Distributing Video Across Platforms
In this Buyer's Guide we examine a number of options for producing web and mobile video, each product designed to capture, compress, encode and distribute video. Whether you're sharing live events, creating content for mobile users or developing new means of reaching audiences, these tools will expand your delivery options.
AJA Video Systems
AJA HELO allows users to stream video to web content delivery networks (CDN) at the same time as they are encoding and recording H.264 files to either SD cards, USB storage or network-based storage. HELO offers a range of professional workflow options, with both 3G-SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs, the power to handle up to 1080p recording formats and a simple, web-based UI for easy configuration. Key features include standalone HD/SD H.264 streaming and recording, H.264 streaming and recording bit rates up to 20 Mb/s, up to 1080p 60 recording/streaming, and embedded audio support and dual RCA jacks. HELO is available now for a U.S. MSRP of $1,295.
The AIR320 video uplink system integrates H.265/HEVC and H.264/AVC hardware encoders into a portable solution, enabling broadcasters and video producers to stream live interviews and events, and store and forward recorded content even in the midst of unpredictable and unmanaged network conditions. AIR320 features up to four cellular connections, including 3G/4G internal modems with high-efficiency custom antenna arrays and two USB 3.0 ports, plus a built-in Wi-Fi modem. The system's internal battery sustains up to three hours of use. By detecting and bonding together multiple IP network interfaces, AIR320 enables users to take advantage of every IP network in their immediate area as they become available. AVIWEST SafeStreams technology assures the delivery of live transmissions over unmanaged networks with minimum delay, allowing mobile journalists to stream high-quality video from any location around the world.
Beyond its traditional control room interface, the new BPswitch family of integrated production switchers allows live production from anywhere using tablets, phones and laptops. The company's BPNet IP ecosystem securely delivers BPswitch's control-over-IP capabilities with full-motion video and complete access to all sources and workflow tools through a browser-based interface. The simplified (and customizable) Broadcast Pix Commander user interface helps non-technical personnel easily switch live productions, add titles, insert clips and control robotic cameras. All models include integrated streaming to Facebook Live and other CDNs. Other features include the NewBlueNTX multilayer 3D motion graphics CG, BPview customizable multi-view, file-based macros, ClearKey chromakey and more.
JVC Professional Video
ProHD Portable Bridge
The new PB-CELL200 ProHD Portable Bridge is a robust, bonded LTE hotspot that streams signals from multiple JVC streaming camera models for live webcasts or broadcasts. Dual-band Wi-Fi provides two independent, high-speed networks that work together (2x2 MIMO) to maximize throughput, and redundant SIM slots support up to four different cellular providers for bandwidth bonding, data overage protection and blind spot elimination. Unlike other bonded solutions, the ProHD Portable Bridge allows live streaming from multiple cameras to HD-SDI decoders or servers at a central location, as well as CDNs like JVCVIDEOCLOUD and Facebook Live. The self-contained, remote broadcasting hub is powered by AC or attached Anton/Bauer battery.
Monarch HDX and Monarch HD
The Matrox Monarch HDX and Monarch HD streaming and recording devices are now empowered with native integration for live streaming to Facebook and YouTube. Monarch HDX is a compact, single-input, dual-channel H.264 encoding appliance. Two independent H.264 encoders allow streaming to two distinct destinations, or the device can be set to stream and/or record with independent encoder settings. Monarch HDX features 3G-SDI and HDMI inputs with frame synchronization to compensate for unstable sources. The Monarch HD encoding appliance is capable of taking an HDMI input from a source such as a camera or switcher and generating an H.264-encoded stream suitable for live streaming. Simultaneously, for editing or VOD, Monarch HD can record a higher quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive or a network-mapped drive.
Talon G2 Encoder
The Talon G2 encoder, the newest addition to Osprey's Talon hardware product line, creates live RTMP streams for unmanaged networks such as the internet. It offers all the performance and function of its predecessor, but with new features that boost its utility and make it even easier to operate without intervention after it is configured. Designed for AV and broadcast customers looking for end-to-end video streaming tools for professional workflows, the Talon G2 ingests video from multiple formats, encodes it to H.264, and delivers it over IP. One of Talon G2's most important distinguishing characteristics is its front-facing LCD touchscreen, which offers one-touch streaming control. The screen also displays continuous feedback on the status of all encoders.
ANYSCREEN from RUSHWORKS is a monthly stream hosting subscription service that converts an uploaded streaming signal for delivery to virtually all media devices and platforms, including PC, iOS, Android and Roku. The standard service comes with 1 TB of available download bandwidth, 50 GB of VOD (cloud) storage, and includes setting up a Roku channel for the user that will appear on the menu alongside Netflix, Hulu, etc. Premium packages with 5 TB of download bandwidth and 200 GB of VOD storage are available as well. Monthly subscription rates begin at $199 with a one-time fee of $399 to set up the service.
Verizon Digital Media Services
Verizon Digital Media Services' Live Streaming Solution features a cloud-based scheduler and an operator dashboard for provisioning encoders, managing live feeds, inserting ad breaks and pushing slates in the Verizon Digital Media Services Uplynk Video Streaming service. To simplify the syndication of content to internal or third-party content management systems and apps, the solution allows users to publish a single live-stream URL that transitions seamlessly between pre-event, live, post-event and video-on-demand (VOD) content. Automatic and instant creation of a VOD asset upon completion of the live event, without the need for re-encoding, removes further costs and delays. Real-time health monitoring and failover support for the Uplynk Video Streaming service's Slicer application can run on site at the venue or at the point of origination. End-to-end intelligence and insights enable users to correlate viewing analytics with network performance.
Wowza Media Systems
Wowza Media Systems recently unveiled the Wowza ClearCaster appliance, a rack-mountable device, purpose-built in collaboration with Facebook to ensure the most successful broadcasts on Facebook Live. Just plug it in, and ClearCaster auto-configures encoder settings and monitors the connection in real time. It provides reliable, broadcast-quality streams and offers a Talent View that leverages Live Reactions for follower-driven broadcasts. ClearCaster gives professionals the confidence to connect on Facebook Live.