Aveco’s Redwood BLACK is a multipurpose video engine that provides integrated channel origination, ingest and playout features. It is a proven broadcasting solution with integrated IP and SDI interfaces, graphics, DVE effects, to-from live switching, and support for formats up to UHD HDR for end video delivery – for applications where quality and reliability are paramount. Redwood BLACK is powered by Harmonic Spectrum X technology.

Integrated Channel Workflow

As 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 BLACK’s hardware and software are both modular and scalable to deliver the right feature set. Further providing a complete IP workflow using the industry standards SMPTE ST 2022-6 and ST 2110, together with the SDI interfaces, means streamlined delivery of professional content in today’s hybrid world where the adoption of IP to the existing SDI infrastructures is in progress.

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 BLACK meets the needs of the most demanding users.

Video Engine

The Redwood BLACK video engine, which provides end-to-end SD/HD and UHD HDR video ingest and delivery, is highly scalable and suitable for traditional broadcast chains as well as integrated channel playout. Built-in multi-channel DVE, 8 layers of graphics, master control switching with clip playback, and ingest capabilities make Redwood BLACK perfect for a wide range of applications. With up to four SD/HD channels or one 4K UHD channel per unit, Redwood BLACK gives you the flexibility to add channels as you need. For reliability and fault tolerance, the video engine components operate independently. Redwood BLACK is designed for extreme reliability.

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 on powerful media asset management, ASTRA provides tools to streamline the lifecycle of all of your content locally or from remote locations.

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SDI Inputs/Outputs SD-SDI (SMPTE-259M)/HD-SDI (SMPTE-292M)
BNC or Mini-DIN female, 75 Ω
Up to 2x 8 bidirectional
IP Inputs/Outputs SMPTE 2022-6, SMPTE 2110, PTP (10GB optical or cooper) or quad 1GB for TS ingest
Others LTC I/O, Ref In
Network Two 1GbE ports
Access: FTP, CIFS, AFP
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
1920 x 1080p @ 50 & 59.94 fps
UHD Output Video Definition 2160 x 4096p @ 50 & 59.94 fps (4 x SDI 3G - QUAD)
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
XDCAM HD: 18, 25, 35, 50 Mbps
AVC-Intra Class 50 and Class 100
VC-3 (SMPTE 2019-1) 120, 145 Mbps
XAVC Intra or L-GOP up to 50Mbps
ProRes 422: 122, 147 Mbps; Standard Quality mode
Aspect Ratio Conversion
Channels SMPTE 299/272
Up to 16 embedded per video channel
Uncompressed: 16, 24, 32-bit PCM @ 48 kHz
Compressed: passthrough, Dolby® E encode/decode
Features Audio track swapping, track tagging, language rules
Audio mix effects, voice-over insertion
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
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 2 usable SD/HD players per ICP card, up to 2 ICP cards per chassis, or 1 4K UHD player
Branding & Graphics Adobe Creative Suite authoring
8 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
Integrated voice-over
Independent duck-mix-shuffle of live, clip and graphics audio sources
Media Ports
Up to 4 bidirectional SD/HD ports (decoder/encoder) or one bidirectional 4K UHD port.
Integrated Channel Playout, videoserver for playout and ingest
Proxy encoding (MPEG4)
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 Supply Dual redundant, hot-swappable
Input Voltage Range 90-260 V, 45-63 Hz
Power Consumption Max 505 W
Dimensions 1U, depth 70.5 cm / 27.75 in
17 kg/29.5 lbs
Operating Temperature
+5º to +40º C
Operating Humidity 10% to 85% non-condensing
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Key Features

  • Applications include ingest, production and master control playout
  • 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
  • Dolby® E encode/decode
  • Video processing core powered by Harmonic Spectrum
  • Modular and scalable software and hardware architecture to deliver the feature set you need
  • High level of quality, reliability and redundancy