OmniStream AV over IP

Uncompromised AV over IP performance and reliability

Atlona OmniStream™ is the next-generation AV distribution platform for integrators to design and build flexible, scalable, and cost-effective AV systems – from meeting rooms to buildings and even a campus or enterprise. Free yourself from the expense, scalability, and signal routing restrictions of traditional AV switching and extension, with an AV over IP platform engineered from the ground up to deliver maximum performance, mission-critical reliability, and long-term value to your customers.

OmniStream product families

Atlona proudly offers OmniStream in three distinct product families for integration into a wide range of commercial and residential AV applications.

OmniStream Pro

Conference rooms, boardrooms, and divisible rooms, plus AV distribution over large networks.

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OmniStream R-Type

Commercial and residential AV distribution applications.

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OmniStream Audio

Audio over IP integration via Dante™ and AES67.

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The OmniStream Advantage

“After reviewing the requirements and aligning them with solutions available on the market, all signs pointed us to Atlona’s OmniStream AV over IP platform.”

Brian Hayes / Sr. Sales Engineer, IVCi

What is AV over IP?

AV over IP is the transmission and distribution of audio, video, and other signals over data networks. AV over IP is also commonly known as networked AV.

AV over IP offers potentially significant benefits for AV system integrators and end users. Compared to traditional systems for AV distribution and extension, networked AV systems can be designed with virtually unrestricted scalability and signal routing flexibility, in addition to the convenience and cost efficiency of standard data networks.

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Unrestricted scalability.

Traditional circuit-based AV distribution requires hardware with fixed input and output port configurations that dictate system capacity, routing capability, and upgradability. With AV over IP, there is far greater flexibility in distributing signals, and upgrading is simply a matter of adding as many endpoints and network ports as desired.

AV over IP also offers value and cost benefits for scaling to large system designs without the need to specify a large matrix switcher.

Ideal for few inputs but many outputs.

System designs for applications such as digital signage comprise just a few sources distributed to numerous displays. This “asymmetrical” I/O scenario is often complex and expensive to integrate with fixed-configuration matrix switchers and DAs. For networked AV, system design is much more straightforward, defined by the size of the network switch and the number of decoders.

Virtualized matrix switching.

A networked AV system can bring together numerous sources and destinations from many local and distant locations, and distribute content between them in so many different ways that would not be possible with traditional AV matrix switching and distribution. This “virtual matrix” capability is enabled by the flexibility and agility of integrating AV over IP networks.

OmniStream Certification and Services

Atlona AVoIP Certification

Atlona is pleased to offer free online education courses and Atlona AVoIP Certification. This is a great opportunity to learn about networked AV systems, the OmniStream product family, and the essential principles of data networking. These courses are industry certified and accredited by InfoComm. With Atlona AVoIP Certification, you’ll have the credibility, knowledge, and confidence to inform your customers on the ideal networked AV system solutions for their requirements, and deliver quality sales and technical support whenever necessary.

Being certified by Atlona gives you priority and key advantages in selling and supporting OmniStream systems. For more information, please contact your Atlona sales representative.

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Atlona Professional Services

Atlona provides project design, configuration, and management services to system designers and integrators working with OmniStream AV over IP products. A trusted authority in providing support and guidance during the system design and deployment phases, Atlona will work with you to ensure optimal performance and efficiency in your AV over IP projects.

Contact us to get started and we will assign a dedicated engineer to guide you through the project from beginning to end. From creating a customized planner through commissioning to final on-site training, Atlona will provide each customer with the same exceptional level of care and support regardless of size. For an overview of our OmniStream Professional Services, click here.

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Unprecedented scalability and reliability for medium to large AV systems.

When your AV needs call for building or campus-wide distribution, along with mission-critical reliability, OmniStream Pro is your go-to platform.

How can OmniStream Pro be ideal for professional AV integration?

Discover for yourself – here are just a few of the many possibilities.

Multi-room AV distribution

Use OmniStream Pro to create efficient system designs for sharing AV sources among several rooms over standard data network infrastructure. Free yourself from the restrictions and great expense of large matrix switchers.

Live venues

Live events in entertainment venues, performing arts centers, and arenas usually require image magnification (IMAG) on multiple displays, a critical requirement for absolutely mininal latency. Also essential for live events and many other applications is zero tolerance for system downtime.

OmniStream Pro meets both essential requirements, so you won’t need to compromise. Shown below is an application scenario for a performing arts center.

Conference rooms

OmniStream Pro enables streamlined, modular system designs for conference rooms and meeting rooms. Integration is greatly simplified with AV routing and management over IP network infrastructure, while also allowing easy replication of system designs over several rooms.

