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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.

Update for Streambox Cloud Encoder for Mac OSX

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Streambox introduces a new update for the free Cloud Encoder software. In the past, the free version of the Cloud Encoder always pointed to the nearest cloud server. Now, with this update, customers are able to point to the desired cloud server of their choosing. With this new available option, sessions can be tested on distance Cloud Servers, as well as simply testing the workflow of setting up an Encoder in one place that’ll be used in another.

After the update, you can set the Cloud Encoder to stream to any specific Cloud Server using either its IP address (e.g. 54.247.100.52) or its specific name (e.g. LiveEU.streambox.com).

Set the Target Decoder in the Network Menu

Set and apply settings for target Cloud Server

The other change that was made to the Cloud Encoder was to add “Set Kit Menu” to the Service Menu. One challenge some customers had was that they have multiple Cloud Encoders in the field, with more than one in use at the same time, and the wanted to know which laptop a given stream was coming from.

Now with the added Set Kit Name option, customers can assign a name to a particular laptop. When the stream hits the Cloud Server, the Kit Name shows up in the Cloud Server’s stream information (on the Live Tab). A user logged in to the Cloud can see which Encoder a given stream is coming from, as long as the Kit Name is unique.

“Set Kit Name” was added to the Service Menu, so a name can be assigned to a particular laptop

After clicking “Set Kit Name” the user is able to input the name of the device

For more information on the Streambox Cloud Encoder click here, or the link below. For additional information or questions on the Streambox Cloud Encoder please contact our sales team. Also, if you wanna check out our list of Cloud Servers and their IP addresses click here.

Streambox Sessions™ makes digital media production collaboration easy for post-production, broadcast, and other media organizations

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Streambox is introducing a simple and cost-effective way to connect media professionals who require remote, real-time collaboration of high quality, color-rich, content across multiple locations without reviewers needing a Cloud account or needing  to connect with Streambox Cloud directly.

Streambox Sessions™ makes digital media production collaboration easy for post-production, broadcast, and other media organizations. Sessions is ideal for offsite producers, directors, colorists, editors, advisors, and others who need to participate in productions no matter where they are located.

Once a streaming session is set up and scheduled using the Streambox Cloud Server web app with administrator level access, a Session ID is generated. This ID code is sent out to everyone with a Streambox media player or decoder.

All anyone who is collaborating on the project needs to do is enter the code in the Session ID field of their Streambox Media Player or decoder, and they are immediately connected and ready for real-time review with no need for setup, managing the network, or performing configurations. Once streaming begins from a Streambox Encoder to the Session, all connected collaborators see the video stream on their Streambox media players and decoders.

Streambox Sessions™ works with Chroma, Chroma X, AVENIR, and software encoders on the origination side, and Chroma, Chroma X, AVENIR Micro 2, NODE, Streambox Player, Streambox Player Pro, and Mobile Media Player for iOS as media players.

This quick to set up and easy to use model is also cost-effective as the host organization only pays for what they use. Organizations can purchase a set amount of data through the Streambox on-line store or by contacting Streambox sales.

More media professionals are discovering the benefits of streaming in their workflows. By offering a service that is low on cost and complexity, Streambox make this capability even easier for organizations to adopt and utilize on a regular basis.

Come Picture Perfect Pixels at NAB 2019 with Streambox

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Streambox solutions help television stations of all types stream video from remote locations for news gathering and live events coverage. Remote field reporters need to set up quickly and transmit full HD, low latency video over bonded 3G,4G, WiFi, Ethernet, SNG / DNG, and Internet networks. The AVENIR mobile encoders integrate embedded modems and connect to multiple types of networks. For critical application such as a live two-way interview, reliable performance is crucial. Chroma and Chroma X offer high quality UHD and HD with HDR video along with up to 16 channels of audio, coupled to robust, high speed transport with minimal latency over a variety of existing networks or by using integrated Streambox Cloud Services.

The AVENIR Micro mobile encoder is modular and stackable, The Avenir Mini 5 mobile encoder includes all of the capabilities of AVENIR Micro as well as being camera mountable with five embedded modems.

Chroma and Chroma X function as streaming encoders, decoders and players at network and station facilities, and also integrates easily into outside broadcast vehicles to remotely manage and distribute streaming video. Content can be acquired with HDR in different standards and up to 16 channels of uncompressed audio. Chroma X is a small form factor version of Chroma that supports up to 3G 1080p resolution with down conversion from 2K. Chroma X is available on a service basis.

