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See How Streambox cracked remote grading

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On September 12, 2019, Jigsaw24 published an article about how Streambox’s unique “pixel perfect” codec and transport protocol permits users to share much higher resolution content over IP networks, with full colour fidelity and a high degree of reliability. Read the full article at https://www.jigsaw24.com/articles/how-streambox-cracked-remote-grading

Streambox solutions provide streams of 12-bit 4:4:4 HDR footage to be shared over public or private internet connections, even if they’re high resolution or high frame rate. Alan Latterri of Instinctual states, “the fact that Streambox performs reliably over the public internet is pretty remarkable and a key differentiator.”

Streambox’s solutions also enable many kinds of contribution workflows, from live sports broadcast to digital signage. Within post-production and grading, though, there are four main use cases, which are Pre-grade preparation, Collaborative grading, International and multi-site approvals, and Remote screening room and suite access.

Streambox Helps Color Collective Build the Right Look

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The use of a Streambox solution for immediate collaboration on color grading.

Color Collective is a colorist boutique for features, series, and commercials based in New York City with review sites in Los Angeles and Atlanta. They had been exposed to Streambox equipment for a number of years, so when it came time to get editorial clients in Los Angeles connected up with New York, it was a natural choice for their expansion project. Since then, Color Collective has added two reviewing locations in Atlanta also using Streambox systems.

These controlled environments offer color calibrated monitors with dedicated Streambox hardware encoders and decoders for optimum viewing experiences. Sometimes the locations network with other organizations that also use Streambox systems. The locations utilize Streambox Cloud Services for connectivity. Color Collective is just beginning to deploy the new cost-effective Chroma X encoder and decoder packaged as a small form factor device made available in a Hardware as a Service (HaaS) or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering.

The bigger challenge is that Color Collective needs to work with Directors of Photography (DP’s) that are out in the field in a variety of locations. In the past they used to post video and then have to wait for feedback. Now Color Collective is using two new technology offerings from Streambox for a new form of immediate collaboration that enables a lot more input and a lot more review time together, even though being physically apart, when it matters most during pre-production.

Color Collective has been one of the first users of Streambox Sessions. Is a simple and cost-effective way to connect media professionals who require remote, real-time collaboration of high quality, color-rich, content across multiple locations without reviewers needing a Cloud account. This quick to set up and easy to use model is also cost-effective as Color Collective only pays for what they use on a project basis. Multiple stakeholders can log in from anywhere directly by just entering in a code that Color Collective sends them. As Alex Bickel the founder and senior colorist of Color Collective puts it, “there is no worry about specific IP addresses, this takes all the IP guesswork out of it”.

The other major technology enhancement that is impacting the relationship between Color Collective and its clients is Streambox Mobile Media Player. Mobile Media Player is an application supporting ten programmable video channels for cost-effective viewing of high-quality video on iPads and iPhones in real-time. For some projects Color Collective will send out iPad Pro’s for clients to borrow temporarily. Color Collective finds the iPad Pro reasonably color accurate as a “real world display” for Rec. 709 projects. Users turn the brightness half-way down, turn True Tone off, and turn off night mode. The assessment of Color Collective is that this provides a decent real-world representation of what a project will look like out in the wild. Color Collective clients just log in with an iPad Pro and watch the color grading session in real time. Alex explains, “the iOS based app is changing the game for us by having our clients watching the color grade right before their eyes”.

As it is almost impossible for some projects to get a DP, director, and colorist in the same room all together up front, using the app on iPad Pros to let Color Collective colorists show clients what they are thinking is a great tool for look development. A DP can be at an airport to catch a flight, and the colorist builds them a LUT while they are waiting and shows them the options in real time for what they will use in the field for the production. After the session, Color Collective emails the LUT settings to the DP. Alex points out, “what used to take hours waiting for feedback becomes real time “.

Using this Streambox solution provides Color Collective to go the extra mile by engaging right at the beginning of the process with a personal touch for DP’s. Color Collective needed a company that had cost effective solutions that also fulfills the need to be secure and look correct. For Color Collection– Streambox hits all those marks.

Streambox Chroma is now available at the Dolby 88 screening room in New York City

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Streambox Chroma is now available at the Dolby 88 screening room in New York City. The system can be utilized for remote color, visual effects, editorial or audio post-production review sessions in real-time.

Using Streambox Chroma, it is possible to do remote reviews in full 4K DCI with DolbyVision HDR on a big screen for the first time. Streaming cinematic 4K DCI 12-bit PQ D65 HDR signals from remote locations such as Los Angeles, London, and other parts of the world is simple and cost-effective using Streambox Chroma. Systems are provisioned to work via Streambox Cloud Services through with a dozen servers strategically located around the globe positioned close to designated remote locations for reliable low latency video transport even over the public internet.

During a recent event, Streambox showcased a real-time 4K DCI HDR 4:4:4 stream from the Harbor Pictures offices. DolbyVision Tunneling was also presented as   workflow example for real-time HDR sessions from color edit stations to Streambox Chroma+ and then delivered to DolbyVision capable HDMI TVs or DolbyVison CMU’s ( Content Mapping Unit).

More workflow enhancements are possible through full support with Blackmagic Davinci Resolve and Autodesk Lustre ported for DolbyVision meta-data extraction and delivery.

Streambox is now in Dolby 88 theater NY. We thank Harbor Pictures for live 4K 4:4:4 12 bit streaming for today’s live event and presentation. Having Streambox Chroma at Dolby 88 allows live reviews, color and visual effect sessions from anywhere in the world.

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. Streambox Advanced Compression Technology codecs are optimized to process high motion, complex video at lower data rates using an advanced motion search feature.

Recently, Streambox  included Dolby Vision™ support to Streambox Chroma product lines, which simplifies post-production collaboration workflows while reducing costs.

Jonathan Bloom Streams Live Video Using Streambox for CES2019

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Jonathan Bloom uses Streambox solutions to broadcast reliable live HD video in the field for CES2019. Jonathan is a television news innovator who joined the ABC 7 team, and strives to tell better stories through the use of technology. For the past few months, Jonathan has been a one man machine, writing, filming, editing and reporting live news for his viewers. Being on the look out to find a better way to effectively respond to breaking news more quickly, Jonathan reached out to Streambox for a solution.

Streambox, being in the business of live video, came up with a solution for Jonathan. Using the AVENIRMicro, which is a mobile live video encoder, Jonathan could stream either live 360 video or normal HD video to Facebook. The AVENIRMicro is able to do this over WiFi or by using the embedded 3G/4G modem module installed in its hardware. The video stream is then sent to Streambox’s cloud service, Streambox Cloud, which then is able to archive and send live video to social media. Furthermore, the Micro is able to switch between different cell towers owned by different cellular networks (AT&T, Verison, Sprint, etc.) in order to maintain the best quality and reliable video.

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 (www.tvtechnology.com), Creative Planet/DV/VE Magazine (www.creativeplanetnetwork.com), and Government Video (www.governmentvideo.com) 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.