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Streambox Receives Technical Emmy for LDMP Transport

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At NAB 2019, Streambox received an Emmy® Award for Technology and Engineering in 2018 by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The award was 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, assuring reliable video playout over unreliable WiFi, 3G, 4G, and wired public IP networks simultaneously with minimal latency. 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 around 1 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.

Broadcast applications such as remote news gathering, live news production, and live event contribution, Streambox have 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 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.

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 Streambox Chroma for collaborative applications including  live reviews, remote color grading, VFX creation, and editing.

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.

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Streaming from Challenging Situations Such as Drones

Remote field reporters need to set up quickly and transmit full HD, low latency video over bonded 3G,4G, WiFi, and Internet networks. The AVENIR Drone can acquire hard to capture video and includes a universal camera adaptor for easy mounting.

Capturing high quality action at live games or events and transmitting it to viewers can be a logistical and technical challenge. Streambox innovative codec and transport technologies permit users to set up quickly and reliably transport high quality media over a variety of low bandwidth connections as events unfold. Live event production crews are able to simulcast events from unique perspectives in full HD with the AVENIR Drone.

For security, streaming out from a facility for critical remote monitoring is often required. Overhead surveillance of events is needed to help ensure public safety. Comprehensive situational awareness must include an aerial perspective for military and defense maneuvers. Avenir Drone provides reliable video streaming acquisition for various types of mission-critical applications.

AVENIR Drone is a lightweight live video encoder in a compact form factor designed to work with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on a dashboard or as a wearable device to enable streaming of live video from challenging and unique locations. The encoder provides enhanced bonded connectivity capabilities with significantly more efficient encoding for HD video. AVENIR Drone 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. Engineered for easy integration and outstanding quality, the miniature, low-power device can be used for broadcasting, safety and security monitoring, military and defense situational awareness, and various other streaming applications.

The integrated system is based on a mobile hardware device CPU that enables HD-SDI and HDMI video capture. AVENIR Drone is a small form factor, lightweight device weighing just 300 grams, consuming only 10 watts of power to run for 6 hours on a single battery.

AVENIR Drone 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 Drone 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, AVENIR Drone helps lower monthly OpEx costs, compared to leasing extra equipment and services that include marked-up data plans. The AVENIR Drone, 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.

Streambox Cloud Contribution

Streambox Cloud Services

A few technology trends are coalescing to make real-time collaboration attainable. The advent of a robust Cloud based infrastructure makes global connectivity plausible for all sorts of data. Streambox Cloud Services can be utilized to stream content to a single or to multiple locations. Streambox Cloud Services are available even on a project by project basis.

Streambox Cloud Services are secure and support multi-users groups to deliver high quality, full color range video to multiple locations cost effectively over the public Internet.

Reliable, low latency video transport is provided via regional servers around the globe. Live streams even from multiple locations are accessible via a single web page and rule base management can be set up to automatically route streams to single or group destinations. Live streams can be pushed or pulled from Streambox Cloud on either side of firewalls.

Streambox Cloud Services are used to reliably distribute live sessions over long distances with minimal latencies and assures “first mile” quality with adaptive contribution. Cloud services can be configured to automatically pull live streams using Streambox NODE 2 device, PC software and Mobile Media app players, and to save live video to be archived and viewed later.

Mobile Media Player

Mobile Media Player is a high performance, low latency application for iPad and iPhone devices. The application provides ten programmable channels to automatically “pull” live video streams from Streambox Cloud Services and Enterprise Server or receive an incoming stream directly from a Streambox encoder.

The iOS based player application provides superior quality media with low cost remote viewing wherever there is Internet access. Users benefit from 2K and HD 8 or 10-bit video playout with up to 6 channels of uncompressed audio.

The player application includes AES 128-bit video encryption for security that protects intellectual property with no increase in stream latency.

Users can set up and configure up to 10 video channels to automatically pull or receive a unique video stream from Streambox Cloud Services, Enterprise Server or from a point‐to‐point connection with a Streambox encoder.

Mobile Media Player works behind NAT/Firewall without static IP using Streambox Cloud or Enterprise Server. Streaming occurs with multi-path bonded LDMP 2.0 and UDP protocols on mobile or WiFi networks.

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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.

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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.

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Meet Streambox in Burbank for an update on the latest in solutions for collaborating on 4K DCI post-production workflows such as color grading. Streambox is featuring the Chroma 4K advanced encoder/decoder system in conjunction with the Pixit Medias PixStor and the latest Canon 4K projector! See how the onsite 4K DI Suite using Resolve/Adobe can be used with a Chroma 4K system, which is capable of 12-bit 4:4:4 RGB/XYZ color including support for HDR, operating in another room and output to the Canon projector, demonstrates the ability to perform color grading remotely.

For more information please contact tony.taylor@streambox.com and chris.wright@streambox.com