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.
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 Chroma is the ultimate solution to picture-perfect pixels when
encoding, decoding, and transporting the most demanding media content. Software-defined Chroma systems offer flexibility and upgradability. Streambox
technology provides unrivaled performance, reliability, superior quality,
and minimal latency. Chroma offers superior quality media streaming over
Internet and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks. Real-time
transport provides efficient workflows and processes for post-production
collaboration, broadcasting, and streaming live events.
To better understand the advantages of Streambox Chroma over past Streambox
hardware systems, please read a document with detailed information here.
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 Rackmount, Video Encryption, iOS 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.
February 20, 2018 Seattle – Streambox will present upcoming next-generation video compression technology, ACT-L5 Codec, their new modular 4K/2K/HD Rackmount encoder and decoder, and Cloud and software solutions for low latency live remote sessions at the 2018 Håollywood Professional Association (HPA) Tech Retreat.
The next generation ACT-L5 Codec produces the 12-bit, 4:4:4 RGB color profile required for cinematic, episodic, and commercial color grading and editing. This is also ideal for live events, digital signage, and broadcast video where High Dynamic Range (HDR) video is desired.
Streambox products provide secure and ease-of-use solutions for cinematic, episodic, and commercial live sessions for post production workflows by providing:
- Remote real-time creative collaborations including color grading & editing over the Internet and MPLS networks.
- Cloud for multi-location Post Production allowing teams and owners to collaborate
- Mix and match hardware and software of MacOS, iOS, Windows, and Android products to meet project requirements and budget
- ACT-L5 Codec for 4:4:4 RGB Color support (to be demoed at the show). The ACT-L5 video codec, designed to work with Rec.709, DCI-P3, and Rec.2020 is setting a new bar for production quality.
- Software Apps and modules include: HD, 2K, and 4K encoder/decoder, media players for MacOS, iOS, Windows, and Android, encryption, 2K Stereo Video, 12-bit 4:4:4
- Strong AES-128 encryption for content protection
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Streambox new modular Rackmount HD 2K 4K 3D encoders and decoders
Streambox Modular Encoder / Decoder rackmounts based on the industry-leading ACT-L3/ACT-L5 codec for unrivaled performance, reliability, high quality, and low latency, video over IP networks. Streambox Modular rackmounts are well suited for Broadcast, Enterprise, and secure collaboration for Post Production workflows.
Streambox’s Cloud Service is a secure service that provides reliable multi-point collaboration infrastructure and software for the needs of post-production professionals. Streambox Cloud supports encrypted streams, high-quality HD, and 4K low latency videos for review, edit, and color grading.
NODE is a small form factor media player device supporting ten video channels which will automatically “pull” live video from Streambox Cloud and Enterprise Server or directly receive from an encoder for live video playout to HDMI connected monitors.
Advanced Streaming Codec
All Streambox products are powered by the proprietary codec, Advanced Compression Technology – Level 3 (ACT-L3), Advanced Program 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 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, allowing Streambox products to gracefully handle network bandwidth fluctuations and dropouts which are often seen over public or shared network environments.
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