Livestream Enters the Switcher Market with Livestream Studio HD500
A truly portable, all-in-one live HD production switcher
New York(05 Sep 2012)
Livestream, the market leader for live event coverage, today introduces the Livestream Studio HD500, an all-in-one broadcast quality video switcher. The new hardware product features include:
- Live video mixing for multi-camera productions
- Live audio mixing
- Graphics overlay and titling
- Digital video recorder (DVR) and player
- One-click live streaming in HD multi-bitrate to the award winning Livestream Platform
- Up to 5 HD/SD SDI inputs
- 5 video outputs (HD/SD SDI, HDMI, Component, Composite, S-VIDEO)
The Livestream Studio HD500 is available for pre-order today for $8,500 at http://store.livestream.com and will start shipping October 15, 2012. Livestream will also give away five free units in September to selected producers who apply for the early release program at http://store.livestream.com .
"A key part of our mission at Livestream is to make it easier and more affordable for producers and event owners to produce high quality HD multi-camera live streams," said Max Haot, CEO and Co-founder of Livestream. "Earlier this year, we introduced the Livestream Broadcaster hardware which made live streaming without a PC possible for single camera productions. We are thrilled to further our mission by bringing to market an all-in-one broadcast quality multi-camera switcher that is truly portable and offered at a disruptive price."
The Livestream Studio HD500 is designed to perform as a standalone, broadcast quality live video switcher when using live video output (HD/SD SDI, HDMI, Component, S-Video, Composite), and is ideal for applications such as in-venue screen broadcasting, live-to-tape production and network and local television programming, all with or without live streaming to the web.
The first product in the Livestream Studio family, Livestream Studio HD500, is a portable hardware version featuring up to 5 HD/SD SDI inputs and 5 video outputs (HD/SD SDI, HDMI, Component, Composite, S-Video). The product includes a built-in screen and Tom Bihn© bag that can be taken as carry-on luggage for producers on the go to accommodate live events both nationally and internationally. Comparable all-in-one live switcher products in the market are available for approximately $20,000 and are not fully portable, requiring separate screens and large cases that need to be checked on airlines.
In the first quarter of 2013, Livestream will also release software which will work with certified digital video input cards from Blackmagic Design© and webcams. This software will enable customers to transform their PC or Mac computer into a broadcast quality video switcher and streaming hardware device.
The soon-to-be-released software will be free to download when used with the Livestream platform. When using the free software version, the live video output- feature will be disabled. A paid version of the software, which will allow users to stream to any streaming service provider or in venue screens via the live video output, will also be made available.
Livestream's mission is to connect people and live events. Livestream offers event owners a complete set of hardware and software tools to share their events with a growing community online. More than 30 million viewers each month watch thousands of live events from customers including The New York Times, Facebook, ESPN, SpaceX and Warner Bros. Records. Founded in 2007, Livestream is headquartered in New York with offices in Los Angeles, London, Ukraine and India. www.livestream.com .