Haivision Launch KB Max Portable 4K Video Encoder

Haivision has a new video streaming appliance in the KB Series, the KB Max portable video encoder for 4K UHD, 360 VR and HD internet streaming.

The KB Max is a small form factor 4K UHD appliance with hardware accelerated encoding, supporting up to 4K UHD 2160p H.264/HEVC. Claimed ideal for 4K 360-degree virtual reality streaming for on-the-go live events and non permanent installations, the appliance reduces the need for cloud transcoding by encoding full adaptive bitrate cascades in HEVC or H.264, or it can send high-quality single bitrate streams up to 4K UHD to all major platforms for cloud transcoding and delivery.

“The KB Max is the most powerful encoding platform for live event streaming,” said Peter Maag, cmo, Haivision. “The revolutionary form factor leverages software and hardware-based encoding to achieve the optimal balance of processing power for the toughest streaming events.”

The KB Series of H.264 and HEVC Internet Media Encoders/Transcoders are available in four options:

  1. KB Mini: Portable HD H.264/HEVC live ABR encoder/transcoder. 
  2. KB Max: Portable 4K UHD or Quad HD H.264/HEVC live ABR encoder/transcoder.
  3. KB Server: Up to Quad HD H.264/HEVC live ABR encoding/transcoding rack mount server.
  4. KB 4K Server: 4K UHD or Quad HD H.264/HEVC live ABR encoding/transcoding rack mount server.

The KB Series has been tested and certified by a number of CDNs and cloud providers including AkamaiMicrosoft Azure, Brightcove, Facebook Live, Level 3LimelightWowza, Workplace by Facebook and YouTube Live.

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