Cisco Virtualizes Video Processing via Videoscape
Meanwhile, Cisco also is announcing the next generation of Videoscape AnyRes, which includes support for 4K video and the new HEVC compression standard. Current practices for implementing the various video workflows are expensive, tough to manage and difficult to scale, according to Cisco's Yates. "It does not take a rocket scientist to see that as an industry we have to find a better way," he wrote. "And this is where cloud technologies and virtualization come in. These technologies make things better because virtualization is best understood as enabling any piece of hardware to do any one of a wide variety of functions. The 'personality' that the hardware takes on is determined by the software that is loaded onto it. So instead of needing to buy, manage and scale separate pieces of equipment, in a virtualized environment it is only necessary to manage a single pool of hardware." According to officials with Cisco and Sony, the companies are grabbing live events in New York City with a Sony F55 4K camera and leveraging the HEVC encoding via Cisco's Videoscape AnyRes. They live stream is then sent from New York to Las Vegas via a fiber optic network, delivered to the Las Vegas Convention Center, decoded with a Cisco set-top box with 4K support and displayed on XBR 4K Ultra HD TVs from Sony.
"We are ushering in the next era in content experiences with partners like Sony, and demonstrating that today's cable networks are fully capable and ready to deliver full-frame rate 4K content," Joe Cozzolino, senior vice president and general manager for service provider video infrastructure for Cisco, said in a statement.