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Come Picture Perfect Pixels at NAB 2019 with Streambox

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Relax from the frenzy of the exhibition halls and cross the street to the Residence Inn from Monday, April 8th to Thursday April 11th.

Streambox solutions help television stations of all types stream video from remote locations for news gathering and live events coverage. Remote field reporters need to set up quickly and transmit full HD, low latency video over bonded 3G,4G, WiFi, Ethernet, SNG / DNG, and Internet networks. The AVENIR mobile encoders integrate embedded modems and connect to multiple types of networks. For critical application such as a live two-way interview, reliable performance is crucial. Chroma and Chroma X offer high quality UHD and HD with HDR video along with up to 16 channels of audio, coupled to robust, high speed transport with minimal latency over a variety of existing networks or by using integrated Streambox Cloud Services.

The AVENIR Micro mobile encoder is modular and stackable, The Avenir Mini 5 mobile encoder includes all of the capabilities of AVENIR Micro as well as being camera mountable with five embedded modems.

Chroma and Chroma X function as streaming encoders, decoders and players at network and station facilities, and also integrates easily into outside broadcast vehicles to remotely manage and distribute streaming video. Content can be acquired with HDR in different standards and up to 16 channels of uncompressed audio. Chroma X is a small form factor version of Chroma that supports up to 3G 1080p resolution with down conversion from 2K. Chroma X is available on a service basis.

The Streambox Cloud encoder and the Streambox App for use on iPads, iPhones, Mac laptops, and Windows laptops enables mobile users to cost-effectively stream professional quality live media from the field to be streamed and shared via the web or on mobile devices. Live streaming media can also be sent to social media sites like YouTube, Facebook, as well as specific news websites for real-time media sharing.

All these encoder systems can be utilized with Streambox Cloud Services operating over wired and wireless IP networks to bring news content to locations anywhere in the world. Cloud Services offers the flexibility and scalability of establishing a robust first and last mile connection and use of reliable Cloud-based distribution to any number of designated destinations.

There are a number of options for playing out streaming media content from Streambox as well. When the best performance is required, a Chroma or Chroma X hardware decoder can be used. A smaller, lower cost hardware option is the NODE 2 media player. This is a small form factor device that includes up to 10 programmable channels and 6 channels of audio.

Streambox also offers software media players. There are players for both Windows and Mac based computer systems. For a more mobile experience, Streambox offers a Mobile Media Player iOS application for iPads and iPhones, with an Android version coming soon.

Achieving high rates of transport and playback with minimal end-to end latency even over lower bandwidth public internet networks between locations that enables production transparency helps reduce operating expenses. Reliable Streambox network integration makes playing of live streams to and from remote locations easy and cost-effective. By using Streambox systems, the costs of covering live events can be reduced by supplementing or removing existing satellite or microwave links with cellular, WIFi, and Ethernet networking.

AVENIR Mini 5 is a camera mountable live video encoder designed for mobile broadcasting in the field. The encoder provides enhanced bonded connectivity capabilities with significantly more efficient encoding for HD video. Engineered for easy integration and outstanding quality, the miniature, low-power device can be used with broadcast cameras for streaming video contribution.

  •         HD-SDI and HDMI video capture.
  •         Small form factor, lightweight device weighing just 1.1 kg
  •         Consumes 25 watts of power in standby to 60W with modem streaming for extended battery operations
  •         0.5 up to 20 Mbps of bandwidth
  •         5 internal cellular modems
  •         Support for up to 5 USB modems

Mini 5 performs as a dedicated portable encoder for live video transmissions, bonding any available network connections using the Streambox ACT-L3 (Advanced Compression Technology Level 3) codec and LDMP (Low Delay Multi-Path technology) to deliver high quality video with low latency. This combination delivers high quality video at significantly lower bitrates requiring less bandwidth than other systems.

The AVENIR Mini 5 provides highly efficient encoding for HD broadcasting with first and last mile connectivity through seamless integration via Streambox decoders, Streambox Enterprise Server, or Streambox Cloud Services to receive, archive and route video for playout in local, regional or worldwide deployments.

By using existing cellular and other network data plans, Mini 5 helps lower monthly OpEx costs, compared to leasing extra equipment and services that include marked-up data plans. The Mini 5, with its superior video compression and transport, consumes up to 30% less data for HD video, helping to lower data consumption of live streaming news and events.

AVENIRMicro is a lightweight live video encoder designed for mobile broadcasting similar to AVENIR Mini 5 but in a desktop package. Micro has recently been updated to a new design with increased processing and capabilities including the ability to also be used as a decoder, and increasing the bandwidth to 30 Mbps.

