LIVESTREAM STUDIO HD500 All-In-One Portable Live Production Switcher
PART NUMBER: LIVESTREAM HD500
AVAILABILITY: IN STOCK
Livestream Studio HD500 features 5 HD/SD SDI Inputs and 5 Live Video Outputs (HD/SD SDI, HDMI, Component, S-Video, Composite) in the most compact production suite available today. Built to television broadcast standards, Livestream Studio gives you real-time multiview, cut & fade, graphics overlay, video clip playback & recording (DDR) plus a full audio mixer with cross fade support.
Traditional live video switcher hardware products offer live video switching without any additional capabilities. Most of these products will have limited or no built in capabilities needed to produce a multi-camera live stream. The Livestream Studio HD500 combines one portable, hardware live video switching product with everything listed below making it a “Truly portable, All-In-One live production Switcher.”:
Built in screen to view a preview of all the video inputs and outputs (Multiview) - therefore removing the need for external monitors.
Built in audio mixer - no need to purchase an additional audio mixing hardware.
Built in live streaming encoder - removes the need for additional encoding hardware.
Built in graphics and titling functionality - allows you to create graphics without the aid of an external graphic generator.
Built in recorder - no external tape or disk-based video recorder needed.
Built in DDR - no external tape or disk-based video play needed.
Livestream Studio HD500 performs as a standalone broadcast-quality live video switcher when using one of its five live video outputs. The unit is ideal for a variety of applications, including in-venue broadcasting, live to tape production, network and local television programming with or without streaming live to the web.
The product is compliant with key SMPTE standards and boasts a 4:2:2 video signal from input to output. It is made to the same exacting standards required by broadcast television.
For producers who want to stream live video to the web and mobile devices, the built-in Livestream encoder is just a click away.
Livestream Studio HD500 goes wherever work takes you – it fits into a case the size of a carry-on bag. From a built-in screen to built-in Blackmagic Decklink Quad and Studio cards, you get the features you need in one powerful, truly portable device. Simply open up Livestream Studio HD500, plug in your cameras, and you're ready to go.
Livestream Studio HD500 is more than 50% less expensive than competing SDI integrated switcher/streamer products, which aren’t even portable! Thanks to the sheer power, small footprint, and leaner price tag of the product, you no longer have to compromise. All aspects of Livestream Studio HD500 add up to an incredible value and make a visible impact on your live events.
At Livestream, we get live events. We understand the kind of pressure producers face before, during and after the show. We’re so committed to ensuring your success that we offer free phone support seven days a week for the first two months. Plus automatic software upgrades are free, which means you get new features on your existing hardware when Livestream releases updates.
Live Video Input
5 simultaneous HD/SD SDI live video sources when configured for streaming or recording (no live video output)
Or 4 simultaneous HD/SD SDI live video sources when live video out is enabled
4 integrated digital media sources for video & graphics playback:
2 DDRs (video clip playback)
2 GFX (graphics)
Live Video Output
5 live outputs:
1 x HD/SD SDI (Program)
1x HDMI (Program)
1 x Composite (Program)
1 x Component (Program)
1 x S-Video (Program)
On-screen full field rate multiview of all live inputs, Preview, Program Out, 2 GFX and 2 DDR
Audio PPM overlay with peak hold feature on all inputs and outputs
Resizable layout allowing hiding of all controls to maximize multiview screens
Latency from SDI input to multiview : 5 Frames
1 x Mixer & Effects Bank (M/E) with no upstream keyer
Fade Transitions (Auto t ransition with adjustable duration in frames, manual via on-screen T-BAR or keyboard shortcuts)
SMPTE Wipe Transitions**
Graphics Downstream Key
2 x Graphics DSK (downstream key) channels. One channel for GFX1 and one channel for GFX2
Independent or locked transition controls (fade/cut), positioning**, scaling**, cropping**
Preview on multiview
Graphics & Titling (GFX 1 & 2)
Load JPG or PNG files (full transparency support with PNG files)
Add text (set position/font/size/color) over any loaded image file within the GFX1 or GFX2
Video Clip Playback (DDR 1 & 2)
2 x DDR sources with :
Seek to timecode
Mark In/Mark Out (set and type in option)
Auto-play on transition
AVI MJPEG with uncompressed audio
Configurable bit rate
Interlacing and timecode support
~10 hours at 1080i (Using 500Gb built in Hard Drive with recorder set to record at 100Mbps MJPEG AVI).
