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Haivision to Demonstrate Breakthrough Performance of Live 4K HEVC/H.265 Software Encoding at 2017 NAB Show

Haivision contributions to the x265 open-source initiative have pushed boundaries on quality and performance of live video streaming on Intel processors.

Haivision is an original charter licensee of the x265 project and has made significant contributions to the x265 initiative through tight technology collaboration with MulticoreWare.

At the 2017 NAB Show, Haivision will demonstrate a breakthrough in live 4Kp60 HEVC software-only performance video streaming, leveraging the unparalleled quality of x265 software encoding, while running at a performance level that was previously only possible with dedicated hardware. This demonstration will be presented by Haivision’s HaiGear Labs, the company’s technologies research group, at the Renaissance Hotel (suite Ren Deluxe - B) next to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Through the use of commodity off-the-shelf processing capabilities, Haivision will showcase how x265 software encoding, running on readily available dual-socket servers from the Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 v4 product family, addresses the growing demand for high-quality 4K video streaming. This development brings down the costs associated with encoding live 4K video and enables 4K video streaming on ubiquitous Intel cloud compute architectures.

The foundation for these video streaming innovations comes from the company’s four years of active involvement in the x265 open source project, a commercially backed initiative founded with the goal of producing the highest performance, most efficient HEVC/H.265 video encoder software implementation. Haivision is an original charter licensee of the x265 project and has made significant contributions to the x265 initiative through tight technology collaboration with MulticoreWare, the primary developer of the widely adopted open-source codec.

Haivision’s quality-to-performance in its live 4K HEVC demonstration leverages UHDKit, MulticoreWare’s extended encoding library built on top of the x265 HEVC encoder. By heavily investing in advancing the UHDKit for low-latency live encoding, Haivision has been able to push the boundaries on what has been possible in HEVC software encoding. “Haivision has been an active contributor to x265 and UHDKit and has helped MulticoreWare push the envelope with regard to live encoding performance,” said Tom Vaughan, vice president, general manager for video, MulticoreWare. “Haivision’s numerous contributions are invaluable to every user of x265.”

“Haivision’s long-term association with MulticoreWare’s x265 project and our tuning of the UHDKit for high performance streaming on the Intel platform has enabled our customers to benefit from software-only or CPU/GPU balanced performance,” said Mahmoud Al-Daccak, chief technology officer, Haivision. “We will continue to pioneer and contribute to these development communities that rely on open-source initiatives to move the streaming video industry forward.”

As a pioneer in high performance streaming solutions, Haivision innovates in the areas of live hardware and software encoding/decoding, video stream transport and management. The company is dedicated to pushing the technology envelope, and fostering partnerships and collaboration within the industry to expand the ecosystems of performance video that its customers depend on. To learn more or book a demonstration, visit http://www.haivision.com/NAB.

About Haivision

Haivision, a private company founded in 2004, provides media management and video streaming solutions that help the world’s leading organizations communicate, collaborate and educate. Haivision is recognized as one of the most influential companies in video by Streaming Media and one of the fastest growing companies by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500. Haivision is headquartered in Montreal and Chicago, with regional offices located throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Learn more at haivision.com.

Bridge Technologies Announces Industry’s First Dual 40 Gigabit Probe for Monitoring High Density IP Networks

Bridge Technologies today announced the VB440-V dual 40 Gigabit Ethernet virtual probe, which monitors high density IP media traffic in core broadcasting networks, production studios, outside broadcast and master control centers, enabling users to quickly rectify problems and maximise Quality of Service (QoS).

It is unique in its ability to support dual 40 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces - giving it an effective throughput of 80 Gigabits - and in its support of SDIoIP (SDI-over-IP), providing network operators and digital media organisations with an analytics solution for thousands of streams and multiple technologies in real-time and in parallel. Providing SDI analytics from 270MBit to 12GigaBit requires packet accuracy in the nanosecond range, a capability already built in to Bridge Technologies IP probes.

The VB440-V is also the first product to feature SMPTE 2022.7 dual redundant stream analysis as an extension of its support for SDIoIP; SMPTE 2022.6, RFC 4175 and AES67.

The VB440-V will be demonstrated by Bridge Technologies at IBC (Stand 1.F68). The company will also feature a technology demonstration of a 100 Gigabit IP probe.

“The VB440-V addresses two issues of significant concern to broadcasters: the transition to higher Ethernet speeds, and the need to support SDIoIP,” said Simen K. Frostad, Chairman, Bridge Technologies. “It provides a highly cost-effective solution that is future-proof, with support for network speeds higher than those currently typically employed by the industry. Moreover, it´s a sound investment, as it is a development of a proven product family, currently implemented by major organisations around the world, and is compatible with major initiatives such as AIMS and ASPEN.”

The VB440-V is designed for the full cross-section of services commonly found in media-related network operations. It is a multi-use tool to monitor network performance involving signal formats and areas as diverse as video IP multicast/unicast, video OTT/ABR streaming, video-on-demand unicast, Ethernet packet micro bursts, PCAP recording and general traffic protocol inspection. Optionally available with the VB440-V is the award-winning ETR290 Engine including the Gold TS automatic reference capability.

Up to 500 OTT/ABR streams may be monitored at the master play-out or at the CDN origin server in all common streaming formats using the bulk OTT option. Streaming formats supported currently include Smooth Streaming, HLS, HDS, DASH and basic RTMP. Up to 2,000 IP streams can be monitored and analysed with measurement analytics available via easy drill-down functionality and the patented Bridge Technologies MediaWindow™ user interface, which provides easy-to-assess graphical visualisation of the data.

The VB440-V takes the proven architecture of the Bridge Technologies VB330-V, but delivers, in effect, 8x the capacity of the VB330-V. Developed for data center or broadcast studio deployment, the VB440-V can be installed almost instantly on any standard high-performance server with the appropriate network interfaces to allow rapid scaling of capacity. Through its EII (External Integration Interface) the VB440-V can be integrated with any third-party management and data systems.

Nevion showcases standards and interoperability at IBC 2016

On its booth at the show, Nevion will show how production will move from baseband to IP and onto virtualization, using a standards-based approach. Demos will include equipment from AJA, Arista, Grass Valley and Tektronix, and software solutions from Elemental.

At the IBC IP Interoperability Zone, Nevion will be providing the software defined network (SDN) backbone of the award-winning, multi-vendor VRT-EBU LiveIP studio production set-up, which will be used by IBC TV to shoot, edit and produce some of the programs covering the IBC 2016 conference and exhibition. The VRT-EBU LiveIP project, which involves 12 technology partners, is entirely based on open standards, including SMPTE 2022-6, AES67/RAVENNA, PTP and OpenFlow.

Nevion will also be involved in showcasing the work of Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) at the IBC Interoperability Zone, with interoperability demos featuring common recommendations for transport, timing, registration and discovery.

Ms. Janne T. Morstøl, Chief Strategy Officer at Nevion explains: “Nevion truly believes in, and actively supports, open standards and the company has been a participant in the work of the VSF for over 15 years, an active member of the AMWA and a founding member of the AIMS alliance. At IBC, we are once again demonstrating together with our partners our commitment to offering choice to our customers through interoperability.”

Haivision Delivers Compact, Low Latency Dual-Channel HEVC Video Encoder

Haivision, a market leader in enterprise video and streaming solutions, announces HEVC dual-channel capable encoding on the industry leading Makito X H.264 video encoder, increasing the quality and efficiency of IP video streaming. The Makito X HEVC video encoder, with compact size, weight and power (SWaP) and powerful encoding performance, is designed for low latency video backhaul and transmission applications where the use of network bandwidth needs to be optimized to deliver higher quality video.

With the Makito X HEVC, Haivision has augmented the extensive capabilities of the Makito X H.264 video encoder with two HEVC encoding engines without compromising the quality and efficiency of the base four H.264 encoding engines. The Makito X HEVC includes all the developments and established core features of the Makito X, including dual 3G-SDI inputs, support of up to 1080p60 HD video, multi bitrate (MBR) streaming, extensive KLV metadata support and advanced networking capabilities including traffic shaping to optimize bandwidth performance. The Makito X HEVC also features Haivision’s SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) technology enabling high performance video delivery over the public internet and easy firewall traversal.

The Makito X HEVC is available as a compact appliance or within a 1U or 4U rack mount chassis to support up to 6 HEVC channels per rack unit. With the introduction of the Makito X HEVC, Haivision is offering attractive upgrade programs allowing customers to take advantage of the new HEVC streaming technology without disrupting their current H.264 workflows.

To create efficient video workflows, the Makito X HEVC is compatible with a wide variety of HEVC capable broadcast decoders, set-top boxes, soft players (including Haivision’s InStream Mobile), Haivision’s HEVC/H.264 transcoders, and the Haivision Media Gateway. All of Haivision’s HEVC products support SRT technology for secure and reliable transport of video across the internet.

“Customers look to Haivision for straightforward, practical solutions that work,” said Peter Maag, chief marketing officer, Haivision. “The unique combination of our HEVC video compression technology and our SRT network developments are making the possibility of low cost contribution and backhaul a reality.”

Epiphan launches AV.io 4K – the simplest way to capture 4K video

Epiphan Video, a leader in professional audiovisual capture, recording, and streaming products, unveiled today the latest product in their AV.io line of video grabbers. AV.io 4K is a new portable capture card that lets audiovisual professionals capture video./p>

Use AV.io 4K to capture 4K in perfect fidelity. It doesn’t need any special drivers installed on your computer – plug it in to your USB port and start using it right away. Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems automatically detect the video grabber, ensuring compatibility with your favourite software, including Skype, Wirecast and QuickTime.

AV.io 4K captures 4K video up to 4096×2160 with the ability to either pass the signal through to your computer or scale it down to meet the needs of your application. If you require a 4K output but your source is only at 1080p, that’s no problem, AV.io 4K will upscale to a 4K output. In addition, like other products from Epiphan Video, AV.io 4K captures uncompressed Full HD video (1080p) at 60 frames per second. Regardless of the resolution, AV.io 4K is able to capture video with near-zero latency and ultra-high fidelity. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet sturdy in its all-aluminium casing, AV.io 4K is the perfect companion for capturing from your digital video source.

“After releasing AV.io HD and AV.io SDI last year,” says David Kirk, VP of Product Management at Epiphan, “we saw incredible enthusiasm for this type of simple, effective, ‘just works’ technology. We wanted to provide that same experience at the cutting edge of 4K technology.”