Atlona Releases Upgrade to OmniStream AV-over-IP Platform

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Atlona has released a free upgrade to its OmniStream AV-over-IP platform. The new OmniStream 2.0 firmware adds support for 4K@60 video with 4:4:4 color sampling alongside i­mproved bitrate efficiency and integrated multiview processing capabilities.

OmniStream 2.0 features the new VCx codec, enabling 4K/60 4:4:4 streams with what the company claims is “artifact-free presentation” of both computer-generated content and fast-motion video. Significant gains in coding efficiency — compared to the earlier-generation VC-2 codec — enable more HD streams over 1 Gigabit Ethernet networks, multiple 4K streams over 10 Gigabit switch-to-switch uplinks, and simultaneous 4K and HD over Gigabit Ethernet. VCx also offers ultra-low latency of less than 1 frame from encode to decode.

OmniStream 2.0 brings new multiview window processing, enabling the simultaneous display of multiple sources from OmniStream Pro encoders on one screen from an AT-OMNI-121 decoder. Bypassing the need for a dedicated, external multiview processor, this new functionality is ideal for settings such as lecture halls or auditoriums with overflow rooms, network operations centers, and multi-room monitoring applications.

Additional features in the OmniStream 2.0 technology update include fast switching between 4K/60 video streams; integrated Ethernet link testing between encoders and decoders; and the ability to preview video streams as thumbnails through Atlona’s Velocity AV control system or in the OmniStream web GUI.

The OmniStream 2.0 firmware is available in new OmniStream units and as a free firmware update for existing OmniStream Pro and R-Type hardware models except the AT-OMNI-122, preserving customers’ investments while letting them take advantage of the latest technological advances. OmniStream 2.0 users can choose between using the new VCx or earlier VC-2 codec, enabling compatibility and security updates for existing OmniStream deployments while letting customers transition to VCx at any time.