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360 Systems’ high definition 2420-EX sets a new standard among broadcast servers. Now, get four video channels, up to 16 terabytes of storage, and a full set of server tools, all in a compact, two rack-space design.


  • 2 HD-SDI Inputs diagram
  • 4 HD-SDI Outputs
  • 4 CVBS Monitor Outputs*
  • 32 channels Embedded Audio
  • 32 channels AES/EBU Audio*
  • 32 Channels +4 Analog Audio*
  • 4 Serial Control Inputs
  • VDCP, BVW, Odetics protocols
  • 12 GPI Inputs (programmable)
  • 12 GPI Outputs (programmable)
  • 150 hours storage (Optional 300 hours)
  • RAID-6 server-grade SATA drives
  • File Transfer via Gigabit Ethernet
  • 4-Channel Graphic User Interface
  • Remote Workstation Software
  • Advanced Playlisting Software
  • File Trimming/Segmenting
  • Key-and-Fill Playback
  • Slow-Motion Playback
  • Redundant Power* and Cooling
  • Program logging
  • Fault Monitoring
  • *optional components



Four High Definition Channels

The 2420-EX can play four HD video streams at once, or it can record two and play two others—and simultaneously ingest content via Ethernet. It’s also a graphics store with linked key-and-fill capability. Standard features include HD-SDI video I/O with frame sync, so it can handle wild sources like tape, cameras and satellite feeds. Audio formats include embedded audio, and options for AES/EBU or balanced +4 analog.

JPEG 2000 Quality Imaging

When image quality has to be high and cost manageable, JPEG 2000 is a first choice. Its wavelet-based coding is a leading format for new cameras and production, with an I-frame structure that makes editing easy. JPEG 2000 is a growing standard for sports, and the sole format in digital cinema. 360 Systems offers JPEG-2000 at bandwidths to suit every level of image quality.

Managing Today’s Workflows

The 2420-EX supports file-based work-flow over Gigabit Ethernet, using affordable, real-time transcoding from Ipera and Telestream. It’s file compatible with Grass Valley’s Edius® NLE, with Infinity JPEG 2000 MXF. The 2420-EX is well suited as a play-to-air server, as a cache for satellite ingest, a graphics store, and in remote trucks for sports. It operates with VDCP automation and Odetics controllers.

  • 16 Inputs, 32 Outputs
  • Embedded Audio
  • 16 Inputs, 32 Outputs
  • AES/EBU Digital Audio
  • Redundant Audio Power
  • 8 Inputs, 16 Outputs per module.
  • Analog Audio, +4 Balanced
  • Redundant Audio Power

Smooth Integration with Leading Broadcast Equipment

360 Systems’ servers are on air with every major automation system. Choose from market leaders like Crispin, Harris, Nverzion and Sundance. Overseas, it’s Ibis, Pebble Beach ProBel, Ninsight, Hardata, Aveco, and more. So pick your system with confidence;

MAXX-2420-EX will work exactly as you expect.

The MAXX-2420-EX also plays video or graphics in perfect sync, and is plug-and-play compatible with commands from Ross and Echolab video switchers.


Precise slow-motion, forward and reverse, is a strong point with the 2420-EX—perfect for analyzing and replaying sports events. Now it’s possible to capture a segment, trim and review at any speed. The 2420-EX works with most desktop slow-mo controllers.

Instant replay for sports, entertainment, and news is available now at low cost. The 2420-EX works seamlessly with all popular controllers, and even accepts 12 GPI commands from switchers or push-button panels.

A Modern Design for Fault Tolerance

Every part of a 360 Systems server has been designed for reliability. The 16-Terabyte storage array incorporates fault tolerant RAID technology, which spreads content across all drives for a high level of security. The loss of a drive has minimal effect on the server’s performance. We use only server-grade drives, providing 300 hours of program storage and near-lossless image quality.

An optional redundant power supply offers an added layer of protection, and is easily replaced from the back. Quiet, forced-air cooling uses conservatively rated fans, and a sophisticated alarm system reports any event needing attention.

MAXX-2420-EX Applications

  • Program storage/Play-to-air
  • Satellite cache
  • Slow-Motion playout
  • Instant Replay of sporting events
  • File exchange with NLEs
  • Key-and-Fill playout
  • Multi- screen projection displays
  • Corporate & Educational Displays
  • Theme parks and attractions
  • Remote workstations for ingest, trim, playlisting


Video Input 2 Channels
Video Outputs 4 Channels
Simultaneous video streams 4 (2 record 2 playout, 1 record 3 playout, or 4 playout)
HD Input/Output HD-SDI, SMPTE 292M, 75Ω BNC
Video Format 1080i at 29.97 or 25 Hz; 720p at 59.94 or 50 fps
Encoding Format JPEG-2000, to 125 Mb/Sec
Jog/Shuttle Zero to 128X, forward/reverse
Slow Motion Play with audio Zero to 1X, reverse; Zero to 2X, forward
Frame Accuracy Frame accurate play, pause and stop
Monitor Outputs Composite video down-scaled from HD in NTSC (525) or PAL (625).
Genlock Input 60 Hz: Blackburst SMPTE 170 M; 50 Hz: ITU-R BT.470; 75W BNC


Ancillary Data Record up to 6 lines of VANC in 1080i or 12 in 720p
LTC Input Two, 75Ω BNC

AUDIO INPUTS / OUTPUTS (per video channel)

SDI Embedded Audio 8 channels – SMPTE 299M
Analog Audio Input, +4 dBu, balanced, XLR-3 connectors 4 Channels with optional AXP-3 I/O panel. 8 Channels with AXP-3 and AXP-4 I/O panel
Digital Audio Input, AES/EBU, XLR-3 connectors 8 Channels with DXP-1 I/O panel.
Bit-for-Bit® data handling Transparent to Dolby®-E, AC-3
Audio coding 48KHz, 24-bit, linear PCM
Frequency response 10 Hz to 20 kHz ± .1 dB
Dynamic Range (analog) 112 dB
Distortion (analog) <.002% THD @ full scale -1 dB


Disk Storage System Serial ATA array, eight – 1 or 2 Terabyte drives, Hardware RAID 5 controller
Total Capacity 16 Terabytes EX model (8 Terabytes HD model)
Drive Replacement Hot Swappable, removable from behind front panel


Networking Gigabit Ethernet
Ethernet Transport JPEG-2000 files, Remote GUI control, machine diagnostic files
Serial Control 4, VDCP or Odetics protocols, 9-pin on CXP-1 module (included).
GPI Control 12 Inputs, Outputs, Programmable


Fault Monitoring LEDs Front Panel LEDs, power, genlock, fans, system, RAID
Fault Monitoring Output GPI output, open collector
Software Updates CD-ROM
Power Supply Dual Redundant, 100-250V – 50/60 Hz. 460W, rear panel plug-in
Cooling Redundant slow-speed fans
Chassis 2-RU x 19” Rack, Weight: approx 51 lb. (23 kg)


Model AXP-3 Analog Audio 4 inputs/outputs per video channel, +4 balanced on XLR. Self powered, redundant supplies. Add AXP-4 for 8 analog channels. 2-RU each
Model DXP-1 AES/EBU Audio 8 inputs/outputs per video channel, AES/EBU on XLR. Self powered, redundant supplies. 2 RU
CXP-1 Serial and GPI control module. 1 RU (standard)