Micro is used with broadcast cameras, satellite terminals, medical imaging, safety and security monitoring, enterprise media environments, and various other streaming applications. In education, teachers have to create a real-time visual experience to send students in remote locations. Complex procedures must be streamed out for remote monitoring by medical specialists. For security, streaming out from a facility for critical remote monitoring is often required. AvenirMicro provides reliable video streaming acquisition for various types of mission-critical applications.

The Chroma product line includes the Chroma multi-channel advanced performance encoder designed for Contribution and Production, and the Chroma multi-channel advanced performance decoder designed for Playout and Production. These systems provides near lossless video quality, and secure, real-time, remote, collaborative workflows. They also support HD resolutions, along with High Dynamic Range color standards to create streaming content for broadcasting, and enterprise organizations by providing low latency video in HD formats over public and private IP networks.

The software-defined Streambox Chroma multi-channel systems with modular design offer flexibility, minimal latency, and integrated reliable LDMP media transport technology that simplifies streaming workflows over Internet and MPLS networks. Chroma provides high-quality, full range color, low-bandwidth video that can be seamlessly transported where mission critical media is required. Real-time transport assures an efficient solution for video contribution, live event streaming, multi-location video distribution, and remote offline and online editorial collaboration.

The Chroma multi-channel systems are specially packaged versions of the Chroma HD system that includes a 12G/6G/3G/HD-SDI I/O that enables up to 4 simultaneous encodes or decodes.

Broadcasters and content providers need to capture, preserve, and playback the highest possible quality video when acquiring and showing content for news, sports, and other live events. The Streambox Chroma multi-channel encoder is ideal for IP-based HD streaming video that includes HDR support for contribution and playback to and from studios, bureaus, and affiliates over low cost Internet networks. Users can stream secure live media from field locations to multiple destinations with automated routing. Chroma also integrates easily into outside broadcast vehicles to remotely manage and distribute streaming video.

For critical application such as a live two-way interview, reliable performance is crucial. Chroma encoding offers high quality HD video along with up to 16 channels of audio, coupled to robust, high speed transport with minimal latency over a variety of existing networks or by using integrated Streambox Cloud Services. Chroma decoding provides the same level of quality and performance to playback and distribute streams of HD media.

Come Picture Perfect Pixels at NAB 2019 with Streambox

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Relax from the frenzy of the exhibition halls and cross the street to the Residence Inn from Monday, April 8th to Thursday April 11th.

Post-production facilities and personnel need real-time remote color grading, editorial review and content approvals, which is enabled by Streambox solutions. Post professionals can share, view and listen to content with the necessary detail to make informed decisions from multiple remote locations such as screening rooms and digital cinema theaters to work collaboratively.

Chroma Advanced Encoder / Decoder

  •         High-quality, full range 12-bit 4:4:4 RGB/XYZ color video in various formats such as 4K DCI with HDR
  •         Accessibility over standard public IP networks
  •         Optimized Streambox ACT L3/L5 codec supports various frame rates and bit depths and also supports HDR in different standards
  •         Up to 16 channels of uncompressed audio.

Some environments may still need remote connectivity but have less stringent encoding requirements. Chroma X is a small form factor version of Chroma that supports up to 3G 1080p resolution with down conversion from 2K available on a service basis.

Streambox also has software encoders for Mac and Windows computer systems to live stream media content.

Transport management is included with Streambox Enterprise Server and Streambox Cloud Services. Enterprise Server works well for organizations that have a known number of clients on a single network, while Cloud Services adds the flexibility and scalability of establishing a robust first mile connection and use of reliable Cloud-based distribution to any number of designated destinations around the world.

There are a number of options for playing out streaming media content from Streambox as well.

  •         Chroma or Chroma X hardware decoder for the best performance
  •         NODE 2 small form factor media player with up to 10 programmable channels, support for HDR, and 6 channels of audio.
  •         Windows and Mac based software media players
  •         Mobile Media Player iOS application for iPads and iPhones

The software defined Streambox Chroma advanced encoder decoder is suitable to a diverse set of streaming workflows and applications in post-production, broadcast and other media enterprise facilities. Chroma systems can be the central component to provide high-quality video streaming including 4K DCI with full range color and HDR between post-production facilities, co-located team members and remote clients.

