Silicon Graphics Inc unveiled its Origin video computing system, optimized for broadcasters and digital production studios and combines Silicon Graphics Origin servers, digital video options, software environments for digital asset management and media distribution, and third-party software. The Origin video computing system is an open, scalable set of products that support High Definition Television-capable graphics, high-speed networking, RAID storage, and additional video peripherals. The system provides a digital media distribution system for broadcasters, telecommunications companies, cable companies, digital satellite providers, and large corporations and is aimed at broadcasters who want to integrate their open computer and media-delivery environments. The video computing environment handles playback of film resolution, uncompressed HDTV data, multiple channels of uncompressed video and more than 100 streams of MPEG-2. Web video delivery software is also available from Silicon Graphics and third parties to support intranets. A set of open-protocol video playback tools, available later this year, will enable third-party vendors to control the video computing system for station automation, ad insertion, near-video-on- demand, and intranet video on demand. For digital asset management, the system is aimed at broadcasters, media production companies and video game developers who need to store and manage huge amounts of time-based media.