Web Presenter simplifies streaming
More and more houses of worship are taking to streaming services and events online. For those that already broadcasting content over the internet or are considering doing so, Blackmagic Design’s Web Presenter provides assistance in delivering feeds from professional SDI and HDMI video sources to streaming software and sites, including YouTube and Facebook Live.
A cost-effective alternative to dedicated streaming encoders, Web Presenter features 12G-SDI and HDMI connections and works by converting any SD, HD and UHD sources down to appear as if they are that of a 720p USB webcam. This is because while these sources aren’t guaranteed to work with all streaming software, webcams do. Therefore, Web Presenter allows users to stream high quality video via any service or software and the 720p format ensures HD quality and a 16:9 aspect ratio while keeping data rates low. When used in conjunction with Blackmagic’s Mini Smart Panel, Web Presenter also facilitates live switching of programmes via its two-input production switcher.
Replacing the ATEM Television Studio, Blackmagic has released the ATEM Television Studio HD, a miniaturised live production switcher with eight inputs (four 3G-SDI, four HDMI), a built-in control panel, two still stores, digital video effects, an audio mixer, a camera control unit and upstream and downstream keyers among other features. At ⅔ of a rack space wide, the manufacturer claims that ATEM Television Studio HD is the ‘world’s smallest all in one broadcast switcher’.
It is compatible with all SD and HD formats up to 1080p60 and also includes SDI and HDMI multiview outputs, aux and programme outputs, two analogue audio inputs, built-in talkback and a pair of flash-based media players. RS-422, Ethernet and a built in IEC power supply also feature. Every input features resynchronisation for ‘glitch free’ syncing, which enables the device to be utilised as a front-end controller for A/V systems. The front panel contains eight buttons to switch between sources, as well as audio buttons, down stream keyer, fade to black, media player and cut buttons. An LCD screen, spin knob and additional menu buttons adjust settings and parameters, while a software control panel for Mac and Windows is also provided.
Finally, the HyperDeck Studio Mini is reportedly ‘the world’s first miniaturised broadcast deck with non-stop recording to dual SD card recorders in all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p30’. It is designed to use most SD and UHS-II cards to record and playback broadcast quality 10-bit video and features 6G-SDI connections. Including HDMI for monitoring, built-in sync generator and Ethernet for uploading media via FTP, Blackmagic states that it is ‘an ideal solution for digital signage’ applications.
HyperDeck Studio Mini has been developed to handle a variety of tasks, such as ISO recording at multi-camera events, as a playback deck for multiscreen digital signs, for review and approval in client suites, in postproduction with an editing system or as a fill and key source for sending animated broadcast graphics to a live production switcher.