Mediator-X
  • Overview
  • Architecture
  • Asset Management
  • Playout
  • Distribution

Mediator-X Platform

Mediator-X is a cohesive, highly scalable, infrastructure agnostic platform for Media Asset Management, Transmission Playout and Non-linear delivery applications. With over a decade of innovation in its heritage, Mediator-X is an enterprise class platform that can run on private or public cloud infrastructure as well as dedicated hardware. Any particular system can be configured to run just one of the MAM, TX or NLD core functions depending on application needs, however the combination of all three brings powerful efficiencies to media workflows and processes.

  • Media Asset Management

    Enterprise grade MAM for mission critical component-based workflows.

  • Transmission Playout Automation

    Integrates a template driven channel branding engine that can reach into the MAM and utilize built-in or custom meta-data fields to dynamically populate on-air graphical elements.

  • Non Linear Distribution

    Mediator-X's extensible meta-data schema is used to capture a super-set of all business, editorial and technical information to drive delivery to multiple platforms.

  • Flexible

    Mediator-X's architecture is flexible enough to be run on either dedicated hardware or within Private or Public cloud environments.

  • Intuitive

    Our web based interface is easy and simple to learn and can be used on many devices.

  • Reliable

    Mediator is proven to deliver and is trusted by media companies across the world for their MAM, Linear Playout and Non Linear Delivery applications.

  • CAPEX & OPEX Effective

    Mediator can be deployed to lower your costs in either a CAPEX or OPEX business model.

System Architecture

Mediator-X has been designed for scalability, reliability, availability and security within today's world of modern IT infrastructure. Mediator-X can run on dedicated hardware or within public, private and hybrid cloud environments.

Mediator-X uses modern clustered database and messaging services so the core as well as the compute nodes can scale as your business grows. To handle ever expanding meta-data volumes Mediator-X uses a dual database architecture, allowing for the separation of transactional data from analytical / search data to give optimum performance and rich features for these very different data use cases.

  • High Availability
    All core services are clustered for high availability and performance.
  • Scalable
    Existing deployments supporting 100s of users delivering 500,000+ assets/month.
  • Any Infrastructure
    Runs on dedicated HW, Private and Public Cloud, as well as hybrid cloud environments.
  • Integration
    Comprehensive integrations are enabled through an extensive web services based API.
  • Web UIs
    Operation, configuration and engineering UIs are all web browser based.
  • Dual Database
    Transactional and analytical data handled by separate DB engines.

Cloud Ready

Mediator-X has been designed to take advantage of the inherent benefits of virtualization including the ability to spin-up and spin-down particular services to meet workload demands. Within the linear playout space, Mediator-X allows new channels to be configured and launched from within the Mediator-X configuration tool. Also, Render-X transcoders can be automatically launched and shutdown to meet fluctuating non-linear distribution workloads.

Media Asset Management

The Mediator-X platform is a true Enterprise grade MAM used for mission critical workflows within media companies across the globe. It handles all aspects of the workflow from ingest to delivery. Structured and rich technical and business meta-data is fully indexed and searchable. Workflows are managed at the component level to allow video, audio, captions etc. to traverse the system independently supporting concepts such as componentized global assets and virtual assets.

Mediator-X has knowledge of every instance of every component in the storage systems so it can deliver components where they're needed, when they're needed. Mediator-X supports both linear automation and non-linear delivery applications, giving it the ability to prioritize all workflows based on an aggregated view of required "air-date".

  • Extensible
    Fully indexed and searchable structured business and technical meta-data.
  • Integrated
    Rich library of 3rd party drivers and years of production use with ESBs.
  • Secure
    Restrict users access to tasks and content libraries by account.
  • Expandable
    Expand and grow the size of your deployment without limitation.
  • Componentized
    All workflows and processes take place at the component level.
  • Prioritized Workflows
    Make use of TX or NLD schedules to drive workflows in "on-air" order.

Cloud Ready

True multi-site team collaboration can be achieved by having a single unified system. Where a team and equipment is split over two physical sites, a single system cannot be hosted in either location while still achieving high availability. Mediator-X can support a multiple Availability Zone (AZ) architecture and leverage its clustered core architecture to deliver superior availability by distributing nodes within different AZs. In addition to this, some processing nodes can be kept on-premises. This is particularly useful if the primary hi-res storage is still located on-premises.

Linear Transmission Playout

Our automation has been built from the ground up for integrated play-out and is relied on by broadcasters around the globe. Powerful integration with our OvertureRT-LIVE allows template driven graphics to reach into the MAM to pull-out built-in or custom meta-data and dynamically populate on-air graphics. These sophisticated expressions can be used to promote events in the same schedule or across schedules.

Schedule import and as-run data export in multiple formats is supported. Combining play-out with MAM and NLD in the Mediator-X platform allows you to collect powerful, rich meta-data once; drive workflows from schedule times; construct non-linear assets straight out of the linear schedule and much more!

  • Multiple I/O
    Support for multiple Frame Rates and compressed/uncompressed video and audio I/O.
  • Graphics
    Native Graphics, Full DVE Support, Dynamic Elements, RSS Driven Elements.
  • Audio
    Mix, Shuffle, Dolby Encode/Decode, Loudness Correction, Nielsen and Kantar Watermarking.
  • Ancillary Data
    608/708 Captions, OP42/47 Subtitles, DVB, AFD Insertion, SCTE 104, V-Chip/XDS Insertion.
  • Video
    Up/Down/Cross Conversion, AFD Based Scaling.
  • Delayed Playout
    Delayed Playout with User Configurable Delays.

Cloud Ready

Public cloud on-demand billing is an attractive cost saving model for short-term workloads. Mediator-X, Overture and Cloud Bridge can be used to temporarily spin-up a full transmission chain in the cloud. This avoids having to expand the footprint of on-site hardware, private cloud or near-line storage.

Non-Linear Distribution

Tier-1 content owners are using Mediator's Non Linear Distribution System to take control of their VOD, TVE and other package-based deliveries. Mediator-X's conform and transcode management tools can interact directly with many different transcode engines including our own, Render-X. Packages are described using the same technology as our linear TX meaning you can easily recreate your on-air style.

The extensible meta-data system is used to capture a super-set of all business, editorial and technical data required to drive delivery to multiple platforms. This superset approach allows you to easily exploit assets as you on-board new platforms without re-keying.

  • Video
    Create your assets in a variety of formats and frame rates.
  • Graphics
    Insert native Graphics & DVEs; produce Non Linear Assets like your Linear Playout.
  • Audio
    Mix, Shuffle, Dolby Encode and Decode, Loudness Correction.
  • Efficient
    Enter meta-data once and deliver to many platforms.
  • Fast
    Perform your transcode and conform jobs up to 8X faster than real time.
  • Workflow
    Pass meta-data through workflows just like core assets.

Cloud Ready

Non-linear distribution workloads have peaks and troughs of demand. With Mediator-X in the public cloud you can scale up and down your Render-X transcoder fleet to match demand. Mediator-X manages and prioritizes all queues through the workflow and determines the fleet size to meet delivery deadlines. The fleet can be populated with on-demand or spot market instances. By using the spot market, the running cost of the instance can be significantly reduced.