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See How To Picture Perfect Pixels for Broadcast Workflows

By | Broadcast, Cloud, Apps & Software, Media Player, Streambox Chroma, Streambox Cloud Services, Streambox NODE, Video Transport | No Comments

Read this Application Note and understand how Streambox solutions enable live streaming with high quality and low latency for various broadcast environments.

Streambox offers systems for acquiring, transporting, and playing out streaming media. This document describes what are these components and how they can be combined in different ways depending on workflow requirements. Solutions for remote newsgathering and live news production as well as live event contribution and distribution are discussed.

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Streambox Shows Streaming Media Professionals How to Picture Perfect Pixels at IBC 2018

By | AVENIR Micro, AVENIR Mini, Broadcast, Cloud, Apps & Software, Post Production, Streambox Chroma, Streambox Cloud Services, Streambox NODE, Streambox Platform Solutions | No Comments

At IBC 2018 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 Hall 8, Stand A08.

Streambox Chroma advanced encoder/decoder systems are ideal for critical UHD, and HD contribution. Native support for 12-bit 4:4:4 RGB color on the 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. 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.

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 global streaming transport, and software encoders, players, encryption, and streaming servers are being shown at the event.

Mobile Media Player has been recently released as an application supporting ten programmable HD video channels designed to integrate with other Streambox components for cost-effective viewing of high quality video on iPads and iPhones in real-time. Mobile Media 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 has just released another type of media player. NODE 2 is a small form factor media player device supporting ten programmable 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.

Come see the full range of proven streaming offerings that are in use with broadcasters and other media professional across the world at IBC 2018. Click the link below to sign up for a personal demonstration of Streambox products and services.

Alternatively, you can email us at sales@streambox.com. Also, if you wanna check out what else is new from Streambox, check out our “What’s New?” page for more information.

Streambox Introduces Mobile Media Player Application

Streambox Introduces Mobile Media Player Application

By | Cloud, Apps & Software, Education, Enterprise Server, Media Player, Post Production, Public Safety, Streambox Platform Solutions | No Comments

Mobile Media Player is an application supporting ten programmable video channels designed to integrate with other Streambox components for cost-effective viewing of high quality video on iPads and iPhones in real-time. The Mobile Media Player application is ideally suited for mobile or remote operations in production and other streaming workflows.

During live productions, vital personnel such as reporters, directors, and producers can get a real-time view from anywhere in the world and can monitor live video feeds. When applied to post-production, activities such as live remote editing and review of dailies can be done collaboratively in real-time. Used in security or public safety environments where immediate response is required, critical monitoring can occur from almost any location. In education, teachers can bring a real-time visual experience for students in remote locations. Complex procedures can be monitored for advisement by various types of technical specialists.

Mobile Media Player displays video in resolutions up to 2K. To sustain such superior quality media, Mobile Media Player uses Streambox reliable transport network protocol. Playout can include up to 6 channels of uncompressed audio.

The Mobile Media Player application is compatible with iPad and iPhone devices running operation system version 10 or higher and can be used with mobile and Wi-Fi networks for Internet connectivity.

Mobile Media 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.

Mobile Media Player keeps content secure as well by offering full video encryption for live video. End-to-end encryption, with a symmetric key, forms a protective shield around the transport of valuable video content with no increase in stream latency.

For more information on the Streambox Media Player click here, or the link below. For additional information or questions on the Streambox Media Player please contact our sales team. Also, if you wanna check out what else is new from Streambox, check out our “What’s New?” page for more information.

Streambox Introduces NODE 2 Media Playout Device

Streambox Introduces NODE 2 Media Playout Device

By | Enterprise Server, Streambox Chroma, Streambox Cloud Services, Streambox NODE, Streambox Platform Solutions | No Comments

NODE 2 is a small form factor media player device supporting ten programmable video channels made to integrate with other Streambox components for cost-effective viewing of high quality video in real-time, making NODE ideally suited for mobile or remote operations.

NODE enables remote viewing by key stakeholders in a cost-effective manner. During live productions, vital personnel such as directors and producers can get a real-time view from anywhere in the world. For post-production, activities such as color grading and review of dailies can be done collaboratively. In education, teachers can bring a real-time visual experience to students in remote locations. Complex procedures can be monitored for advisement by technical specialists in healthcare, law, engineering and other professions. For security, critical monitoring can occur from a remote facility.

