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Streambox Attends Annual Technical Conference SMPTE 2017

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Streambox will be attending SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) will be taking place in Hollywood, CA October 23rd-26th. The event was first introduced in 1916, and has since then been awarded several Oscar and Emmy awards for its work pushing forward the advancement of moving-imagery engineering. The “Society” is molding the common practices and providing education for the film industry as it evolves further into IT- and IP-based workflows.

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Streambox intends to help push the common standards and practices of recording film with their latest products and technology. The newest product from Streambox, the HD Rackmount will be showed off at the conference. By providing low-latency, the rackmount is designed for reliable video streaming and collaboration over IP networks. The rackmount is able to be upgraded for 2K and 4 Channel Audio. With secure End-to-End video encryption and its ease of use, the HD rackmount should create some buzz at SMPTE.

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Streambox at Government Video Expo

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Streambox will be attending the 20th Annual Government Video Expo at Booth #103, Dec. 7 & 8 with CEI. The three day event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C is firmly established as the premier media technology event for the Mid-Atlantic area and will showcase leading products and solutions for video and broadcast professionals presented by top keynote speakers from across the country.

Streambox will be showcasing a number of products at the Government Video Expo including the AVENIRMicro and 9200 rackmount. Streambox solutions delivers video contribution technology for live streaming, recording, and distribution over private or public cloud services for management and distribution using high-end products and software.

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Streambox livestreamed IMMERSE to Facebook and YouTube

By | Avenir Micro, Live Events, Mobile Video Encoders, Streambox Cloud Services, Streambox Events, Streambox Platform Solutions | No Comments

On Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Streambox powered the official livestream of The IMMERSE Technology Summit from Bellevue, Washington to YouTube and separate sessions and interviews to Facebook. Using Streambox Avenir Micro with an Embedded Module Module and Streambox Cloud, Streambox captured conference sessions, the expo, and interviews by CNDY Factory, in full HD and 360.

The IMMERSE Technology Summit is the Northwest’s premier event for VR/AR and Mixed Reality business leaders, developers, content creators, software architects, hardware engineers and researchers. This year 1,000 attendees in manufacturing, design, education, health and medicine, architecture, real estate, social experiences, tourism, entertainment and beyond connected over the latest VR technologies and Streambox livestreamed it.

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Posted by Streambox, Inc. on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Streambox powered three separate camera feeds, all going to Facebook and YouTube. One stream was from a fixed camera capturing the sessions in HD. The second stream was also a fixed HD stream for CNDY Factory’s interviews. The third was a 360 feed roaming around the expo hall where viewers could be truly immersed in the summit experience.

For each feed Streambox used an Avenir Micro with Embedded Modem Module outfitted with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint SIM cards. The Avenir Micro compressed the video using the priority ACT-L3 codec and bonded the cellular carriers for delivery to Streambox Cloud for transcoding and live adaptive multi-bitrate playout to Facebook and YouTube.

The three streams looked great and allowed many people on Facebook to experience the summit. All in all it was a success on every level.

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Posted by Streambox, Inc. on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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Wings for Life – World Run

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OceanWatch Production Group®

OceanWatch Production Group® needed a mobile, reliable device to stream the Wings for Life World Run, a potentially 6-8 hour marathon covering up to 60 miles in full HD. With Streambox® AVENIRMicro™ mobile encoders and 9200™ rackmount decoders they found their answer and were extremely satisfied with the performance, price, and support.

Wings for Life World Run is a charity road race to find a cure for spinal cord injury. Runners and wheelchair competitors race side by side, starting simultaneously at 34 locations around the globe to run for those who can’t, but there is no finish line, instead competitors try to stay in front of the catcher car, their race ending when the car passes them.

OceanWatch was in charge of capturing the two US legs of the race live in Sunrise, Florida and Santa Clarita, California, for Red Bull Media House® in Santa Monica, California on Sunday, May 8, 2016. Not having a set finish line required OceanWatch to be ready to cover 60 miles of road over 8 hours. They wanted cameras on moving vehicles among the racers making size, battery life, and mobility key factors in OceanWatch’s hardware selection. Streambox provided four AVENIRMicro mobile encoders and four USB Modem and Battery Modules™ for capture and transmission to the 9200 rackmounts decoders at Red Bull Media House used for live editing and global distribution.

Streambox AVENIRMicro™

When cameras are mobile excess bulk is unacceptable. OceanWatch chose the Streambox AVENIRMicro because of its broadcast quality performance in a small case. The AVENIRMicro uses Qualcomm® Snapdragon processors for broadcast quality HD- SDI video capture, making it fast, with real-time high performance video encoding, efficient, with a low power consumption, and mobile, with a small form factor. The camera operators were happy, saying they, “appreciated the compact size of the device.” The AVENIRMicro’s size was also “a plus when it came to shipping.”

To enhance the AVENIRMicro capabilites OceanWatch used the USB Modem and Battery Module. Part of keeping the AVENIRMicro compact is its use of Canon® DSLR batteries with the module. The devices OceanWatch had previously used were heavy, bulky, and required large cumbersome batteries. Being powered by Canon batteries provides longer life at a fraction of the weight. The AVENIRMicro also allows for hot swapping the batteries so OceanWatch was able to record all day without interrupting the stream for battery changes. Because the Canon DSLR batteries purchase price is comparable to renting other batteries OceanWatch will be able to reuse them in the future and eliminate a recurring cost.

