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Micro Update 1.2.2

Avenir Micro and Avenir Drone Web Interface Release Note

By | Avenir, Avenir Micro, Drone Encoder, Streambox Insider | No Comments
A new software update for Avenir Micro and Avenir Drone mobile encoders is now available.
To update your unit:
  1. Connect Streambox Avenir Micro/Drone to the Internet
  2. Point your browser to the IP of the Micro/Drone
  3. In Setting -> System -> Update Software -> Update, click Update next to 1.2.2 (This will take up to a few minutes to update your unit)
  4. Reboot (optional)
Fixes
Several backend fixes were made to improved efficiency and usability.
Web UI
The Mobile web user interface has been updated and improved for usability. Most user needs can now be address via the simplified user interface. For more advanced needs or for product support the user can choose the advanced interface from the main dropdown menu.
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New Avenir Mini 4 Released

By | Avenir, Broadcast, Press Release | No Comments

Streambox Inc. announced today the Avenir Mini 4, a fourth-generation camera-mounted bonded cellular video encoder, designed for live broadcast and streaming to social media. The bonded cellular mobile video encoder improves on the Avenir Mini 3 with new power efficient mobile encoding, new video hardware, new software, upgraded ACT-L3 AP 2017 codec, easier to use/manage mobile UI, and dual LCD interface. With proprietary LDMP networking for reliable video transport, five built-in embedded modems, and the capacity for up to 12 modems with Streambox Signal Extender the Avenir Mini 4 delivers a reliable video stream even in the most remote locations. High quality bonded network HD streaming, lower cost of ownership, and ease of use have established the Avenir Mini line as the premiere broadcast mobile encoder.

High Quality Bonded Network HD Streaming

With the proprietary ACT-L3 AP 2017 codec the Avenir Mini 4 delivers full HD video at a significantly lower bitrate than H.264. The ACT-L3 AP 2017 codec comes fully integrated with LDMP transport protocol for reliable multi-network bonding that delivers superior adaptive bitrate streaming over lower bandwidth cellular and WiFi networks. LDMP bonds all available networks, combining each individual network’s bandwidth into the whole. If one of these network capacities fluctuates then LDMP will dynamically shift the video stream away from that network, shifting back to the fluctuating network when it become available again. That way, an HD video stream is always delivered. When deployed with Streambox Cloud Services or Enterprise Server as a stream management solution the Mini 4 gives broadcasters and media producers the ability to deliver live HD video from many sources to a global audience over any combination of IP networks. Producers from all over the globe can send video to Streambox Video Cloud where it is transcoded for many different destinations such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube with included support for 360 cloud stitching for social media platforms.

Cost of Ownership

The Mini 4, when paired with Streambox Cloud services, offers a low-cost way to deliver high quality HD video for live broadcast and streaming. The superior video compression and transport consumes up to 30% less data for HD video (compared to H.264/AVC). Carriers worldwide are lowering the cost of cellular data plans so it is a great time to use bonded cellular to send live HD video. The reduced data consumption allows companies to send broadcast quality HD or 360 video of live streaming news and events to Facebook, Twitter/Periscope, YouTube, or websites at prices that are economically sustainable. Competing systems offer leases on hardware, but require a marked-up data plan, masking the true cost to operate which becomes larger than Streambox over time. When paired with the optional Streambox Cloud, Mini 4 becomes part of a robust encoding and delivery network (including free encoding and media player software) with low monthly operating expenses. International, domestic, and local news teams can rely on Mini 4 as a viable long term solution for newsgathering and streaming.

Ease of Use

Hardware updates like dual LCD screens and easy-to-read LED status lights make the Mini 4 user friendly in the field and in the office. The software and user interface have been redesigned with focus on making the frequently used settings the most accessible and a mobile app gives the user flexible options for simplified operation. Seamless integration with Streambox Cloud makes going live on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube quick, simple, and efficient. Avenir Mini 4 is as usable as it is powerful.

Streambox Technology

Advanced Streaming Codec

All Streambox products are powered by the proprietary codec, Advanced Compression Technology – Level 3 Advanced Program 2017 (ACT-L3 AP 2017). Streambox ACT-L3 AP 2017 compression allows for fast encoding with low latency and is optimized for video transmission over any IP connection. ACT-L3 AP 2017 is capable of compressing high motion, complex video at low data rates with the advanced motion search feature.

Streambox LDMP Technology

All Streambox products come equipped with Streambox exclusive Low Delay Multi-Path technology (LDMP). Streambox LDMP protocol allows low latency adaptive bitrate streaming on public and private networks. Streambox encoders will automatically select the best possible bandwidth, latency, and resolution over multiple IP networks, thus allowing Streambox products to gracefully handle network bandwidth fluctuations and dropouts, which are often seen over public or shared network environments.

