We have been testing two of the Teranex Mini – IP Video 12G units primarily for moving video between rooms where there is Cat6 or fibre but no BNC video cable or for runs over 75m
The interesting thing about them is they can be set up as either point to point or point to multi point much like a Videohub router but over IP, in fact in order to do this you will need to setup what Blackmagic call an IP Videohub.
The unit has all the connections you would expect. On of the nice features is the PoE+ Ethernet port witch can be used to power the unit and if the Power Connector is also plugged in this can provide redundant power.
The IP Video 12G units operate using multicast for moving the video and this explains one to many feature that is available. On a 1Gb link running @ 1080i50 the data rate is around 330Mbps which conceivably whit some clever multicast routing means theses could quite easily operate over fast WAN links
For the 10Gb test we used 10Gb SFP+ (Fiberstore SFPP-SR) modules with a 100m fibre between them in a back to back configuration. Its worth noting that the transceivers are available in cable ranges form 220m to 100Km
The unit has two latency modes, Cleanswitch which introduces around 2 frames of latency and Low Latency which is around 2 lines I think I read. From testing the the results seem to agree with the quoted figures.
We also purchased the Teranex smart panels for the IP Video 12G units. The panels give you quick access to a few features;
- Source/destination mode
- Source unit
- IP Address
Although we have not finished testing at this stage it looks lie you will need to deploy PTP (Precision Time Protocol) on your switch network if you wish to move the video across switches. This at the moment is costly as there are a limited number of switches that support PTP see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_PTP_implementations
The units use TICO encoding/decoding which is a small low power hardware based encoder/decoder more info here https://www.tico-alliance.org/ I haven’t done much reading around it but it looks quite interesting.
These have been added to out Hire Kit store and can be found here
So this popped into my time line yesterday. The Epiphan Webcaster X2.
At first I was not 100% sure I needed or even wanted one however on closer inspection the unit has some great features built in at relatively low price point for an Epiphan product.
It is specifically built for Facebook and YouTube streaming only and has been designed with this in mind both in terns of supported input resolutions and streaming video bitrates.
The tech specs are interesting a few things of note stand out.
- The unit is single destination only either Facbook or YouTube.
- Only two input resolutions are supported (720p and 1080p, 30 or 60 Hz/fps) meaning on jobs running 1080i we will be needing standards converters.
- Max video bit rate is 4000 kb/s, slightly lower than we would like but will do the job well.
- only has a b/g/n WiFi card, would have been happy to pay a little more for a ac card.
The HDMI out in the unit can be used as both a confidence monitor and to monitor comments and reactions to your stream which we can see being quite useful for social teams during broadcasts.
We have already placed an order for one of these units which incidentally came in at grand total of £330.26 including tax and shipping to the UK. The unit is scheduled to arrive mid to late July 17.
So, this week we take a look at the new Black Magic Design Web Presenter and the Teranex Mini Smart Panel. We will focus mainly on the web presenter but the Smart Panel is a control surface that extends the functionality of the Web Presenter.
Black Magic Design Web Presenter – What’s in the box
- 1 x Black Magic Design Web Presenter
- 1 x Set of sticky feet
- 1 x Instruction Manual on SD Card
In addition, we ordered;
- 1 x Black Magic Design Teranex Mini Smart Panel
The first thing you will notice from the list above is that you will need to supply your own power (IEC) and USB cable, two things we have plenty of lying around.
The clever thing about this unit and in fact the whole new Mini range from Black Magic design is the unit width. It occupies a 3rd of the width of the new Teranex Mini Rack Shelf. This means it can be placed in the same single rack U as for example, 2 other Teranex Mini devices or 1 of the ATEM Television Studio HD units
- HDMI in
- HDMI Loop out
- SDI in
- SDI Loop Out
- SDI PGM Out
- USB Type B
- 110v – 240v IEC
- Mini USB (Front) [Presumably for updates at a later date]
The setup was a lot more straight forward than other Black Magic Design Capture devices as no extra software was needed in order to use the device.
- Plug in Power
- Plug in USB
- Plug in camera
- Open camera in desired application
The Web Presenter supports a wide range if input standards on both HDMI and SDI (and exhaustive list can be found here) up to 2160p60
With the additional Teranex Mini Smart Panel the device can be used to switch between the HDMI and SDI inputs.
Once up and running the device presents itself as a UVC/UVA compliant webcam to the PC or Mac outputting 720p. I would imagine and in fact hope this will be brought up to 1080p in the not too distant future via a software update.
No matter what source you input the built in Teranex converters do a gret job of converting to the 720p output.