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Streambox 9200 Encoder/Decoder

The AVENIRMicros were mobile nearly 100% of the time along the 60 mile course. In each city OceanWatch had one camera and one AVENIRMicro with USB Modem and Battery Module on a slow moving truck and another camera and AVENIRMicro with USB Modem and Battery Module on a slow moving motorcycle. The broadcast quality video was streamed directly from the AVENIRMicros to 9200 rackmount decoders at Red Bull Media House.

In order to stream high-quality video, the AVENIRMicro uses, like all Streambox encoders, the proprietary codec: Advanced Compression Technology – Level 3 (ACT-L3). ACT-L3 is optimized for efficiency and low bandwidth use, capable of high motion complex video using the new Advanced Motion Search feature. Advanced Motion Search was important for a flawless image with the speed of some racers.

OceanWatch did advance research to check the available cell towers in the course area to determine the best networks. They chose Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile modems with the USB Modem and Battery Module. The HD stream required more bandwidth than was available with any single network so the AVENIRMicro bonded all the modem signals together using exclusive Low Delay Multi-Path (LDMP) technology. LDMP continuously monitors and automatically selects the best possible network path, dynamically adjusting for bandwidth over multiple IP networks (in this case cellular, but it also works with WiFi, ethernet, and internet), allowing delivery even through network bandwidth fluctuations and dropouts. Streambox also worked with OceanWatch to create custom presets so on race day everything was simple and optimized to their exact specifications.

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Advantages of using Streambox

Red Bull Media House received and decoded the transmission on Streambox 9200 rackmounts to do real-time editing for live global distribution. The Streambox 9200 rackmount encoder/decoder provides professional quality and affordability at the same time. If Red Bull Media House needs to expand their setup they can easily scale their architecture and add more 9200s or if they just need more capture capabilities for a broadcast they can shift the half duplex units from decoding to encoding with one touch.

The 2016 Wings for Life World Run was a huge success, raising 6.6 million euros for spinal cord injury research from 151,288 registered participants, sponsors, and donors and two new distance records were set: the men’s in Italy at 88.44km and the women’s in Japan at 65.71km.

Using Streambox allowed OceanWatch to simultaneously achieve performance with professional video delivery, save money by eliminating unnecessary rentals, and build an adaptable infrastructure with multi-functional units. Their expectations
in performance, price, and support given were exceeded. OceanWatch needed to capture a massive event for global live streaming using a point to point solution and Streambox took on the challenge and delivered an uninterrupted, quality live stream over the long and dynamic race course. Marcie Guigar, President of OceanWatch, couldn’t be happier, saying, “Streambox provided exceptional customer service and tech support from A-Z.”

“Streambox provided exceptional customer service and tech support from A-Z “

«Marcie Guigar, President of OceanWatch »

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Case Study: Colorado Springs School District 11

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Colorado Springs School District 11 needed a way to broadcast their sports and events live in high definition. They chose the Streambox 9300 series rackmount system because of its quality video, reliable stream, and support of standard definition and HD video. A District team member said that the integration with Streambox gives them a, “quicker setup and better action video.”

The District was an early adopter that has been broadcasting since 1968 when cable was just being introduced. In 2002 the District purchased a production truck to broadcast (tape delayed) varsity sports and other academic events. The District installed a fiber optic backbone for the network between all schools and facilities (50+buildings) in 2006. They immediately began taking advantage of the fiber optics for live productions without a tape delay, but they still were using the standard definition MPEG2. As the District prepared for a full switch to HD they replaced equipment that was capable of handling both standard definition for the current cable and high definition for the future.

The school district upgraded their transmission system with single channel Streambox 9300 series encoder and decoder units. The Streambox 9300 HD/SD 1-RU rackmount system encodes, transmits, and plays out live and file-based HD or SD video streams. Each individual unit can be set to either encode or decode to build a flexible system (from one encoder and decoder for point-to-point transmission or multiple encoders and decoders for multiple source gathering and playout with the addition of an Enterprise Server). Video is compressed using proprietary ACT-L3: providing higher-quality encoding with low latency and for consistent, reliable streaming, and transmitted with LDMP (Low Delay Multi-Path) technology that monitors and adjusts to changing network conditions for the fastest delivery possible (over any IP network including: WiFi, 3G, 4G LTE, wireless Internet, and wired Internet).

The Streambox 9300 system went online at the beginning of the school year in 2014 and they immediately saw an improvement to the live signal, especially in basketball. The Streambox support team helped with remote configuration and adjusting the LDMP settings for optimal transmission for the units to work perfectly together. Now the District uses their Streambox every time they do a remote production. Last school year they successfully ran 110 productions total, 77 of which were done live using the Streambox 9300, covering all types of events, from kindergarten musicals to varsity sports.

Overall, the Colorado Springs District School 11 was very happy with the decision to use Streambox solutions. One team member said, “I have been quite happy with the Streambox 9300 units we have been using for a year now. We had one issue during the year and the solution was to reboot the decoder over the network from the encoder; took all of about 2 minutes to solve.”

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