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Streambox Brings Forward New and Exciting Products for 2018

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2018 will be an exciting year for Streambox, with many new product innovations including the new, more efficient ACT-L5 codec. We have released a number of new products and services for video professionals. Products like, the new Chroma RackmountVideo EncryptioniOS Media Player, and the upcoming NODE 2.

Streambox’s ACT-L5 compression codec provides the 12-bit, RGB 4:4:4 color profile required for cinematic, episodic, and commercial color grading and editing. Post production professionals can do native 12-bit RGB to simplify overall workflow.

Producers, engineers, and colorists can now deliver real-time services with a bottom line advantage for color correction, remote editorial, and final review. In addition, users can upgrade Streambox Chroma rackmounts with add-ons such as DCI 4K/2K with 4:4:4 RGB color in 12 or 10-bit and 12G-SDI, HDR, uncompressed audio, and native support for Rec.2020, DCI P3, and Rec.709.

Streambox iOS Media Player is a software decoder for iPad and iPhone devices. IP video is received from Streambox encoders or from Streambox Cloud services. It is well suited for point-to-point or point-to-multipoint streaming with streams being pushed (routed to) or pulled from Streambox Cloud Services. IPad screens are designed to handle P3 color space natively and provide perfect color match for POST reviews.

The Streambox Multi-Channel Sync Decoder can receive up to 8 video streams that will be synchronized to a user selected master stream and output as genlocked and synchronized 8 HD-SDI streams. The Decoder can receive streams from any of the Streambox Avenir line: Micro, Drone, Mini 4; or the Chroma 4K/2K/HD DCI Rackmount Encoder.

For more information on Streambox products please click the links below. If you are interested in purchasing any of our products please contact our sales team. Also, if you wanna check out what else is new from Streambox, check out our “What’s New?” page for more information.

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NORAD Uses Streambox to Track Santa Claus

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The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a United States and Canada bi-national organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for North America.

This year we were informed the annual production in which the NORAD tracking center tracks the flight of Santa Claus is powered by Streambox. It is one of the largest non-military mobilizations of the year. Interviews and updates from the NORAD command center will be broadcasted live. They will also have feeds from various bases around the world.

The armed forces public affairs units use a Streambox kit for video streaming of speeches and other ceremonies. They stream video back to DVIDS, Defense Video Imagery Distribution System, a hub for video acquisition in Atlanta, which uses Enterprise Server and Decoders.

All of the kits (made by contractors such as Norsat and Encompass Digital Media) include a camera, a coverter box (Blackmagic Ultrastudio Mini Recorder), a Mac running Streambox Hybrid Software Encoder, and transmission equipment for satellite to capture video into the armed forces network and back to DVIDS.

NORAD used the same approach to track Santa Claus. To learn more about the Santa Tracker visit: https://www.noradsanta.org/

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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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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