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Streambox Introduces New Capabilities for the Chroma Advanced Encoder/Decoder

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Streambox has extended the flexibility and upgradability of software-defined Chroma systems with a number of new features and capabilities. Streambox technologies applied to Chroma provide unrivaled performance, reliability, superior quality, and minimal latency.

Streambox Chroma UHD/HD advanced encoders/decoders are optimized for high reliability, low-cost newsgathering and video contribution in broadcast applications. For post-production environments, 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.

“Chroma is the best solution for streaming the high-quality video needed for the feature, episodic, and commercial post-production services we provide” states Corey Stewart, CTO of Harbor Picture Company. “We have multiple locations in multiple cities, and Chroma delivers the performance that we and our customers demand on projects for collaborative color grading, editorial, and 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

 

For more information please visit https://www.streambox.com/chroma , or contact Streambox at sales@streambox.com

 

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.

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Streambox Announces Jigsaw24 as Strategic Business Partner for the United Kingdom

By | Broadcast, Cloud, Apps & Software, Media Player, Post Production, Press Release, Streambox Chroma, Streambox Cloud Services, Streambox Events, Streambox Platform Solutions | No Comments
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.
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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
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Streambox Exhibits 12-bit, 4:4:4 RGB Codec & Post Solutions at HPA

By | Cloud, Apps & Software, Live Events, Post Production, Press Release, Streambox 3D-IMAG, Streambox Cloud Services, Streambox NODE | No Comments

February 20, 2018  Seattle –  Streambox will present upcoming next-generation video compression technology, ACT-L5 Codec, their new modular 4K/2K/HD Rackmount encoder and decoder, and Cloud and software solutions for low latency live remote sessions at the 2018 Håollywood Professional Association (HPA) Tech Retreat.

 

The next generation ACT-L5 Codec produces the 12-bit, 4:4:4 RGB color profile required for cinematic, episodic, and commercial color grading and editing. This is also ideal for live events, digital signage,  and broadcast video where High Dynamic Range (HDR) video is desired.

Streambox products provide secure and ease-of-use solutions for cinematic, episodic, and commercial live sessions for post production workflows by providing:

  • Remote real-time creative collaborations including color grading & editing over the Internet and MPLS networks.
  • Cloud for multi-location Post Production allowing teams and owners to collaborate
  • Mix and match hardware and software of  MacOS, iOS, Windows, and Android  products to meet project requirements and budget
  • ACT-L5 Codec for 4:4:4 RGB Color support (to be demoed at the show). The ACT-L5 video codec, designed to work with Rec.709, DCI-P3, and Rec.2020 is setting a new bar for production quality.
  • Software Apps and modules include: HD, 2K, and 4K encoder/decoder, media players for MacOS, iOS, Windows, and Android, encryption, 2K Stereo Video, 12-bit 4:4:4
  • Strong AES-128 encryption for content protection

Meet with Streambox to see new products

Streambox new modular Rackmount HD 2K 4K 3D encoders and decoders

Streambox Modular Encoder / Decoder rackmounts based on the industry-leading ACT-L3/ACT-L5  codec for unrivaled performance, reliability, high quality, and low latency, video over IP networks. Streambox Modular rackmounts are well suited for Broadcast, Enterprise, and secure collaboration for Post Production workflows.

Streambox Cloud

Streambox’s  Cloud Service is a secure service that provides reliable multi-point collaboration infrastructure and software for the needs of post-production professionals. Streambox Cloud supports encrypted streams, high-quality HD, and 4K low latency videos for review, edit, and color grading.

Streambox NODE

NODE is a small form factor media player device supporting ten video channels which will automatically “pull” live video from Streambox Cloud and Enterprise Server or directly receive from an encoder for live video playout to HDMI connected monitors.

Other products Streambox will present during the webinar include 4K & Hybrid HD software encoder, Media Player Pro, new iOS Media Player, etc.

Streambox Technology

Advanced Streaming Codec

All Streambox products are powered by the proprietary codec, Advanced Compression Technology – Level 3 (ACT-L3), Advanced Program 2017. Streambox ACT-L3 AP 2017 compression allows for fast encoding with low latency and is optimized for video transmission over any IP connection. ACT-L3 is capable of compressing high motion, complex video at low data rates with the advanced motion search feature.

Streambox LDMP Technology

All Streambox products come equipped with Streambox exclusive Low Delay Multi-Path technology (LDMP). Streambox LDMP protocol allows low latency adaptive bitrate streaming on public and private networks. Streambox encoders will automatically select the best possible bandwidth, latency, and resolution over multiple IP networks, allowing Streambox products to gracefully handle network bandwidth fluctuations and dropouts which are often seen over public or shared network environments.

 

Media Contact

Name: Summer Sun

Title: Marketing Specialist

Email address: marketing@streambox.com

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WCAT Uses Streambox AVENIR Micro & Cloud for Live Broadcasting

By | AVENIR Micro, Broadcast, Cloud, Apps & Software, Education, Government & Military, Press Release, Streambox Platform Solutions, Success Stories | No Comments

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.