Chroma has an extensive feature set, but all the capabilities may not be needed all the time, or needs may change over time or for certain projects. Streambox now offers feature-based licensing for bundles of features, or for certain individual features. Software can be activated on-the fly with codes by purchasing licenses based on a hardware identification.

Chroma has multiple new operational developments.

  •         Remote preview of streams being decoded at different levels of quality, native RGB preview for encoding and decoding
  •         Stream pull function based on metadata used with Streambox Enterprise Server or Streambox Cloud Services to monitor pre-identified streams using such metadata parameters as editor name or server IP address.
  •         Remote Web UI/control when networked to Streambox Node for playout
  •         LCD data such as IP identification for encoder and decoder
  •         Improved diagnostics such as drop frame detection to assist with video optimization
  •         Low latency mode of 1 frame, < 0.1 seconds

While making reviews convenient and saving time is a great impetus to put this type of solution in place, complete satisfaction is realized by having team members and clients be able to view content that is visually lossless and reproduces exact color. Color fidelity is a major consideration, and testing has been done with Chroma that confirms that viewers are receiving the proper visual experience, while everyone benefits as no color conversions are needed.

Chroma X is a software defined encoder or decoder packaged as a small form factor device made available in a Hardware as a Service (HaaS) or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering.

  •         Delivery of HD/HDR content Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multi-Point
  •         Real-time post-production, broadcast, and enterprise collaboration
  •         Send to Enterprise Server and Streambox Cloud Services for contribution, archiving, and playing of live streams to and from remote locations.

Two HD 1080p Chroma X device packages are available with a 12 month rental including 6 TB of Cloud data. The Standard Package provides 4:2:2 HDR 10-bit video and 8 channel audio. The Premium Package provides 4:4:4 RGB HDR 12-bit video, and 16 channel audio.

Streambox Chroma Advanced Encoder Decoder Celebrates New Capabilities for 2019

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2019 is the 20-year anniversary for Streambox and that means new capabilities and features for users. Leading off in the new year is a number of significant enhancements to the already state of the art Chroma Advanced Encoder Decoder system.

Streambox Chroma is suitable to a diverse set of streaming workflows and applications in post-production, broadcast and other media enterprise facilities. Chroma systems can be the central component to provide high-quality video streaming including 4K DCI with full range color and HDR between post-production facilities, co-located team members and remote clients. Chroma can also be the crucial connecting device for a journalist in a remote bureau sending an HD stream back to a network operations center.

Chroma has an extensive feature set, but you may not need all the capabilities all the time, or your needs may change over time or for certain projects. Streambox now offers feature based licensing for bundles of features, or for certain individual features. Software can be activated on-the fly with codes by purchasing licenses based on a hardware identification. Specific hardware features are also upgradable depending on the Chroma model you have.

Chroma has multiple new operational developments. Monitoring options have been increased with remote preview of streams being decoded at different levels of quality, native RGB preview for encoding and decoding, and a stream Pull function based on metadata used with Streambox Enterprise Server or Streambox Cloud Services is a great way to monitor pre-identified streams using such metadata parameters as reporter name or server IP address.

Other operational additions include remote Web UI/control when networked to Streambox Node for playout, LCD data such as IP identification for encoder and decoder, and improved diagnostics such as drop frame detection to assist with video optimization.

The encoder and decoder performance continues to Improve with even better quality and a low latency mode of 1 frame, < 0.1 seconds which represents a significant advancement.

As a reminder in late 2018, AES end-to-end encryption was added for Chroma to protect valuable content, and the ACT-L5 codec was enhanced for superior video quality and up to 16 channels of uncompressed audio.

Streambox Chroma has become the superior solution for high quality streaming environments. Look for continuing changes this year for Chroma, as well as other Streambox products.

  • Improved quality codec with even lower latency mode
  • Automated stream pull from Streambox Cloud Services
  • Remote live stream preview for decoding
  • RGB preview for encoding and decoding
  • Web UI configuration for sending to Streambox NODE playout device
  • Feature-based licensing model
  • Extended diagnostics to further assist video optimization

Jonathan Bloom Streams Live Video Using Streambox for CES2019

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Jonathan Bloom uses Streambox solutions to broadcast reliable live HD video in the field for CES2019. Jonathan is a television news innovator who joined the ABC 7 team, and strives to tell better stories through the use of technology. For the past few months, Jonathan has been a one man machine, writing, filming, editing and reporting live news for his viewers. Being on the look out to find a better way to effectively respond to breaking news more quickly, Jonathan reached out to Streambox for a solution.

