WETA Washington, D.C., recently deployed a new Harmonic encoder that will provide the PBS station with a solution capable of delivering multiple HD and SD services within the ATSC broadcast stream, while maintaining HD video quality.
The Harmonic Electra 9200 encoder supports SD, HD MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC video compressions, in addition to DiviTrack integrated statistical multiplexing, broadcast-quality up/down conversion, dual power supplies and Jünger Audio Level Magic automatic audio leveling.
“Leveraging Harmonic’s proven compression technology, the Electra encoders enable us to deliver brilliant picture quality while increasing our operational efficiency and reliability through enhanced features such as dual power supplies and an intuitive graphical user interface,” Vince Forcier, WETA director of engineering, said in a statement.
Through that Web-based graphical user interface, the Electra encoders streamline WETA operations while also enabling a quick deployment. The interface allows for multiple users to monitor and modify operations. The interface also provides a simplified monitor view, which allows master control operators to check the statistical multiplexing operation and alarm status quickly.