 

Build your Micro

Combining best-of-breed technology for high-quality, reliable video streaming.

“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.”

For more information on Streambox products and the AVENIR Micro, please click the links below. If you are interested in purchasing an AVENIR Micro please contact our sales team.

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New Avenir Mini 4 Released

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Streambox Inc. announced today the Avenir Mini 4, a fourth-generation camera-mounted bonded cellular video encoder, designed for live broadcast and streaming to social media. The bonded cellular mobile video encoder improves on the Avenir Mini 3 with new power efficient mobile encoding, new video hardware, new software, upgraded ACT-L3 AP 2017 codec, easier to use/manage mobile UI, and dual LCD interface. With proprietary LDMP networking for reliable video transport, five built-in embedded modems, and the capacity for up to 12 modems with Streambox Signal Extender the Avenir Mini 4 delivers a reliable video stream even in the most remote locations. High quality bonded network HD streaming, lower cost of ownership, and ease of use have established the Avenir Mini line as the premiere broadcast mobile encoder.

High Quality Bonded Network HD Streaming

With the proprietary ACT-L3 AP 2017 codec the Avenir Mini 4 delivers full HD video at a significantly lower bitrate than H.264. The ACT-L3 AP 2017 codec comes fully integrated with LDMP transport protocol for reliable multi-network bonding that delivers superior adaptive bitrate streaming over lower bandwidth cellular and WiFi networks. LDMP bonds all available networks, combining each individual network’s bandwidth into the whole. If one of these network capacities fluctuates then LDMP will dynamically shift the video stream away from that network, shifting back to the fluctuating network when it become available again. That way, an HD video stream is always delivered. When deployed with Streambox Cloud Services or Enterprise Server as a stream management solution the Mini 4 gives broadcasters and media producers the ability to deliver live HD video from many sources to a global audience over any combination of IP networks. Producers from all over the globe can send video to Streambox Video Cloud where it is transcoded for many different destinations such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube with included support for 360 cloud stitching for social media platforms.

Cost of Ownership

The Mini 4, when paired with Streambox Cloud services, offers a low-cost way to deliver high quality HD video for live broadcast and streaming. The superior video compression and transport consumes up to 30% less data for HD video (compared to H.264/AVC). Carriers worldwide are lowering the cost of cellular data plans so it is a great time to use bonded cellular to send live HD video. The reduced data consumption allows companies to send broadcast quality HD or 360 video of live streaming news and events to Facebook, Twitter/Periscope, YouTube, or websites at prices that are economically sustainable. Competing systems offer leases on hardware, but require a marked-up data plan, masking the true cost to operate which becomes larger than Streambox over time. When paired with the optional Streambox Cloud, Mini 4 becomes part of a robust encoding and delivery network (including free encoding and media player software) with low monthly operating expenses. International, domestic, and local news teams can rely on Mini 4 as a viable long term solution for newsgathering and streaming.

Ease of Use

Hardware updates like dual LCD screens and easy-to-read LED status lights make the Mini 4 user friendly in the field and in the office. The software and user interface have been redesigned with focus on making the frequently used settings the most accessible and a mobile app gives the user flexible options for simplified operation. Seamless integration with Streambox Cloud makes going live on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube quick, simple, and efficient. Avenir Mini 4 is as usable as it is powerful.

Streambox Technology

Advanced Streaming Codec

All Streambox products are powered by the proprietary codec, Advanced Compression Technology – Level 3 Advanced Program 2017 (ACT-L3 AP 2017). Streambox ACT-L3 AP 2017 compression allows for fast encoding with low latency and is optimized for video transmission over any IP connection. ACT-L3 AP 2017 is capable of compressing high motion, complex video at low data rates with the advanced motion search feature.

Streambox LDMP Technology

All Streambox products come equipped with Streambox exclusive Low Delay Multi-Path technology (LDMP). Streambox LDMP protocol allows low latency adaptive bitrate streaming on public and private networks. Streambox encoders will automatically select the best possible bandwidth, latency, and resolution over multiple IP networks, thus allowing Streambox products to gracefully handle network bandwidth fluctuations and dropouts, which are often seen over public or shared network environments.

Key Benefits:

  • Camera-mounted
  • Two LCD displays, status LEDs and web-based mobile application
  • Updated ACT-L3 AP 2017 codec for higher quality HD videos at lower data rates (vs. H.264)
  • Optimized settings and interfaces for SNG, BGAN, WiFi and cellular networks
  • Reduced power consumption for extended usage (vs. Mini 3)
  • 5 embedded 3G/4G/LTE modems
  • Supports up to 5 USB modems
  • One step plug-in signal extender for additional embedded or USB modems
  • Seamlessly works with industry-standard V-mount or G-mount batteries
  • HD-SDI or HDMI input
  • Remote management and configuration