Streambox, being in the business of live video, came up with a solution for Jonathan. Using the AVENIRMicro, which is a mobile live video encoder, Jonathan could stream either live 360 video or normal HD video to Facebook. The AVENIRMicro is able to do this over WiFi or by using the embedded 3G/4G modem module installed in its hardware. The video stream is then sent to Streambox’s cloud service, Streambox Cloud, which then is able to archive and send live video to social media. Furthermore, the Micro is able to switch between different cell towers owned by different cellular networks (AT&T, Verison, Sprint, etc.) in order to maintain the best quality and reliable video.

Streambox Awarded the 2018 TV Technology Product Innovation Award for the Chroma 4K/UHD HDR Encoder & Decoder

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Now in its sixth year, Future’s Product Innovation Award recognizes excellence in manufacturing of products to serve the TV/pro video and radio/online audio industries. Winners are selected by a panel of professional users and evaluation criteria include innovation of concept and design, creative use of technology, price value, and suitability for use in a broadcast TV/pro video or broadcast/online radio environment.

A full list of the award winners will be posted on the TV Technology (www.tvtechnology.com), Creative Planet/DV/VE Magazine (www.creativeplanetnetwork.com), and Government Video (www.governmentvideo.com) websites.

There is also a digital e-guide of all the nominees, which will be made available online by the end of December.

Streambox Chroma is a high performance, software defined, real-time streaming solution for broadcast applications such as remote newsgathering, live news production, and live event contribution, and post-production collaborative applications including live reviews, color grading, VFX creation, and editing.

With a history of innovative streaming products since 1999, Streambox has included a number of leading edge and future ready capabilities in the Linux-based Chroma platform.

There is a new optimized ACT-L5 codec that supports the most advanced color profiles, color spaces, color depths, and video resolutions. At a base level, Chroma offers 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video, but Chroma also works with HDR standards such as SMPTE 372 including HDR modes, Rec.709, DCI P3, Rec.2020, HDR10 PQ/HLG and Dolby Vision. Moving up a step, Chroma works with UHD/4K and can provide up to 12-bit 4:4:4 chroma sampling, again with HDR and Wide Color Gamut support as viewers come to expect the best visual experience in the future. For the most demanding post-production needs, Chroma brings RGB/XYZ color space at 2K and 4K DCI resolutions. Because Chroma can be configured with SDI plus HDMI output, the decoder can be set to include HDR metadata so that other software and hardware is not needed, and additional configuration and support which is not easy to manage remotely is not required.

The latest video interfaces are available as Quad link, Dual link 12G, 6G, 3G SDI I/O and HDMI output with Rec.2020, HDR-10 metadata support.

Support of up to 16 channels and of uncompressed PCM audio with 5.1 & 7.1 surround sound makes streaming of productions that even incorporate technologies such as Dolby Atomos and DTS-X no problem.

Unique to Streambox, is the specialized low delay multi-path protocol (LDMP) that is integrated with the encoder for dynamic real-time encoding adjustments for reliable video playout over unreliable IP networks. LDMP and the encoder continuously adjusts for optimized video transport performance on WiFi, 3G, 4G, and wired public IP networks. Support for network bonding means transport has additional reliability and redundancy. LDMP provides intelligent utilization of available network paths to achieve higher rates of transport and playback with minimal 500 ms to 2 second end-to end latency even over public internet networks at significantly lower bandwidth than other systems. Other advanced networking features include UDP unicast, broadcast, or multicast, adjustable Forward Error Correction, and correction embedded metadata. Master quality video and streaming bit rates of up to 120 Mbps enables the delivery of even cinematic quality video contribution.

Chroma can be configured to work with Streambox Cloud Services distribution to any number of designated destinations around the world maintaining high bandwidth with low latency, or set to work with a point to point connection, or to multiple local and/or globally placed remote decoders and players. A Chroma differentiator is that it can stream out simultaneously to network locations, websites, social media platforms simultaneously.

End-to-end strong AES encryption with a symmetric key, forms a protective shield around the transport of valuable video content with no increase in stream latency.

As a software defined platform, some capabilities can be added with a software upgrade. Chroma systems can function as just as an encoder, just a decoder, or both by how it is configured and there is an integrated software-based media player.

Chroma is easy to use taking 30 minutes or less for network setup and use for playout management. A Web based user interface with customizable presets and live video preview permits secure local or remote access.

Complete end-to-end workflows specifically tuned to the needs of broadcasters are enabled by Streambox. By using Streambox systems, the costs of covering news and other live events can be reduced by supplementing or removing existing satellite or microwave links.