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Cisco AnyRes Video on Demand Analysis Node Data Sheet

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Product Overview

Cisco ® AnyRes Video on Demand (VoD) helps expand the revenue potential of video content for service providers, media distributors, and content providers by generating high-quality VoD assets that are compatible with any device. By eliminating the manual bottlenecks typically involved with high-volume, file-based transcoding workflow, which prepares video files for set-top boxes, PCs, and mobile devices, Cisco AnyRes VoD helps lower operating expenses (OpEx). It also produces high-quality assets for every screen with exceptional performance, maximizing advertising opportunities without compromising the viewing experience.
The Cisco AnyRes VoD analysis node performs pre-encoding analysis of input content to automate the routing of incoming media to proper templates and settings. The analysis node is an optional license in the Cisco AnyRes VoD workflow, and it uses decision logic that is customized within a work order according to your needs.

Features and Benefits

The Cisco AnyRes VoD analysis node:

• Organizes incoming assets according to fast file-header reads, or accurate frame-by-frame scanning

• Is an integrated solution that feeds results internally to the server node for further processing

• Is an integrated solution that automates manual processes and filters content according to results

• Is a licensed component of Cisco AnyRes VoD, so no additional hardware is required (but is recommended)

• Positions assets to be transcoded with the Cisco AnyRes VoD encode node or organized into folders by desired parameters to initiate a third-party action

• Scans for resolution, frame rate, file name, audio channels, time code, pixel format, letterbox detection, and more. Refer to Table 2 for a complete list

Platform Support and Compatibility

Cisco AnyRes Video on Demand is optimized for use on Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS ) hardware, such as on the B200 M3 blade server. This provides customers with a single system that encompasses:

• Network: Cisco Unified Fabric

• Industry-standard x86 computing

• Storage with access options

• Virtualization optimization

• Unified management model

• Dynamic resource provisioning

• Efficient scaling

• Lower cost, with fewer servers, switches, adapters, and cables

• Lower power consumption

• Fewer points of management

Licensing

License requirements for Cisco AnyRes Video on Demand vary by node and feature, as outlined in Table 1.

Table 1. License Requirements

Node

License Requirements

Client

Unlicensed, but required initially for setup and to operate Cisco AnyRes VoD; can be bypassed by the Cisco AnyRes VoD server API

Server

Required for all installations; one license per server or blade

Encoding

Transcoding and digital rights management (DRM)

Analysis

Pre-encoding analysis and "decision logic"

Post-encoding

Quality check, offline packaging, and delivery

Enhanced transport stream

Generates CableLabs®-compliant files

AC-3 Dolby

Encoding AC-3 files; pass-through does not require license

Common format indexing

Generates files compatible with Cisco Videoscape™ Distribution Suite Origin Server (VDS-OS) on-demand packaging

IP mode

Puts Cisco AnyRes VoD into "online enhancement" mode for Cisco VDS Optimization Engine (VDS-OE) solution

Product Specifications

Table 2 lists product specifications for Cisco AnyRes Video on Demand Analysis Node.

Table 2. Product Specifications

Inputs

Video

• Resolutions up to 2048 x 1080
• MPEG-2 elementary, program, and transport streams
• QuickTime (all codecs supported by QT 7.2 and later, including Apple ProRes 422, DVCPRO HD, Avid DNxHD *, and IMX MPEG-2 *)
• H.264, all profiles
• MXF (OP1A and OP-atom)
• GXF (SMPTE-360M)
• AVI
• WMV
• AVISynth scripts
• Motion and Photo JPEG

* With installation of third-party decoders

Audio

• AVI, QT, MPEG-2 Program and Transport Streams, and AVISynth scripts with embedded audio tracks
• Multichannel AVI
• WAV
• Extensible WAV
• AC-3
• Advanced encryption standard (AES) (SMPTE-302M)

Analysis

Options

Parameters

Active area height

Numerical entry

Active area width

Numerical entry

Audio channels

• None
• 1 (mono)
• 2 (stereo)
• 4
• 6
• 8

Audio codec

• AAC
• AC3
• MPEG layer 2
• None
• PCM
• WMA

Audio high count

Numerical entry

Audio sample rate (Hz)

• None
• 8000
• 11,025
• 22,050
• 32,000
• 44,056
• 44,100
• 47,250
• 48,000
• 50,000
• 50,400
• 88,200
• 96,000
• 176,400
• 192,000
• 2,822,400

Audio tracks

1-8

Closed captioning

• None
• 608
• 708

Commercial black count

Numerical entry

Container type

• ASF
• AVI
• AVISynth
• MPEG2 Program
• MPEG2 Transport
• MPEG4
• QuickTime
• Unknown

Display aspect ratio

Numerical entry

Dropped frame count

Numerical entry

Field order

• Top field first
• Bottom field first

File name

Open field

File size (MB)

Numerical entry

Frame mode

• Interlaced
• Progressive
• Telecined

Frame rate

• 60
• 59.94
• 50
• 30
• 29.97
• 25
• 24
• 23.976
• 15
• 12
• 10
• 7.5
• 6.25
• 5

Input height

Numerical entry

Input width

Numerical entry

Letterbox bottom height

Numerical entry

Letterbox top height

Numerical entry

Pillarbox left width

Numerical entry

Pillarbox right width

Numerical entry

Pixel aspect ratio

Numerical entry

Video bitrate (Kbps)

Numerical entry

Video codec

• AVC/h.264
• Cineform
• DVCPro
• MPEG-2
• Uncompressed
• VC-1
• XD Cam

System Requirements

Table 3 lists system requirements for the Cisco AnyRes Video on Demand Analysis Node.

Table 3. System Requirements

Minimum system requirements

• Quad-core Xeon processor *
• Windows Server 2008 R2
• 8-GB RAM
• 500 GB hard drive

* Faster processors reduce job time; additional processors increase density.

Also supported

• vSphere v5.0 or later

Warranty Information

Find warranty information on Cisco.com at the Product Warranties page.

Ordering Information

To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Home Page and use the information in Table 4. To download software, visit the Cisco Software Center.

Table 4. Ordering Information

Product Name

Part Number

Cisco AnyRes VoD Analysis Node

R-ARM-SWK-510-DN=, L-ARM-ANLZ-VOD=

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For More Information

For more information about the Cisco AnyRes VoD analysis node, visit http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps11801/index.html, or contact your local account representative.