The Streambox Cloud encoder and the Streambox App for use on iPads, iPhones, Mac laptops, and Windows laptops enables mobile users to cost-effectively stream professional quality live media from the field to be streamed and shared via the web or on mobile devices. Live streaming media can also be sent to social media sites like YouTube, Facebook, as well as specific news websites for real-time media sharing.

All these encoder systems can be utilized with Streambox Cloud Services operating over wired and wireless IP networks to bring news content to locations anywhere in the world. Cloud Services offers the flexibility and scalability of establishing a robust first and last mile connection and use of reliable Cloud-based distribution to any number of designated destinations.

There are a number of options for playing out streaming media content from Streambox as well. When the best performance is required, a Chroma or Chroma X hardware decoder can be used. A smaller, lower cost hardware option is the NODE 2 media player. This is a small form factor device that includes up to 10 programmable channels and 6 channels of audio.

Streambox also offers software media players. There are players for both Windows and Mac based computer systems. For a more mobile experience, Streambox offers a Mobile Media Player iOS application for iPads and iPhones, with an Android version coming soon.

Achieving high rates of transport and playback with minimal end-to end latency even over lower bandwidth public internet networks between locations that enables production transparency helps reduce operating expenses. Reliable Streambox network integration makes playing of live streams to and from remote locations easy and cost-effective. By using Streambox systems, the costs of covering live events can be reduced by supplementing or removing existing satellite or microwave links with cellular, WIFi, and Ethernet networking.

AVENIR Mini 5 is a camera mountable live video encoder designed for mobile broadcasting in the field. The encoder provides enhanced bonded connectivity capabilities with significantly more efficient encoding for HD video. Engineered for easy integration and outstanding quality, the miniature, low-power device can be used with broadcast cameras for streaming video contribution.

  •         HD-SDI and HDMI video capture.
  •         Small form factor, lightweight device weighing just 1.1 kg
  •         Consumes 25 watts of power in standby to 60W with modem streaming for extended battery operations
  •         0.5 up to 20 Mbps of bandwidth
  •         5 internal cellular modems
  •         Support for up to 5 USB modems

Mini 5 performs as a dedicated portable encoder for live video transmissions, bonding any available network connections using the Streambox ACT-L3 (Advanced Compression Technology Level 3) codec and LDMP (Low Delay Multi-Path technology) to deliver high quality video with low latency. This combination delivers high quality video at significantly lower bitrates requiring less bandwidth than other systems.

The AVENIR Mini 5 provides highly efficient encoding for HD broadcasting with first and last mile connectivity through seamless integration via Streambox decoders, Streambox Enterprise Server, or Streambox Cloud Services to receive, archive and route video for playout in local, regional or worldwide deployments.

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.

AVENIRMicro is a lightweight live video encoder designed for mobile broadcasting similar to AVENIR Mini 5 but in a desktop package. Micro has recently been updated to a new design with increased processing and capabilities including the ability to also be used as a decoder, and increasing the bandwidth to 30 Mbps.

Micro is used with broadcast cameras, satellite terminals, medical imaging, safety and security monitoring, enterprise media environments, and various other streaming applications. In education, teachers have to create a real-time visual experience to send students in remote locations. Complex procedures must be streamed out for remote monitoring by medical specialists. For security, streaming out from a facility for critical remote monitoring is often required. AvenirMicro provides reliable video streaming acquisition for various types of mission-critical applications.

The Chroma product line includes the Chroma multi-channel advanced performance encoder designed for Contribution and Production, and the Chroma multi-channel advanced performance decoder designed for Playout and Production. These systems provides near lossless video quality, and secure, real-time, remote, collaborative workflows. They also support HD resolutions, along with High Dynamic Range color standards to create streaming content for broadcasting, and enterprise organizations by providing low latency video in HD formats over public and private IP networks.

The software-defined Streambox Chroma multi-channel systems with modular design offer flexibility, minimal latency, and integrated reliable LDMP media transport technology that simplifies streaming workflows over Internet and MPLS networks. Chroma provides high-quality, full range color, low-bandwidth video that can be seamlessly transported where mission critical media is required. Real-time transport assures an efficient solution for video contribution, live event streaming, multi-location video distribution, and remote offline and online editorial collaboration.

The Chroma multi-channel systems are specially packaged versions of the Chroma HD system that includes a 12G/6G/3G/HD-SDI I/O that enables up to 4 simultaneous encodes or decodes.

