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See How To Picture Perfect Pixels for Post-Production Workflows

By | 2K Rackmount, 9200 Rackmount, 9300 Rackmount, Cloud, Apps & Software, HD Rackmount, Media Player, Post Production, Streambox 4k, Streambox Chroma, Streambox Cloud Services, Streambox NODE, Streambox Rackmounts, Video Transport | No Comments

Read this Application Note and understand how Streambox solutions enable live streaming with high quality and low latency for various post-production 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 large and small productions, as well as advertising and creative agencies are discussed.

Download the Application Note here
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Color Fidelity Test for Streambox Chroma in Native RGB, XYZ Color and YCrCb 4:2:2 for SDR or HDR

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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↩

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Streambox Brings Forward New and Exciting Products for 2018

By | 2K Rackmount, Avenir, Avenir Micro, Avenir Mini, Cloud, Apps & Software, Drone Encoder, Education, Enterprise, Government & Military, HD Rackmount, House of Worship, Live Events, Medical, Mobile Video Encoders, Post Production, Public Safety, Streambox Chroma, Streambox NODE | No Comments

2018 will be an exciting year for Streambox, with many new product innovations including the new, more efficient ACT-L5 codec. We have released a number of new products and services for video professionals. Products like, the new Chroma RackmountVideo EncryptioniOS Media Player, and the upcoming NODE 2.

Streambox’s ACT-L5 compression codec provides the 12-bit, RGB 4:4:4 color profile required for cinematic, episodic, and commercial color grading and editing. Post production professionals can do native 12-bit RGB to simplify overall workflow.

Producers, engineers, and colorists can now deliver real-time services with a bottom line advantage for color correction, remote editorial, and final review. In addition, users can upgrade Streambox Chroma rackmounts with add-ons such as DCI 4K/2K with 4:4:4 RGB color in 12 or 10-bit and 12G-SDI, HDR, uncompressed audio, and native support for Rec.2020, DCI P3, and Rec.709.

Streambox iOS Media Player is a software decoder for iPad and iPhone devices. IP video is received from Streambox encoders or from Streambox Cloud services. It is well suited for point-to-point or point-to-multipoint streaming with streams being pushed (routed to) or pulled from Streambox Cloud Services. IPad screens are designed to handle P3 color space natively and provide perfect color match for POST reviews.

The Streambox Multi-Channel Sync Decoder can receive up to 8 video streams that will be synchronized to a user selected master stream and output as genlocked and synchronized 8 HD-SDI streams. The Decoder can receive streams from any of the Streambox Avenir line: Micro, Drone, Mini 4; or the Chroma 4K/2K/HD DCI Rackmount Encoder.

For more information on Streambox products please click the links below. If you are interested in purchasing any of our products 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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Introducing the Re-Branded Streambox Chroma Rackmount

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The Streambox Chroma Encoder/Decoder rackmount with ACT-L5 codec is uniquely suited for Post Production workflows with support for 12-bit, 4:4:4 color, and the Rec.709, DCI-P3, and Rec. 2020 gamut specifications.

Streambox has taken its Chroma 2 steps further with support for:

• High Dynamic Range (HDR) Video
• Uncompressed Audio

“HDR will provide a deeper, more precise color range with greater contrast control for the growing UHD media market” said Alex Telitsine, CTO. Add to that support for embedded uncompressed audio for a rich, unadulterated sound. CEO, Bob Hildeman is committed to delivering industry leading Post Production products – “Streambox is dedicated to meeting the needs of the Post Production industry.”

ACT-L5 Codec is Ideal for Cinematic Color Grading

• HD, 2K, 4K
• 4:4:4, 4:2:2, and 4:2:0 color
• 12, 10, and 8-bit color depth
• Rec.709, DCI-P3, and Rec.2020 color gamut
• Native RGB support
• Native high dynamic range (HDR)
• Native High Frame Rate (HFR)
• Uncompressed Audio

Streambox Chroma is Ideal for Collaborative Workflows

• ACT-L5 Codec
• Video Encryption – end-to-end AES 128-bit encryption (256-bit available with added restrictions)
• LDMP Bonding Protocol – 500ms to 2sec end-to-end latency over fiber and public internet networks
• Remote monitoring with NODE™ Media Player and iOS Media Player – is ideal for real-time collaboration with colorist, editors, director, and producers; where ever they may be located
• Upgrade Path – Meet your HD and 2K Post Production needs today, upgrade via license for tomorrow’s 4K needs

For more information on Streambox products and the Streambox Chroma please click the links below. If you are interested in purchasing the Chroma please contact our sales team.

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Streambox Delivers Better Pixels with 12-bit 4:4:4 RGB Color

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We are pleased to announce upcoming support for 12-bit 4:4:4 RGB color space for the Streambox Chroma encoders and decoders.
Both encoders and decoders have been designed for maximum flexibility.
The user can do 12 bit RGB in and out simplifying overall workflow with no compromise.
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If Display equipment does not support 12 bit, the user can select to down convert 12 bit to 10 bit on output.
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For low bitrate scenarios, users can select 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 encoding profiles while maintaining RGB on input and output via “Force RGB” option on decoder.
Note: 4:4:4 or 12 bit mode requires RGB signal.
For broadcast workflows, new encoder support 59.94 and 60 fps frame rates in 10-bit color space.
10 and 12-bit support is perfect match for HDR color grading in either RGB or 4:2:2 modes
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Visit us at NAB 2018 next week to see demos and test workflow. We will have DaVinci Resolve Studio setup with our encoders and decoders. Bring your files or sample projects in if you want to check your workflow in action! Schedule private meeting TODAY!