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February 17, 2009

AMD Debuts Modular End-to-End Video Capture and Distribution System

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

Advanced Media Design (AMD (News - Alert)) has unveiled a new modular end-to-end video capture and distribution system that satisfies the requirements of users from various fields. AMD has stated that this new solution is intended to make it easy for employees, teachers, doctors and others to generate and distribute their own content.

AMD is a provider of AV-over-IP solutions to the audio-visual industry for enterprise, government, healthcare, and educational applications.
AMD developed MediaPOINTE which claims to be an emerging standard for business communications. It is a scalable system that combines the power of videoconferencing with a virtually unlimited array of audio visual and presentation technology. Allowing full motion video to be captured, archived and streamed, MediaPOINTE appliances offer everything AV-over-IP.
The new system includes software upgradeable versions of its Digital Media Recorders (DMRs), Digital Video Player (DVP) and its MediaPOINTE Ensemble server. It allows users to put together separate components for a scalable capture-to-watch solution and these components can be upgraded separately if the user decides to add more functions to the solution.
"The video-on-demand market is evolving from niche applications such as lecture capture to widespread employee-generated content requirements," said Gareth Wade, vice president sales and marketing, AMD/MediaPOINTE.
The MediaPOINTE Digital Media Recorders (DMR) and DMR HD lets users record events like lectures, meetings and presentation in the widely supported mpeg-4 format. They can archive these recordings utilizing hundreds of hours of on board storage. They can archive S-Video or Composite Video or stereo audio inputs and the output videos are stored in media formats viewable by media players.
The system can simultaneously stream while recording allowing live sharing as well as on-demand access of full motion video and stereo audio content. Videos recorded with the DMRs can be transferred onto users’ intranet, the internet or with CopyMe technology downloaded onto a CD-ROM or USB flash drive.   
MediaPOINTE's new Digital Video Player (DVP) extends the functionality of the DMR and DMR HD by delivering live and recorded content over public and private networks. As a standalone set-top box, users simply select and view a live or recorded event via on-screen menus, quickly and easily using a hand-held remote control. MediaPOINTE officials explain that this solution is better suited to offer VOD access to content anywhere in an organization.
MediaPOINTE Ensemble server lets organizations to enhance, organize and manage content. The DMR and DMR HD can automatically post recordings on the MediaPOINTE Ensemble server.
"MediaPOINTE is dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers, starting with the simplest solution and providing a cost-effective upgrade path as needs diversify," added Wade. "Our goal is to make digital recording and distribution simple, useful and cost effective, and we're reaching that goal with these new products."
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Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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