Digital Rapids Unveils Quartet of Products, Upgrades for Live Multiscreen Encoding, Streaming
Digital Rapids has introduced a wide array of products and enhancements in the company’s comprehensive range of encoders for live multiscreen delivery. The new offerings include the launch of the StreamZ Live IP encoder for repurposing live IP-based inputs; significant performance increases in the StreamZHD Live ABR adaptive streaming encoder; new remote-management capabilities for the TouchStream live-streaming appliance; and a preview of a new hybrid encoder, which extends Digital Rapids’ proven, multiscreen encoding benefits into “traditional” television applications in the broadcast, cable, satellite and telco markets.
StreamZ Live IP offers the superior output quality, outstanding reliability, and flexible output format support of Digital Rapids’ StreamZ Live encoder series in a dedicated configuration for transcoding live IP-based sources. StreamZ Live IP’s output capabilities allow content owners to easily repurpose contributed source feeds for revenue-expanding multiscreen content distribution.
StreamZ Live IP supports single- or multi-program transport stream inputs with H.264 or MPEG-2 compressed video. The adaptive-streaming model of StreamZ Live IP features the same flexible output capabilities as the StreamZHD Live ABR adaptive-bitrate encoder. It supports HTTP dynamic streaming, IP multicast and multicast fusion with peer-assisted networking with Adobe Flash Media Server 4 software; HTTP live streaming for Apple iPhone and iPad; and Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming. Adaptive-bitrate streaming enables higher-quality viewing experiences with television-like continuity and reliability on the Web, IPTV, over-the-top (OTT) services, and mobile devices.
Multiple StreamZ Live IP encoders can be combined with the scalable Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager software for enterprise-class management, automation, scheduling, multichannel monitoring, and failover.
Advancing Adaptive Streaming
The StreamZHD Live ABR encoder family, providing adaptive-bitrate encoding and streaming from baseband HD and SD video signals, has itself been expanded and enhanced. The systems feature increased processing power that allows encoding of a greater number of simultaneous outputs. Combinations of up to 15 HD, SD, and mobile streams can be output simultaneously in real time, including concurrent output for multiple adaptive streaming technologies and target devices.
Broadcast TV, New Opportunities
NAB attendees are also being treated to a technology preview of a new hybrid live encoder, combining Digital Rapids’ multiscreen output versatility and quality with robust features for the unique demands of broadcast, cable, telco, and satellite television operations. The carrier-grade StreamZ Live Broadcast encoder will feature simultaneous encoding for “traditional” television and “any-screen” delivery, including mobile phones, tablets, PCs, IPTV, game consoles, and more — in a single encoder.
StreamZ Live Broadcast input options will include SDI (3G/HD/SD), IP, and ASI signals, with IP and ASI output configurations. StreamZ Live Broadcast can be managed and controlled through an intuitive Web interface, local front-panel controls, or the Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager software. SNMP management support enables seamless integration with existing television operations.
“Broadcast-television providers and advanced media outlets are now integrating their multiscreen-delivery initiatives directly into their core broadcast operations, reflecting the pivotal significance of new viewing platforms for their business,” said Tony Huang, senior product manager, broadcast and live, at Digital Rapids. “The StreamZ Live Broadcast hybrid encoder will provide them with a unified, versatile platform integrating all of their encoding requirements for any target screen.”
Support for the Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager software is also featured in a new version of the TouchStream portable live-streaming appliance. TouchStream combines Digital Rapids’ output quality and reliability with an intuitive touchscreen interface for unparalleled ease of use. Comprehensive management and control of multiple TouchStream units is provided from a centralized location. Features include scheduling, failover for fault tolerance, and a “control-room” view with mosaic-style, multichannel confidence monitoring
The complete range of Digital Rapids solutions is being showcased in Booth SL6010 at this week’s NAB Show. For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digital-rapids.com.