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Streambox Now Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2020

 

Streambox Now Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos on its Chroma Streaming Products

 

Bellevue, WA: Streambox today announced support of Dolby Vision® and Dolby Atmos® on its Chroma streaming products, allowing media professionals to easily incorporate those technologies in their video and audio workflows.

“We are thrilled to be working with Dolby in their ongoing efforts to showcase the latest innovations in media technology”, said Bob Hildeman, Streambox CEO.

Robert Carroll, Senior Director Content Solutions for Dolby Laboratories, states: “Streambox’s integration of Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos into its Chroma streaming products allows users the ability to remotely monitor their video or audio workflows anywhere in the world. This is an important milestone for remote teams creating globally distributed content in Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision.”

Streambox Chroma™ streaming solutions enable real time, high-quality remote collaboration for color grading, visual effects, sound, editorial and other post-production review sessions. Streambox Cloud Services™ provide high-reliability, low-latency video transport over IP, with dedicated servers strategically located around the globe.

Streambox Chroma 4K systems, noted for their exceptional quality and flexibility, are in use at Dolby’s New York and Los Angeles offices.

About Streambox

Streambox is a pioneer in IP-based video streaming solutions over low bandwidth connections, powered by its Emmy Award winning Low Delay Multi-Path Protocol (LDMP) technology. delivery pixel perfect media everywhere- connecting people, companies, and organizations through sharing and collaborating on content.

 

macOS Catalina Media Player

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Streambox Announces Catalina Media Player

Streambox Media Player is now available for macOS Catalina!  It supports playing out of 4K DCIUHD2K, and HD streaming content for broadcastingpost production and live events.

The optimized Streambox ACT-L3 codec can support 3840 x 2160 UHD or 4096×2160 4K Cinema DCI 23.98, 24, 29.97 and 30 fps video from 4 Mbps up to 50 Mbps in real-time. The codec also supports LDMP networking for reliable multi-path IP based transmission over the public Internet.

The Streambox Media Player Pro receives high quality live HD/SD broadcast video and audio. Streambox Media Player Pro is also able to launch a full screen window for HD or SD broadcast quality on-air playout. This Pro software can also act as a teleprompter in the field for reporters or producers to see incoming video from the studio.

Note that our Catalina player is a fully color-managed application.  We convert 4:2:2 Rec 709 with correct range/gamma and pass the buffer to Mac OS with Rec 709 profile. After that, macOS maps it in accordance  with the monitor profile. Check out out Knowledge Base article on how to deal with issues that arise from color mismatches.

Learn more about the new Catalina Media Player here.

 

Streambox Announces New Product Pricing Model

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Introducing a ‘pay-as-you-go’ plan for video professionals

Software has traditionally been purchased outright or included in the cost of a hardware product. Software Subscriptions, a fundamental shift in the way software is delivered, has changed the outdated ‘ownership’ model with a subscription model that deliver a new level of flexibility and agility.

How it Works

Purchase one or more of the streaming encoder/decoder products listed below. Since the software has been ‘decoupled’ from the hardware platform, the capital expense for hardware is a fraction of the original system price.  Now that you own the hardware you can rent the software on a monthly basis. Pause the subscription in between projects and reinstate it as needed! By ‘renting’ software for a fixed period, creatives gain the ability to take on jobs where the previous model of having to pay outright for technology might have been impractical.

Benefits of software subscriptions

  • Ensured of always having the latest security and feature sets
  • Move from a capital expense to an operating expense
  • Eliminate expense and need for support agreements
  • Subscription costs are predictable, making it easier to charge software costs directly to client projects and forecast for the future
  • The ability to ramp operating costs up or down based on need

Products Included in the New Program

Channels Television Selects Streambox for Nigerian Elections

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Channels Television in Nigeria, the largest privately-owned Nigerian Broadcaster, had previously implemented complete end-to-end streaming for national and global live and file- based video acquisition, contribution, management and distribution with the assistance of Otus Communications. Streambox systems include AVENIR Mini mobile network bonding encoders and 9300 decoders with Enterprise Server for video management, routing, archiving and playout between locations.

With the Nigerian Election cycle approaching, Channels Television was on a search for cutting edge technologies to support her initiative for expansion of News-gathering capabilities. Channels conducted a pilot program to test the latest AVENIR Mini 5 camera mountable mobile encoder featuring increased quality, performance, and bandwidth. After assessing the video quality and ease of use, Channels Television purchased several AVENIR MINI 5 units and began to put the AVENIR MINI into regular use prior to the elections, moving around the country interviewing election stakeholders, election monitors, and citizens. In this way Channels Television was able to quickly provide timely updates to keep viewers informed.

