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New Avenir Mini 4 Released

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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.

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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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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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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Broadcasts Live with Streambox

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Mayor Ed Murray delivers a special presentation of the 2017 State of the City address from Idris Mosque using Streambox, highlighting how Seattle is moving forward as a welcoming city that is building greater affordability, opportunity and equity for all residents.

The city of Seattle used AVENIR Mini to broadcast live footage of Ed Murrays city address. Designed for broadcasters, the Streambox Avenir Mini is a small form factor, lightweight encoder with integrated network bonding that replaces the need for microwave and satellite trucks at a fraction of the cost.

Using proprietary technology, the device continuously monitors and selects the best possible pathway from all available networks, including 3G/4G/LTE, Wi-Fi and other IP networks, so you get consistent SD and HD streaming with outstanding quality.

The stream was then decoded by Streambox 9200 RackmountThe scalable encoder lets you encode, transport reliable video over public internet and play out live video at a fraction of the cost vs competing encoders requiring higher cost MPLS or dedicated networks for reliable video contribution.

For more information on Streambox Products please contact our sales team: sales@streambox.com