March 2020

Covid-19 Update

I have no doubt that you been inundated with emails going into great depth about the difficulties currently facing business operations, so I will try to be brief as I know a lot of you are dealing with some very difficult times at the moment.

Shipments are slower, stock is proving difficult to secure and a lot of us are working from isolation with families to take care of while we also try to keep our businesses open. All I can say is, please try to be patient with me, my colleagues and each other.

The exchange rate is not our friend at the moment and prices have increased dramatically on all imports. Fingers crossed they are as quick to bring them back down again once things start looking better. And they will!

Couriers will be slower. Passenger jets carried huge amounts of their freight and they simply are not flying anymore. Warehouses are operating under difficult conditions and limited staff. They are also dealing with increased demand as a lot of us can't deliver stuff ourselves. I am letting customers know this with every order, but again, please be patient.

Finally. While I do always try to offer advice freely and honestly, I thought I should formalise it. If you are looking to pivot your business to cope, if you are trying to implement technologies that are unfamiliar to you, if you need to know how to stream, conference, remote into work or make your files accessible to staff at home, please just ask. I will offer whatever support and share whatever knowledge I can to keep you running. No sales pitch. No consultation fee. There are lots of developers and manufacturers offering free trials and open source (free) software that can sometimes be all you need to get started. Maybe you have all the stuff you require and just need some advice on other ways of using it. Please just ask and I will do whatever I can to help.

Please stay safe. Stay home. But remember to stay connected as well.

This month, I will be focusing on Live Streaming and Remote Production. Her are some of the more popular solutions at the moment to help your business stay connected with staff and customers:

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Mevo have experienced a ten fold increase in demand over recent weeks. They are ramping up production, but place pre-orders as soon as possible to secure yours.

Mevo Key Features

  • Easy-to-use multicamera-style production solution in a small package (2.5″ in height)
  • Capture any live event, switch between different camera angles on your mobile device, and stream to Livestream, Vimeo, Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, or Twitter
  • Tap between different parts of the frame to cut from one shot to another
  • Cut between master shots, wide shots, closeups, and super closeups
  • Drag to pan, pinch to zoom
  • Ideal for consumers and event professionals for weddings, business conferences, school concerts and plays, or anything else
  • Ultra HD 4K recording resolution, Full HD 1080 streaming
  • 150° ultra-wide, all-glass lens
  • Sony 12MP CMOS sensor
  • 2×2 MIMO antennas deliver optimised and improved data transmission speeds
  • 11ac Wi-Fi chip provides for faster Wi-Fi performance and up to 100 ft Wi-Fi range
  • Built-in stereo microphones
  • Supports external microphones (connected to your mobile device or via the optional Mevo Boost)
  • Electronic image stabilisation
  • Stream over Wi-Fi, an LTE network, or Ethernet (optional Mevo Boost required)
  • iOS and Android compatible
  • Features an internal battery and includes an AC adaptor for continuous power


Mevo transforms any event into a professional live production. Edit video in real-time and stream live to every major platform. Your story matters. Tell it beautifully with Mevo.

ATEM Mini is a low cost multi camera live production switcher with advanced features that makes it easy to live stream professional productions. Demand has been high, but stock is coming in to gradually fill back orders.

ATEM Mini Key Features

  • Features miniaturised control panel based design.
  • Supports streaming live to all media platforms such as YouTube.
  • Works with Skype for multi camera business presentations.
  • Supports connecting up to 4 cameras or computers.
  • USB output operates as a webcam and supports all video software.
  • Wide range of professional video effects included.
  • HDMI video output allows direct recording of programs.
  • Two stereo audio inputs for connecting desktop or lapel microphones.
  • Includes free ATEM Software Control for Mac and Windows.
  • Includes full HD DVE for picture in picture effects and DVE transitions.
  • Broadcast quality transitions including mix, dip and wipe.
  • Internal media for 20 RGBA graphics for titles, opening plates and logos.
  • Includes ATEM Advanced Chroma Key for green/blue screen work.
  • Operates in cut-bus or professional mix effects switching styles.
  • Audio mixer supports limiter, compressor, 6 band EQ and more!
  • Automatically standards converts and re-syncs all HDMI inputs.
  • Built in Ethernet control and SDK allows customer developer solutions.
  • Compatible with all professional ATEM hardware control panels.

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Standalone encoding and streaming appliances, delivering great quality in the most compact and simple to use devices in the market. Live Stream to any destination, including, Facebook Live, Youtube, twitch or your own RTMP server! 

