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Streambox Helps Color Collective Build the Right Look

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The use of a Streambox solution for immediate collaboration on color grading.

Color Collective is a colorist boutique for features, series, and commercials based in New York City with review sites in Los Angeles and Atlanta. They had been exposed to Streambox equipment for a number of years, so when it came time to get editorial clients in Los Angeles connected up with New York, it was a natural choice for their expansion project. Since then, Color Collective has added two reviewing locations in Atlanta also using Streambox systems.

These controlled environments offer color calibrated monitors with dedicated Streambox hardware encoders and decoders for optimum viewing experiences. Sometimes the locations network with other organizations that also use Streambox systems. The locations utilize Streambox Cloud Services for connectivity. Color Collective is just beginning to deploy the new cost-effective Chroma X encoder and decoder packaged as a small form factor device made available in a Hardware as a Service (HaaS) or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering.

The bigger challenge is that Color Collective needs to work with Directors of Photography (DP’s) that are out in the field in a variety of locations. In the past they used to post video and then have to wait for feedback. Now Color Collective is using two new technology offerings from Streambox for a new form of immediate collaboration that enables a lot more input and a lot more review time together, even though being physically apart, when it matters most during pre-production.

Color Collective has been one of the first users of Streambox Sessions. Is 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. This quick to set up and easy to use model is also cost-effective as Color Collective only pays for what they use on a project basis. Multiple stakeholders can log in from anywhere directly by just entering in a code that Color Collective sends them. As Alex Bickel the founder and senior colorist of Color Collective puts it, “there is no worry about specific IP addresses, this takes all the IP guesswork out of it”.

The other major technology enhancement that is impacting the relationship between Color Collective and its clients is Streambox Mobile Media Player. Mobile Media Player is an application supporting ten programmable video channels for cost-effective viewing of high-quality video on iPads and iPhones in real-time. For some projects Color Collective will send out iPad Pro’s for clients to borrow temporarily. Color Collective finds the iPad Pro reasonably color accurate as a “real world display” for Rec. 709 projects. Users turn the brightness half-way down, turn True Tone off, and turn off night mode. The assessment of Color Collective is that this provides a decent real-world representation of what a project will look like out in the wild. Color Collective clients just log in with an iPad Pro and watch the color grading session in real time. Alex explains, “the iOS based app is changing the game for us by having our clients watching the color grade right before their eyes”.

As it is almost impossible for some projects to get a DP, director, and colorist in the same room all together up front, using the app on iPad Pros to let Color Collective colorists show clients what they are thinking is a great tool for look development. A DP can be at an airport to catch a flight, and the colorist builds them a LUT while they are waiting and shows them the options in real time for what they will use in the field for the production. After the session, Color Collective emails the LUT settings to the DP. Alex points out, “what used to take hours waiting for feedback becomes real time “.

Using this Streambox solution provides Color Collective to go the extra mile by engaging right at the beginning of the process with a personal touch for DP’s. Color Collective needed a company that had cost effective solutions that also fulfills the need to be secure and look correct. For Color Collection– Streambox hits all those marks.

Streambox Chroma is now available at the Dolby 88 screening room in New York City

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Streambox Chroma is now available at the Dolby 88 screening room in New York City. The system can be utilized for remote color, visual effects, editorial or audio post-production review sessions in real-time.

Using Streambox Chroma, it is possible to do remote reviews in full 4K DCI with DolbyVision HDR on a big screen for the first time. Streaming cinematic 4K DCI 12-bit PQ D65 HDR signals from remote locations such as Los Angeles, London, and other parts of the world is simple and cost-effective using Streambox Chroma. Systems are provisioned to work via Streambox Cloud Services through with a dozen servers strategically located around the globe positioned close to designated remote locations for reliable low latency video transport even over the public internet.

During a recent event, Streambox showcased a real-time 4K DCI HDR 4:4:4 stream from the Harbor Pictures offices. DolbyVision Tunneling was also presented as   workflow example for real-time HDR sessions from color edit stations to Streambox Chroma+ and then delivered to DolbyVision capable HDMI TVs or DolbyVison CMU’s ( Content Mapping Unit).

More workflow enhancements are possible through full support with Blackmagic Davinci Resolve and Autodesk Lustre ported for DolbyVision meta-data extraction and delivery.

Streambox is now in Dolby 88 theater NY. We thank Harbor Pictures for live 4K 4:4:4 12 bit streaming for today’s live event and presentation. Having Streambox Chroma at Dolby 88 allows live reviews, color and visual effect sessions from anywhere in the world.

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. Streambox Advanced Compression Technology codecs are optimized to process high motion, complex video at lower data rates using an advanced motion search feature.

Recently, Streambox  included Dolby Vision™ support to Streambox Chroma product lines, which simplifies post-production collaboration workflows while reducing costs.