Enterprise-wide AV integration

OmniStream Pro not only delivers virtually unlimited scalability for campuses or enterprises, but is also engineered with industry-exclusive features for optimizing performance and reliability over very large networks.

Why should I consider OmniStream Pro?

OmniStream Pro is engineered for the most demanding, mission-critical applications where system reliability, performance, and scalability cannot be compromised. 

Critical-quality video performance.

OmniStream Pro delivers the image quality you demand from baseband video, using high performance, visually lossless compression. The codec in OmniStream Pro is optimized for pristine, highly detailed graphics imagery, as well as 4K HDR and UHD 4:4:4 @ 60 Hz.

Ultra-low latency.

AV over IP systems are known for requiring tradeoffs between image quality and latency. OmniStream delivers the best of both worlds –
uncompromised picture quality and just half a frame of encode-decode latency, the lowest for any AV over Gigabit Ethernet platform.

As illustrated here, encode-to-decode latency is just 8 ms for 60 Hz video.

Forward error correction.

When planning for AV integration spanning a campus or enterprise, reliability of packet transmission over multiple or large LANs is a must. To ensure AV signal integrity, OmniStream Pro uses the same SMPTE standard FEC (forward error correction) adopted by the broadcast industry for video delivery over large-scale, complex networks.

Redundancy and maximizing system uptime.

For mission-critical applications, it’s absolutely unacceptable for an AV system to go down. OmniStream Pro features industry-exclusive technology that allows AV distribution over primary and secondary (backup) networks. Also available is the ability to deliver redundant 1080p streams over a single network.

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4K/UHD and HDR

Designing professional AV systems that can handle 4K video is a must. End users are demanding 4K from integrators, while new and interesting use cases continue to emerge in pro AV applications. OmniStream Pro supports UHD @ 60 Hz 4:4:4 and HDR formats, in addition to computer and video rates.

High Density Integration

OmniStream Pro encoders and decoders can process two independent video channels in one box, while competitive products only allow one channel of  encode or decode. Based on pricing per video channel, OmniStream encoders and decoders offer a significant cost advantage for large-scale systems.

System Redundancy and Failover

IT operations require redundancy and failover measures for critical aspects of their systems. With IT increasingly managing AV, networked AV systems are expected to meet similar requirements. OmniStream Pro can stream over two redundant networks, as well as deliver two redundant AV streams.

Secure Content Distribution

With networked AV systems part of the IT infrastructure, security is another key consideration. For government, military, and enterprise applications, protecting sensitive information is absolutely essential. OmniStream features AES-128 standards-based encryption technology.

Highly Robust and Reliable Over Large Networks

In large network applications, there is a small possibility of lost or damaged packets. OmniStream Pro employs SMPTE 2022 forward error correction, an industry-standard technology that fully compensates for any network errors while delivering artifact-free, uninterrupted real-time video.

Ultra-Low Latency

Video signals are highly bandwidth-intensive. Video compression is a necessity to reduce AV signal data rates, but this also introduces some latency which may not be acceptable. OmniStream features a light compression algorithm with absolutely minimal encode-to-decode latency.

Power over Ethernet

PoE is essential for flexible installation and remote powering of Wi-Fi access points and other devices. OmniStream devices are PoE-capable, making it convenient to place them near AV sources and displays. PoE also allows centralized power monitoring and management of endpoints.

Budget-Friendly

For multi-room AV distribution, an OmniStream networked AV system can deliver more appealing value compared to traditional matrix switching. When it comes to larger system designs for buildings and campuses, the value and cost benefits increase dramatically.

Meet the OmniStream Pro product family.

Atlona offers a pro AV industry first – two channels of encoding or decoding in a single half-rack enclosure.

OmniStream 111 (AT-OMNI-111)

Single-Channel Networked AV Encoder

OmniStream 112 (AT-OMNI-112)

Dual-Channel Networked AV Encoder

OmniStream 121 (AT-OMNI-121)

Single-Channel Networked AV Decoder

OmniStream 122 (AT-OMNI-122)

Dual-Channel Networked AV Decoder

Performance and simplified integration for commercial and residential AV systems.

OmniStream R-Type has you covered for flexible, reliable 4K HDR over IP distribution for professional and whole-house installations.

How can OmniStream R-Type be ideal for my AV integration needs?

Here are just a few of the many possibilities for satisfying functional requirements and delivering long-term value to your customers.