Ultra Stream Key Features

  • Stand-alone device; no computer required
  • Internet connectivity via wired Ethernet, Wi-Fi and optional 3G/4G modem support
  • Control via on-device buttons, intuitive smartphone app or browser-based interface
  • Available with HDMI or SDI input and loop-through
  • Support H.264 or HEVC video encoding with AAC audio
  • Stream easily to YouTube, Twitch and Facebook Live
  • Stream to custom-specified RTMP or RTMPS server
  • Encode and stream at resolutions up to 1080p60 at 8Mbps
  • Stream to two platforms simultaneously at bitrates up to 4Mbps

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Magewell USB Capture solutions are hugely popular for their simplicity and reliability. Connect the USB to your computer and instantly the HDMI and/or SDI input is recognised by any of your video conference, capture, production or streaming software tools.

USB Capture Family

Easy to Use

  • No need to install drivers.
  • Automatic detection of input video format and conversion for output resolution and frame rate.

Incredible Compatibility

  • USB 3.0 for full performance. USB 2.0 support with a reduction in resolution and frame rate performance.
  • Compatible with virtually any Windows, Linux or OS X application with video input. To name a few, xSplit, Streamstar, Vidblaster, VideoStitch, vMix, Wirecast, Zoom, GoToMeeting, Skype...

Excellent Video Processing

  • Supports sources up to 1080p60 (USB CAPTURE) or 4Kp60 (USB CAPTURE PLUS)
  • Video and audio processing is done by the dongle and will not occupy CPU.
  • Processing includes up/down scaling, frame rate and audio sampling rate, brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and other image adjustment functions.

Reliable and Stable

  • High quality components are used to ensure accurate video capture through 24 x 7 continuous high load tests in high and low temperatures (0-50 degrees)


Teradek VidiU Go is a cutting-edge HEVC and H.264 live streaming encoder with professional bonded cellular technology built in, delivering pristine 1080p60 from anywhere, to anyone. Streams to any online platform, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitch. Uses standard connections with 3G-SDI and/or HDMI inputs and USB-C power.

**With California in lock down, there are delays on the Teradek front, but we are hopeful that some will be coming in soon. 

VidiU GO Key Features:

  • Stream Broadcast Quality HD Video
  • Supports up to two high performance 3G / 4G / LTE Teradek Node modems
  • Comes in a SDI+HDMI and more affordable HDMI only model.
  • Deluxe Kit includes NODE modems and CORE credits
  • Streams to any online video platform, including Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, and more
  • Add graphics, a scoreboard, and more to your stream.
  • Streams to multiple video platforms simultaneously with CORE and Sharelink (CORE VS SHARELINK).
    • NB: Bonding requires CORE or Sharelink.

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VidiU Go: Streaming Flawless Video For Commencement with Wilmington University

Auto Recover Stream, Start Streaming on Boot & Encryption Support. 3G-SDI & HDMI. Flexible Recording & Streaming up to 1080p60.

Unlike a lot of compact, standalone streaming appliances, AJA Video Systems HELO is industrial strength streaming for mission critical environments.

Do you know that HELO has a built-in Auto-Recover Streaming feature that will automatically attempt to reconnect and resume streaming after a disconnect?

What about HELO's Power Up State setting, which can be configured to start recording, streaming, or both as soon as it powers up?

Combining the above features, HELO will automatically keep trying to maintain the stream live, even when you have recovered from a power failure.

AJA HELO also includes powerful management tools. The web interface and USB Config are well known, but also built-in is an IP command protocol that allows for 3rd party controllers to manage the device over the local network.

HELO Key Features

  • Portable, stand-alone 3G-SDI and HDMI source inputs
  • Encode up to 1080p 60 in H.264/MPEG-4
  • 2-Channel stereo audio encoded up to 24-bit 48kHz
  • Data rates from 32kbps to 256kbps in MPEG-4
  • Record to SD, SDHC or SDXC cards, USB storage, NFS, CIFS, or SMB
  • USB Slot and SD card slot
  • Video input and output 3G-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424, 10-bit, Single Link 4:2:2, 4:4:4, BNC and HDMI
  • Support for RTP/RTSP, RTMP, RTMPs, HLS, and Unicast
  • AV Mute with user graphics upload support for pre-live feeds
  • Error logging for quick analysis of streaming issues
  • Web based GUI preview window

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Want to see HELO 3rd party control in action? Check out a quick demo with the compact, yet powerful Skaarhoj Quick Bar

The U-TAP USB 3.0 capture devices bring professional connectivity and high quality video capture to your laptop or workstation. U-TAP is bus powered with the ability to simply and easily bring in video across HDMI or 3G-SDI for use within a wide range of software without any drivers to install, as it’s supported directly in macOS X, Windows and Linux.

