AV System Integration

Atlona now shipping OmniStream family of AV over IP products

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:08

OmniStream family

Representing a leap forward in AV and IT convergence, Atlona recently announced that OmniStream™, its first line of AV over IP products, is shipping and available for orders through authorized OmniStream partners.

The OmniStream family consists of five distinct products to integrate and distribute 4K/UHD video, audio, and RS-232 control over Gigabit Ethernet networks, employing off-the-shelf network switches. The OmniStream line offers several industry-first features, including high density, dual-channel encoding and decoding; redundant AV networks and streams; encrypted content distribution; network error resilience; broadcast-quality 4K video compression with extremely low latency; and the ability to convey 4K video and Dante audio simultaneously over the same network.

According to David Shamir, Atlona’s director of product management, OmniStream’s network-based approach enables virtually unlimited scalability and low-cost integration, benefits not available with conventional matrix switching technology. He said the new line is well suited to interconnecting AV between multiple rooms and floors, over an entire building, and across a corporate or university campus.

The OmniStream line comprises the following products:

• OmniStream 111 (AT-OMNI-111) Single-Channel Networked AV Encoder ?

• OmniStream 112 (AT-OMNI-112) Two-Channel Networked AV Encoder ?

• OmniStream 121 (AT-OMNI-121) Single-Channel Networked AV Decoder ?

• OmniStream 122 (AT-OMNI-122) Two-Channel Networked AV Decoder ?

• OmniStream 232 (AT-OMNI-232) Two-Channel Dante Networked Audio Interface ?

An AV industry first, dual-channel encoding and decoding allows each OmniStream 112 and OmniStream 122 to process two independent 4K/UHD video streams in a single, half-width rack enclosure. This allows Atlona to offer excellent cost per channel value, as well as the benefit of a high-density rack installation.

OmniStream features SMPTE VC-2 video compression (SMPTE 2042), a visually lossless codec originally developed by the BBC for high quality imagery in master control video distribution as well as post-production and archiving.

For optimal performance and reliability, OmniStream features SMPTE 2022 forward error correction for protection against packet loss and the resulting signal dropouts, which can occur in large-scale applications spanning several networks. It also features selectable AES-128 encryption for securing sensitive or protected content in government, military, healthcare, and corporate environments.

All OmniStream AV encoders stream HDMI embedded audio, including Dolby® and DTS® multi-channel bitstream formats. In addition, the OmniStream 232 Dante network interface can be used for transmitting and receiving two-channel audio over the network. The OmniStream 232 also integrates sources such as microphones and PCs into a third-party audio DSP as well as a larger Dante system. Advanced projects with a combination of OmniStream devices can be employed to simultaneously route AV-over-IP and Dante audio signals over the same network.

OmniStream is designed with a host of essential features for streamlining and optimizing AV integration. Decoders feature high performance 4K upscaling and downscaling with 4:4:4 video processing to preserve full colour integrity of computer-generated content.

Pricing for all OmniStream products is available through your regional Atlona representative.