Harmonic’s ChannelPort integrated channel playout device for Spectrum media server systems combines channel branding and master control switching with clip playout.

According to the company, the modular device enables broadcasters, content owners, and service providers to “speed the cost-effective deployment of new television channels through a simple incremental upgrade to their existing Spectrum architecture.”

Support for standard tools like Adobe Creative Suite helps ensure compatibility with all standard graphical formats as well as familiar operation for broadcast graphics designers who can author on-air templates directly in Adobe Flash Professional, Harmonic adds. It also allows for the addition of branding elements ranging from logos to complex effects and "live" text.

ChannelPort supports industry-standard video formats and wrappers, and it features channel density of as many as four channels in one RU and power consumption of 100 watts per channel.

Three configurations are available: a standalone half-RU device that adds branding capabilities to a Spectrum system; integrated in a MediaDeck 7000 chassis to function as a standalone branding server; and integrated in either a MediaPort 7000 or MediaDeck 7000 chassis to function with both those devices as a standalone branding server with media ingest capabilities.

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