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NAB show roundup: Cool gear for videophiles

Keith Shaw | April 12, 2013
A roundup of cool stuff from the annual show for National Association of Broadcasters

The system takes the advantages of online file sharing systems (ease of use), FTP servers (no file size limits) and Managed File Transfer (acceleration, scale) offerings to create a hybrid cloud offering for companies. While file servers are located on a company's premises, access for clients to send, share and download files can be done through the cloud, Signiant says. The Media Shuttle system allows IT for quick-and-easy setup of portals that let users send (person-to-person transfer), share (let groups upload and download files via a portal) or submit to a workflow process (for automated operations such as virus checking, transcoding or format checking). The company offers a free 14-day trial subscription of Media Shuttle -- head to the Signiant website for more details.

Live streaming a hot topic

Gear and services aimed at companies looking to provide better Internet live streaming capabilities were big at this year's show. Haivision, which makes video encoders that convert video files for multiple viewing formats, was showing off its recently announced Haivision Video Cloud offering. The service aims to provide live encoding of events (through cloud-based transcoding), automated video content management/publishing, video website creation and delivery across content delivery networks.

While this has been out for a while, I got a chance to get up close with the Livestream Broadcaster, a $500 device that connects to any camcorder with an HDMI output port to stream live HD video without needing a PC. The Broadcaster has streaming capabilities via Wi-Fi or an attached USB 3G/4G wireless modem. Coming soon, a version that will let you stream via Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network.

The team at Brightcove was also discussing its ability to provide live broadcasting transcoding for its customers. Through its purchase of Zencoder, Brightcove recently announced general availability of the Zencoder Live Code Transcoding service, an open API for live video encoding in the cloud. This lets content creators to "produce adaptive bitrate streams without significant investments in on-premise hardware," Brightcove says. With transcoding in the cloud, content providers can send video streams to multiple devices (including iOS phones and tablets, for example) without needing costly transcoding hardware at the video source. In addition, content providers only need to pay on a metered basis (starting at $10 per hour, with monthly, usage-based, and annual discounts available) for the transcoding resources used during the event.

Cool audio from DTS

The crew at DTS had a very cool demo at the show -- letting users get a sample of its Headphone:X technology. Attendees would go inside a room set up with an 11.1 surround speaker home theater setup. After listening to the speakers do a sound check, attendees would don a pair of headphones and listen again, but this time the surround sound occurred in the headphones, but it sounded exactly the same. The sound was so good I thought they were playing a trick on me -- but taking off the headphones confirmed that the sound was coming from the headphones, not the speakers.


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