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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.

Chroma X – A New Way to Picture Perfect Pixels

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Delivering the Power of Chroma in an Economical Palm Size Device

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.

Workflow integration includes delivery of content to Streambox Chroma, NODE, Pro, and Mobile Media Players for real-time collaboration, as well as sending to Enterprise Server and Streambox Cloud Services for contribution, archiving, and playing of live streams to and from remote locations.

The Chroma X device is based on an Intel NUC computer with an i5 processor using the same Linux software base as the Chroma rackmount systems.

End-to-end encryption with a symmetric key, forms a protective shield around the transport of valuable video content with no increase in stream latency and permits playout on various software and hardware media players.

  • HD/HDR Encoder & Decoder Device for Post Production and Broadcast Contribution
  • Cloud Service with set amount of data included or Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multi-Point
  • Streambox Media Player License Included
  • Integration with Streambox Cloud Services
  • Encryption and Video Annotation support
  • LCD with preview, remote control operation
  • Color-space: Rec.709, P3, Rec 2020
  • HD 1080p up to 60 fps
  • Converts 2K DCI to HD

Two HD 1080p Chroma X device packages are available with a 12 month rental. 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.

Streambox to Receive 2018 Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award for Innovation in Streaming Transport

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Bellevue, WA – November 19, 2018 Streambox is honored to be a recipient of an Emmy® Award for Technology and Engineering in 2018 by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The award has been granted to Streambox for their work on pioneering reliable transmission methodology for live contribution and distribution television links.

In 2011, Streambox introduced Low Delay Multi-Path (LDMP) technology to provide dynamic encoding adjustment for real-time video transport over multiple network types simultaneously, assuring reliable video playout over unreliable WiFi, 3G, 4G, and wired public IP networks. LDMP provides intelligent monitoring and utilization of accessible network paths to efficiently maximize available bandwidth and 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. Integrated support for network bonding means transport has additional reliability and redundancy.

In the past, a significant amount of real-time broadcast event coverage was restricted to expensive satellite connections, or contending with 4 to 6 second delays using other networking connectivity, if and when available. Aside from such technical limitations, news gathering can face situational obstacles such as governments shutting down different networks to keep a story from getting out. Using Streambox technology, early adopters such as CNN were still able to get video coverage back to Atlanta from challenging environments during the Arab Spring. A compact Avenir encoder was used to stream celebrations for Mohamed Morsi’s election for Cairo, and recently a Chroma encoder/decoder system with Streambox Cloud Services was used to do live interviews between Singapore and Atlanta covering the Kim – Trump summit. Other broadcast networks using Streambox include BBC, NHK, FNC, ABC, NBC, FOX, and Al Jazeera.

For broadcast applications such as remote news gathering, live news production, and live event contribution, Streambox has deployed LDMP technology on iPhones, iPads, personal computers, and hardware systems which can be connected to Cloud services to meet a wide range of requirements. Streambox offers encoder and player software running on Mac OSX, Linux, and Windows systems, as well as encoder and player iOS and Android-based apps. In addition to compact hardware encoders which can be deployed on cameras and drones, there is a small form factor NODE player device that supports up to 10 programmable channels.

Streambox pioneered Cloud IP distribution of live media as well, which produced a dramatic decrease in latency and a substantial increase in reliability by providing enhanced first and last mile connectivity. Streambox Cloud Services distribution also uses LDMP for transport to any number of designated destinations around the world at high quality and low latency.

For critical applications such as live two-way interviews, the Streambox Chroma advanced encoder / decoder with LDMP offers high quality UHD and HD streaming. Chroma systems are ideal for IP-based UHD and HD video contribution from studios, bureaus, and affiliates over low cost Internet networks. Users can stream secure live media from the field locations to multiple destinations with automated routing. Chroma functions as a streaming decoder and player at network and station facilities as well. Chroma also integrates easily into outside broadcast vehicles to remotely manage and distribute streaming video. Master quality video bit rates of up to 120 Mbps enables the delivery of even cinematic quality video contribution.

