Livestream, a 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.
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.