The NODE Decoder/Player is able to deliver viewer the highest quality visual experience with consistent video streaming. It has Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi for Internet connectivity and an HDMI 2.0b output for video displays.

NODE provides up to 10-bit color depth, is HDR ready, and displays video in resolutions up to 2K. To sustain such superior quality media, NODE supports streaming bit rates up to 20 Mbps using Streambox reliable transport network protocol. Playout can include up to 6 channels of uncompressed audio, with support for 5.1 surround sound as well.

NODE 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 to connected high resolution screens and displays. NODE can be left running 24/7 and render streams in real-time as they arrive.

NODE keeps content secure as well by offering full encryption for live video. End-to-end encryption, with a symmetric key, forms a protective shield around the transport of valuable video content with no increase in stream latency.

For more information on Streambox NODE click here, or the link below. For additional information or questions on the Streambox Chroma please contact our sales team. Also, if you wanna check out what else is new from Streambox, check out our “What’s New?” page for more information.

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Color Fidelity Test for Streambox Chroma in Native RGB, XYZ Color and YCrCb 4:2:2 for SDR or HDR

By | Streambox Chroma, Streambox Platform Solutions | No Comments

The Streambox Chroma rackmount half-duplex Encoder/Decoder with ACT-L5 codec is well suited for post-production editing and color correction workflows in SDR or HDR. The ACT-L5 codec supports Native RGB and XYZ color space, 10 and 12-bit color depth, and the 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 color profiles. The Streambox Chroma rackmount has been tested for color stability and fidelity and has met SMPTE 372 standard including HDR modes.

Native RGB vs DCI/ICT RGB Test

A color-bar software generator (Blackmagic 4K monitor, SDI out) was connected to a Streambox Chroma Encoder (with Blackmagic 12G Pro, SDI-in) which was connected to a Streambox Chroma Decoder via an IP network hub. The decoder output was to a Blackmagic 4K monitor. On the decoder, we read the SDI value averages before data is passed through the SDI out (after all conversions are complete). Findings:

Native RGB encoding does not perform any color transform and encodes RGB values natively. RGB ICT mode performs RGB transform to/from DCI ICT (compatible with DCI ICT, ISO/IEC 15444-1). Both modes are supported via Streambox Croma UI. Streambox Chroma supports both full and legal ranges.
Following test were performed in Full range mode.
• Native RGB has less errors than ICT (+1 in last 12-bit digit)
• Clipping for reserved SMPTE 372, 12-bit SDI values:
Software generated values 0-15 are clipped to 16 by hardware (base)
Software generated values 4080 to 4096 are mapped to 4079 by hardware (ceiling)

The 10 Bit 4:2:2 Chromatic Test for Rec.709/Rec.2020 (HDR)

A Streambox Chroma Encoder with Decklink 4K Pro was connected through a network hub to an identical Streambox Chroma Decoder.1 Source format: 1080p24. The encoder was set to Full 2K resolution, 10-bit color depth, 4:2:2 color profile, and Rec 709 color space. The decoder was in test mode. The table below shows that the color values were identical between the source and the decoder out.2 The values where stable with no vibration. Since no color space conversion is performed in 4:2:2 mode, the same result applies to Rec.2020 signal fidelity.

Summary

The Streambox Chroma rackmount Encoder/Decoder with ACT-L5 compression and support for Native RGB 4:4:4 and YCrCb 4:2:2 delivers color coding consistent with SMPTE 372 standards. Furthermore, these tests demonstrate that the measured colors before and after chromatic conversions were identical, making the Streambox Chroma ideal for color correction workflows including support Rec.709, DCI P3, Rec.2020, HDR10 PQ/HLG and Dolby Vision.

For more information on Streambox Chroma click here, or the link below. For additional information or questions on the Streambox Chroma please contact our sales team. Also, if you wanna check out what else is new from Streambox, check out our “What’s New?” page for more information.

1. Both Encoder and Decoder are the same models, one running the encoder software and the over running the decoder software.↩
2 Testing was carried out with a Leader LV-7700 Rasterized SDI Signal Monitor↩