To properly complement the capabilities of LDMP transport, Streambox also has developed optimized codec technology. The most recent ACT-L5 near lossless codec used in Chroma supports the most advanced color profiles, color spaces, color depths, and video resolutions. At a base level, the codec offers 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video, but also works with HDR standards such as SMPTE 372 including HDR modes, Rec.709, DCI P3, Rec.2020, gamut HDR10 PQ/HLG, and Dolby Vision. Moving up a step, the codec provides UHD resolution and can offer up to 12-bit 4:4:4 chroma sampling, again with HDR and Wide Color Gamut support for the best visual experience.

In conjunction with LDMP transport, Streambox systems offer end-to-end strong AES encryption with a symmetric key, forming a protective shield around the transport of valuable video content with no increase in stream latency.

Broadcasters are not the only ones to benefit from this exceptional technology. Business, HOW, Education, Public Safety, Defense, and Post-Production organizations also use Streambox solutions. Feature, trailer, advertising, or television production facilities use Chroma for collaborative applications including live reviews, color grading, VFX creation, and editing. In these instances, Chroma can provide 12-bit 4:4:4 RGB/XYZ at 2K and 4K DCI resolutions.

Using Streambox technology and solutions offer users some key advantages for broadcast contribution and distribution, including the ability to work on networks they already use, the capability of streaming out to network locations, websites, and social media platforms simultaneously, and most importantly, the functionality of operating over standard public networks with high quality and low latency, even with limited bandwidth.

About Streambox

Founded in 1999, Streambox is an industry leading pioneer delivering unique IP based video streaming solutions over low bandwidth connections. Streambox delivers pixel perfect media everywhere- connecting people, companies, and organizations through sharing and collaborating on content.

Streaming digital media with picture perfect pixels from anywhere with unlimited scalability at low costs is the Streambox vision. In today’s connected media world, Streambox technology innovations are there to serve a broad base of industries and customers worldwide.

So You Think Streaming Is Just for Watching Vids On Your Smartphone?

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Next week on November 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 in the evening, Streambox will be doing a live, hands-on demo of streaming applicable for Digital Cinema and VFX production environments at the Deluxe/Encore facilities in Vancouver, British Columbia. Using the Chroma Encoder and Decoder system, attendees will be able to see streaming at a quality level that makes real-time, collaborative editing, color grading, VFX creation, and review possible using public Internet access from multiple locations.

Chroma supports up to 12-bit, 4:4:4 RGB video at HD, 2K DCI, UHD, and 4K DCI resolutions with a near lossless codec that integrates HDR standards including Dolby Vision. Interfaces include 12G/6G/3G/1.5G SDI as well as HDMI. Up to 16 channels of audio with 5.1/7.1 surround sound enables sessions with Dolby Atmos and DTS-X.

If you need picture perfect pixels for you feature, trailer, or television production, Streambox has the right solution.

Streambox Announces Jigsaw24 as Strategic Business Partner for the United Kingdom

