Avid AirSpeed | 5500

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Avid AirSpeed | 5500

Versatile media ingest and playout

From capture to broadcast, accelerate your entire SD and HD workflows with AirSpeed | 5500. This best-in-class multichannel video server helps you manage feeds, live acquisition, content production, and play-to-air demands easily. From direct codec support, automated capture, and proven media protection, to near-instantaneous ingest-to-playback turnaround and playout flexibility, AirSpeed | 5500 provides the reliable performance you need to produce and deliver top-quality news, television, and sports content—on time and on budget.

With AirSpeed | 5500, you can automate and get near-instantaneous ingest-to-playback turnaround, enabling you to get content to air as quickly as you acquire the media. And when used with Media | Director, you can trigger multisite playback remotely with Remote Send to Playback. It’s the only video server that’s designed to simplify and accelerate your entire media production workflow, from end to end.

By integrating AirSpeed | 5500 into an Interplay | Production and Avid NEXIS shared storage workflow, you gain unparalleled collaboration, performance, and access to all of your workgroup’s media—whether you’re onsite or working remotely. Plus, it brings a whole new level of creativity and collaboration to Media Composer | Cloud Remote and MediaCentral | UX, supporting a start to finish workflow using XAVC Intra, XAVC-L (Long GOP), AVC-Intra, or AVC-LongG.

Eliminate time-consuming transcoding with direct support for multiple Panasonic AVC, Sony XAVC, and other HD and SD media formats. In addition, AirSpeed | 5500 provides built-in up-, down-, and HD cross-conversion on ingest and playout across all channels, making it easy to work with disparate media, while eliminating the need for costly converters.

Get the workflow integration, open design, codec agility, and playout flexibility you need to handle a variety of content for long-term broadcast success. That’s why AirSpeed video servers are proven and trusted by hundreds of broadcast stations worldwide, in some of the most demanding production environments.

Product Description

Complete workflow versatility

Get a complete end-to-end workflow

For news, post, and sports production, AirSpeed | 5500 streamlines your entire workflow—from capture to playout. Eliminate time-consuming transcoding thanks to native support for a variety of media formats and codecs. And it integrates seamlessly with Avid and third-party newsroom, video, and broadcast control and editing systems. Choose the 2-channel model for smaller productions or the 4-channel system for more demanding, enterprise environments.

Open to your unique workflows

AirSpeed | 5500 runs on the Avid MediaCentral Platform, giving you easy workflow integration, unrivaled collaboration, and great versatility. Choose to use it with Interplay | Production asset management and Avid NEXIS shared storage—in your facility or in the cloud—with Avid and/or third-party systems, in a workgroup-connected environment, or as a standalone video server.

Get total flexibility

Thanks to its open architecture, you can work with your choice of editing software, automation control systems, and external hardware controllers, with the freedom to switch things up should your needs change.

Eliminate transcoding steps

Forget having to invest in costly converters. AirSpeed | 5500 has them built right into all of its channels, enabling you to record and play back both HD and SD baseband media in your preferred common format, such as XAVC Intra HD, XAVC-L, AVC-Intra HD, and AVC-LongG, eliminating extra transcoding steps.

Future-proof your workflow

Though it has the ruggedly dark and stylish looks of the AirSpeed 5000 server on the outside, AirSpeed | 5500 is designed around an advanced chipset that supports an extensive range of SD and HD operating points including XAVC Intra HD, XAVC-L, AVC-Intra HD, and AVC-LongG.

Powerful capture and playback

Automate capture and playback

Whether you use an Avid or third-party automation control system, content recording and playout have never been easier. With full Interplay | Capture integration, you can take the guesswork out of feed scheduling and recording.

Trigger multisite media playback remotely

Pair AirSpeed with Media | Director and you can trigger media playback remotely—across multiple locations—with Remote STP (Send to Playback). This enables you to send finished sequences from MediaCentral | UX in one location to an AirSpeed | 5500 video server group for playback in another, and get status feedback as if you were transferring the content locally. With Remote STP, you can optimize system utilization across multiple locations, increasing efficiency while reducing operating costs.

Fast editing and turnaround

Use the built-in IsoSync feature for one-button, frame-synchronized capture to Avid NEXIS for fast editing and turnaround. Capture events of any length, on any channel, with continuous recording, eliminating duration restrictions and ingest scheduling.

Cost effective playout

When you’re ready to go to air, get cost-effective playout by integrating iNEWS | Command, which provides precision automation, plus assisted and manual control. Or integrate AirSpeed | 5500 with a variety of third-party control systems through an available API, industry-standard VDCP, Sony BVW Control Protocol, or GPIO.