Bars and restaurants

Use OmniStream R-Type to create efficient yet scalable system designs for sharing TV broadcasts everywhere without the restriction of a fixed matrix switcher. Expand the possibilities with video walls and on-screen, scrolling text messages.

Digital signage

Digital signage systems are usually asymmetrical – a few sources feeding a large number of destinations – and a challenge for traditional AV designs. But with OmniStream, it’s simply a matter of provisioning a decoder and network drop for each display.

Whole-house 4K HDR integration

OmniStream R-Type can easily be integrated over existing CAT 5e or 6 structured cabling. The extremely low latency of the high performance, visually lossless codec makes OmniStream R-Type ideal for multi-room gaming applications.

Why should I consider OmniStream R-Type?

OmniStream R-Type is 4K HDR distribution infrastructure now and the future. Free yourself from the past limitations of other AV over IP platforms and consider a fully capable, scalable, and dependable platform – backed by our industry-leading 10 year warranty. 

High performance 4K HDR.

OmniStream R-Type supports 4K HDR, including HDR10 and future 60p HDR broadcast services. OmniStream delivers the image quality you demand from baseband video, using high performance, visually lossless compression optimized for fast-motion video content.

Ultra-low latency.

OmniStream delivers the best of both worlds – uncompromised picture quality and just half a frame of encode-decode latency, the lowest for any AV over Gigabit Ethernet platform. Playing video games? No problem at all. The illustration here shows an encode-decode delay of just 8 ms with 60 Hz video.

Plug and play compatibility with network switches.

OmniStream R-Type is ready to go with industry-leading network switches from Cisco and others. All you need to do is connect your devices to the network and upload a setup file to the switch. Forget about tedious manual setup procedures.

Works with existing network cabling.

One of the most significant costs of AV integration is a new cabling infrastructure. The beauty of OmniStream is that it’s ready for use with the network cabling already in place for a facility or residence, going as far back as CAT 5e.

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4K/UHD and HDR

Delivering AV systems for 4K HDR video is a must. OmniStream R-Type supports UHD @ 60 Hz 4:4:4 and HDR formats such as HDR10. You and your customers can rest assured, knowing that OmniStream R-Type will be ready for 60p HDR broadcast services in the future.

High Density Integration

The OmniStream R-Type encoder processes two independent video channels in one box, while competitive products only allow one channel of encode. This results in a significant cost advantage and simplified integration when rack space is at a premium.

Ultra-Low Latency

OmniStream features a light compression algorithm with absolutely minimal encode-to-decode latency less than one frame, or 9 ms for 60 Hz video. This easily allows for demanding applications requiring tight synchronization, namely video gaming.

Plug and Play

OmniStream systems can quickly be integrated with popular network switches through configuration files available from Atlona. This avoids the need for IT expertise or to bring in network experts for small to medium systems, saving valuable installation time and costs for your customers.

Use existing network cabling

OmniStream R-Type runs over standard Gigabit Ethernet, which natively accommodates CAT 5e and CAT 6 network cabling. If available, you can use the existing structured cabling in a facility or residence, without having to plan for an expensive retrofit to install CAT 6A or CAT 7.

Content Encryption

This AV over IP platform is HDCP 2.2 compliant from end to end, and ensures trouble-free compatibility with all premium UHD source content. In commercial applications, OmniStream R-Type also lets you disengage HDCP authorization for inputs and outputs as needed.

Power over Ethernet

PoE is essential for flexible installation and remote powering of Wi-Fi access points and other devices. OmniStream devices are PoE-capable, making it convenient to place them near AV sources and displays. PoE also allows centralized power monitoring and management of endpoints.

Budget-Friendly

For asymmetrical systems with few inputs but a large number of outputs, AV over IP is far simpler to design, more reliable, much more scalable, and more cost-friendly than cascading matrix switchers and DAs. Future system expansion is much simpler and less expensive as well.

Meet the OmniStream R-Type product family.

Atlona offers an AV industry first – two channels of encoding in a single half-rack enclosure for compact rack installations.

OmniStream 512 (AT-OMNI-512)

Dual-Channel Networked AV Encoder

OmniStream 521 (AT-OMNI-521)

Single-Channel Networked AV Decoder

Audio over IP integration.

OmniStream Audio products are the ideal complement to Pro and R-Type for meeting rooms, restaurants / bars, whole-house audio, and more.

AES67

OmniStream Pro and R-Type encoders and decoders stream audio to OmniStream Audio devices using AES67, a standard that also enables interoperability with third party AES67-capable products.

Dante

OmniStream Audio devices are also Dante™-capable. Audinate Dante is the AV industry’s most popular audio over IP technology. Integrate microphones and other Dante-equipped devices including DSPs.