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A leading provider of high performance streaming media solutions, Streambox is collaborating with Jigsaw24 to distribute its full range of hardware and software systems.
Jigsaw24 is a leading IT solutions and services provider for the creative, education and enterprise sectors, as well as offering industry-leading workflow solutions for design, broadcast, and post-production
Post-production facilities across the globe incorporate high quality, low cost streaming media delivery solutions over even low-bandwidth IP connections with solutions by Streambox that offer directors, producers, colorists, and editors remote, real-time collaboration as if they are working in the same location. Also, complete end-to-end workflows specifically tuned to the needs of broadcasters and other streaming professionals are enabled by Streambox. Operating over wired and wireless IP networks, Streambox Cloud Services bring news and program content to locations anywhere in the world.
“We are pleased to combine efforts with an organization that has such long-term experience in delivering systems and services to post-production and broadcast professionals”, states Bob Hildeman, CEO and founder of Streambox. “Jigsaw24 has an impressive track record in designing and implementing media solutions”.
“Streambox is the premier solution for high-end post-production streaming and we are delighted to be able to offer their amazing equipment to make our customers lives better, more productive and profitable,” says Rupert Watson, Jigsaw’s Sales Director for Video and Postproduction.
An initial cooperative venture will be a post-production customer event hosted by Jigasw24 on September 20 at their offices at 8 Golden Square, W1F 9HY. Streambox will give presentations and demonstrate the Chroma advanced encoder/decoder with 4K 12-bit 4:4:4 RGB video including Dolby Vision and HDR workflows with Resolve workstations. HD/Rec 709 12 bit 4:4:4 and 16 Channels of uncompressed audio for Dolby Atmos workflows with Chroma will also be demonstrated.
About Streambox
Founded in 1999, Streambox is an industry-leading pioneer delivering unique IP based video streaming solutions over low bandwidth connections. Streambox delivers pixel-perfect media everywhere- connecting people, companies, and organizations through sharing and collaborating on content.
Streaming digital media with picture perfect pixels from anywhere with unlimited scalability at low costs is the Streambox vision. In today’s connected media world, Streambox technology innovations are there to serve a broad base of industries and customers worldwide.
About Jigsaw24
The Jigsaw24 brand represents 25 years’ experience in the creative industry and is having an increasing impact in enterprise. Serving more than 25,000 enlightened customers, including large businesses, creative professionals, media companies and education, our incredible team have gained the highest customer satisfaction levels and more accreditations than you can shake an iPad at.
Jigsaw24 Event Campaign
Jigsaw and Streambox are hosting a meeting for post-production organizations on September 20 at 8 Golden Square, W1F 9HY
Post-production facilities across the globe incorporate high quality, low cost streaming media delivery solutions over even low-bandwidth IP connections with solutions from Streambox.
Streambox Chroma systems support 10 and 12-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 RGB color and even HDR video encoding at significantly lower data rates. Chroma provides no compromises low latency 4K, UHD, 2K, and HD video over public and private IP networks of different types. Producers, engineers, and colorists can now deliver real-time services with a bottom line advantage for color correction, remote editorial, and final review.
The latest Chroma enhancements include:
  • Optimized ACT-Level 5 codec that supports 4K DCI resolution and 12-bit, 4:4:4 RGB/ XYZ color, and is compatible with existing ACT-Level 3 codec.
  • QUAD SDI I/O hardware to support Quad/Dual link for 12G, 6G, 3G or 1.5G interfaces that permit facilities to use existing infrastructures
  • HDR, HDR+ and DolbyVision compatibility
  • 3D video support
  • Up to 16-channel uncompressed PCM audio
  • Support for higher bitrates up to 120Mbps
  • 64-bit OS with 20% performance improvements
Live streaming workflows can be remotely deployed with Streambox Cloud Services. Users can employ a project-based solution which is easily scalable by adding cloud, desktop or mobile encoders, and desktop or mobile media players as needed. Cloud-based services from Streambox offer dependable transport on a global basis with a specialized protocol providing intelligent utilization of available network paths to achieve higher rates of transport and real-time collaboration. Collaboration tools for routing and management are designed to support digital cinema, post-production, and creative organizations.
Desktop software media players for Windows and Mac OSX, or an app for iPads and iPhones are available from Streambox. Chroma decoders and the NODE 2 small form factor device display high-quality media content.
Streambox will give presentations and demonstrate the Chroma advanced encoder/decoder with 4K 12-bit 4:4:4 RGB video including Dolby Vision and HDR workflows with Resolve workstations. HD/Rec 709 12 bit 4:4:4 and 16 Channels of uncompressed audio for Dolby Atmos workflows with Chroma will also be demonstrated.
Media Contact
Name: Summer Sun
Title: Marketing Specialist
Email address: marketing@streambox.com