Domo Broadcast Systems (DBS) has announced the Onyx-IP family of encoders and decoders. Featuring low latency and allowing for video to be transmitted down two different paths, the Onyx is designed for live sports coverage and remote production.
The Onyx HEVC is a broadcast-quality H.265 encoder, offering compression ratios on video resolutions up to 4K UHD. It is suitable for remote production applications over leased lines or satellite, handling 4 HD or 1 UHD feed with ultra low latency.
According to Richard Lane, Broadcast Engineering Lead at Domo Broadcast Systems, “Onyx encoders can stream across dual networks using a variety of IP formats including SRT, at bitrates of up to 120Mb/s. If one network should fail, the transmission will still make it through the other. So, viewers get to see the action in closer to real time, and broadcasters reduce the risk of dead air by having a back-up transmission path.”
The use of ST2022-7 technology at the decoder ensures glitch free recovery from network errors or path fail over. For legacy systems and satellite modem connections, the Onyx encoder is equipped with ASI inputs and outputs.
“Transmitting over IP can add security risks — we know broadcasters don’t want to risk having their valuable content stolen,” adds Lane. “The Onyx takes care of that. Broadcasters can employ built-in encryption mechanisms, such as AES over SRT or BISS, to protect their content.”
The Onyx’s quad mode allows four HD inputs to be synchronised and encoded with end‐to‐end latencies as low as 40ms. This high‐density and low‐latency encoding is ideal for coverage of live sporting events.