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Toolkit: November 2016

AJA Video Systems

IPR-1G-HDMI and IPR-1G-SDI Mini-Converters

AJA’s IPR-1G-HDMI and IPR-1G-SDI Mini-Converters simplify IP-based workflows. IPR-1G-HDMI decodes VSF TR-01 and other JPEG 2000 streams, and formats the data for output on a full-size HDMI 1.4 interface. IPR-1G-SDI decodes VSF TR-01 and other JPEG 2000 streams, and formats the data for 3G-SDI BNC output. The rugged, fanless Mini-Converters, which support a range of HD and SD formats, are designed for point-of-use applications including source monitoring, digital signage and video walls. Key features include embedded and RCA analog audio outputs, and a full 10-bit pixel processing pipeline. IPR-1G-HDMI and IPR-1G-SDI will each be available for $795.  

Epiphan Video


Pearl-2 is a live production video mixer that creates live video programs by combining, encoding, switching and recording up to six video sources and two audio sources. Pearl-2 is sold as a base model and uses add-ons to activate extra features. With the base model, all six video inputs accept a maximum input resolution of 1920 x 1080, and a user can create up to six 1080p Full HD video programs at 30 fps. The 4K feature add-on enables 4K encoding and streaming capabilities. With this add-on activated, Pearl-2 can create a 4K program comprising up to two 4K inputs and two HD or IP camera inputs. 


Wirecast Gear

This fully configured live streaming production system removes the hurdle of system integration, allowing producers to focus on live event production and streaming. Wirecast Gear comes installed with Wirecast Pro live streaming production software and four professional video input ports with options for either HDMI or SDI. Wirecast’s built-in encoding engine allows users to stream high-quality H.264 video and AAC audio over RTMP, RTP and Windows Media protocols for maximum flexibility. Users can stream directly to 30 built-in destinations including Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Microsoft Azure, Akamai and Wowza, as well as record a version for later use. 


Sphere SDI

Sphere SDI is a four-channel 4K (1080 x 4) HD-SDI encoder for live streaming and monitoring 360° content. Sphere SDI is built on the same platform as the Sphere HDMI encoder, which was introduced at the 2016 NAB Show. At its core, Sphere operates as a wireless monitoring solution for 360° camera rigs, which allows content creators to view their live footage on iPads from areas out of view of what is being shot. Sphere’s video processing takes place on the iPad, ensuring production crews can remain mobile. Sphere SDI is $3,990, or $4,990 with a live streaming license.