How can OmniStream Audio be ideal for commercial and residential AV integration?

Have a look below.

Bars and restaurants

Use OmniStream Audio and AES67 to distribute audio to separate zones matched to the video content on the screens.

Meeting rooms and conference rooms

The OmniStream 232 provides an on-ramp for microphones to a Dante network. It can also provide an off-ramp for networked audio to an amplifier and speakers.

Whole-house audio

The OmniStream 238 features eight stereo outputs, ideal for directly interfacing into a multi-zone amplifier.

Meet the OmniStream Audio product family.

Streamline integration with Dante and AES67-capable devices and DSPs.

OmniStream 232 (AT-OMNI-232)

Two Input, Two Output Dante Audio Bridge

OmniStream 238 (AT-OMNI-238)

Eight-Output IP to Analog Audio Bridge

Powerful Configuration + Management with AMS

The Atlona Management System (AMS) is a powerful network software resource for an integrator, AV/IT system administrator, or tech manager to set up and manage a system of OmniStream encoders, decoders, and audio IP bridges. From a web browser, AMS enables streamlined system configuration as well as status monitoring, firmware updates, event notifications and alerts, and more. Video and audio routing configuration is straightforward with simple, intuitive navigation and menu selections similar to a mobile or web app.

AMS is offered as free software, or a dedicated server appliance that easily installs into a rack.

Velocity Control: Effortless, Seamless

OmniStream is designed for fast, streamlined integration with Atlona Velocity™, an AV control platform with an innovative IP system architecture for unprecedented scalability and reliability. Users can quickly and efficiently set up Velocity for controlling an OmniStream system, with no programming or extensive training required – just simple navigation and menu selections. Integrators and AV/IT staff can also easily streamline control system modifications. Velocity automatically configures touch panels with an intuitive GUI for AV signal routing.

Unified IP Platform for AV Distribution and Control

OmniStream, AMS, and Velocity all operate over standard IP network infrastructure. A unified, IP-based platform for AV signal distribution, system management, and control enables unprecedented scalability, system design flexibility, reliability, ease of integration, and long-term value.

Multi-room AV distribution

Use OmniStream Pro to create efficient system designs for sharing AV sources among several rooms over standard data network infrastructure. Free yourself from the restrictions and great expense of large matrix switchers.

Live venues

Live events in entertainment venues, performing arts centers, and arenas usually require image magnification (IMAG) on multiple displays, a critical requirement for absolutely mininal latency. Also essential for live events and many other applications is zero tolerance for system downtime.

OmniStream Pro meets both essential requirements, so you won’t need to compromise.

Conference rooms

OmniStream Pro enables streamlined, modular system designs for conference rooms and meeting rooms. Integration is greatly simplified with AV routing and management over IP network infrastructure, while also allowing easy replication of system designs over several rooms.

Enterprise-wide AV integration

OmniStream Pro not only delivers virtually unlimited scalability for campuses or enterprises, but is also engineered with industry-exclusive features for optimizing performance and reliability over very large networks.

Bars and restaurants

Use OmniStream R-Type to create efficient yet scalable system designs for sharing TV broadcasts everywhere without the restriction of a fixed matrix switcher. Expand the possibilities with video walls and on-screen,scrolling text messages.

Digital signage

Digital signage systems are usually asymmetrical – a few sources feeding a large number of destinations – and a challenge for traditional AV designs. But with OmniStream, it’s simply a matter of provisioning a decoder and network drop for each display.

Whole-house 4K HDR integration

OmniStream R-Type can easily be integrated over existing CAT 5e or 6 structured cabling. The extremely low latency of the SMPTE broadcast-grade, VC-2 codec makes OmniStream R-Type ideal for multi-room gaming applications.

The OmniStream Advantage

Latency

Forward Error Correction

Redundancy

Encryption

Power Over Ethernet

Configuring the Cisco Switch in use for OmniStream

OmniStream 111 and OmniStream 121: Single-Channel Networked AV Encoder and Decoder

OmniStream 112 & 122 Dual-Channel Network Encoders and Decoders

Success Story

OmniStream distributes AV throughout iconic New York trade show venue

One of the world’s best-known and largest convention centers places it’s confidence in Atlona’s OmniStream family, with immediate payoff.

Read the full story here.

OmniStream Resources

OmniStream White Paper

Learn about the essential benefits of integrating AV over IP networks, and discover in-depth the technologies and capabilities unique to OmniStream that enable high performance, reliable networked AV systems.