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Media Server

Metropolis Server Storage Workstations VTR

Metropolis 2400 Video Clip Servers
Capturing, storing, manipulating, and playing quality video and audio from anywhere on the network is now cost-effective and simple for any broadcast facility.

The new "Video Clip Server" offers unprecedented flexibility from ingest to edit to playout of broadcast-quality video and audio from anywhere on a network.  The GVS & 3rd party Video Clip Server is a powerful and robust, component server solution for the professional DTV facility.

Video Clip Server Overview
  • Supports DV25, DV50, DVCPro100 4:2:2 and up to 4:4:4 uncompres Formats
  • Imports OpenDML AVI, QuickTime, TGA, and SGI Media Files
  • Contains Embedded Metadata in Archived Clips
  • Controls Multiple Channels and/or Multiple PlayLists with a Single Interface
  • Executes Dissolves, Fades, And Wipe Transitions Between Clips
  • Takes Video plus Audio Clips to Air in Less Than 1 Second
  • Modifies Live PlayLists Without Disturbing On-Air Playout
  • Component Architecture Fine Tuned for SAN Operation
  • Open System Uses Off-the-Shelf Storage
  • Remote Web Media Browsing, Proxy Editing, And Asset Management
  • Built-in SAN to SAN Media Transfer Management Interface
  • MOS ActiveX Browser and Automation Interface
  • Liberty32 Paint and Rotoscope TCP/IP Interface
  • Incite NLE Media Browse and Import/Export TCP/IP Interface
  • Automated Media Acquisition and Ingest
  • Easy Batch Digitize from VTRs with CMX EDL Import
  • Comprehensive Database Structure and Powerful Search Engine
  • Unique Clip and Event IDs for Either Central or Local Database
  • Flexible Play-to-Air Capabilities for Multiple Channels
  • Advanced Caching Algorithm Guarantees Clip at Air Time
  • Convenient RS-422 Remote Control Panels and Automation Protocols
Flexible Interfaces – Multi-Channel Control

Each individual GVS & 3rd party system can be reconfigured on the fly for up to eight discrete video channels: four channels with key or four channels with in-channel transitions. GVS & 3rd party's powerful user interfaces are specifically designed for multi-channel playout and offline editing and browsing. Using the GVS & 3rd party Director application allows you to seamlessly connect to any number of GVS & 3rd party channels for playout control and desktop remote program monitoring. PlayLists can be constructed offline or instantly modified while live on the air without disturbing playout. GVS & 3rd party can respond immediately and take to air (without cueing) any video clip with up to eight audio clips in less than a second. GVS & 3rd party gives you unprecedented flexibility necessary to dynamically manage assets, coordinate workflow, and facilitate efficient operations.

Seamless Automation – Extensive Interoperability

Proven interaction with many popular automation interfaces allow GVS & 3rd party systems to easily integrate in Production and Master Control rooms. GVS & 3rd party can work with automation interfaces such as Louth VDCP, Odetics, ProBel, MOS, or our own TCP/IP API. IMC’s Incite nonlinear editor not only utilizes the same file format and hardware, but also has the ability to render directly from an editor’s timeline to the GVS & 3rd party’s ready-for-air database. Video Design’s Liberty32 powerful paint and animation program can browse clips, rotoscope frame-by-frame, and render animations to GVS & 3rd party. In addition, the GVS & 3rd party MOS ActiveX option provides browsing, importing, exporting, and clip editing while running inside a journalist’s desktop newsroom application like iNews and ENPS. A journalist can simply drag clips from the GVS & 3rd party browser and drop them into a story in the newsroom software. At airtime, the newsroom automation MOS gateway will automatically create a PlayList on the GVS & 3rd party and will dynamically maintain synchronicity throughout the show. The GVS & 3rd party ActiveX control can also run under Windows Internet Explorer, which offers GVS & 3rd party functionality from within a web browser.

