input to be recorded on any or all video channels. This dramatically simplifies the configuration and cabling of audio connections. 


“Mira Instant Replay has become a major player for in-venue broadcasting and Mira Production is the workhorse video server for live studio production for tier-one broadcasters,” says Junaid Sheikh, CEO of Abekas. “The new features in version 5.0 are in response to customer feedback and make both versions of Mira even more powerful.”


More information about Abekas products and services is available at www.abekas.com.


About Abekas

Abekas, Inc (www.abekas.com) is a privately-held company headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Abekas designs, manufactures, sells, and supports a complete line of digital video/audio delay devices, digital video clip servers, digital video special effects, and video editing tools—for use in the worldwide professional television marketplace—encompassing live production, post production, broadcasting and computer video markets.

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