Atlona: OmniStream™

Announced at InfoComm 2016, Atlona’s latest line of IP-based distribution solution, the OmniStream™, is designed for integrating and distributing 4K/UHD video, audio, and RS-232 control over Gigabit Ethernet networks employing off-the-shelf network switches.

Consisting of five products, the OmniStream line offers several industry-first features, including high density, dual-channel encoding and decoding; redundant AV networks and streams; encrypted content distribution; network error resilience; broadcast-quality 4K video compression with very low latency; and the ability to convey 4K video and Dante™ audio simultaneously over the same network.

The OmniStream line comprises the following products:

  • AT-OMNI-111 Single-Channel Networked AV Encoder
  • AT-OMNI-112 Two-Channel Networked AV Encoder
  • AT-OMNI-121 Single-Channel Networked AV Decoder
  • AT-OMNI-122 Two-Channel Networked AV Decoder
  • AT-OMNI-232 Two-Channel Dante™ Networked Audio Interface

Dual-Channel Technology For Efficiency or AV Network Redundancy
An AV industry first, dual-channel encoding and decoding allows each AT-OMNI-112 and AT-OMNI-122 to process two independent 4K/UHD video streams in a single, half-width rack enclosure. This allows Atlona to offer excellent cost per channel value, as well as the benefit of a high-density rack installation.

Broadcast-Grade Video Compression and Low Latency
OmniStream features SMPTE VC-2 video compression (SMPTE 2042), a visually lossless codec originally developed by the BBC for high quality imagery in master control video distribution as well as post-production and archiving.

Network Error Resilience and Security
For optimal performance and reliability, OmniStream features SMPTE 2022 forward error correction for protection against packet loss and the resulting signal dropouts, which can occur in large-scale applications spanning several networks. It also features selectable AES-128 encryption for securing sensitive or protected content in government, military, healthcare, and corporate environments.

Audio Integration with Dante
All OmniStream AV encoders stream HDMI embedded audio, including Dolby® and DTS® multi-channel bitstream formats. In addition, the AT-OMNI-232 Dante network interface can be used for transmitting and receiving two-channel audio over the network. The ATOMNI-232 also integrates sources such as microphones and PCs into a third-party audio DSP as well as a larger Dante system.

Designed for Pro AV Integration, including PoE
OmniStream is designed with a host of essential features for streamlining and optimising AV integration. Decoders feature high performance 4K upscaling and downscaling with 4:4:4 video processing to preserve full colour integrity of computer-generated content.

Availability: All OmniStream products will be available September 2016.