All-in-One Encoder/Decoder Enables Cost-Effective Video Capture of Live Events Across Statewide, Multi-campus Network
SEATTLE — Jan. 11, 2010 — KAMU, a public broadcasting station operated by Texas A&M University, has chosen the Streambox® SBT3-9300 video transport solution to serve as primary production backhaul for covering live events throughout the campus. KAMU, a PBS affiliate and the official broadcast arm of the university, relies on the Streambox system as a highly reliable and cost-effective method of transmitting high-quality HD-SDI video from many different locations throughout the state.
“When we migrated to an all-digital, HD broadcasting operation, we realized that our large, multi-campus IP network would be an ideal video transport mechanism for point-to-point coverage of events – but we needed an HD encoding tool that would deliver the necessary quality,” said Wayne Pecena, director of engineering, KAMU. “Streambox is known as the industry standard for broadcast-grade video transmission over IP, so it was an easy choice. With other vendors, you have to purchase different devices for encoding, decoding, and IP gateway, but the Streambox SBT3-9300 can act as an encoder or decoder depending on our needs – which means the system is much more flexible and versatile.”
KAMU has deployed four SBT3-9300 units to create a point-to-point transmission link for capturing live video from remote venues, such as campus sports arenas, and transporting it to the studio for broadcast. Based on the industry-leading Streambox® ACT-L3™ compression codec, the SBT3-9300 includes both encoding and decoding capabilities in a 1RU appliance to capture and encode full-motion and full-frame 1080i/720p HD content in addition to SD. At KAMU, the SBT3-9300 is part of a portable HD production system that can be deployed anywhere on campus in which breaking news or live events are taking place. In the studio, two SBT3-9300s decode the HD stream for broadcast and provide downconversion to SD as necessary.
In addition to sports events, KAMU uses the technology to capture HD video for many types of school activities. For instance, the technology was first used to cover a visit by President Barack Obama to the campus in 2010, and the systems captured video from around multiple sites during the university’s annual “Aggie Muster” gathering of students and alumni from around the world. Since the Texas A&M IP network encompasses many different campuses and university locations throughout the state, the Streambox gear can be easily deployed for event coverage from any of those locations. One example of this was the launching of a new research vessel at the Texas A&M Galveston campus, which is focused on maritime degree programs and research.
“As KAMU has shown, the SBT3-9300 provides a flexible and cost-effective path to full HD transmissions for many types of broadcasting organizations,” said Bob Hildeman, chairman and CEO of Streambox. “By offering built-in HD capabilities for the price of an SD system, the SBT3-9300 is designed to meet the exacting performance and quality demands of any organization that requires professional-level capabilities for transporting high-quality video over IP.”
More information about the Avenir and other Streambox ACT-L3 encoding solutions is available online at www.streambox.com.
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Licensed to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, KAMU operates two television studios and two radio studios within the university’s Educational Broadcast Services department. While KAMU exists primarily to provide public broadcasting to the Brazos Valley area, it is also involved in the academic mission of Texas A&M, from formal instruction in the broadcast arts to on-the-job training for student announcers, operators, and production assistants at the stations. KAMU operates with state-of-the-art broadcast and production equipment, including video editing and digital audio technology. In addition to the broadcasts, the station operates contract production units and produces distance-learning telecourses. Both stations are staffed by a combination of full-time employees, student workers, and volunteers to provide the necessary leadership, manpower, and programming. Administrative offices and studio facilities are all located in the Joe Hiram Moore Communications Center, a 17,000-square-foot facility located on the Texas A&M campus. For more information, visit http://kamu.tamu.edu.
Streambox focuses on IP-based, end-to-end newsgathering and contribution services. It delivers SD and HD software and hardware for video compression, transmission, management and playout. The Streambox Live™ service supplements the Streambox platform with free encoding software and server-based services for scalable newsgathering and contribution.
Streambox solutions are based on the industry-leading ACT-L3™ codec, which provides unrivaled performance, reliability, and quality over low data rate IP networks for fast transmission and playout of video streams in HD and SD. The company’s platform enables broadcasters, government agencies, enterprises, and other users to enhance content ownership, simplify operations, and increase operational efficiencies.
More information is available at www.streambox.com.
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