Server (video)

A storage system that provides audio and video storage for a network of clients. Those used in professional and broadcast applications are based on hard disk storage. Aside from those used for video on demand (VOD), video servers are applied in three areas of television operations: transmission, post production and news. Compared to general-purpose file servers, video servers must handle far more data, files are larger and must be continuously delivered.

There is no general specification for video servers and so the performance between models varies greatly according to storage capacity, number of realtime video channels, protection level (RAID), compression codec and ratio, and speed of access to stored material – the latter having a profound influence.

Store sizes are large, typically from about 500 GB up to a many terabytes. Operation depends on connected devices: edit suites, automation systems, secondary servers, etc. The effectiveness of the server’s remote control and video networking is vital to success.