Component Architecture – Distributed Functionality

GVS & 3rd party is designed with a component architecture that makes it extremely Video Clip Server. Because typically integrated system functionality is built into individual modules that can communicate over Ethernet, GVS & 3rd party is better suited to operate as a network entity. A single, central database service directs traffic and manages media while video and audio processing are located with each physical machine and user interfaces are distributed as needed anywhere on the network. This type of functionality is essential to efficient workflow and critical to the demands of the networked broadcast studio.

Media Sharing – Multi-User

With GVS & 3rd party pumping at the heart of your Networked Broadcast Studio, you have the ability to ingest, edit, and playout broadcast media much faster than in an all-tape environment. The Fibre Channel or Gigabit Ethernet networked GVS & 3rd party systems provide a central database service to ensure system-wide unique IDs in your facility and all media available for any channel at any time. In case of a network failure, GVS & 3rd party ensures media is current and available for playout. Now, breaking news, live shows, or sporting events are quickly acquired and instantly available for editing while GVS & 3rd party guarantees getting your media to air fast.

Open Platform – Multi-Format

An open-system architecture that delivers compatible compression formats is a must when choosing the right video server. GVS & 3rd party's flexible features and robust reliability makes it very simple to interface with popular non-linear editors, paint, and animation programs:

  • GVS & 3rd party delivers compatible compression formats that play well with others.
  • GVS & 3rd party supports a mixed database of both DVCPRO/DVCAM/DV25/DV50 and MPEG-2 clips.
  • GVS & 3rd party can dramatically improve workflow by directly importing OpenDML AVI, and QuickTime clips.

Video I/O

2 or 4 bi-directional channels (can be configured as 4 or 8 playout only channels)

Serial Digital Video NTSC or PAL

Signal (in /out) 525 @ 270Mbps 625 @ 3.2Gps

Jitter <740ps p-p <740ps p-p

1 composite monitor / video channel


Audio I/O

Per video channe:

2 stereo pairs AES/EBU + 2 embedded digital audio or

4 stereo pairs embedded digital audio

48 kHz 16-bit uncompressed

1 unbalanced stereo analog monitor



Black burst genlock input with loop-through

Internal reference clock

Horizontal and vertical phase

Fine horizontal phase



NT service for client/server network operation

20 metadata fields auto-created for each clip

8 user-defined fields to describe each clip or event



Height: 4 RU

Voltage: AC 100 - 240 V

Frequency: 50 - 60 Hz

Consumption: 400 W max

Control and Storage I/O

2 10/100 Mbit Ethernet – RJ45 connector

4 RS 422 serial ports – DB9 connectors

2 RS-232 serial ports – DB9 connectors

8 GPI In and 8 GPI Out – DB9 connectors

1 SCSI Ultra-2 Wide (LVD) port

Fibre Channel

Gigabit Ethernet


Timecode I/O



VITC pass-through


Automation Protocols

Sony BVW

Louth VDCP



Media Object Server (MOS)

GVS & 3rd party TCP/IP API









(with I-Frame and IBP GOP up to 15 Mbps)

MPEG2 4:2:2 P@ML
(with I-Frame and IBP GOP up to 50Mbps)


Import Formats


Targa sequences

SGI sequences



System Hardware

Dual 1 GHz Intel Pentium III CPU

512 MB Memory

9 GB SCSI System Drive

10/100BaseT Ethernet

PS/2 Keyboard & Mouse


System Software

Database Service – central database with local media caching

Database Manager – local processing for database

Core DDR Engine – local processing for video and audio

GVS & 3rd party Client – standard local user interface


GVS & 3rd party Director - user interface for multi-channel playout and program monitor

GVS & 3rd party Client – standard remote user interface (online or offline)

GVS & 3rd party Web Client - ActiveX Internet Explorer for media management

GVS & 3rd party MOS ActiveX – media browser for newsroom systems



GVS Nomadic 1U

GVS Nomadic 4U 2GB Fiber

GVS Nomadic IV/VI family

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