The iCandy encoder-decoder.
DVEO has begun shipping live 4K encoding and decoding software solution called iCandy. They are priced $24,995 for the encoder and $10,995 for the decoder.
The real time Linux based system delivers 4K H.264 video for news, satellite, and sports contribution. It is also for event streaming via ISPs or CDNs. iCandy features an H.264 encoder and streamer with 6G SDI input and IP output, plus a matching decoder with IP input and 6G SDI output. Versions with optional HDMI input and output are also available.
The encoder enables both live streaming via 4:2:0 and also for media distribution via 4:2:2. Contribution encoders typically encode to mezzanine 4:2:2 with high level profiles. It encodes HD-SDI or HDMI at mezzanine 4:2:2 and 4:2:0. It also features a second encoder that supports lower profiles for quick distribution to mobile devices. The system supports HD and SD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC encoding with 'virtual' stream replication.
"We were proud to debut our H.264 UHD encoder and decoder at the HPA Tech Retreat," commented Laszlo Zoltan, DVEO VP. "Studios, production companies, broadcasters, and telco TV, cable TV, and OTT operators will use this milestone product for 4K streaming and content distribution. 4K video is extremely compelling and H.264 is a well characterized codec. More viewers are buying 4K TV's and monitors, and they will want lots of 4K video content. It is also important to note that H.265 encoding still has unresolved licensing issues."
The devices can record streams in transport stream format to its local hard drive, and perform optional instant conversion to MP4, FLV and MKV to support users' VOD needs. It also offers built-in instant transfer of all created files to remote servers or CDNs, using FTP or SCP to streamline the process.
The iCandy distribution quality stream is tested to work with Atlas Media Server, Wowza, and Adobe Flash servers. It is confirmed compatible with major brands of IP devices including Amino, Roku, Dune HD, Telergy, Android, and Apple iPad and iPhone. The system includes a remote web-based GUI with some scheduling.
The encoder and decoder are equipped with DVEO's patent-pending DOZER technology for automated UDP packet recovery for IP transmission. This means streaming output can save bandwidth charges for satellite track operators, by using the public internet to provide a secondary real time stream.
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