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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.

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NewTR Upgrades to Streambox’s AVENIR Mini 4 to Stream Live Video

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NewTR News Agency is an international TV news organization with its central headquarters based in London, UK, with multiple offices around the world. The organization has been using the Streambox AVENIR Mini product-line for over 8 years with great success.

Streambox provides live video over IP products and solutions with network bonding technology. This technology provides news contribution services for many leading news organizations around the globe.

Recently NewTR News Agency upgraded to the newest bonded cellular mobile encoder, the AVENIR Mini 4.

NewTR was very pleased with the improved performance provided by the Mini 4 with five 3G/4G/LTE embedded modems, with options to add 2 or more additional modems, plus the capabilities of two wifi connections. The Mini 4 consumes less power and is able to last 3-8 hours depending on battery size and condition.

The AVENIR Mini now includes multiple ways to be controlled, either with direct LCD access, remote web access, or via the easy to use mobile app. The NewTR team was able to control the unit locally, and remotely from a long distance using the new Mini 4 features.

With the new Mini 4, NewTR is able to continue to offer its high quality news contribution services from multiple locations around the globe including Istanbul, Paris, Berlin, Washington, New York, Moscow, Kuala Lumpur, Aleppo, and Bern.

Although the AVENIR Mini products were designed as camera-mountable units, they are well suited, and used as a standalone encoders connected to cameras and video sources. NewTR uses the Mini 4 for both camera-mountable and standalone units.

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

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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.

Streambox Technology

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.