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Streambox Makes the Cut with Remote Editing

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Alan Bell is an award-winning features editor and visual effects creator. Some of his latest projects include Red Sparrow, The Dark Tower and 3 of the Hunger Games releases. Currently he is working as the supervising editor on a project for a group of 3 horror movies.

Alan made a lifestyle change about one and a half years ago and moved from Los Angeles to New Hampshire. He purchased a house there and built a complete editing office in the basement. To achieve his goal of remote editing he required a solution to collaborate with directors wherever they worked from being able to play out of his Avid systems with encrypted content.

In a previous project Alan had used a streaming collaboration system but it used an intense amount of bandwidth and had a long 3 second latency that made it impractical for use in his new surroundings. The high price eliminated it as a cost-effective solution for Alan as an independent professional.

Researching different solutions around 3 years ago, Alan tested Streambox and a software only system. The other system worked reasonably well but could not provide the necessary quality, and it is considerably more expensive. So when it came time to start the current project with the director and edit team in Los Angeles, Streambox was the obvious solution.

As Alan puts it, Streambox is the key feature of his toolbox for remote editing He uses a Streambox Chroma X encoder in his office to stream out to destinations with Streambox Cloud Services for reliable transport. The director can choose to view the material in her office using a NODE 2 compact media player device or her iPad or iPhone. He adjusts the resolution on the Chroma X depending on which device is being used for viewing. Alan appreciates that he is able to send the director as little or as much material as needed for each session. Alan states, I just turn it on, control the system from my laptop, they start watching, and it all just works. During the session he can starts and stop the stream as needed for detailed review.

NODE 2 player provides a high quality and reliable viewing experience being connected to the network in the director’s office and is not dependent on the quality of a WiFi network when using a tablet or phone. It is set up for stereo audio, but Alan intends to use 5.1 audio in the future. For future projects where Alan would be working day to day with a director, he would replicate the same set up on both sides. Even though he is using full HD for review in this project, it is important to Alan that Streambox can offer 4K DCI video with 4:4:4 RGB and HDR support along with up to 16 channels of audio. Some of Alan’s work requires the use of a theater environment so it is a big advantage to him that many review theaters operated by companies including Deluxe and Dolby also use Streambox technology.

Alan explains his sales pitch to directors is that he wants to work their project but not have to be on location for months. With Streambox he can work remotely on a day to day basis and be more productive while incurring less cost. Streambox permits him to offer convenience when working on projects that would not be possible otherwise. Alan has become a fan, and exclaims, I love this product, I love that it is so easy to use!

Alan believes the real beauty of remote collaboration is that individuals can move beyond the traditional production centers such as Los Angeles, New York, and London and be able to work just as if they were right next to each other. He considers that this kind of collaboration goes beyond just editing to all sorts of creative aspects in life including modeling and design, so there is lots of opportunity for this sort of technology implementation.

For more information on the Streambox Chroma X  or NODE 2 click here, or the link below. For additional information or questions please contact our sales team.

Update for Streambox Cloud Encoder for Mac OSX

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Streambox introduces a new update for the free Cloud Encoder software. In the past, the free version of the Cloud Encoder always pointed to the nearest cloud server. Now, with this update, customers are able to point to the desired cloud server of their choosing. With this new available option, sessions can be tested on distance Cloud Servers, as well as simply testing the workflow of setting up an Encoder in one place that’ll be used in another.

After the update, you can set the Cloud Encoder to stream to any specific Cloud Server using either its IP address (e.g. 54.247.100.52) or its specific name (e.g. LiveEU.streambox.com).

Set the Target Decoder in the Network Menu

Set and apply settings for target Cloud Server

The other change that was made to the Cloud Encoder was to add “Set Kit Menu” to the Service Menu. One challenge some customers had was that they have multiple Cloud Encoders in the field, with more than one in use at the same time, and the wanted to know which laptop a given stream was coming from.

Now with the added Set Kit Name option, customers can assign a name to a particular laptop. When the stream hits the Cloud Server, the Kit Name shows up in the Cloud Server’s stream information (on the Live Tab). A user logged in to the Cloud can see which Encoder a given stream is coming from, as long as the Kit Name is unique.

“Set Kit Name” was added to the Service Menu, so a name can be assigned to a particular laptop

After clicking “Set Kit Name” the user is able to input the name of the device

For more information on the Streambox Cloud Encoder click here, or the link below. For additional information or questions on the Streambox Cloud Encoder please contact our sales team. Also, if you wanna check out our list of Cloud Servers and their IP addresses click here.

See How Streambox cracked remote grading

By | Broadcast, Post Production, Streambox Cloud Services, Streambox Partners, Success Stories | No Comments

On September 12, 2019, Jigsaw24 published an article about how Streambox’s unique “pixel perfect” codec and transport protocol permits users to share much higher resolution content over IP networks, with full colour fidelity and a high degree of reliability. Read the full article at https://www.jigsaw24.com/articles/how-streambox-cracked-remote-grading

Streambox solutions provide streams of 12-bit 4:4:4 HDR footage to be shared over public or private internet connections, even if they’re high resolution or high frame rate. Alan Latterri of Instinctual states, “the fact that Streambox performs reliably over the public internet is pretty remarkable and a key differentiator.”

Streambox’s solutions also enable many kinds of contribution workflows, from live sports broadcast to digital signage. Within post-production and grading, though, there are four main use cases, which are Pre-grade preparation, Collaborative grading, International and multi-site approvals, and Remote screening room and suite access.

