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New 4 & 8-Channel Synchronized Decoder at 2018 Winter Olympics

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Streambox, working with a major broadcaster, is introducing its new 8-Channel Synchronized Decoder at this years Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Streambox provides secure and bonded, IP video transport hardware, software, and cloud services to broadcasters, enterprises, movie & post-production studios, and government video providers throughout the world.

The Streambox 8-Channel Synchronized Decoder can receive up to 8 video streams that will be synchronized to a user selected master stream and output as genlocked and synchronized 8 HD-SDI streams. “This allows closeups and longshots to remain in sync with audio even if one stream has a half-second delay and another stream has a full-second delay. This is a whole new approach to remote IP audio-video synchronization and multi-camera live production.” explained Alex Telitsine, CTO at Streambox.

“With broadband IP connectivity that is widely available, broadcasters and live event productions can stream events from multiple camera locations. The new multi-Channel Synchronized Decoders enable live onsite production management with less equipment, thus reducing costs and improving efficiency,” said Dave Bolnick, Project Manager of Research and Development at Streambox.

The Streambox 8-Channel Synchronized Decoder can receive streams from any of the Streambox Avenir line; Micro, Drone, Mini 4; or its Modular 4K/2K/HD DCI Rackmount Encoder. Streambox encoders also provide AES-encrypted secure video at low latency over bonded  LDMP  transport.

For more information on Streambox products and the Multi-Channel Decoder please click the links below. If you are interested in purchasing the 4K Rackmount please contact our sales team. And don’t forget to watch the Winter Olympics!

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GEM Hospital & Research Center Streams Live with Streambox 4K

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GEM Hospital and Research Center provides surgical training via GEM Televersity (https://gemteleversity.com/), a program of the GEM Institute of Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery which provides daily live surgical experience, and monthly CME deploying real-time video streaming. Prof. R. Venkatachalam of the Institute wanted to extend this live surgical training experience to participants of a conference-workshop about 160km (100mi) away (see Figure below).

Figure 1. Left: Auditorium of attendees of GEM workshop. Right: Real-time laparoscopic surgery with real-time, interactive, audio displayed on large, 40’x22’ LED displays

Streambox’s 4K OSX encoding software was used to capture and encode live video from Olympus 4K laparoscopic cameras and transported live video stream over a point-to-point IP network at a bitrate of 40Mbps to the conference facility where the video was played out on a large LED display. The video end-to-end latency was very short at about 0.8 to 1.2 seconds which was ideal for real-time training of surgical procedures over IP based networks to remote locations.

Prof. R. Venkatachalam commented that “the conference was great with live surgeries from 100 miles away … It so happened we launched 4K streaming on ‘The World Audiovisual Day’.”

Streambox 4K Encoder is powered by Streambox ACT-L3 Codec that produces exceptional color depth and accuracy used in Broadcast and in Film Post Production industries. ACT-L3’s more efficient encoding and wider color support provides a high quality live video for large displays making it ideal for medical training.

For low latency reliable video transport over IP networks, Streambox has integrated into the Streambox 4K Encoder reliable LDMP (Low Delay Multi-Path) network transport protocol.

Streambox video transport products are particularly well suited for use in live video medical training; either onsite or at any remote location. There are three main opportunities when using live video for medical training: 1) Students can view an unobstructed closeup of the procedure, 2) Students can view team interactions and cooperation, and 3) Students can be guided through the procedure by audio comments from the team (including, if appropriate, comments and questions from the students back to the team).

Streambox offers many exciting approaches to deliver these opportunities. Our equipment is deployed in many medical institutions around the world.

Deployment:

  • Onsite Viewing
    Classrooms, conference rooms, study halls, libraries, and lecture halls are all great teaching locations to stream live procedures. In years-gone-by and on TV they had operating theatres where students could only imagine what was happening. In the 21st century, the student can see exactly what the surgeon sees.
  • Remote Viewing
    Since Streambox uses video transport over IP networks, live video can be streamed to any classroom in the world (as long as they have good internet connectivity). This can be accomplished via point-to-point or over the Streambox Cloud. Furthermore, the classroom could be on a student’s laptop with Streambox Media Player installed. Or the classroom could be on each student’s smartphone with Streambox’s Android and iOS Media Player installed – and each student could be in a different country.
  • Remote Consultation
    Using remote viewing, consults and critiques can take place from anywhere in the world – you don’t need the expert in your OR to get quality feedback.
  • Encryption
    Streambox encoders and decoders support AES 128-bit end-to-end video encryption ensuring that adherence to regulations on Protected Health Information (PHI) can be met. An AES 256-bit encryption option is available with separate license and US Federal restrictions.
  • Real Time Video
    Streambox transport codecs are so efficient that latency within a local network can be 500msec and over the internet around 2 seconds (depending on the settings, internet bandwidth, and location of the viewer). This low latency along with its high video fidelity are why Streambox products are used by major news networks and movie studios.
  • Remote Medicine
    Streambox remote encoders with cellular modem modules can provide live video streaming from field locations; e.g., streaming an ultrasound output to a regional medical center.

