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Haivision Launches the Calypso Enterprise Video Platform

Moving beyond end-point encoders and further into the media asset space, Haivision is launching a centralized media hub for enterprise which it's calling the Calypso Enterprise Video Platform, an extension of the existing Calypso product line.

Haivision sees the Calypso EVP as a centralized hub where companies can manage, store, and share live and on-demand video. The company is targeting any enterprise that needs to deliver video assets to employees throughout the organization.

As the company moves to this second version of the Calypso software, it is positioning it as more than just a mass-recording product. The initial version of Calypso was billed as a way to enable high performance enterprise record and review in environments like usability labs, focus groups, and training facilities. The new EVP product, an extension of Calypso, allows employees to access both live and on-demand content.

“Calypso for us is the go-forward platform,” says Peter Maag, chief marketing officer at Haivision, referring to the company's purchase of Video Furnace a number of years ago. “We originally positioned Calypso as a mass-recording product, but we’re excited that Calypso is emerging as a way to deliver live and on-demand assets within the organization.”

In a news release, Haivision says the new Calypso EVP will focus on four areas critical to business continuity: authentication, compliance features, content curation, and search. In addition, the company says Calypso will offer multi-location support and what it calls "simulated multicast."

According to Maag, companies want a controlled environment where they can distribute videos, guarantee they’ve been watched, and use that to gain or maintain ISO or similar compliance certifications.

“You hear slogans about video being the new document, but that’s not true,” Maag says. “The difference between video and a document: You can be assured that the video has at least played continuously on the employee’s screen.”

Haivision designed the platform to solve the delivery challenge most companies face with internal video, so it comes with strong multi-location support.

“Companies can easily distribute video to multiple locations,” Maag says. “To extend the video viewing experience to any office without significant network loading, the Calypso solution allows companies to create their own delivery network so every employee can watch video directly from their desktops and mobile devices.”

Enterprise customers control network video delivery through their choice of streaming modality, such as unicast, multicast, or simulated multicast.

“We’re playing in our customers’ sandbox, so they can choose to do their own multicast, simulated multicast, or even unicast,” Maag notes. “Unicast and simulated multicast are natively supported. In the future, we plan to support multicast natively within Calypso.”

Haivision uses RTMFP with internal support for simulated multicast. But the goal, according to Maag, is to provide as many options as possible.

“We’ve had a strong history with secure multicast, and Calypso had direct unicast,” Maag says. “With the Calypso EVP, we’re supporting player-based stream replication based on inherent Flash Player technologies that work within browsers. Clients do not need to buy any particular third-party infrastructure, since it is a complete Haivision solution.”

Calypso’s authentication lets companies share video with only the right viewers.

“The Calypso EVP has current mobile authentication for browser-based mobile delivery, but we plan to have a native Calypso app available within about six weeks, for both Android and iOS devices," Maag says.

Administrators can share content with individuals or groups. “Based on their roles and responsibilities, they can even establish different privileges, such as viewing, downloading, sharing, or even editing," Maag adds.

Using both curation and search, Calypso can place key videos directly in front of the target viewer.

“Content administrators can easily organize videos for effective employee browsing,” Maag says. This includes topical channels and “not to be missed” videos.

Calypso supports extensive metadata, search, and filtering, helping users find videos and even specific moments within videos.

“In the last few years, we’ve seen Calypso used in micro applications,” Maag says. “File-based, hot marks, and live content metadata can all be useful in on-demand viewing of content. But our background in live encoding means that, from a metadata and search standpoint, we treat on-demand and live content as equal citizens within the ecosystem.”

By hot marks, Maag refers to bookmarks, in-video tags, or comments. Real-time metadata is accessible within live streams.

“'YouTube for the Enterprise' sort of scares people,” Maag adds. “It brings to mind the idea of many, many videos being recorded and uploaded, which means the important videos may be lost or buried. Proper search and curation help solve that issue.”

Epiphan Announces AV.io HD – an Easy-to-use HDMI Video Grabber

June 15, 2015 – Epiphan Video, a leader in professional audiovisual capture, recording, and streaming products, unveiled today AV.io HD – a new video grabber that lets audiovisual professionals capture video from HDMI, DVI, and VGA sources with unprecedented simplicity. AV.io HD is being shown and demonstrated for the first time at InfoComm 2015 in Booth 2385, June 17-19, in Orlando.

AV.io HD is a video capture device that lets anyone easily connect their device with a HDMI, DVI, or VGA output, including cameras, laptops, tablets, projectors, game consoles, and embedded devices to a computer running Windows, Mac, or Linux without the need to install any additional drivers or add-ons. Just like a webcam, when plugged in, AV.io appears as a video source, making it compatible with virtually any software, including Skype, Wirecast and QuickTime.

Like other products from Epiphan Video, AV.io HD is able to capture crystal-clear Full HD video (1080p) at 60 frames per second with near-zero latency and ultra-high reliability. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet entirely enclosed in an all-aluminum casing, AV.io HD is the perfect companion for video capture anytime, anywhere, and from any video source.

“AV.io HD’s is ideal for a wide variety of video capture, streaming, and recording applications, ranging from XBOX gameplay capture to professional live event production. Our customers will continue to enjoy the high standard of robustness and quality Epiphan products are known for at a significantly lower price point and added convenience,” said David Kirk, Vice President of Product Marketing.

Epiphan Video upgrades Pearl to make it a true video mixer

June 15, 2015 – Epiphan Video, a leader in professional audiovisual capture, recording, and streaming products, announced today an important firmware upgrade for their popular all-in-one, portable recording and streaming system, Pearl. This upgrade, available later this week for all Epiphan Pearl owners, adds live video switching from the web UI and Pearl’s touch screen, elevating Pearl to the status of live production video mixer.

“We’re really pleased with this evolution of Pearl into everything you need to produce a high quality live video production,” said Mike Sandler, CEO. “Pearl has already been astounding people with its compact size and extensive capabilities; with the introduction of live video switching, Pearl is doing what few people thought was possible.”

In addition to the firmware release, Epiphan Video also announced a hardware refresh for Pearl. Pearl now ships with a front-mounted audio jack for audio monitoring while recording and streaming. Experience Pearl with the updated firmware and hardware at InfoComm 2015 in Booth 2385, June 17-19, in Orlando, Florida, where it is being showcased and demonstrated for the first time. If you can’t make it to InfoComm 2015 request a custom demo or get more information on Pearl.

Makito X Video Encoder with New Recording and Storage Capabilities Helps Organizations Get More Value Out of their Video

INFOCOMM – June 11, 2015 — Haivision announces important updates to the Makito X video encoder, including new recording and storage options to simultaneously stream and capture hours of HD video.

The Makito X encoder transports the highest quality live video at the lowest bitrates over any network. Building on the legacy of this award-winning technology, the Makito X now optionally includes 250 GB of internal or removable storage. The Makito X with storage can stream and record 2 sources simultaneously, generate four different encoded streams of bitrates from 35 Kbps to 25 Mbps, with a storage capacity to handle about five days of five Mbps video. Coupled with Haivision’s SRT technology, users can now have the confidence to deliver the best quality video over public networks while capturing the highest bitrate content locally.

The latest features in the Makito X encoder enable companies to:

  • Capture pristine video content directly to the video encoder and safeguard content regardless of network conditions
  • Manage and publish recorded video content to internal and Internet audiences with auto export to NAS and FTP servers for use within Haivision media systems including Calypso and the Haivision Video Cloud
  • Maximize the quality of video within selective portions of the video frame with a new region of interest encoding capability
  • Playback MP4 recorded files directly within the Makito X user interface

“The Makito X is the world’s leading high definition video encoder on the market today and the only compact high performance encoder to come with storage options,” said Peter Maag, chief marketing officer at Haivision. “With combined high quality, price performance and now storage, we’re helping organizations get more value from their content.”

With Makito X with storage, users can record up to two streams simultaneously in TS or MP4 file formats and automatically create files based on time or size. Users can maintain KLV metadata from the video source and record that metadata directly onto the Makito X encoder for FMV applications. The storage options are now available on all Makito X blades and appliances.

Appear TV Introduces Adaptive Bit Rate Packager at NAB 2015

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 13, 2015 – Appear TV, a leading global provider of next-generation video processing platforms for broadcast and IP television, will introduce its Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) Packager software at the 2015 NAB Show (Booth SU7605). The addition of the ABR Packager software furthers Appear’s goal of providing its users an end-to-end solution for multiscreen/OTT support that rapidly adapts to new device profiles while providing the highest video quality possible.

For use with Appear TV’s modular XC 5000 Series Video Processing Platform, or within third-party vendor environments, the packager features highly efficient segmentation, encryption and origin server capabilities. The ABR Packager supports the latest standards and methodologies for OTT/Multiscreen content delivery. MPEG 2 transport stream inputs supporting MPTS high quality H.264 AVC multi resolution/bandwidth video services are converted in real time to HLS, MPEG DASH and Microsoft Smooth Streaming formats, as applicable, for the end viewing device. The software also features the Resource Allocator tool, which simplifies the process of defining profile parameters. Utilizing a straightforward Web-based interface, users can efficiently customize or use preset configuration templates for application to multiple services simultaneously, making for effective and efficient profile management.

“Delivery of video content to all screens is no longer just a way for the viewer to catch up on content or watch it on demand, but a key requirement of a broadcaster’s future,” says Carl Walter Holst, CEO, Appear TV. “The entire technical and commercial landscape of video delivery has transformed, with delivery to all screens now becoming a mandatory requirement for consumers. The ABR Packager and Resource Allocator streamlines the process of adapting to this distribution method by making it easier for operators to prep channels for multiscreen delivery and efficiently create new profiles as new viewing devices emerge, essentially future-proofing broadcast setups.”

Although it is designed to work with third-party solutions, the ABR Packager, when combined with Appear TV’s new real time Universal encoding and transcoding modules for OTT/Multiscreen delivery, provides a particularly powerful end-to-end solution within a single unified platform. The Universal compression module in multiscreen mode supports both encoding from studio and transcoding of pre-compressed services to achieve the highest video quality, with excellent electrical, thermal and space efficiency. When combined with the Packager, the multiple profiles streaming from the XC500 Platform are synchronized, ensuring low latency and accurate network interfacing.

As Appear TV compression solutions are fully modular, they enable a full suite of redundancy options to ensure operator uptime that include Appear TV’s self-managing N+1 redundancy solution or ultra-reliable 1+1-redundant control cards that comprehensively manage seamless redundancy switching within IP networks without the need for third-party network managing software. This modular approach also provides the ability to integrate multiscreen/OTT and broadcast operations seamlessly with a single user interface.

The ABR Packager and Universal encoding and transcoding modules are part of Appear TV’s modular concept, which gives users the ability to select from the different Appear TV modules (Demodulators, Decoding, Descramblers, Transcoders, Encoders, Modulators and Multiple I/O interfaces, among others) covering various distribution formats and processes to create a solution custom-tailored to their needs. Appear TV’s platform is modular, allowing for multiple distribution format processes to originate from one chassis, saving on hardware space and making it easy to add and upgrade as new formats and transmission technologies arise.