CP Communications, a provider of products and services for live event productions, has launched CamSTREAM SRT for live sports and news as part of its Red House Streaming (RHS) product family.
This is a turnkey package comprising PTZ camera and tripod, video encoder, return monitor for remotely shooting, recording and streaming of live content. Stated benefits include quick deployment, ease of use, and cost-efficiency for at-home productions, requiring only a public internet connection to stream acquired content to a studio or the web.
Now shipping and available globally, CamSTREAM SRT addresses the latency and quality challenges common with live sports and news productions. This is the first RHS CamSTREAM system to leverage the Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) open-source video transport protocol, developed and pioneered by Haivision, which optimizes streaming performance across unpredictable public internet connections.
CamSTREAM SRT is also the first RHS CamSTREAM system to integrate Haivision’s Makito X2 encoder, which supports ultra-low latency streams and establishes a secure VPN tunnel to and from the studio over a local area network (LAN). When paired with a Haivision Makito X2 decoder, users have return video to the onboard 10-inch monitor along with IFB audio. The Makito X2 encoder can be swapped for a Mobile Viewpoint Agile Airlink bonded cellular encoding product where LAN connections are unavailable. CP Communications is a North American distributor for both Haivision and Mobile Viewpoint products.
“Round-trip latency is the pain point for all content creators, including today’s biggest broadcasters,” said CP Communications CEO Kurt Heitmann. “We can now offer our customers SRT streams that reduce latency to below 500 milliseconds. This lays the foundation for real-time, two-way conversations that engage and excite viewers, even when the play-by-play announcer, color commentator, or news anchor is working from home. SRT streams relegate the traditional obvious delays of live reporting and sportscasting to the past.”
CamSTREAM SRT also introduces new options for RHS CamSTREAM customers, including support for remote teleprompting and DMX lighting control. The latter communicates with cloud-based DMX control software to turn lights on and off, change color temperature and adjust brightness, among other settings. All DMX control is enabled over IP between the studio and the remote production site using the same secure VPN tunnel. Heitmann adds that both options will be available for all RHS CamSTREAM models.
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