Streambox® Sessions™ makes Live Media Production Collaboration Simple

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Streambox® Sessions™ is a simple and cost-effective way to connect media professionals who require remote, secure, and real-time collaboration of high quality, color-rich, content across multiple locations.

Post-production, Visual FX, Broadcast, and other media organizations will find Sessions ideal for their offsite producers, directors, colorists, editors, advisors, and other professionals who need to participate in productions no matter where they are located. Collaborators do not even need a connection with Streambox Cloud Services.

Sessions™ works with Streambox 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 for playing out media. Sessions functionality includes 128-bit AES stream encryption to ensure content security.

New Streambox Mobile Media Player for Live Reviews & Low Latency Video Monitoring

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The Mobile Media Player iOS based app for iPad and iPhones has recently been released and is available in the Apple store at no charge. Using this app on iPad/iPhone delivers color accurate video playout for secure post production live reviews, broadcast, and monitoring applications wherever you have a wireless connection. The app  supports programmable video channels and is integrated with Streambox Cloud, including Sessions based usage for easy set-up and workflows. This provides automated video playout from Streambox Cloud by simply inputting a six digit Sessions ID, provided by the Session host, into Streambox Mobile Media Player.

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iOS based devices are well known for their display quality, so media professionals benefit from a highly accurate visual experience even of these smaller form factor devices. For example, the iPad Pro series supports screen resolutions greater than HD and a wide color space.

 

In fact, the DisplayMate site enthusiastically confirms “with this degree of picture quality and accuracy, the iPad is now qualified for many interesting professional level applications. ”

“Adobe RGB and Apple Display P3 cover mostly similar ranges of colors beyond sRGB.” (Creative Pro, 2017)

Streambox Mobile Media Player is an HD/HDR player for IP video streams arriving from Streambox encoders or from Streambox Cloud services. The Media Player is well suited for streams being pushed or pulled from Streambox Cloud Services. The Mobile Media Player is being used by media content providers (e.g., news services) to remotely review live streams, and by post-production services for collaborative workflows with colorists, editors, and media producers for on-site or on-location monitoring.

Streambox Sessions™ is a new valuable collaborative tool that is featured on the Mobile Media Player. It provides simple and cost-effective direct connections for media professionals who require remote, real-time collaboration of high quality, color-rich, content across multiple locations.

  • Download to use with Streambox Cloud Services at no charge
  • Multi-location collaboration using Sessions based workflows
  • Support for Rec.709, DCI P3 and Rec.2020 color space
  • Encrypted video streams option (with no increase in latency)
  • Automated mobile HD video playout based on metadata device
  • Low latency streams from Streambox Cloud Services
  • Setup and configure video channels for ease of use
  • Advanced color profiles P3/Rec.2020/Rec.709
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Exclusive @ Dolby 88 NYC – Picture Perfect Pixels for Peerless Productions

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See the latest offerings for post-production collaboration from Streambox at Dolby 88 theater in New York on June 21.
Time
Friday, June 21, 12pm-3pm
Location
Dolby 88 theater, 1350 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Streambox Chroma 4K advanced performance encoder/ decoder provides near lossless video quality, and enables secure, real-time, remote, collaborative workflows. Chroma

4K supports up to DCI 4K and UHD resolutions at 30p and 60p frame rates, along with High Dynamic Range color standards to create streaming content for broadcasting, post-production and live events by providing low latency video in HD, UHD, and DCI 4K/2K formats over public and private IP networks.

Streambox Chroma X Encoder / Decoder is a compact palm size device, providing high quality video with maximum a half a second latency. Chroma X supports advanced codecs providing HDR and wide color gamut integrated with reliable LDMP video transport technology that simplifies streaming live video over wired and wireless Internet and MPLS networks. Chroma X offers high quality video streaming and contribution for post-production, broadcast, and enterprise media organizations.

Chroma X includes many compelling post-production capabilities features including wide color gamut, HDR, up to 12-bit 4:4:4 RGB/XYZ color and encryption. Chroma X also supports Dolby Vision metadata, CMU support, and HDMI tunneling output. A low monthly rental cost of $500.00 includes 6 TB of Cloud data with software media players and encryption at no extra cost.

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Streambox is introducing two new valuable capabilities usable with Chroma systems

Sessions is 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.

Annotations is meant for live video review where one or more of the reviewers can highlight the area of interest while describing the desired changes. All the markups can be burned to the image and archived with a save screenshot feature that includes time-stamped file names. Multiple stakeholders can be connected to a Chroma encoder system acting as an annotations server via a web interface to work on the same project.

Mobile Media Player has recently been released and is available in the Apple store. This app supports ten programmable video channels designed to integrate with other Streambox components for cost-effective viewing of high-quality video on iPads and iPhones in real-time.

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