West Pond Enterprises

The MX-400 is the most versatile member of West Pond’s smart headend family. This multi-input/multi-output NxM transport stream multiplexer can process transport streams up to 500 mb/s. The number of input and output transport streams is not software restricted and is limited only by the MX-400 processing power and the transport stream composition. The 1RU form factor supports up to four expansion modules providing a wide variety of multiplexer input sources and output TS targets. Video inputs include HDMI, Component, Composite, HD-SDI, DTV tuners, ASI, and IPTV. Outputs include IPTV, ASI, and DTV modulated RF. West Pond provides a variety of market specific software packages including the TS ( transport stream multiplexing ), ST ( stadium ), the HY ( hospitality ), SR ( datacasting ) and the IO ( datacasting video encoder ). Available software features include video encoding, encryption, content protection & key management, HTML video wrapping, digital signage, alert messages, display controls, in-house cable network monitoring and trouble shooting, datacasting, IP encapsulation, SMPTE 2022 FEC and more.

  • MX-400ST
  • MX-400HY
  • MX-400LV

MX-400, the base model for all MX-400 systems

The MX-400 base model software begins with the FlexStream multichannel (NxM) multiplexer. The entire software package is optimized for multiplexing and as such the MX-400 can process up to 500 Mb/s of transport stream data. The maximum throughput is content dependent but there are no software limits on the number of TS inputs or outputs supported. Special features include PSIP table merging, automated multicast IPTV channel discovery, a user friendly Web based UI, and front panel video monitoring for all mux inputs. Supported TS sources include an integrated video server (TS file spooling), TSoIP video/IPTV, RTSP (i.e. security cameras), and ASI. The multiplexer output can deliver transports streams over IP, integrated multi-standard RF modulators, and/or ASI. SMPTE 2022 (proMPEG) FEC is available on all IP inputs and outputs.

Highlights
  • Scalable, high bitrate, multi-input, multi-output TS multiplexer
  • No artificial, software imposed, content processing limitations
  • Flexible, compact, 1RU rack mount format with 4 option module bays
  • Integrated video server for continuous content playback
  • Support for ASI, IPTV, & RTSP inputs
  • Support for ASI, IPTV, & Modulated RF outputs
  • SMPTE 2022 FEC/Pro MPEG input/output
  • Full motion video QVGA front panel to display any multiplexer input
  • User friendly WebUI for easy access and configuration
  • Easy to use graphical front panel for IP configuration, status, and TS analytics
  • Software updatable and remotely manageable
  • Supported by FlexDM cloud based device management and transcoding service
  • Made In USA - 1 Year Warranty
Features
  • Manageability
    • Front panel graphical configuration and status
    • Front panel video of all mux inputs
    • Web UI, password protected, configuration from anywhere
    • USB Configuration for bulk processing
    • FlexDM remote management ready
  • Analytics
    • Presented via Web UI and front panel QVGA
    • Dynamic input/output stream stats
    • Plot rate versus time, and compute minimum and maximum bitrates for selected streams
    • Signaling verification
    • TS Error checking
  • Video streaming from file playlists
    • Multichannel video steamer
    • Playlist and schedule driven
    • >20 GBytes on board storage
    • WebUI with file upload and progress bar
    • FlexDM cloud based transcoding service ready
  • Transport Streams
    • Maximum agreegate bitrate input/output: ~500Mb/s - Constrained by input device, output device, & CPU usage
    • Maximum number of MPTS outputs: Not limited - Constrained by CPU usage or output devices
    • Maximum video elementary streams per program: Not limited
    • Maximum number of audio elementary streams per program: Not limited
    • Maximum number of data streams per program: Not limited
    • UDP unicast & multicast UDP input/output TS support
    • SMPTE 2022 FEC Pro-MPEG
    • RTP/RTSP input support (converted to TS)
    • Transport packet size: 188/204 byte
  • TS Multiplexing
    • Demultiplexer/Remultiplexer
    • Program filter and mapping (“cherry picker”)
    • PID filter and mapping
    • PSI (PAT/PMT) signaling
    • ATSC, DVB-T, ISDB-T signaling including user definable channel labeling descriptors
    • PSI, ATSC, DVB-T, ISDB-T signal merging
    • PCR dejittering and restamping
    • Rate smoothing
    • Time stamping
    • TS CBR and VBR
  • Cable TV Monitoring
    • Scan for unused channels/frequencies.
  • Network
    • 4 independently managed GigE ports.
    • UDP/RTP input auto detect
    • IPTV simulcast output
    • multicast IPTV network scanning channel autodetect
    • RTP/RTSP input support (converted to TS)
Hardware
  • Form factor: 1RU, 19 inch rack, 328.2 mm (12.92 inch) L X 442.2 mm (17.41 inch) W X 44.0 mm (1.72 inch) H
  • Weight: Less than 6 lbs
  • Shipping weight: Configuration dependent
  • Operating Temp.: 0º - 45ºC (32º-113ºF)
  • Humidity: 10 - 95% RH, non-condensing
  • Input voltage: 100 - 240VAC , 50-60Hz
  • Power: Less than 80 watts - Configuration dependent
  • Cooling: Fan cooled. Positive pressure, ~20 cfm air flow front to back.
  • Compliance: FCC class A/CE (TBD)
  • Rack mounting: Mounting ears provided
  • Cabling: Power cord included, others provided with optional hardware
  • Front panel configuration: Management LAN network connection
  • Front panel video: QVGA. H.264 & MPEG2 decode and scaling
  • CPU: Quad core 1.6 - 2.0 GHz with GPU
  • RAM: 4GB, DDR3 ECC, 1600
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Standard Inputs:
    • 4x GigE
    • 2x USB 3.0 Host
    • 2x low profile PCIe X1 Gen II
    • 2x full profile PCIe x1 Gen II
    • 1x Mini PCIe USB 2.0
    • mSATA up to 1TB, 32 GB standard
Optional Hardware
  • ASI Out
  • ASI In/ASI Out
  • Dual ASI In/ASI Out
  • Single US Cable QAM, ISDB-T, DVB-T, 8-VSB modulator
  • Quad US Cable QAM, ISDB-T, DVB-T, 8-VSB modulator
  • Cable TV Monitor Tuner US Cable QAM
  • Cable TV Monitor Tuner DVB-T
  • Cable TV Monitor Tuner ISDB-T
  • mSATA up to 1TB, 32GB standard
MX-400 Back View
Base system, with four possible customizable slots. Click the Optional Hardware tab for a list.
MX-400 Diagram

 

Model Comparison Chart

Features Mux Inputs Encoding TV Monitor Video Server Modulated Output HTML Signage Data Carousel Display Controls Datacasting SMPTE 2022 Rest Management API

Base Model
TSoIP, RTSP None No

Stadium Edition
TS-Files, TSoIP, RTSP, Encoder MPEG2, MPEG4, h.264/MPEG4-AVC Scanning and signal check only

Hospitality Edition
TS-Files, TSoIP, RTSP, TV-Tuner, Encoder MPEG2, MPEG4, h.264/MPEG4-AVC Yes, including real-time monitoring. Limited

Live Event Edition
TS-Files, TSoIP, RTSP, TV-Tuner, Encoder MPEG2, MPEG4, h.264/MPEG4-AVC Scanning and signal check only

Datacasting Server
MX-400IO None Datacasting RR

Video Processor
RTSP/VMS/TV-Tuner/Encoder h.264/MPEG4-AVC No

Multiplexer
TS-Files, TSoIP, RTSP, ASI None Scanning and signal check only

 

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