Key Benefits:

  • Camera-mounted
  • Two LCD displays, status LEDs and web-based mobile application
  • Updated ACT-L3 AP 2017 codec for higher quality HD videos at lower data rates (vs. H.264)
  • Optimized settings and interfaces for SNG, BGAN, WiFi and cellular networks
  • Reduced power consumption for extended usage (vs. Mini 3)
  • 5 embedded 3G/4G/LTE modems
  • Supports up to 5 USB modems
  • One step plug-in signal extender for additional embedded or USB modems
  • Seamlessly works with industry-standard V-mount or G-mount batteries
  • HD-SDI or HDMI input
  • Remote management and configuration
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New 2K-HD Encoder and Decoder

By | Post Production, Press Release | No Comments

Streambox is proud to announce its newest product, the 2K-HD Encoder and Decoder, designed for post production collaboration. The 2K-HD encoder and decoder system extends on widely deployed ACT-L3 HD encoders at many leading film studios, post production facilities, and advertising agencies. The 2K-HD  provides secure, real-time, remote, collaborative workflows for post production professionals by providing low latency HD and 2K video over public and private IP networks. Producers, engineers, and colorists can now deliver real-time services with a bottom line advantage for color correction, remote editorial, and final review. The 2K-HD encoder and decoder stands out because of its high video quality over low bandwidth IP, ease of use, and security. Streambox is offering a savings of $8,835 off of pair of 2K-HD Encoders through May 31, 2017.

Video Quality

The Streambox 2K-HD Encoder and Decoder sends high-quality, color accurate, 10-bit video over IP networks with bitrates up to 75 Mbps (the compression sweet spots for remote color grading and edit reviews is between 10 Mbps – 30 Mbps). The 2K-HD Encoder and Decoder uses the new ACT-L3 AP 2017 compression and Low Delay Multi-Path protocol (LDMP) for reliable transport over IP networks.

Ease of Use

The Streambox 2K-HD Encoder and Decoder offers a 1-2 second, end-to-end, stream latency for real-time collaboration. The encoder and decoder can be controlled both remotely, ideal for a non-technical team member to view content without any setup, or locally, ideal for technical team members that want full control over equipment. The 2K-HD Encoder and Decoder accommodates secure one-to-one collaboration workflows (e.g., technical team members collaborating remotely) and secure one-to-many review and approval workflows (e.g., executive review by the entire team).

Security

The Streambox 2K-HD Encoder and Decoder comes standard with end-to-end AES 128-bit encryption for secure video content transport (with AES 192-bit and 256-bit encryption available upon request). Streambox encryption does not increase latency and security is further augmented by the New ACT-L3 AP 2017 proprietary compression codec.

Streambox Technology

Advanced Streaming Codec

All Streambox products are powered by the proprietary codec, Advanced Compression Technology – Level 3 (ACT-L3). Streambox ACT-L3 compression allows for fast encoding with low latency and is optimized for video transmission over any IP connection. ACT-L3 is capable of compressing high motion, complex video at low data rates with the advanced motion search feature.

Streambox LDMP Technology

All Streambox products come equipped with Streambox exclusive Low Delay Multi-Path technology (LDMP). Streambox LDMP protocol allows low latency adaptive bitrate streaming on public and private networks. Streambox encoders will automatically select the best possible bandwidth, latency, and resolution over multiple IP networks, thus allowing Streambox products to gracefully handle network bandwidth fluctuations and dropouts, which are often seen over public or shared network environments.

Key Benefits:

  • New Streambox ACT-L3 AP 2017 proprietary codec
  • LDMP reliable transport over public and private IP networks
  • 1-2 second end-to-end latency over public networks
  • No fiber or MPLS required
  • Secure end-to-end encryption to protect content
  • One-to-one or one-to-many encrypted collaboration via private network or Streambox Cloud
  • Playout on Software Media Player

Contact Sales

Contact sales at sales@streambox.com by May 31, 2017 to preorder two 2K-HD Encoders and save $8,835 for June delivery(discounts includes: Second Year Warranty = $4,635, Streambox Cloud Standard Package = $1,200, Decoder price on second Encoder= $3,000).

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Update and Protect Your Streambox from Ransomware

By | Enterprise Server, Streambox Platform Solutions, Streambox Rackmounts | No Comments

By now many of you have heard of the “Ransomware” malware threat in the news targeting computers around the world running Microsoft Windows OS. We would like to make you aware that some Streambox Encoders, Decoders, and Servers are using versions of Microsoft Windows (and Windows Embedded) Operating Systems that are vulnerable to the WannaCrypt (or WannaCry) ransomware, which encrypts user files and requires payment for decryption.

Microsoft has published a description of the ransomware and their response. Windows 7 (and later) OS and Windows Server 2008 (and later) OS are protected as long as they have updates current as of March 2017.

To prevent new infection, please click here for patches for vulnerable Windows operating systems utilized by Streambox. Additionally, enabling port filtering in the Network Adapter to block port 445 TCP should block the infection.

If your Streambox equipment has been infected, first, disconnect it from your local network then go here for options.

For assistance and support please contact Streambox Support: support@streambox.com