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The 2014 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards Winners
The readers have spoken, and today we presented the awards at Streaming Media West. Here's the online video industry's cream of the crop in 31 categories.
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The online video industry’s growth shows no signs of slowing down. So it’s only fitting that the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards continue to grow along with it. This year’s awards encompass 31 categories, almost twice as many as when they began in 2007.

Even though we had more categories, we had fewer nominations than in past years, as we were stricter about how we defined each category—you can see the category definitions here—as well as the products and services we allowed into each one. For instance, product X might include some rudimentary editing functions, but if its primary value proposition is as an encoder, we didn’t allow it in the video editing software category.

Once all the votes were cast, we sent out confirmation emails to each voter to filter out any “dummy” email addresses and then made sure that companies weren’t stuffing the ballot box voting for themselves, something that gives an automatic advantage to larger companies with more employees.

We announced the finalists—the three top vote-getters in each category—on Oct. 31, and presented the winners today at Streaming Media West in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Thanks to our sponsors, Akamai and Teradek, for making these awards possible, and congratulations to all the winners.

The 2014 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards Winners

Audio Mixer
Winner: 
Roland Systems R-88 8-Channel Recorder and Mixer

Runners-Up
Azden FMX-32A 3-Channel Portable Field Mixer
Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer

Capture Card
Winner: 
Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Capture and Playback

Runners-Up
AJA KONA 3G
Matrox VS4

Cellular Bonding Solution
Winner: 
Teradek Bond

Runners-Up
LiveU LU500
Streambox Avenir Mini

Closed Captioning Solution
Winner: Adobe Primetime

Runners-Up
3Play Media Captioning + Transcription Services
Livestream Platform

Cloud Encoding/Transcoding Service
Winner: Sorenson Server

Runners-Up
Haivision Video Cloud
Akamai Transcoding Services

Content Delivery Network
Winner: Akamai

Runners-Up
Amazon Cloudfront
Limelight

Desktop Video Editing Software
Winner: Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Runners-Up
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Sony Vegas Pro 13

DRM/Access Control Solution
Winner: Adobe Primetime

Runners-Up
Google Widevine
VCAS for Broadcast-Hybrid

Education Video Platform
Winner: Kaltura Video Platform

Runners-Up
Discover Video DEVOS
Haivision Calypso

Encoding Software
Winner: Sorenson Squeeze Desktop

Runners-Up
Haivision KulaByte 4.3
Telestream Episode

Enterprise Video Platform
Winner: Sorenson 360

Runners-Up
DaCast Streaming as a Service
Haivision Video Cloud

Field Monitor
Winner: Atomos Samurai

Runners-Up
Adorama Flashpoint
Marshall M-LCD70

Field Recorder
Winner: Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2

Runners-Up
AJA Ki Pro Mini
Atomos Ninja Star

Gimbal
Winner: DJI Ronin

Runners-Up
Freefly MOVI M10
VariZoom StealthyPro

Hardware Encoder (Live)
Winner: Haivision Makito X

Runners-Up
Cisco AnyRes Live
VBrick 9000 Series Encoder

Hardware Encoder (On-Demand)
Winner: Telestream Vantage Lightspeed

Runners-Up
Elemental Server
Harmonic ProStream 1000 with ACE

Live Video Platform
Winner: Ustream

Runners-Up
Akamai Live Media Solutions
Livestream

Media & Entertainment Video Platform
Winner: Adobe Primetime

Runners-Up
Kaltura OTT TV
Limelight Networks Orchestrate

Media Server
Winner: 
Wowza Media Systems Streaming Engine

Runners-Up
Adobe Media Server 5
Haivision Calypso

Multi-Language Solution
Winner: RealNetworks Helix Media Library

Runners-Up
Moravia
Sovee Language Translation

Portable Live Streaming Appliance
Winner: Livestream Broadcaster

Runners-Up
NewTek TriCaster
Teradek VidiU

Reporting & Analytics Platform
Winner: Adobe Primetime Analytics

Runners-Up
Conviva Intelligent Control Platform
Highwinds StrikeTracker

Search & Discovery Platform
Winner: Haivision Calypso

Runners-Up
DIgitalsmiths Seamless Discovery
Kaltura REACH

Transparent Video Caching Solution
Winner: Juniper Systems Juno Content Encore

Runners-Up
Alcatel-Lucent Velocix
Broadpeak nanoCDN

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Winner: DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter

Runners-Up
Draganfly Draganflyer X6
Freefly Cinestar 8

Video Advertising Solution
Winner: Ustream LiveAd

Runners-Up
Adobe Primetime
JW Player 6.10

Video Camera (Less than $2500)
Winner: Canon XA20/25

Runners-Up
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera
Sony Alpha a7S

Video Camera (More than $2500)
Winner: Sony NEX-FS700

Runners-Up
Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K
Canon XF200-205

Video Switcher/Mixer
Winner: Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K

Runners-Up
Livestream Studio
NewTek TriCaster 40

Webcasting/Presentation Solution (Cloud)
Winner: MediaPlatform WebCaster

Runners-Up
On24 Webcasting
VBrick Rev

Webcasting/Presentation Solution (On-Premises)
Winner: Telestream Wirecast

Runners-Up
MediaPlatform WebCaster
Sonic Foundry Mediasite

Watch the video of the award ceremony below.

 

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