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Streambox Sends Video Over 3G With Encoder for iPhone

  That's video from their iPhones straight to news organizations, government agencies or others.

You can do more and more with an iPhone–now StreamboxME, a new video-encoding application, lets iPhone 3GS users to upload high-quality video over the AT&T 3G network and other carriers via the Streambox Live broadband video contribution service. That’s video from iPhones straight to news organizations, government agencies or others.

It’s available as a free download from iTunes.

StreamboxME is the latest free-of-charge encoding application in the Streambox Live solution family, adding iPhones to other 3G and 4G mobile phones and Wi-Fi-connected laptops that can be turned into tools for cost-effective and flexible field newsgathering.

By subscribing to the cloud-based Streambox Live service, organizations can use low-bandwidth networks to enable many-to-many real-time and file-based video acquisition. After downloading the free encoding software to their mobile devices, users–journalists, citizens, soldiers–can file breaking video from the field. Once the compressed video streams are uploaded to the studio, they can be decoded and broadcast live or archived via the Streambox Live data center. 

Based on Streambox’s award-winning ACT-L3 codec, StreamboxME offers low latency, high video-quality, and extremely reliable transport at any data rate. Designed with broadcasters and professionals in mind, the application is easy to use and offers an innovative many-to-many video rights management system, video geotagging, and text-based IFB talk back. Video sent to a Streambox Live server can be routed to one or many destinations at one time, including Streambox hardware decoders for baseband or SDI video playout, the Streambox Media Player for viewing on a computer monitor, or the Web via a CDN network.

It’s not quite as small as the iPhone–at the 2010 NAB Show, Streambox showed another tool for video over 3G/4G. The new Avenir portable video transport solution is designed for field newsgathering, sports and other mobile live and file- based video application. It’s Streambox’s first hardware-based encoder to offer both 3G/4G wireless network bonding for high-quality HD or SD in a fully portable form factor, enabling live or file-based video acquisition over a variety of low-data-rate networks.

Streambox Avenir “The Streambox Avenir is the first battery operated mobile encoder designed for a reporter to file HD/SD live and file-based video content over a variety of IP networks. The full set of built-in features in a single small device offering DBN (Dynamic Bandwidth Negotiations) technology allows broadcasters to replace traditional SNG/DNG systems that can be used by a single person or a small crew,” said Bob Hildeman, chairman and CEO of Streambox. “The new system takes all of the features of our ACT-L3 product line for SD, adds the ability to transport full-resolution HD video at speeds up to 20 Mbps, and delivers it all in an extremely portable and easy-to-use device that can be carried in a side pack.”

The Avenir harnesses Streambox’s award-winning ACT-L3 codec to capture and encode high-quality HD content in 1080i or 720p format, at data rates up to 20 Mbps, and SD content in NTSC or PAL from 64 Kbps to 8 Mbps. This makes the system ideal for mobile newsgathering as well as a wide variety of other field video acquisition applications, such as emergency response, law enforcement, or military mobile command centers.

The Avenir’s compact, rugged chassis can be deployed in minutes with a range of power options including AC and DC connectors as well as a Li-Poly battery system. With the Avenir’s intuitive touch-screen interface, non-technical users can connect quickly and easily via their choice of network connections, ranging from dual Ethernet to Wi-Fi platforms including bonded 3G/4G mobile broadband devices (via browser-capable smartphones), and low-bandwidth portable satellite devices such as BGAN. The Avenir also features a wireless user interface for browser-capable PDAs, which enables users to control the encoder from a separate location.

The system also includes a set of field editing tools

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