Equipment:

  • HD and 4K Rackmount Encoders and Decoders
    HD images are great for viewing procedures on monitors up to about 90 inches. 4K is great for anything above 90-inch monitors.
  • HD 2-Channel Synchronized Encoders
    2-Channel synchronized encoders (also known as 3D encoders) allows for synchronized views from 2 cameras. This is ideal for watching synchronized closeup and wide-angle views; e.g., a synchronized closeup of a surgical procedure and a wider angle of the surgical team.
  • HD Mobile Micro Encoders
    Mobile encoders are an economical way to have 1 or many cameras in the same or different locations. For example, one camera can be zoomed in for a closeup of the procedure while another 1 or 2 cameras can be simultaneously viewing the team’s interaction. Or you could have streams from every procedure/operating room.
  • Mobile Cellular Modules
    This allows the Micro encoder to be used from any location with cell/mobile connectivity. The opportunities are only limited by one’s imagination; remote ultrasound, emergency first-aid stations or field hospitals, medical rescues and situational awareness, patient visualization at the scene or within a mobile ambulance or helicopter.

For more information on Streambox products and the 4K Rackmount please click the links below. If you are interested in purchasing the 4K Rackmount please contact our sales team.

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NORAD Uses Streambox to Track Santa Claus

By | Cloud, Apps & Software, Enterprise Server, Government & Military, Streambox Platform Solutions, Success Stories | No Comments

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a United States and Canada bi-national organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for North America.

This year we were informed the annual production in which the NORAD tracking center tracks the flight of Santa Claus is powered by Streambox. It is one of the largest non-military mobilizations of the year. Interviews and updates from the NORAD command center will be broadcasted live. They will also have feeds from various bases around the world.

The armed forces public affairs units use a Streambox kit for video streaming of speeches and other ceremonies. They stream video back to DVIDS, Defense Video Imagery Distribution System, a hub for video acquisition in Atlanta, which uses Enterprise Server and Decoders.

All of the kits (made by contractors such as Norsat and Encompass Digital Media) include a camera, a coverter box (Blackmagic Ultrastudio Mini Recorder), a Mac running Streambox Hybrid Software Encoder, and transmission equipment for satellite to capture video into the armed forces network and back to DVIDS.

NORAD used the same approach to track Santa Claus. To learn more about the Santa Tracker visit: https://www.noradsanta.org/

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WCAT Uses Streambox AVENIR Micro & Cloud for Live Broadcasting

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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.

 

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“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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Alan Latteri of Instinctual and His Experience with Streambox

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Alan Latteri, partner at Instinctual, a post production service firm, has extensive experience providing professional finishing services for film studios.

Alan was looking for a system that met Instinctual’s current and upcoming needs – the Streambox Modular Rackmount with 2K/4K format met their criteria:
· Encrypted Video Streaming security of intellectual property
· Video latency less than a second
· Video capture and stream at 2k/4k at 80Mbsp
· Played out as high quality 10-bit video without video loss over IP networks for remote cinematic color grading and edit sessions
· Future-proof with upgrade path for 2k stereo video and support for higher color profile — 12-bit 444 color

Extensive side-by-side live video sessions were conducted over an IP network using Streambox Modular units and a competing JPEG 2000 system between the Instinctual color theater and the Sony Pictures theater. A real-time performance was measured for latency and video playout to assess video and color quality.

Alan talks about his experience with Streambox. Instinctual has been using the newest product from Streambox, the Modular Rackmount with 2K & 4K which has definitely met their current and future needs. Alan and his team were most impressed with the “great turnaround” and “personal touch” from Streambox and its customer service.

Instinctual’s primary need was the ability to collaborate using secure live video with Sony Pictures from remote campuses. With this ability, Alan Latteri and his team were able to make edits and color corrections in real-time. This ability saved time and money for both companies and decreased time spent on projects.

Overall Alan and his team were pleased with the Modular Rackmount’s performance and small design. “It just works,” says Alan “it’s there when we need it, and we press go.” Compared to other company’s products, the Streambox Modular Rackmount “setup was quick,” the “required bandwidth was less,” the “video quality was excellent,” and “the direct response to customers feedbacks and issues is amazing” says Alan “way more valuable than putting it in some support ticket.”

The price of the Streambox Modular Rackmount with 2K was extremely competitive. “The price point made it compelling enough to take a chance” says Alan “and we are glad we did, we are benefiting from that.”

Streambox Cloud was another key benefit Alan saw with using Streambox. The web interface and the ability to preview live video using the Cloud was a great addition for Alan and his team when collaborating in real-time.

For more information on Streambox products and the 2K Rackmount please click the links below. If you are interested in purchasing the 2K Rackmount please contact our sales team.