Broadcasters and content providers need to capture, preserve, and playback the highest possible quality video when acquiring and showing content for news, sports, and other live events. The Streambox Chroma multi-channel encoder is ideal for IP-based HD streaming video that includes HDR support for contribution and playback to and from studios, bureaus, and affiliates over low cost Internet networks. Users can stream secure live media from field locations to multiple destinations with automated routing. Chroma also integrates easily into outside broadcast vehicles to remotely manage and distribute streaming video.

For critical application such as a live two-way interview, reliable performance is crucial. Chroma encoding offers high quality HD video along with up to 16 channels of audio, coupled to robust, high speed transport with minimal latency over a variety of existing networks or by using integrated Streambox Cloud Services. Chroma decoding provides the same level of quality and performance to playback and distribute streams of HD media.

Come Picture Perfect Pixels at NAB 2019 with Streambox

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Post-production facilities and personnel need real-time remote color grading, editorial review and content approvals, which is enabled by Streambox solutions. Post professionals can share, view and listen to content with the necessary detail to make informed decisions from multiple remote locations such as screening rooms and digital cinema theaters to work collaboratively.

Chroma Advanced Encoder / Decoder

  •         High-quality, full range 12-bit 4:4:4 RGB/XYZ color video in various formats such as 4K DCI with HDR
  •         Accessibility over standard public IP networks
  •         Optimized Streambox ACT L3/L5 codec supports various frame rates and bit depths and also supports HDR in different standards
  •         Up to 16 channels of uncompressed audio.

Some environments may still need remote connectivity but have less stringent encoding requirements. Chroma X is a small form factor version of Chroma that supports up to 3G 1080p resolution with down conversion from 2K available on a service basis.

Streambox also has software encoders for Mac and Windows computer systems to live stream media content.

Transport management is included with Streambox Enterprise Server and Streambox Cloud Services. Enterprise Server works well for organizations that have a known number of clients on a single network, while Cloud Services adds the flexibility and scalability of establishing a robust first mile connection and use of reliable Cloud-based distribution to any number of designated destinations around the world.

There are a number of options for playing out streaming media content from Streambox as well.

  •         Chroma or Chroma X hardware decoder for the best performance
  •         NODE 2 small form factor media player with up to 10 programmable channels, support for HDR, and 6 channels of audio.
  •         Windows and Mac based software media players
  •         Mobile Media Player iOS application for iPads and iPhones

The software defined Streambox Chroma advanced encoder decoder is suitable to a diverse set of streaming workflows and applications in post-production, broadcast and other media enterprise facilities. Chroma systems can be the central component to provide high-quality video streaming including 4K DCI with full range color and HDR between post-production facilities, co-located team members and remote clients.

Chroma has an extensive feature set, but all the capabilities may not be needed all the time, or needs may change over time or for certain projects. Streambox now offers feature-based licensing for bundles of features, or for certain individual features. Software can be activated on-the fly with codes by purchasing licenses based on a hardware identification.

Chroma has multiple new operational developments.

  •         Remote preview of streams being decoded at different levels of quality, native RGB preview for encoding and decoding
  •         Stream pull function based on metadata used with Streambox Enterprise Server or Streambox Cloud Services to monitor pre-identified streams using such metadata parameters as editor name or server IP address.
  •         Remote Web UI/control when networked to Streambox Node for playout
  •         LCD data such as IP identification for encoder and decoder
  •         Improved diagnostics such as drop frame detection to assist with video optimization
  •         Low latency mode of 1 frame, < 0.1 seconds

While making reviews convenient and saving time is a great impetus to put this type of solution in place, complete satisfaction is realized by having team members and clients be able to view content that is visually lossless and reproduces exact color. Color fidelity is a major consideration, and testing has been done with Chroma that confirms that viewers are receiving the proper visual experience, while everyone benefits as no color conversions are needed.

Chroma X is a software defined encoder or decoder packaged as a small form factor device made available in a Hardware as a Service (HaaS) or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering.

  •         Delivery of HD/HDR content Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multi-Point
  •         Real-time post-production, broadcast, and enterprise collaboration
  •         Send to Enterprise Server and Streambox Cloud Services for contribution, archiving, and playing of live streams to and from remote locations.

Two HD 1080p Chroma X device packages are available with a 12 month rental including 6 TB of Cloud data. The Standard Package provides 4:2:2 HDR 10-bit video and 8 channel audio. The Premium Package provides 4:4:4 RGB HDR 12-bit video, and 16 channel audio.