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Aveco's Redwood BLUE is a professional multipurpose video engine powered by Harmonic Spectrum technology. It is designed for ingest, playout and integrated channel origination applications where quality, reliability and redundancy are paramount.

Integrated Channel Workflow

Providing a platform for live-to-disk recording, clip playout, graphics insertion, master control switching with DVEs, subtitling, independent branding of simultaneous channels and many other broadcast features, Redwood BLUE's hardware and software is both modular and scalable to provide the right feature set required by today's premium broadcasters as well as budget-constrained stations.

Redwood BLUE is fully integrated with Aveco's ASTRA automation products including ASTRA Studio, ASTRA Take 2, ASTRA MCR, ASTRA MAM and ASTRA Ingest,  providing a powerful, fully expandable and adaptable system.

Best of Both Worlds

As a result of the combined technologies of Harmonic - the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure solutions, and Aveco's robust, industry-standard automation system, Redwood BLUE meets the needs of the most demanding customers.

Video Engine

The Redwood BLUE video engine is a highly scalable solution suitable for traditional broadcast chains as well as for integrated channel playout. Built-in multilayer graphics and dynamic text over playback or live video, DVE, master control switching with clip playback and ingest capabilities makes Redwood BLUE perfect for a wide range of applications. Providing two SD/HD channels per module, with up to four channels per unit, Redwood BLUE gives you the ability to add channels as your business needs change. For reliability and fault tolerance, the video engine components operate independently so that any failure is self-contained and has no impact on any other operation. Moreover, should a failure occur, components are hot swappable so that the system remains operational.

Automation Platform

The ASTRA Suite of Tools can automate your facility’s workflows. By automating ingest, media asset management, master control playout and studio operation, your costs are lower and your workflows are simpler. Built around powerful media asset management, ASTRA provides tools to manage all of your content locally from your desktop or from remote locations.

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CONNECTIVITY 
SDI Inputs/Outputs SD-SDI (SMPTE-259M)/HD-SDI (SMPTE-292M)
BNC or Mini-DIN female, 75 Ω
Up to 2x 8 bidirectional
Others LTC I/O, Ref In, Ref Loop, AES
Network Two 1GbE ports
Access: FTP, CIFS, AFP
VIDEO
SD Output Video Definitions
720 x 486i @ 29.97 fps
720 x 576i @ 25 fps
HD Output Video Definitions 1280 x 720p @ 50 & 59.94 fps
1920 x1080i @ 25 & 29.97 fps
Media File Wrappers QT MOV (self-contained and referenced), MXF OP1a (also low latency), GXF
Codecs SD MPEG-2: 3-24.9 Mbps long GOP; 25-50 Mbps I-frame
HD MPEG-2: 18-85 Mbps long GOP; 50-100 Mbps I-frame
DV 25, DVCPRO 25, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD
XDCAM HD: 18, 25, 35, 50 Mbps
AVC-Intra Class 50 and Class 100
VC-3 (SMPTE 2019-1) 120, 145 Mbps
ProRes 422: 122, 147 Mbps; Standard Quality mode
Aspect Ratio Conversion
Up - configurable pillarbox, crop, anamorphic
Down - Configurable letterbox, crop, anamorphic
Cross - 720p to 1080i, 1080i to 720p
AUDIO
Channels SMPTE 299M/272M
Up to 16 embedded per video channel
Formats
Uncompressed: 16, 24, 32-bit PCM @ 48 kHz
Compressed: passthrough, Dolby® decode
Features Audio track swapping, track tagging, language rules
Audio mix effects, VO insertion
AUXILIARY DATA
Closed Captions
EIA-608, EIA-708
Up convert: EIA-608 captions translated to EIA-708
Down convert: EIA-608 compatibility bytes extracted from EIA-708  data to create EIA-608 captions
Subtitles Line21, OP47
Up convert: Line 21 OP-42 subtitles translated to OP-47
Down convert: OP-47 subtitles translated to line 21 OP-42
Digital Cuetone SCTE 104
VBI,VANC Passthrough
CHANNEL ORIGINATION
Integrated Channel Playout Up to 6 live inputs, 4 independent program outputs
Master Control Switching Frame-accurate transitions between live and recorded clips
Clip Playout Up to 4 bidirectional HD channels
Branding & Graphics Adobe Creative Suite authoring
8 keyers (graphics layers)
Single layers from clip or live inputs
Dual DVE for playout of two clips or live inputs
Independent branding for simulcast channels
Up to 2 external key, fill inputs
3-point animations
Dynamic text substitution from Astra or external source
Typefaces All standard font formats are supported
Captions & Subtitles
Localized and customized open captions
File-based closed-caption insertion
Audio
Integrated voice-over
Independent duck-mix-shuffle of live, clip and graphics audio sources
PLAYOUT & INGEST
Media Ports
Up to 4 bidirectional ports (decoder/encoder)
INTEGRATION
Dedication
Videoserver for playout and ingest, Integrated Channel Playout
Automation
ASTRA Studio, ASTRA Take 2, ASTRA MCR, ASTRA MAM and ASTRA Ingest 
MAM
Proxy encoding (MPEG4)
STORAGE
Capacity Up to four 4 TB hot-swappable SATA drives, 12 TB usable (450 hours at 50 Mbps)
Redundacy 3+1 modified RAID 4 (single parity)
POWER
Power Supply Dual redundant, hot-swappable
Input Voltage Range 90-260 V, 45-63 Hz
Power Consumption max 175 W
PHYSICAL
Dimensions 1U, depth 67.3 cm / 26.5 in
Weight
12.2 kg / 26.9 lbs
ENVIRONMENTAL
Operating Temperature
+5º to +40º C
Operating Humidity 10% to 85% non-condensing

 

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Key Features

  • Applications include ingest, playout and channel origination.
  • Provides live-to-disk recording, clip playout, graphics insertion, master control switching including DVEs, subtitling, independent branding of simulcast channels and many other broadcast features.
  • Proven solution for a wide range of applications.
  • Video processing core of Redwood BLUE is powered by Harmonic Spectrum technology.
  • Designed for premium broadcasters as well as for budget-constrained stations.
  • Modular and scalable software and hardware architecture to exactly meet your needs.
  • High level of quality, reliability and redundancy.
  • Redwood BLUE is fully integrated with the following ASTRA automation products: