(Editorial note: Earlier this month the AVguide.com news desk received word of an intriguing new A/V product from Irvin, CA-based Teradek, called the Cube. In a nutshell, the Cube is a compact, camera-mounted device that allows HD video encoding/streaming directly from an HD video camera. We present excerpts of the Teradek release, along with an image of the Cube.)
Teradek Cube Camera-Mounted HD Network Video Encoder
Cube is the first of it’s kind, a camera-mounted HD network video encoder. Cube captures live video directly from the camera, encodes it using advanced video compression and streams it over ethernet or WiFi up to email@example.com/24/25Hz , 1080i @ 50/59.94/60Hz, 720p@50/59.94/60Hz. The ability to stream HD video over IP from such a small device is unprecedented and provides users with a wealth of previously unimagined applications. Now anyone with a HD video camera can broadcast live video, all that is needed is a WiFi access point to a LAN, WAN, or broadband Internet connection. If WiFi is unavailable Cube features a 10/100 ethernet port.
Turn seminars into live webinars. Broadcast youth, high school, and college sports. Stream local theater, live performances, talent shows, and community events over the web. Broadcast weddings live to distant relatives. Webcast your morning radio show. The possibilities are endless. Cube uses the world’s most advanced video compression (H.264 High Profile, Level 4.1) to create Blu-ray quality video over IP. Cube is extremely low power, using only 2.5 watts of power. Cube can be powered by any 12V camera battery and features a terminal block connector that is adaptable to a wide range of popular connectors.
The sturdy aluminum case features a 1/4 inch through-hole that is used to attach a variety of mounting options. Cube can be mounted to the tripod screw under small consumer video cameras for simple handheld operation. Cube can also be mounted between the base of the camera and the tripod. For professional applications, Cube can be mounted to the camera’s accessory hot shoe or rail system. Cube features an advanced web user interface, accessible from any browser for easy configuration. To view live video in the field, simply turn on Cube and point your browser window to Cube’s IP address, and voila! Live streaming HD video!
On-set Remote Monitoring
With Cube mounted to the camera, the signal is instantly broadcast around the set and back to the production office. Directors can monitor the on-set action using mobile devices and tablet computers such as the Apple iPad.
On location filming
Cube excels in shoots where mobility cannot be compromised. Cube facilitates vehicle-to-vehicle video transmission during running shots and car chases. Steadicam and hand-held camera operators will appreciate Cube’s feather weight and wireless operation. Cube replaces the traditional coaxial cable run directly to the VTR operator, and eliminates the distribution of cables from VTR to the director, clients, video village, and replaces it with a distributed signal that can reach all corners of the set wirelessly, and even be broadcast back to the production offices, editors, and post production facilities.
Budget conscience film makers can now enjoy the benefits of live video monitoring without the prohibitive costs and limited mobility of hiring a video playback person. Directors and production crew can monitor live action on set or remotely. Cube keeps your camera crew light, mobile and fast.
News crews are no longer tied to the million dollar broadcast truck. Using Cube, video is encoded and streamed over the nearest broadband connection. The Pervasiveness of broadband IP connections means that news gatherers can find the nearest WiFi portal and begin transmitting.
Cube is an enormous value-added service for the professional wedding videographer. Providing your customers with a live wedding broadcast allows distant relatives to attend the ceremony. Simply tap the broadband internet connection of the wedding venue, point the IP address to a content distribution service, and stream to your favorite wedding portal.
Cube is so easy to use that any video enthusiast can set up a video camera and begin broadcasting.
About Teradek: Innovation in IP Video
Irvine, CA based Teradek specializes in IP Video Solutions streaming any video over any network. We enable broadcasting live HD or SD video from every available video input standard, over LAN, WAN, Wireless or the Internet as the delivery pipeline.
An established leader in High Quality H.264 compression, Teradek's line of Blu-ray quality 1080p codec products include a wide range of highly rugged, lightweight, easy-to-use mobile video encoders with ultra-low power consumption and no moving parts. From the featherweight, camera-top encoders designed to broadcast live HD video from any handheld video camera, to the ultra-rugged Chimera which supports any HD video input including HDMI and 3G-SDI, up to multi-channel rack-mount decoders; Teradek's made-in-the-USA products simplify the video ecosystem and empower AV professionals, academic institutions and enterprises alike with unprecedented access to personalized broadcasting, more effective information-sharing and cost-effective ways to produce, teach, preach or train online. For more information about our products, where to purchase, or how to use them in your applications, please contact us at 888-941-2111, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our web site at www.teradek.com.