The Streambox NODE is a small form factor media player device supporting ten programmable 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.
The Streambox NODE Decoder/Player delivers true HD video and is very easy to use. It has an Ethernet (RJ45) connection for Internet connectibity and an HDMI out for video display. The NODE is ideally suited for mobile or remote operations.
For low cost automated video playout Node provides a consistent high quality live video stream. An Ethernet and HDMI connection are all you need for unparalleled HD streaming to a connected TV. Ease of use is key to how Streambox NODE stands out from the pack. With Automated Video Routing you are able to setup the NODE once, then it automatically finds the correct encoder in the future, providing a quick setup and peace of mind.
Each programmable channel can automatically pull or receive a unique video stream from the Streambox Cloud or from point-to-point connection; based on predefined metadata. Stream pull allows the NODE to work behind NAT/firewall without static IP (requires Streambox Cloud or Enterprise Server). The NODE can be left running 24/7 and render the stream in real time as it arrives. Users can use front panel buttons to open the on-screen display and select channels.
Streambox offers security video encryption for live and archived video. The wide use of digital images and videos in various applications brings serious attention to security and privacy issues today. Data encryption is a suitable method to protect this data.
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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.
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.
“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.”
Alan Latteri, partner at Instinctual, a post production service firm, has extensive experience providing professional finishing services for film studios.
Alan was looking for a system that met Instinctual’s current and upcoming needs – the Streambox Modular Rackmount with 2K/4K format met their criteria:
· Encrypted Video Streaming security of intellectual property
· Video latency less than a second
· Video capture and stream at 2k/4k at 80Mbsp
· Played out as high quality 10-bit video without video loss over IP networks for remote cinematic color grading and edit sessions
· Future-proof with upgrade path for 2k stereo video and support for higher color profile — 12-bit 444 color
Extensive side-by-side live video sessions were conducted over an IP network using Streambox Modular units and a competing JPEG 2000 system between the Instinctual color theater and the Sony Pictures theater. A real-time performance was measured for latency and video playout to assess video and color quality.
Alan talks about his experience with Streambox. Instinctual has been using the newest product from Streambox, the Modular Rackmount with 2K & 4K which has definitely met their current and future needs. Alan and his team were most impressed with the “great turnaround” and “personal touch” from Streambox and its customer service.
Instinctual’s primary need was the ability to collaborate using secure live video with Sony Pictures from remote campuses. With this ability, Alan Latteri and his team were able to make edits and color corrections in real-time. This ability saved time and money for both companies and decreased time spent on projects.
Overall Alan and his team were pleased with the Modular Rackmount’s performance and small design. “It just works,” says Alan “it’s there when we need it, and we press go.” Compared to other company’s products, the Streambox Modular Rackmount “setup was quick,” the “required bandwidth was less,” the “video quality was excellent,” and “the direct response to customers feedbacks and issues is amazing” says Alan “way more valuable than putting it in some support ticket.”
The price of the Streambox Modular Rackmount with 2K was extremely competitive. “The price point made it compelling enough to take a chance” says Alan “and we are glad we did, we are benefiting from that.”
Streambox Cloud was another key benefit Alan saw with using Streambox. The web interface and the ability to preview live video using the Cloud was a great addition for Alan and his team when collaborating in real-time.
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.