HD live streaming via Gigabit/100/10 built-in Ethernet
Presets in up to HD 720p
Multiple Adaptive Bit-Rates including mobile quality for playback over 3G on mobile devices (iPhone/Android)
Simultaneous MP4/AAC file archive of all bitrates renditions
Up to 5 stereo inputs from SDI Embedded inputs with user selectable left/right channel from any of the 8 SDI embedded audio channels
4 Channels of professional balanced analog audio via 1/4” jack connectors
Stereo out from mixer embedded in the SDI output
1 Stereo 1/8” for live headphone monitoring (Ability to select master output mix or individual inputs)
Integrated multi-channel audio mixer for internal and external audio sources, outputs, stream and headphones
Incorporated video switcher follow feature with audio crossfade support when fading two video source
HD: 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24, 1080PsF25, 1080p25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p30, 1080i50, 1080i59.94 and 1080i60
SD: 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC, 525/23.98 NTSC
Playback Media Formats
GFX: JPEG, PNG image files with transparency support
DDR: AVI MJPEG with uncompressed audio, MP4 (AAC/H264)
Record Media Formats
AVI MJPEG with uncompressed audio
Windows 7 Professional (64 bit)
Integrated 17” WUXGA+ (1920X1200) HD Display
Intel "Sandy Bridge-E" Core i7 3930K 3.2 GHz Six-Core processor, 12MB L3 cache, 130W, Socket LGA 2011
Nvidia GeForce GT 520 Commercial Series PCI Express graphics card
8GB4 total DDR3 1333 MHz RAM (non-ECC) (2GB x 4 DIMM triple-channel configuration)
Video: 4:2:2, 10 bit Color (REC 601, REC 709)
Audio: 48 kHz, 24-bit
REF IN/Genlock (Requires genlocking the two Blackmagic cards via two separate connectors)
5.8” (D) x 12.40” (H) x 16.75” (W)
~ 15 lbs
Built-in Video Input/Output Cards
Blackmagic Design DeckLink Quad (PCI)
Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio (PCI)
Included in the box
Protective screen cover panel (screw on)
4 BNC Female to DIN 1.0/2.3 RG-59 SDI Cable (for SDI inputs on Blackmagic Quad card)
Blackmagic Cards documentation and driver CD
** Feature not yet available but will be made available via free online software update.
LIVESTREAM HD500 FAQs
What does “Multiview”
In order to produce a live multi-camera show, a producer needs to be able to view all the camera inputs in real-time and without delay in order to “cut” the show live. In large television control rooms, this is done by stacking many television monitors in front of the producer, thereby creating a big video wall of all the inputs and outputs for the producer to view. A multiview is a newer approach which combines all the live video inputs and outputs on a single screen.
What else is required to stream live using the Livestream Studio HD500?
SDI camera(s) or SDI video source(s) Internet Connection via wired broadband to connect to the Ethernet port of the Livestream Studio HD500 Power Livestream Producer Account and/or an external live video encoder to send the video output to other live streaming service provider or content delivery networks (CDN)
How do you stream to other live streaming content delivery networks and service vendors?
You can stream in one-click to the Livestream service, but if you want to stream to other platforms such as Youtube Live, Ustream or to a content delivery network such as Akamai or Limelight, you can do that too. Simply connect any of the Studio HD500 live video outputs (HD/SD SDI, HDMI, Component, S-VIDEO, Composite) to your favorite software encoder (via a video input device) or hardware encoder and you will be able to live to any platform, using the Livestream Studio HD500 for live switching and file recording.
How is the Livestream Studio HD500 different from Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere?
Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere are editing software. This means that they can help you edit a video clip (a file) from video footage recorded on cameras, but do not allow you to produce a live video feed from live video sources. For that, you need a live video switcher instead of editing software.
How does the Livestream Studio HD500 compare to the NewTek TriCaster 40?
The NewTek TriCaster 40 is All-In-One The NewTek TriCaster 40 only supports analog video inputs and outputs - it does not support SDI or HDMI The NewTek TriCaster is not truly portable - you will need to purchase a case/bag and transport a computer monitor with an additional case/bag
How does the Livestream Studio HD500 compare to the NewTek TriCaster 455?
The NewTek TriCaster 455 is All-In-One - except for the screen which is not built in or included The NewTek TriCaster 455 supports HD/SD SDI - 4 inputs vs 5 inputs on the Livestream Studio HD500 The NewTek TriCaster 455 is not truly portable - it is a large product in both form and weight and does not include a built-in screen The NewTek TriCaster 455 price is more than double the Livestream Studio HD500
How does the Livestream Studio HD500 compare to the BlackMagic Design Television Studio, ATEM 1 M/E & ATEM 2 M/E?
The Blackmagic Design ATEM switchers are a great value but not All-In-One. They provide graphics and audio mixing but recording, DDR and streaming require the purchase, transport and configuration of external equipment. An additional computer or ATEM Control Surface is also required for control and an external monitor is also required to view the multiview.
How does the Livestream Studio HD500 compare to Telestream Wirecast, Ustream Producer & Wirecast for Youtube?
Telestream Wirecast (and its repackaged/rebranded variants, “Ustream Producer” and “Wirecast for Youtube”) are software products - they require the producer to purchase and configure computer and video input/output device hardware. Telestream Wirecast doesn’t support output or recording to broadcast quality standards :
-No full field rate Multiview is included - a “Camera Preview” function however exists in a separate window but drops frames/fields
-No SDI live video output to external in-venue monitors, broadcast networks, or external video encoders
-No frame accurate and field accurate video recording with support for 1080i Livestream will in the future be releasing a software-only version of the Livestream Studio for Mac and PC, designed for the needs of producers who would prefer to work with their own hardware configurations. The software version will uphold the same broadcast quality standards as the hardware version.
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