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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

By | Avenir, Avenir Micro, Cloud, Apps & Software, Medical, Streambox 4k, Streambox Rackmounts, Success Stories, Video Transport | No Comments

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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Alan Latteri of Instinctual and His Experience with Streambox

By | 2K Rackmount, Cloud, Apps & Software, Post Production, Streambox Platform Solutions, Streambox Rackmounts, Success Stories, Video Transport | No Comments

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.

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Case Study: Colorado Springs School District 11

By | Streambox Education Opportunities, Streambox Events, Streambox Rackmounts, Success Stories, Video Transport | No Comments

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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Streambox® Expands Cloud Services for Multi-Location Live Video Playouts for Broadcast, Live Events and Web Video Streaming

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Streambox® Expands Cloud Services for Multi-Location Live Video Playouts for Broadcast, Live Events and Web Video Streaming

The new capabilities include low-latency, multi-location, global video distribution of live and file-based videos with realtime transcoding of HD videos for the web

Seattle, WA – April 13, 2016 – Streambox®, an industry leading pioneer delivering unique video streaming solutions, today announced its Streambox® Cloud upgrade. The new server software features enhances the user experience locally, remotely and globally with low-latency, multi-location HD and 4K video distribution, playout and streaming of those videos to connected mobile devices. To service these new capabilities, all servers on AWS have been upgraded globally for increased performance for transcoding, reliable LDMP video transport and additional server locations.

The Streambox Cloud team has been working diligently to expand the presence of the Streambox servers geographically as well. As a result, the offering is now available in US West, US Midwest, US East, Ireland, Germany, Singapore, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sidney and Sau Paulo. With an automated and simplified workflow, Streambox Cloud provides users with their own Channel page, ideal for sharing live and archived video.

The key Streambox Cloud upgrade features include the following:

  • Geo IP with Google Maps integration: See and locate where video streams are originating from for location awareness and asset tracking
  • Avenir, Micro and Drone dashboard: The assets management tab on the Streambox Cloud web page provides a complete real-time list of deployed systems, including Avenir Encoders asset management, notifications of live streaming, last activity and location, GPS location integration with Google Maps, remote unit access for control, configuration and management, and real-time readout of streaming data rate and device information
  • HD web and mobile video transcoding and CDN distribution: Multi-bitrate h.264 Transcoding and streaming
  • 4K/HD video file time shift playout for multi-location delayed video playout
  • Live video cue-once video location marking for multi-location video playout

Streambox Cloud is a reliable, cloud-based, live video management solution delivering the highest quality low-latency video over any public/private IP network. Streambox customers can capture, manage, and stream SD, HD, and 4K video easier than ever before. Streambox Cloud is designed for video professionals in broadcast, web streaming, post-production, house of worship, enterprise, education, medical, government and military industries.

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About Streambox

Founded in 1999, Streambox is an industry-leading pioneer developing unique IP-based video streaming solutions and cloud-based streaming services. Streambox delivers mobile video everywhere, allowing companies and organizations to broadcast, share, and stream video from anywhere with unlimited scalability at lower costs. The Streambox platform of professional live and file-based HD/SD software and hardware for video transport, management, and playout streamlines the workflow for all broadcasting and streaming needs. Streambox technology is based on the ACT-L3™ proprietary video compression which allows faster encoding with low-latency and adaptive bit-rate streaming over public/private networks.

Learn more at  www.streambox.com