If you are a fan of Duke’s Office Hours, you know that they have been incorporating Twitter feeds into their productions for some time now. Their process is fairly manual so we’ve been looking for alternatives. Chyron announced their Twitter integration package this week called Shout. For a one time license fee, you can bring in twitter feeds and then display them with animation as if they were any other graphic element. More importantly, they allow you to moderate both the content of the tweets and the pictures associated with the twitter accounts before they go on air.
The Roland V-800HD is a multi-format video switcher that features 3G, HD and SDI SDI input as well as many different types of standard definition video inputs at a cost of around $13,000. It also features a built in multi viewer, MIDI control and built in scalers and keyers and a USB port for bringing in still graphics.
Roland always has interesting stuff at the show. This year they were showing their new $2000 portable production station the VR-3 that functioned as a video and audio mixer with cool touch screen interface that converted the output to standard USB so it can feed any USB compatible app such a Ustream.tv, Adobe Media Encoder, or other live stream or recording tools. Granted this is standard definition but for streaming, it provides some great remote production capabilities in a small and inexpensive package.
The Extron DVS 605 is a five input HDCP Compliant scaler that can integrate HDMI, RGB and other video sources into your classroom. It has seamless switching, simultaneous HDMI and analog high resolution video outputs and lists starting out at $4390. Options include audio switching and 3G video support.
The Extron DTP HDMI 301 Extender can send HDMI and control over a single CAT 5-type cable at full 1080p/60 or 1920×1200 x 60Hz up to 100 meters.
The Extron DVI 110 DVI Signal Regenerator can fix marginal or noisy DVI signals at the source, is HDCP compliant and supports resolutions up to 1080p/60 or 1920×1200 x 60Hz.
The Extron SME 100 Streaming Media Encoder can be used for overflow video during events using standards based H.264 and AAC encoding. It also has an integrated three input AV switcher and buffered input loop through. Available in SD or HD models.
I know that we don’t currently use Extron TouchLink but since this was new and I thought it was a really cool idea, I thought I’d include it in my report.
The Radio Streamer from Infomedia in China offers an easy way to stream any radio station via Flash Media Server. It can also record to an internal flash memory card and upload to an FTP site. It can be controlled via a web browser or from the front panel interface.
Wowza (a technology behind DukeStream) showed a number of exciting new features released with version 3.1 of their media server. Besides their own booth, they had a table at the Microsoft booth to announce their new support of Azure which will allow applications using the Microsoft media engine to use Wowza servers to deliver their content.
The Wowza nDVR AddOn a live-stream cache that stores content in a normalized format accessible to Wowza Media Server 3 for playout to deliver live linear streams as time-shifted content. Wowza nDVR also supports trick-play features such as live-stream pause, rewind, and resume, and enables content publishers and service providers to develop the kind of premium catch-up TV services that both enhance and individualize the viewer experience.
The Wowza Transcoder AddOn’s audio-only option gives users the ability to pay a significantly lower “audio-only” price when using the Wowza Transcoder AddOn with streams that do not contain video.
New Dynamic Transcoder Overlays allow customers to use compositing to overlay text, images, motion graphics, and secondary video sources instantly onto streams passing through the Wowza Transcoder AddOn. The feature can be used in many cases, including the dynamic insertion of advertising, titling, sporting event scores, and picture-in-picture video. It also allows single-display viewing of multicamera broadcast and surveillance feeds on any screen. Dynamic Transcode Overlays can be manually configured or pre-programmed based on external events, making this a powerful new tool for adding premium TV-like experiences at commodity prices.
In another move to help advance media delivery, Wowza Media Systems has also become a member of the MPEG-DASH Promoters Group (DASH-PG), an industry consortium working to promote the adoption of the MPEG-DASH standard in the market. Wowza joined DASH-PG in an effort to help avoid fragmentation of the multimedia HTTP streaming market – one of the major challenges facing content and service providers today. DASH-PG believes the use of this open international standard for multimedia delivery over Internet will accelerate market growth; enable interoperability between content preparation tools, servers, CDNs, and end devices; and reduce the cost of delivery.
Streambox is expanding their line of hardware and software solutions to allow contributors out in remote locations to send live or recorded video back to a centralized studio over multiple networks such as 3G/4G mobile, wifi, wired, etc – separately or combined. They feature software for the PC to allow any video equipment attached to connect back to the studio encoder. The Avenir is a backpack encoder that can take video and transcode and send it over the same networks mentioned above. They now have software for the iPhone and iPad as well that allow them to function as remote broadcasting tools. All of these tie into an encoder in the studio that sells for around $8000 and software encoding licenses are around $3500.
Those familiar with DukeCapture know that our standard capture PC has an Osprey card to capture audio and video and a separate Datapath card to capture computer content. ViewCast just released the Osprey 820e that seems like it could handle both – HDMI and DVI – in one card. The PCI Express card also has HD video capability. The image below shows it using Wirecast to capture video and screen at one time.
NewTek released three new TriCasters at NAB including the 8000, 855 and 455. TriCaster 455 includes a 14-channel switcher with four camera inputs for a retail price of $19,995. It provides the ability to stream and record all inputs at once to allow you to go back and “fix” anything that was recorded live.