Streaming content on the field is sent out from the AVENIR MINI back to the central facility using 3G and 4G connectivity. The use of mobile networks in Nigeria can be very challenging in some areas due to limitations on coverage and bandwidth. In places where signal strength is lacking, Channel Television staff was able to make quick adjustments on the encoder and still successfully transport content. Use of the AVENIR Mini continued through the election process and for follow up after the event. Now AVENIR is being deployed for regular news gathering. More recently it was utilized on location to cover live activities of rescue operatives at a tragic building collapse.

The integrated camera mountable system is based on a mobile hardware device CPU that enables HD-SDI and HDMI video capture. Mini 5 is a small form factor, lightweight device weighing just 1.1 kg, typically consuming 25 watts of power in standby to 60W with modem streaming for extended battery operations and providing 0.5 up to 20 Mbps of bandwidth. Mini 5 includes 5 internal cellular modems and support for up to 5 USB modems for enhanced flexibility in diverse use cases. A version without internal modems is also available.

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.

For Channels Television the combination of video quality, ease of use, and the ability to stream even in challenging low bandwidth conditions, makes streaming solutions from Streambox a winner.

Streambox Makes the Cut with Remote Editing

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Alan Bell is an award-winning features editor and visual effects creator. Some of his latest projects include Red Sparrow, The Dark Tower and 3 of the Hunger Games releases. Currently he is working as the supervising editor on a project for a group of 3 horror movies.

Alan made a lifestyle change about one and a half years ago and moved from Los Angeles to New Hampshire. He purchased a house there and built a complete editing office in the basement. To achieve his goal of remote editing he required a solution to collaborate with directors wherever they worked from being able to play out of his Avid systems with encrypted content.

In a previous project Alan had used a streaming collaboration system but it used an intense amount of bandwidth and had a long 3 second latency that made it impractical for use in his new surroundings. The high price eliminated it as a cost-effective solution for Alan as an independent professional.

Researching different solutions around 3 years ago, Alan tested Streambox and a software only system. The other system worked reasonably well but could not provide the necessary quality, and it is considerably more expensive. So when it came time to start the current project with the director and edit team in Los Angeles, Streambox was the obvious solution.

As Alan puts it, Streambox is the key feature of his toolbox for remote editing He uses a Streambox Chroma X encoder in his office to stream out to destinations with Streambox Cloud Services for reliable transport. The director can choose to view the material in her office using a NODE 2 compact media player device or her iPad or iPhone. He adjusts the resolution on the Chroma X depending on which device is being used for viewing. Alan appreciates that he is able to send the director as little or as much material as needed for each session. Alan states, I just turn it on, control the system from my laptop, they start watching, and it all just works. During the session he can starts and stop the stream as needed for detailed review.

NODE 2 player provides a high quality and reliable viewing experience being connected to the network in the director’s office and is not dependent on the quality of a WiFi network when using a tablet or phone. It is set up for stereo audio, but Alan intends to use 5.1 audio in the future. For future projects where Alan would be working day to day with a director, he would replicate the same set up on both sides. Even though he is using full HD for review in this project, it is important to Alan that Streambox can offer 4K DCI video with 4:4:4 RGB and HDR support along with up to 16 channels of audio. Some of Alan’s work requires the use of a theater environment so it is a big advantage to him that many review theaters operated by companies including Deluxe and Dolby also use Streambox technology.

Alan explains his sales pitch to directors is that he wants to work their project but not have to be on location for months. With Streambox he can work remotely on a day to day basis and be more productive while incurring less cost. Streambox permits him to offer convenience when working on projects that would not be possible otherwise. Alan has become a fan, and exclaims, I love this product, I love that it is so easy to use!

Alan believes the real beauty of remote collaboration is that individuals can move beyond the traditional production centers such as Los Angeles, New York, and London and be able to work just as if they were right next to each other. He considers that this kind of collaboration goes beyond just editing to all sorts of creative aspects in life including modeling and design, so there is lots of opportunity for this sort of technology implementation.

For more information on the Streambox Chroma X  or NODE 2 click here, or the link below. For additional information or questions please contact our sales team.