We tested the device on a range of applications with the following results;
Desktop Apps (On Windows 10): OBS, Slack, WebEx, Cisco Spark, Skype all work as advertised
Of note Wirecast – As of yet this device is not supported but according The Streaming Guys who did a great 3 part series on this device (which I would urge you to go and take a look at here) support will be added in a later release.
For basic streaming with applications that only have support for webcams this is a great little device. Once paired with the Teranex Mini Smart Panel it becomes a lot more and enables you to create your own switched source productions. In addition, for those who have limited power laptops and computers wishing to stream this little box takes a load of your machine and makes streaming accessible.
We would have liked to see some more control over the inputs from the additional panel such as audio source for example but we hope these will be coming in later updates
We still have a bit of further testing to do on this device which we will post as it happens.
So Monday was an exciting day, we received our first LiveU unit. The LiveU Solo, it is the smallest in the range of LiveU units and is specifically targeted at those who want to stream to the usual array of social video platforms and more.
Since we have not seen much info on it online we thought we would do a quick run through of the basics and whats in the box.
What’s in the LiveU Solo Box:
- 1 x LiveU Solo unit
- 1 x LiveU Solo travel case
- 1 x LH USB Extender
- 1 x RH USB Extender
- 1 x HDMI to minHDMI cable
- 1 x 12v 3A PSU
- 1 x UK figure 8 power cable
- 1 x EU figure 8 power cable
- 5 x GoSolo Stickers
In addition we ordered;
- 2 x HUAWEI E8372 USB 4G/LTE Dongels
The unit itself is a LU200 unit with a re branded front plate and a sticker placed over the sim card slots. It is a fairly solid unit and well put together. It includes and on board battery advertised at up to 2 hours streaming time. It has a small on board display, control and power buttons.
- HDMI in
- SDI in
- 10/100Mb Ethernet
- DC in (12v 3A) + Charging light
- 2 x USB 3 Ports for modem connection
- headset scoket (appears to be unused)
- microSD slot (appears to be unused)
- mini USB (appears to be unused)
This took less than 5 min and most of that time was waiting for the confirmation email after creating the account!
- Plug in the LiveU Solo unit to power and internet
- Create an account on https://solo.liveu.tv
- Confirm email address
- Punch in the serial number to the dashboard and you are done ready to stream.
Starting a stream
Starting a stream is easy. Facebook, Periscope/Twitter, Switchboard Live, Wowza and YouTube some have a One-Touch Streaming setup and the others will require you to fill in the usual details depending on the service. Once you have done that you click start stream and you are up and running. Assuming the unit is connected and had a video signal.
The LiveU Solo has a range of connectivity options Ethernet, WiFI and 2 x 4G/LTE dongles. Each interface can be used independently but where it gets cleaver and probably the main reason we think to purchase this unit is its ability to automatically bond two or more interfaces to produce a much more reliable and smooth stream.
For those of you unfamiliar with LiveU it is worth mentioning at this point that the LiveU Solo uses the same patented LiveU Resilient Transport (LRT) protocol that the rest of the models. The implementation here is slightly less controllable in as much as you are bound to using all your available interfaces all of the time equally vs the ability to throttle and limit each interface which can be done in LiveU Central.
This changes day to day so be in touch with Garland the UK distributor for LiveU for an accurate quote, on that note many thanks for organising this unit in a rush and getting it over to us next day! Don’t forget if you are looking at investing into one of these you will also need some data sims, we are currently reviewing the options but so fare we are testing with EE and Vodafone. If you are planing on streaming your entire 300GB monthly allowance over 4G that could end up costing you (we estimate based on some of the deal around) around £200 – £300 pcm.
The unit we purchased came with a 1 Year subscription to https://solo.liveu.tv with 300GB of outbound data each month. One thing we think is missing form the dashboard is any sort of counter indicating how much data you have used and have remaining. We also still have a question of what happens when you reach the 300GB limit, if anyone at LiveU can answer this we would be grateful? But at least for the time being the limit is adequate even is you stream frequently, based on figures we have seen for a 6Mbps stream we are looking at around 2.7GB per hour so around 110 hours per month. I will at some point actually verify this estimate!
One of the most and attractive features of this platform other than the bullet proof reliable connectivity is the ability to send an RTMP Generic stream. This adds a lot of flexibility when it comes to routing your streams to the desired locations and gives you a lot of options of where to send it for processing. There are however a few features we feel are missing from the platform and hopefully we will see these released as more users request them.
The LiveU Solo lived up to expectations and so far has delivered exactly as advertised. We still have plenty of testing left to contemplate on this unit and we will most probably do a follow up post in the not to distant future with some results and observations.
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