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Streambox used to deliver news from the Trump-Kim Summit

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A leading US-based cable news network used Streambox Avenir Mico mobile live video encoders and Streambox Cloud Services for live interviews originating from Singapore to be delivered and monitored in Atlanta, Georgia. Interfacing the Micro encoders to a local Singapore point of presence Cloud access point and transporting the feed through the Streambox managed cloud service, enabled reliable, full bandwidth video with no compromise in quality and minimal latency to provide two-way interview functionality.

Streambox Avenir Micro is a lightweight mobile live video encoder providing enhanced bonded connectivity capabilities with significantly more efficient encoding. The miniature, low-power device permits remote-field reporters to quickly set up and transmit full HD low latency video over a variety of network types.

Streambox Cloud Services provides global video transport for contribution, streaming, and distribution. Used for broadcasts and live video production, this reliable video transport includes automated routing and management tools and supports a variety of formats up to UHD/4K.

 

An example of one interview can be seen here:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2018/06/12/rodman-trump-kim-summit-emotional-cuomo-sot.cnn

Another example of Streambox implementations for live contribution workflows can be seen here:

https://www.streambox.com/2018/02/13/streambox-winter-olympics/

 

Click here for more information about the AVENIR Micro and Cloud.

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Streambox Products Capture Live Video of Royal Wedding

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Streambox products are used by major broadcast networks throughout the world and will be deployed at the Royal Wedding this Saturday, May 19th 2018. Products used for live video broadcasts over IP networks include the small form-factor AVENIR Micro encoder and the NODE media player for local review.

The Micro provides enhanced bonded connectivity capabilities with efficient encoding for high quality HD broadcast contribution. Designed for easy integration and outstanding quality, the low-powered Micro can be used to capture via HD-SDI or HDMI from broadcast cameras or other video sources  for transmission over satellite, Wifi, 3G, 4G, and ethernet networks.

Also being deployed is the Streambox NODE for live video playout to connected TVs & monitors. The NODE is a small form-factor HDMI media player supporting ten video channels which will automatically “pull” live video from the Streambox Cloud or Enterprise Server. This player is mainly used for low latency video monitoring of broadcasts to help coordinate live productions.

Steambox Cloud also provides live HD and 360 streaming from a single source to multiple social media providers like Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

For more information on Streambox products click on the links below. For additional information or questions on the AVENIR Micro or NODE 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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Streambox Brings Forward New and Exciting Products for 2018

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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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GEM Hospital & Research Center Streams Live with Streambox 4K

By | Avenir, Avenir Micro, Cloud, Apps & Software, Medical, Streambox 4k, Streambox Rackmounts, Success Stories, Video Transport | No Comments

GEM Hospital and Research Center provides surgical training via GEM Televersity (https://gemteleversity.com/), a program of the GEM Institute of Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery which provides daily live surgical experience, and monthly CME deploying real-time video streaming. Prof. R. Venkatachalam of the Institute wanted to extend this live surgical training experience to participants of a conference-workshop about 160km (100mi) away (see Figure below).

Figure 1. Left: Auditorium of attendees of GEM workshop. Right: Real-time laparoscopic surgery with real-time, interactive, audio displayed on large, 40’x22’ LED displays

Streambox’s 4K OSX encoding software was used to capture and encode live video from Olympus 4K laparoscopic cameras and transported live video stream over a point-to-point IP network at a bitrate of 40Mbps to the conference facility where the video was played out on a large LED display. The video end-to-end latency was very short at about 0.8 to 1.2 seconds which was ideal for real-time training of surgical procedures over IP based networks to remote locations.

Prof. R. Venkatachalam commented that “the conference was great with live surgeries from 100 miles away … It so happened we launched 4K streaming on ‘The World Audiovisual Day’.”

Streambox 4K Encoder is powered by Streambox ACT-L3 Codec that produces exceptional color depth and accuracy used in Broadcast and in Film Post Production industries. ACT-L3’s more efficient encoding and wider color support provides a high quality live video for large displays making it ideal for medical training.

For low latency reliable video transport over IP networks, Streambox has integrated into the Streambox 4K Encoder reliable LDMP (Low Delay Multi-Path) network transport protocol.

Streambox video transport products are particularly well suited for use in live video medical training; either onsite or at any remote location. There are three main opportunities when using live video for medical training: 1) Students can view an unobstructed closeup of the procedure, 2) Students can view team interactions and cooperation, and 3) Students can be guided through the procedure by audio comments from the team (including, if appropriate, comments and questions from the students back to the team).

Streambox offers many exciting approaches to deliver these opportunities. Our equipment is deployed in many medical institutions around the world.

Deployment:

  • Onsite Viewing
    Classrooms, conference rooms, study halls, libraries, and lecture halls are all great teaching locations to stream live procedures. In years-gone-by and on TV they had operating theatres where students could only imagine what was happening. In the 21st century, the student can see exactly what the surgeon sees.
  • Remote Viewing
    Since Streambox uses video transport over IP networks, live video can be streamed to any classroom in the world (as long as they have good internet connectivity). This can be accomplished via point-to-point or over the Streambox Cloud. Furthermore, the classroom could be on a student’s laptop with Streambox Media Player installed. Or the classroom could be on each student’s smartphone with Streambox’s Android and iOS Media Player installed – and each student could be in a different country.
  • Remote Consultation
    Using remote viewing, consults and critiques can take place from anywhere in the world – you don’t need the expert in your OR to get quality feedback.
  • Encryption
    Streambox encoders and decoders support AES 128-bit end-to-end video encryption ensuring that adherence to regulations on Protected Health Information (PHI) can be met. An AES 256-bit encryption option is available with separate license and US Federal restrictions.
  • Real Time Video
    Streambox transport codecs are so efficient that latency within a local network can be 500msec and over the internet around 2 seconds (depending on the settings, internet bandwidth, and location of the viewer). This low latency along with its high video fidelity are why Streambox products are used by major news networks and movie studios.
  • Remote Medicine
    Streambox remote encoders with cellular modem modules can provide live video streaming from field locations; e.g., streaming an ultrasound output to a regional medical center.

Equipment:

  • HD and 4K Rackmount Encoders and Decoders
    HD images are great for viewing procedures on monitors up to about 90 inches. 4K is great for anything above 90-inch monitors.
  • HD 2-Channel Synchronized Encoders
    2-Channel synchronized encoders (also known as 3D encoders) allows for synchronized views from 2 cameras. This is ideal for watching synchronized closeup and wide-angle views; e.g., a synchronized closeup of a surgical procedure and a wider angle of the surgical team.
  • HD Mobile Micro Encoders
    Mobile encoders are an economical way to have 1 or many cameras in the same or different locations. For example, one camera can be zoomed in for a closeup of the procedure while another 1 or 2 cameras can be simultaneously viewing the team’s interaction. Or you could have streams from every procedure/operating room.
  • Mobile Cellular Modules
    This allows the Micro encoder to be used from any location with cell/mobile connectivity. The opportunities are only limited by one’s imagination; remote ultrasound, emergency first-aid stations or field hospitals, medical rescues and situational awareness, patient visualization at the scene or within a mobile ambulance or helicopter.

For more information on Streambox products and the 4K Rackmount please click the links below. If you are interested in purchasing the 4K Rackmount please contact our sales team.

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WCAT Uses Streambox AVENIR Micro & Cloud for Live Broadcasting

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Ian McDermott, chief engineer at WCAT (Wakefield Community Access Televison), talks about his stations experience using  Streambox. The TV station is located in Wakefield, MA and is mainly used for public and government broadcast operations.

WCAT has been using Streambox’s mobile video encoder, the AVENIR Micro and the Streambox Cloud service to broadcast live from the field. The video is sent to the WCAT broadcast center where the video is broadcasted over the air, online and at the same time the video is sent to Streambox Cloud.

The Micro was used in a live mobile video transmission over 4 bonded cellular 3G/4G/LTE modems for the WCAT team to feed back to their studio from remote locations in town. Prior to Streambox, it was very difficult operating and getting live shots in areas with extremely low cellular coverage.

“Many of our locations have very high network security or low bandwidth so using LAN connections is not an option.”

With the help from Streambox’s customer support, Ian McDermott was able to resolve initial AVENIR Micro setup & configuration and connect reliably to the Micro’s software to control remotely.

When asked why WCAT chose Streambox over its competitors Ian answered, “Simply, customer service. When I called I got a person who was interested and eager to help me.”

Overall WCAT was looking for a “completely portable” solution with multiple connection options. Furthermore, the device was sought out because of its ease of use, which could be used by any of the staff, regardless of technical experience.

 

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“We need a rock solid system” says Ian “that will not crash in the middle of a stream.”

WCAT’s many remote productions are “local government meetings and community events” and as such, cannot be interrupted due to technical errors. The Micro was able to stream reliably about “6-10GB” of bandwidth over 4 cell carriers, for three hour event.

The Streambox Cloud was also used by WCAT. The Cloud is a browser-based video management system that was used with great success.

The “recording feature” of the Streambox Cloud was “key” for WCAT in the event of a “recording device failure.”

Streambox made it “easier” and “faster” to setup and stream a live event. Also, it allowed production to use less “staff” and “equipment.”

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