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Streambox Awarded the 2018 TV Technology Product Innovation Award for the Chroma 4K/UHD HDR Encoder & Decoder

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Now in its sixth year, Future’s Product Innovation Award recognizes excellence in manufacturing of products to serve the TV/pro video and radio/online audio industries. Winners are selected by a panel of professional users and evaluation criteria include innovation of concept and design, creative use of technology, price value, and suitability for use in a broadcast TV/pro video or broadcast/online radio environment.

A full list of the award winners will be posted on the TV Technology (, Creative Planet/DV/VE Magazine (, and Government Video ( websites.

There is also a digital e-guide of all the nominees, which will be made available online by the end of December.

Streambox Chroma is a high performance, software defined, real-time streaming solution for broadcast applications such as remote newsgathering, live news production, and live event contribution, and post-production collaborative applications including live reviews, color grading, VFX creation, and editing.

With a history of innovative streaming products since 1999, Streambox has included a number of leading edge and future ready capabilities in the Linux-based Chroma platform.

There is a new optimized ACT-L5 codec that supports the most advanced color profiles, color spaces, color depths, and video resolutions. At a base level, Chroma offers 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video, but Chroma also works with HDR standards such as SMPTE 372 including HDR modes, Rec.709, DCI P3, Rec.2020, HDR10 PQ/HLG and Dolby Vision. Moving up a step, Chroma works with UHD/4K and can provide up to 12-bit 4:4:4 chroma sampling, again with HDR and Wide Color Gamut support as viewers come to expect the best visual experience in the future. For the most demanding post-production needs, Chroma brings RGB/XYZ color space at 2K and 4K DCI resolutions. Because Chroma can be configured with SDI plus HDMI output, the decoder can be set to include HDR metadata so that other software and hardware is not needed, and additional configuration and support which is not easy to manage remotely is not required.

The latest video interfaces are available as Quad link, Dual link 12G, 6G, 3G SDI I/O and HDMI output with Rec.2020, HDR-10 metadata support.

Support of up to 16 channels and of uncompressed PCM audio with 5.1 & 7.1 surround sound makes streaming of productions that even incorporate technologies such as Dolby Atomos and DTS-X no problem.

Unique to Streambox, is the specialized low delay multi-path protocol (LDMP) that is integrated with the encoder for dynamic real-time encoding adjustments for reliable video playout over unreliable IP networks. LDMP and the encoder continuously adjusts for optimized video transport performance on WiFi, 3G, 4G, and wired public IP networks. Support for network bonding means transport has additional reliability and redundancy. LDMP provides intelligent utilization of available network paths to 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. Other advanced networking features include UDP unicast, broadcast, or multicast, adjustable Forward Error Correction, and correction embedded metadata. Master quality video and streaming bit rates of up to 120 Mbps enables the delivery of even cinematic quality video contribution.

Chroma can be configured to work with Streambox Cloud Services distribution to any number of designated destinations around the world maintaining high bandwidth with low latency, or set to work with a point to point connection, or to multiple local and/or globally placed remote decoders and players. A Chroma differentiator is that it can stream out simultaneously to network locations, websites, social media platforms simultaneously.

End-to-end strong AES encryption with a symmetric key, forms a protective shield around the transport of valuable video content with no increase in stream latency.

As a software defined platform, some capabilities can be added with a software upgrade. Chroma systems can function as just as an encoder, just a decoder, or both by how it is configured and there is an integrated software-based media player.

Chroma is easy to use taking 30 minutes or less for network setup and use for playout management. A Web based user interface with customizable presets and live video preview permits secure local or remote access.

Complete end-to-end workflows specifically tuned to the needs of broadcasters are enabled by Streambox. By using Streambox systems, the costs of covering news and other live events can be reduced by supplementing or removing existing satellite or microwave links.

Streambox Delivers Live News from the G20

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As another demonstration of the effectiveness of using streaming technologies for live news production, the leading U.S. based cable news network used two Streambox discrete encoders and a 8-channel synchronizing decoder over public Internet and Streambox Cloud Services to stream the signals of multiple cameras from Buenos Aires to Atlanta. For the first time, the network used this implementation for its leading weekday evening news program.

The production ran for 3 days and production staff also utilized three Streambox NODE media players as well as the Streambox Mobile Media Player app running on iOS devices for monitoring. Using this type of emerging live IP workflow from Streambox not only reduces costs, but enhances live programs through the flexibility of including content from diverse locations at any time.

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.

Picture Perfect Pixels at the SMPTE 2018 Technical Conference for Post-Production Workflows

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Come to Los Angeles and see Streambox high-performance media streaming solutions for post-production applications at SMPTE 2018.

Complete end-to-end workflows specifically tuned to the needs of broadcasters are enabled by Streambox broadcast solutions. By using Streambox systems, the costs of covering live events can be reduced by supplementing or removing existing satellite or microwave links.

For critical application such as a live two way interview, the Streambox Chroma advanced encoder / decoder offers high quality UHD and HD streaming. The optimized Streambox ACT L3/L5 codec supports various frame rates and bit depths- even 12-bit 4:4:4 RGB. Content can also contain HDR in different standards and up to 16 channels of uncompressed audio. 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.

The AVENIR Micro mobile encoder is modular and stackable, permitting remote field reporters to set up quickly and transmit full HD, low latency video over bonded 3G,4G, WiFi, Ethernet, SNG / DNG, and Internet networks. The Avenir Mini 5 mobile encoder includes all of the capabilities of AVENIRMicro as well as being camera mountable with five embedded modems. Avenir encoders reliably transport high quality media over a variety of low bandwidth connections as events unfold.

Transport from the encoders can include point to point connection with a Streambox media player, or to multiple local and/or globally placed remote players using Streambox Enterprise Server or Streambox Cloud Services. 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. A Chroma hardware decoder can be used for the most demanding situations. 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 with support for HDR and 6 channels of audio. 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.

Come see the full range of proven streaming offerings that are in use with broadcasters and other media professional across the world at SMPTE 2018. Click the link below to sign up for a personal demonstration of Streambox products and services.

Alternatively, you can email us at Also, if you wanna check out what else is new from Streambox, check out our “What’s New?” page for more information.