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Buyer’s Brief: Video Streaming

In this month’s Buyer’s Guide we examine a number of options for producing web and mobile video, each product designed for capturing, compressing, encoding and distributing 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.

Aurora Multimedia Corp.

IPX-TC1

The Aurora IPX-TC1 is an IP streaming solution based on Aurora’s IPBaseT technology, which synergizes various IP/AV standards to work together as one. This single unit can be user-defined as either a transmitter (encoder) or receiver (decoder), making overall system design, ordering, stocking and deployment quick and easy. The IPX-TC1 offers an optional slot to add other IP capabilities like USB 2.0 over IP or Dante audio for a more complete distributed system. Audio, video, data and control can be sent securely to one or more units using off-the-shelf 10 GbE fiber switches. The IP/AV solution supports up to 128 x 128 channels with HDCP as well as unlimited scalability without HDCP. 

Datavideo

NVS-25

NVS-25 is a small, easy-to-use H.264 video streaming and recording appliance designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record the master-quality version for post-event editing. From any HDMI/SDI/CVBS input source such as a camera or switcher, the NVS-25 generates an H.264 encoded stream that is compliant with RTSP, RTMP and HLS protocols. While encoding the video for live streaming, NVS-25 can simultaneously record an MP4 or TS file to a USB storage device. Variable bit rates can be selected for high quality recording or streams. The unit also supports deinterlace video streaming for progressive output, making it compatible with CDNs such as YouTube and Ustream. MSRP $800. 

Comrex Corp.

LiveShot

Comrex LiveShot delivers live video and audio over a range of IP networks. LiveShot is used by TV stations and networks to deliver high quality, low latency video from anywhere Internet access is available. It leverages the success of Comrex ACCESS audio IP codecs and uses the same technology to smooth out the “bumps” on the public Internet to allow broadcast-quality live video and audio streaming. LiveShot is especially optimized to perform well on challenging IP networks like 3G, 4G and satellite-based links. LiveShot Portable is compact and lightweight (5 pounds). The unit is supplied with Anton/Bauer-style Gold Mounts to sandwich between a professional video camera and a battery. 

Streambox

Drone Encoder Pro

A fully powered HD encoder in a small from factor, the Streambox Drone Encoder Pro captures HD-SDI and/or HDMI video for live HD video encoding and streaming to the cloud. The unit may be mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or on a vehicle dashboard, or worn on the body. Weighing 220 grams, it can run for six hours on a single battery. Its low power consumption and flexible 3G/4G/Wi-Fi antenna configuration offers UAV professionals installation flexibility to integrate into many different types of UAV aircraft. The Drone Encoder Pro works seamlessly with Streambox Cloud and Enterprise Server for video contribution and management. The Streambox Drone Encoder Pro will be available in the middle of this year. 

VITEC

MGW D265

VITEC’s MGW D265 portable HEVC and H.264 IP decoder provides decoding for any IPTV and full-motion video application. The device delivers a compact footprint, best-in-class connectivity options and ultra-low delay. Supporting next-generation HEVC (H.265) compression technology, the MGW D265 lets IP video applications benefit from up to 40 percent savings in network bandwidth compared to the H.264 format. As a result, installations experience reduced operating expenses as well as improved picture quality within fixed-bandwidth settings. Perfect for portable missions or stationary decoding on any network, the decoder provides connectivity options including HD-SDI, SD-SDI, HDMI and composite video while offering low end-to-end latency (400 milliseconds). 

Wohler Technologies

iAM-MVAM

Wohler Technologies’ iAM-MVAM multifunction confidence monitor decodes and monitors MPEG transport streams carrying MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/H.264 encoded video, along with all associated data tables for complete confidence. With this capability, the iAM-MVAM facilitates monitoring scenarios that previously would have been impractical or cost-prohibitive. Available with either four 4.3-inch displays (iAM-MVAM-2443) or two 7-inch displays (iAM-MVAM-3270), the unit handles inputs from multi-rate SDI, ASI and IP interfaces, serving as an ideal solution for cost-effective real-time MPEG TS, SDI and HDMI monitoring. Free from codec limitations and offering robust capabilities without the costly upgrades typically associated with MPEG monitoring equipment, the iAM-MVAM enables operators to monitor incoming signals, internal transport signals and outbound distribution signals with one easy-to-use system. 

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