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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.

Streambox Delivers Live News from the G20

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As another demonstration of the effectiveness of using streaming technologies for live news production, the leading U.S. based cable news network used two Streambox discrete encoders and a 8-channel synchronizing decoder over public Internet and Streambox Cloud Services to stream the signals of multiple cameras from Buenos Aires to Atlanta. For the first time, the network used this implementation for its leading weekday evening news program.

The production ran for 3 days and production staff also utilized three Streambox NODE media players as well as the Streambox Mobile Media Player app running on iOS devices for monitoring. Using this type of emerging live IP workflow from Streambox not only reduces costs, but enhances live programs through the flexibility of including content from diverse locations at any time.

Streambox Announces Jigsaw24 as Strategic Business Partner for the United Kingdom

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A leading provider of high performance streaming media solutions, Streambox is collaborating with Jigsaw24 to distribute its full range of hardware and software systems.
Jigsaw24 is a leading IT solutions and services provider for the creative, education and enterprise sectors, as well as offering industry-leading workflow solutions for design, broadcast, and post-production
Post-production facilities across the globe incorporate high quality, low cost streaming media delivery solutions over even low-bandwidth IP connections with solutions by Streambox that offer directors, producers, colorists, and editors remote, real-time collaboration as if they are working in the same location. Also, complete end-to-end workflows specifically tuned to the needs of broadcasters and other streaming professionals are enabled by Streambox. Operating over wired and wireless IP networks, Streambox Cloud Services bring news and program content to locations anywhere in the world.
“We are pleased to combine efforts with an organization that has such long-term experience in delivering systems and services to post-production and broadcast professionals”, states Bob Hildeman, CEO and founder of Streambox. “Jigsaw24 has an impressive track record in designing and implementing media solutions”.
“Streambox is the premier solution for high-end post-production streaming and we are delighted to be able to offer their amazing equipment to make our customers lives better, more productive and profitable,” says Rupert Watson, Jigsaw’s Sales Director for Video and Postproduction.
An initial cooperative venture will be a post-production customer event hosted by Jigasw24 on September 20 at their offices at 8 Golden Square, W1F 9HY. Streambox will give presentations and demonstrate the Chroma advanced encoder/decoder with 4K 12-bit 4:4:4 RGB video including Dolby Vision and HDR workflows with Resolve workstations. HD/Rec 709 12 bit 4:4:4 and 16 Channels of uncompressed audio for Dolby Atmos workflows with Chroma will also be demonstrated.
About Streambox
Founded in 1999, Streambox is an industry-leading pioneer delivering unique IP based video streaming solutions over low bandwidth connections. Streambox delivers pixel-perfect media everywhere- connecting people, companies, and organizations through sharing and collaborating on content.
Streaming digital media with picture perfect pixels from anywhere with unlimited scalability at low costs is the Streambox vision. In today’s connected media world, Streambox technology innovations are there to serve a broad base of industries and customers worldwide.
About Jigsaw24
The Jigsaw24 brand represents 25 years’ experience in the creative industry and is having an increasing impact in enterprise. Serving more than 25,000 enlightened customers, including large businesses, creative professionals, media companies and education, our incredible team have gained the highest customer satisfaction levels and more accreditations than you can shake an iPad at.
Jigsaw24 Event Campaign
Jigsaw and Streambox are hosting a meeting for post-production organizations on September 20 at 8 Golden Square, W1F 9HY
Post-production facilities across the globe incorporate high quality, low cost streaming media delivery solutions over even low-bandwidth IP connections with solutions from Streambox.
Streambox Chroma systems support 10 and 12-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 RGB color and even HDR video encoding at significantly lower data rates. Chroma provides no compromises low latency 4K, UHD, 2K, and HD video over public and private IP networks of different types. Producers, engineers, and colorists can now deliver real-time services with a bottom line advantage for color correction, remote editorial, and final review.
The latest Chroma enhancements include:
  • Optimized ACT-Level 5 codec that supports 4K DCI resolution and 12-bit, 4:4:4 RGB/ XYZ color, and is compatible with existing ACT-Level 3 codec.
  • QUAD SDI I/O hardware to support Quad/Dual link for 12G, 6G, 3G or 1.5G interfaces that permit facilities to use existing infrastructures
  • HDR, HDR+ and DolbyVision compatibility
  • 3D video support
  • Up to 16-channel uncompressed PCM audio
  • Support for higher bitrates up to 120Mbps
  • 64-bit OS with 20% performance improvements
Live streaming workflows can be remotely deployed with Streambox Cloud Services. Users can employ a project-based solution which is easily scalable by adding cloud, desktop or mobile encoders, and desktop or mobile media players as needed. Cloud-based services from Streambox offer dependable transport on a global basis with a specialized protocol providing intelligent utilization of available network paths to achieve higher rates of transport and real-time collaboration. Collaboration tools for routing and management are designed to support digital cinema, post-production, and creative organizations.
Desktop software media players for Windows and Mac OSX, or an app for iPads and iPhones are available from Streambox. Chroma decoders and the NODE 2 small form factor device display high-quality media content.
Streambox will give presentations and demonstrate the Chroma advanced encoder/decoder with 4K 12-bit 4:4:4 RGB video including Dolby Vision and HDR workflows with Resolve workstations. HD/Rec 709 12 bit 4:4:4 and 16 Channels of uncompressed audio for Dolby Atmos workflows with Chroma will also be demonstrated.
Media Contact
Name: Summer Sun
Title: Marketing Specialist
Email address: marketing@streambox.com

See How To Picture Perfect Pixels for Broadcast Workflows

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Read this Application Note and understand how Streambox solutions enable live streaming with high quality and low latency for various broadcast environments.

Streambox offers systems for acquiring, transporting, and playing out streaming media. This document describes what are these components and how they can be combined in different ways depending on workflow requirements. Solutions for remote newsgathering and live news production as well as live event contribution and distribution are discussed.