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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.

Complete 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

Redwood BLUE video engine is 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, 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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 Branding & Graphics
 Eight keyers (graphics layers)
 Background layer (clip or live)
 Single layers from clip or live inputs
 Dual DVE for playout of two clips or live inputs
 Independent branding for simulcast channels
 Dynamic text substitution from Astra or external source
 Master Control Switching  Frame-accurate switching between live and recorded clips
 Clip Playout  Up to four bidirectional HD channels
 Typefaces  All standard font formats are supported
 Captions & Subtitles
 Localized and customized open captions
 File-based closed-caption insertion
 Integrated voice-over
 Independent duck-mix-shuffle of live, clip and graphics audio sources
 BNC or Mini-DIN female, 75 Ω
 Up to eight bidirectional (up to six live inputs) per channel
 Graphics Formats  PNG, JPG, TIFF, GIF, Targa and FLV files
 Media Wrappers  QuickTime reference, LXF, GXF and MXF OP-1a and OP-1b
 SD MPEG-2  3-24.9 Mbps long GOP; 25-50 Mbps I-frame
 18-85 Mbps long GOP; 50-100 Mbps I-frame
 DV 25, DVCPRO 25, DVCPRO 50
 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
 SMPTE 299M/272M
 Up to 16 embedded per video channel
 Uncompressed  16, 24, 32-bit PCM @ 48 kHz
 Compressed  Compressed
 Configurable pillarbox, crop, anamorphic
 EIA-608 captions translated to EIA-708
 Line 21 OP-42 subtitles translated to OP-47
 Configurable letterbox, crop, anamorphic
 EIA-608 compatibility bytes extracted from EIA-708 data to create EIA-608 captions
 OP-47 subtitles translated to line 21 OP-42
 720p to 1080i
 1080i to 720p
 SD Resolutions and Frame Rates
 720 x 486i @ 29.97 fps
 720 x 576i @ 25 fps
 HD Resolutions and Frame Rates
 1280 x 720p @ 50 & 59.94 fps
 1920 x1080i @ 25 & 29.97 fps
 1920 x 1080p @ 25 & 29.97 fps (carried as PsF in HD-SDI; limited to AVC-I)
 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)
 NICs  Up to two GbE ports (one per I/O module)
 Access  FTP, CIFS and AFP services
 Automation & MAM  ASTRA Studio, ASTRA Take 2, ASTRA MCR, ASTRA MAM and ASTRA Ingest
 Power Supply  Dual redundant, hot-swappable
 Input Voltage Range  90-260 V, 45-63 Hz
 Power Consumption  max 175 W
 Dimensions  1U, depth 67.3 cm / 26.5 in
 12.2 kg / 26.9 lbs
 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: