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Update for Live HD Video and 360 Video Streaming to Facebook

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Streambox® Inc. announced today support for Facebook Live Video API on its Video Cloud platform.The new stream routing workflow introduces support for Apple iOS and Android mobile devices including iPad to initiate a Facebook stream from the Streambox cloud.

Additionally Streambox users can enable Facebook 360 Live video posts with automatic detection of of 360 stitching for on-device or Cloud Stitching.

All streambox mobile and software is supported, such as Streambox Avenir Micro , Mini, Drone, Cloud and rackmount encoders. In addition to user’s timeline new workflow allows for posting to Facebook pages, event or groups.

Select ‘Go Live on Facebook’ on the ‘Actions’ menu of the desired video (left image above). Once Facebook stream has been initiated, the Facebook Live icon will be displayed (right image above).

Fill in the standard ‘Post live video on Facebook’ dialog. If you are streaming 360-video, check the ‘360° spherical’ option (see arrow). Click ‘Post live video’ button. That’s it! To learn more about Streambox Cloud click the button below.

Streambox provides an end to end mobile video broadcasting solution. With an array of mobile video encoders such as the AVENIRMicro and the AVENIR Mini 4, video streaming in the field has never been easier. Using bonded cellular technology Streambox mobile encoders are equipped with embedded 3G/4G/LTE modems that allow you to stream HD video with low latency.

The above workflow shows how Streambox can be used in every aspect of video streaming. Video encoding can be achieved either by software or hardware encoders. Then manage your video streams using Streambox Cloud. Then decode the videos and play them out to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube or to any Streambox Media Player. To learn more about Streambox products click the button below.

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King County Sheriffs Live Helicopter Footage with Streambox

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Streambox Partners with King County Sheriffs Department in Seattle to stream live video from a patrolling helicopter. The footage captured was a demo of Streambox Technology and how it can be used in emergency situations.

Using a FLIR camera to capture video, the helicopter footage was then streamed live over 2 AT&T and 2 Verizon modems to Streambox Cloud using an AVENIRMicro.

A sample of the demo footage can be found below. For more information on this story, or if you want to learn more about Streambox Services, please contact our sales team at: sales@streambox.com

Streambox Cloud is a secure live video management system that allows its users to have full control of their video streams from their web browser. The Cloud provides live video routing, archiving, transcoding, and management of videos for broadcasts, streaming, and live production. Compatible software encoders and mobile apps are free with the purchase of a Cloud Package making it an end to end service. Lastly video playout can be sent to multiple web video channels, including social media such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter/Periscope.

AVENIRMicro is a lightweight mobile broadcasting and live video encoder. The encoder provides enhanced bonded connectivity capabilities with significantly more efficient encoding for HD and SD broadcasting. Designed for easy integration and outstanding quality, the miniature, low-power device can be used with broadcast cameras, satellite terminals, medical imaging, corporate media systems and various other video systems.

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What’s New for Broadcasters at NAB 2017

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Avenir Mini 4

Designed for broadcasters, the new Streambox Avenir Mini 4 camera-mountable bonded cellular mobile encoder is an upgrade of Avenir Mini 3 in both hardware and software for improved performance, usability, and extended battery operations.

Streambox NODE

NODE is a small form factor low cost media player device with HDMI output supporting ten video channels which will automatically “pull” live video from Streambox Cloud and Enterprise Server or directly from an encoder for live video playout to connected TVs & monitors.

Avenir Micro Add-on Modules

New add-on modules for Avenir Micro mobile encoder increase connectivity, battery capacity, and portability.

Streambox Cloud

Cloud for Broadcast
Streambox Broadcast Cloud services offer broadcasters a global video infrastructure for live newsgathering, video program contribution, sharing, and distribution for scalable lower cost broadcast operations versus traditional methods. The service includes free software encoders for macOS, Windows, iOS and Android devices.

Cloud for Social Media HD and 360 Streaming
Use any Streambox encoders to stream live HD and 360 videos in real-time anywhere in the world with multi format video transcoding to web/mobile devices or directly livestream to Twitter/Periscope, YouTube and Facebook.

Cloud for 360 Video Stitching
Streambox Cloud now supports 360 video stitching enabling all Streambox encoders to stream live 360 videos and allow for easy mobile 360 streaming.

Rackmounts

V-ANC
Streambox rackmount encoders now have improved support for capture, encoding, and transmission of vertical ancillary data, also known as V-ANC (non-video information such as closed captions and advertisement insertion triggers).

Encryption
Streambox offers an AES-128 encryption add-on for rackmount encoders/decoders and the macOS Media Player that encrypts every video, audio, and V-ANC packet without adding latency to the video stream and ensures only users with an authorized key can playout an encrypted video stream.

Encoder Frame Sync
Streambox has added a frame synchronizer to its 9200, 9300, 9400, and 3D-IMAG rackmount encoders to support multi camera switching when the video switcher does not have one built-in.

 

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What’s New for NAB 2017

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Avenir Mini 4

Designed for broadcasters, the new Streambox Avenir Mini 4 camera-mountable bonded cellular mobile encoder is an upgrade of Avenir Mini 3 in both hardware and software for improved performance, usability, and extended battery operations.

Streambox NODE

NODE is a small form factor low cost media player device with HDMI output supporting ten video channels which will automatically “pull” live video from Streambox Cloud and Enterprise Server or directly from an encoder for live video playout to connected TVs & monitors.

Avenir Micro Add-on Modules

New add-on modules for Avenir Micro mobile encoder increase connectivity, battery capacity, and portability.

Streambox Cloud

Vertical Market Cloud Portals
Streambox Cloud now provides vertical markets with unique portals for industry specific use and workflow requirements.

Cloud for Social Media HD and 360 Streaming
Use any Streambox encoders to stream live HD and 360 videos in real-time anywhere in the world with multi format video transcoding to web/mobile devices or directly livestream to Twitter/Periscope, YouTube and Facebook.

Cloud for 360 Video Stitching
Streambox Cloud now supports 360 video stitching enabling all Streambox encoders to stream live 360 videos and allow for easy mobile 360 streaming.

Time Shifting
Streambox Cloud and Enterprise Servicers support time shifted playout of archived, file-based videos. Users can either set a cue during live encoding or enter a timecode.

Rackmounts

V-ANC
Streambox rackmount encoders now have improved support for capture, encoding, and transmission of vertical ancillary data, also known as V-ANC (non-video information such as closed captions and advertisement insertion triggers).

Encryption
Streambox offers an AES-128 encryption add-on for rackmount encoders/decoders and the macOS Media Player that encrypts every video, audio, and V-ANC packet without adding latency to the video stream and ensures only users with an authorized key can playout an encrypted video stream.

Encoder Frame Sync
Streambox has added a frame synchronizer to its 9200, 9300, 9400, and 3D-IMAG rackmount encoders to support multi camera switching when the video switcher does not have one built-in.

Decoder Video On Demand
The new Video on Demand (VOD) feature for Streambox decoders provides a cost-effective way for users to receive video from Streambox encoders and to adjust the starting position of the playout.

 

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Publishers Clearing House uses Streambox for Facebook Streams

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Publishers Clearing House is an American interactive media company best known for its Prize Patrol. The famous Prize Patrol began surprising winners with oversized checks on live TV in 1988. The memorable, real-life reactions of stunned sweepstakes winners became a cultural phenomenon, entertaining audiences and spawning a number of good-natured skits on such TV shows such as Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show. With individual sweepstakes winners taking home up to $10 million, Publishers Clearing House has awarded over $315 million in total prize money and was looking to give out even more using Facebook Live.

Streambox “enabled us to go live on Facebook, adding credibility to our process. There are still some who doubt whether we are really giving away money or not and this was a big part of helping confirm our legitimacy.”

Publishers Clearing House needed to be able to stream broadcast quality video live to its Facebook page using professional HD-SDI cameras and could not worry about having available WiFi or ethernet networks. Production trucks are one way to deliver live video without WiFi or ethernet, but can cost over a million dollars each and these production costs stopped Publishers Clearing House from doing live Prize Patrol feeds for several decades. In 2016, Publishers Clearing House purchased a Streambox Avenir Mini 3, a mobile bonded cellular encoder with five embedded 3G/4G/LTE  modems, and a Streambox Cloud subscription because of Streambox’s unbeatable reliability and cost to own and operate. With its new Streambox equipment the Prize Patrol resumed its professional quality live productions and now Publishers Clearing House does about ten livestreamed awards a year and that number will likely increase in the near future.

Prior to Streambox Publishers Clearing House would record and run back to the hotel to edit and deliver through a web transfer to headquarters for posting on social media. Kenny Ringgold, Senior Manager of Video and Photography at Publishers Clearing House said that Streambox, “enabled us to go live on Facebook, adding credibility to our process. There are still some who doubt whether we are really giving away money or not and this was a big part of helping confirm our legitimacy.”

Publishers Clearing House films with one of its Canon C300 or Sony FS7 cameras connected to Avenir Mini 3. Avenir Mini 3 encodes the video into Streambox’s ACT-L3 format for reliable video transport via five embedded cellular modems to Streambox Cloud. From Streambox Cloud the video is transcoded and sent live to Facebook.

The Avenir Mini 3 is designed for maximum portability with broadcasters’ needs in mind. It has a small form factor, weighs only 3.6 lbs, has a 1-2 hr battery life (depending on battery type), attaches to many cameras, and holds 5 embedded 3G/4G/LTE modems (expandable to 15 total by adding a Streambox Signal Extender module) that are all be bonded using Streambox technology.

“There has been nothing but positive reaction to our live feeds, the quality of the audio and the video is a huge step up from what we were doing before.”

Workflow

Streaming to Facebook Live using only cellular networks is critical to Publishers Clearing House’s workflow. Publishers Clearing House works in demanding production conditions without the luxury of pre-production testing. Its various remote and untested locations are not even determined until two days before shooting and are not available to test until literally minutes before going live (the genuine surprise of the winner is essential and bandwidth testing would betray the secret). Facebook advises users to only use WiFi when streaming live as a 3G/4G/LTE connection will not offer enough bandwidth to deliver quality video without buffering, but that would be impossible for Publishers Clearing House and its production demands if not for Streambox. Streambox untethers Publishers Clearing House from the WiFi restriction by bonding multiple networks (including 3G/4G/WiFi/internet) to build enough bandwidth to stream high-quality, uninterrupted video.

Avenir Mini 3 compresses video from Publishers Clearing House’s cameras using Streambox’s Advanced Compression Technology – Level 3 (ACT-L3) codec, optimized for efficiency, low bandwidth, and high video fidelity. ACT-L3 works in conjunction with Low Delay Multi-Path technology (LDMP) for seamless video delivery. LDMP automatically bonds all available networks and maintains the best possible bandwidth, latency, and resolution over the networks. LDMP works with 3G/4G/LTE, WiFi, BGAN and other IP networks, but Publishers Clearing House needs to be fully mobile so it uses 2 Verizon modems, 2 AT&T, and a T-Mobile modem. LDMP automatically selects the best network path for Publishers Clearing House’s stream. If one modem/carrier has connectivity issues, has its network bogged down, or drops out altogether LDMP will adjust in real time to move the delivery to the other modems/carriers and adjust latency or quality if necessary to ensure that the video is delivered to Streambox Cloud. LDMP assures Publishers Clearing House does not have to worry about a congested cell tower eating into its available bandwidth while live on air and interrupting its stream.

“Streambox has given us the ability to broadcast our winning moments to our more than 2 million Facebook fans live!”

The video captured by Avenir Mini 3 is sent to Streambox Cloud where it is archived, transcoded, and played out in real time on Facebook Live. Streambox Cloud’s transcoding enables multiple viewings at once without losing video quality or delivery speed. Along with feed management, security, and delivery reliability, Streambox provides the ability to add post-production effects with live team contribution via third party software. Without Streambox, Facebook Live is a mobile app limited by a phone’s camera and connectivity, but as part of a Streambox Solution, Facebook Live is the publishing platform of a professional quality production with broadcast cameras and not bound by a single cellular network or WiFi connection. “There has been nothing but positive reaction to our live feeds, the quality of the audio and the video is a huge step up from what we were doing before,” said Ringgold.

Using its Streambox solution has given Publishers Clearing House the ability to implement reliable remote streaming for its live events which has positively impacted its social media views and brand credibility all for a reasonable price. Ringgold said, “Streambox has given us the ability to broadcast our winning moments to our more than 2 million Facebook fans live! This has a tremendous impact on our brand credibility, and helps people see that Publishers Clearing House really does give away millions of dollars.”