Come Picture Perfect Pixels with Streambox at IBC 2019

By | AVENIR Drone, AVENIR Micro, AVENIR Mini, Broadcast, Chroma X, Cloud, Apps & Software, Media Player, Mobile Video Encoders, Post Production, Streambox Events, Streambox NODE | No Comments

At IBC 2019 Streambox is showing its high-performance media streaming solutions to picture-perfect pixels for various applications including broadcasting and post-production. Streambox can be found in Content Everywhere Area – Booth B26Come to see the full range of proven streaming offerings that are in use with broadcasters and other media professional across the world.

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Streambox Chroma and Chroma X advanced encoder/decoder systems are ideal for critical 4K, UHD, and HD contribution. Native support for 12-bit 4:4:4 RGB color makes them a perfect match for Dolby Vision™, HDR-10, and HDR10+ workflows. 16-channel uncompressed audio also makes Chroma suitable for projects incorporating Dolby ATMOS. Chroma can provide digital video metadata drop off from a remote location to a Dolby CMU or offers HDMI tunneling directly to digital video monitors. This functionality makes Chroma the only live review solution in the industry that addresses the need for both HDR/Dolby Vision video and Dolby ATMOS. With support for up to 16 audio channels, Chroma is the right fit for productions with Dolby ATMOS and integration with audio applications such as Avid Pro Tools.
In 2019, Streambox released the new Annotations feature in Streambox Chroma, which provides a flexible method for group review of video content. Mark-ups can be made on images in real-time so multiple connected stakeholders can provide feedback via a web interface working on the same project. Annotations is a valuable tool for colorists, editors, and other production staff.

The Streambox Avenir line of portable and mobile encoders deliver reliable HD video streaming with bonded connectivity over various types of networks. Other Streambox solutions include Streambox Cloud Services for global streaming transport, and software encodersplayersencryption, and streaming servers.

Mobile Media Player has been recently released as an application supporting ten programmable streaming HD video channels. Mobile Media Player is designed to integrate with other Streambox components for cost-effective viewing of high-quality video on iPads and iPhones in real-time. The player is designed to automatically “pull” live video from Streambox Cloud Services, Streambox Enterprise Server, or directly point-to-point from various Streambox encoders such as Chroma for live playout.

Streambox NODE 2 is a small form factor media player device supporting ten programmable streaming HD video channels made to integrate with other Streambox components for cost-effective viewing of high-quality video in real-time. NODE 2 has Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi for Internet connectivity and an HDMI 2.0b output for video displays. Media playout can include up to 6 channels of uncompressed audio, with support for 5.1 surround sound as well.

Streambox Helps Color Collective Build the Right Look

By | Chroma X, Cloud, Apps & Software, Post Production, Streambox Chroma, Streambox Cloud Services, Streambox Events, Success Stories | No Comments

The use of a Streambox solution for immediate collaboration on color grading.

Color Collective is a colorist boutique for features, series, and commercials based in New York City with review sites in Los Angeles and Atlanta. They had been exposed to Streambox equipment for a number of years, so when it came time to get editorial clients in Los Angeles connected up with New York, it was a natural choice for their expansion project. Since then, Color Collective has added two reviewing locations in Atlanta also using Streambox systems.

These controlled environments offer color calibrated monitors with dedicated Streambox hardware encoders and decoders for optimum viewing experiences. Sometimes the locations network with other organizations that also use Streambox systems. The locations utilize Streambox Cloud Services for connectivity. Color Collective is just beginning to deploy the new cost-effective Chroma X encoder and decoder packaged as a small form factor device made available in a Hardware as a Service (HaaS) or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering.

The bigger challenge is that Color Collective needs to work with Directors of Photography (DP’s) that are out in the field in a variety of locations. In the past they used to post video and then have to wait for feedback. Now Color Collective is using two new technology offerings from Streambox for a new form of immediate collaboration that enables a lot more input and a lot more review time together, even though being physically apart, when it matters most during pre-production.

Color Collective has been one of the first users of Streambox Sessions. Is a simple and cost-effective way to connect media professionals who require remote, real-time collaboration of high quality, color-rich, content across multiple locations without reviewers needing a Cloud account. This quick to set up and easy to use model is also cost-effective as Color Collective only pays for what they use on a project basis. Multiple stakeholders can log in from anywhere directly by just entering in a code that Color Collective sends them. As Alex Bickel the founder and senior colorist of Color Collective puts it, “there is no worry about specific IP addresses, this takes all the IP guesswork out of it”.

The other major technology enhancement that is impacting the relationship between Color Collective and its clients is Streambox Mobile Media Player. Mobile Media Player is an application supporting ten programmable video channels for cost-effective viewing of high-quality video on iPads and iPhones in real-time. For some projects Color Collective will send out iPad Pro’s for clients to borrow temporarily. Color Collective finds the iPad Pro reasonably color accurate as a “real world display” for Rec. 709 projects. Users turn the brightness half-way down, turn True Tone off, and turn off night mode. The assessment of Color Collective is that this provides a decent real-world representation of what a project will look like out in the wild. Color Collective clients just log in with an iPad Pro and watch the color grading session in real time. Alex explains, “the iOS based app is changing the game for us by having our clients watching the color grade right before their eyes”.

As it is almost impossible for some projects to get a DP, director, and colorist in the same room all together up front, using the app on iPad Pros to let Color Collective colorists show clients what they are thinking is a great tool for look development. A DP can be at an airport to catch a flight, and the colorist builds them a LUT while they are waiting and shows them the options in real time for what they will use in the field for the production. After the session, Color Collective emails the LUT settings to the DP. Alex points out, “what used to take hours waiting for feedback becomes real time “.

Using this Streambox solution provides Color Collective to go the extra mile by engaging right at the beginning of the process with a personal touch for DP’s. Color Collective needed a company that had cost effective solutions that also fulfills the need to be secure and look correct. For Color Collection– Streambox hits all those marks.