Hauppauge brings live-event streaming to the masses

Parent Category: 03-10-2013

Hauppauge Digital has launched a new Internet video streaming system called StreamEez-Pro, built to stream live events like church gatherings, school board meetings and other town hall events, as well as sporting events over the Internet to hundreds or thousands of viewers using popular professional streaming services such as Amazon Web Services and Wowsa.

The StreamEez-Pro system includes two parts: the StreamEez high definition video encoder and a StreamEez-Pro application for Windows which allows the control and management of a live streamed event. The StreamEez video encoder is a rugged, high quality real-time HD encoder which converts HDMI video into H.264 with AAC audio, the most widely used format for streaming video over the Internet. It accepts HDMI video at up to 1080p and has a downscaler which can convert video to a lower resolution format such as 720p, on the fly. The StreamEez encoder also includes a logo inserter which can take a transparent PNG file and overlay it on top of the live video. There is an HDMI output port which can be used to connect to a video monitor.
The StreamEez-Pro application meanwhile runs on Windows 7 or Windows 8 and has a simple to set up access for Internet video streaming to Amazon Web Services through Wowsa, plus it supports the Meridix sports streaming service and Ustream, Twitch and YouTube. The application allows a user to choose streaming profiles for low, medium and high bandwidth services. For advanced users, it allows the creation of custom profiles with settings for bit-rate and scaling factors.
In addition to the built-in streaming services, StreamEez-Pro can support other streaming services using RTP or RTMP protocols.
"Organisations, both big and small, have events that they'd like to stream live over the Internet. They might be school board meetings, sports events or church services," said Hauppauge CEO Ken Plotkin. Many of these organisations lack the technical staff to figure out how to create a live Internet video event. With the introduction of StreamEez-Pro, we have simplified video streaming so that anyone can stream a live event over the Internet, locally or around the world."
To stream a live event using StreamEez-Pro, an organisation would need to have the StreamEez-Pro video encoder, a high definition HDMI camera, a laptop computer and an Internet connection. In addition, an Amazon Web Services account or an account with Meridix, Ustream or Twitch can be used.
"Our customers have been searching for a low cost, high quality, reliable and easy-to-use video streaming solution," said Gary Bettan, president of Videoguys.com, a New York-based online retailer of video editing and production gear. "StreamEez-Pro makes it easy to stream video directly from your HDMI equipped HD camcorder or video mixing board. This is perfect for the education, worship and corporate markets, where people want to stream HD video but do not want to invest thousands of dollars for complex solutions."