U-TAP Key Features

  • Compact and Portable
  • 3G-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/424 Looping Input OR HD/SD HDMI v1.4a 24, 30 or 36-bits/pixel, RGB or YUV
  • USB 3.0 connection to desktop or laptop
  • Bus Powered through USB 3.0 interface
  • Embedded Stereo Audio support
  • Supported by OS on macOS, Windows and Linux
  • 3 year warranty.

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BirdDog Cloud allows you to distribute NDI video sources beyond the confines of your local network, using the Internet to connect production locations, studios and control rooms anywhere in the world.

By using the open source Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) protocol, your content is not only fully encrypted and secure, it is protected by advanced algorithms that optimise performance and provide error correction over unreliable networks.

BirdDog Cloud has been designed to be scale-able and modular, so you can get started small and add new regions and tools as you need them. With full support for Tally, BIRDDOG COMMS, and PTZ Control, Cloud leverages the POWERFUL ECOSYSTEM OF NDI TOOLS already developed by BirdDog and further cements their position as leaders in NDI development for IP video production.

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Cloud changes everything. Now you can expand outside your local network to distribute your NDI content to anywhere in the world.

The Matrox Monarch family are versatile single and multi-channel H.264 encoders for broadcast streaming and recording.

Monarch HDX - A versatile dual-channel H.264 encoder

This stand-alone appliance tackles any job: stream to two different locations; record a proxy-quality file while simultaneously recording a master-quality version for post-event editing; use one encoder to stream while the other records a high-quality file for video-on-demand (VOD) downloads. With support for SDI embedded closed captioning (CC), this encoder is ideal for broadcasters who require the integration of CC while streaming and/or recording. Small, easy-to-use, and affordable, Matrox Monarch HDX is equipped for the task no matter the workflow!

Matrox Monarch HD - A small, easy-to-use video streaming and recording appliance designed for professional video producers

From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocols. While encoding the video at bit-rates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser.

Matrox Monarch LCS - Your Ideal Lecture Capture Appliance

IT administrators will find this reliable, standalone network appliance simple to set up and integrate into any open Video Management System (VMS) or Lecture Management System (LMS). Monarch LCS lets you easily define profiles for live streamed and recorded lectures by mixing camera and presentation material from SDI and HDMI sources. Once configured, this versatile H.264 encoding appliance can be operated by anyone at the push of a button. And it won’t break your budget!

Matrox Monarch EDGE 4K/Multi-HD Webcasting, Contribution and Remote Production Encoder

The H.264 encoder is the undisputed number one choice in the video codec arena with its innumerable applications and universal availability. In a day and age when inter-operability is key, the H.264 codec is uniquely positioned to minimise the challenges posed by a lack of inter-operability as it can tackle a myriad of different workflows. An encoder that can flourish anywhere, be it in webcasting, remote production (REMI), or high-density contribution is Matrox® Monarch™ EDGE. Designed for convenience, Monarch EDGE delivers unparalleled, robust encoding power with the wide-ranging aptitude of the H.264 codec. Choose your workflow below.

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Meet all streaming and recording needs with Matrox Monarch HDX

Roland Professional Video - Real engagement in real time. Innovative solutions incorporating a video switcher, audio mixer and more in a streaming-ready device.

If you’re a content creator seeking maximum engagement, live streaming outperforms uploaded video by a significant margin; audiences are larger, watch for longer and post more comments. Roland’s streaming live production switchers let you broadcast dynamic multi-camera live streams, complete with amazing picture and sound that easily outshines ‘standard’ live streams from a mobile phone or static webcam. Whether you’re a creator, gamer, commentator or presenter, it’s the easy way to live stream with high production standards. And since you’re going to get more comments, ensure they’re good ones with a professional Roland streaming switcher.

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Loaded with new productivity features inspired directly from user feedback, the VR-50HD MK II Multi-Format AV Mixer is the next evolution of Roland’s industry-leading, all-in-one AV switcher with USB 3.0 streaming. Easily operated by a single person, the VR-50HD MK II continues to deliver best-in-class connectivity and flexibility, allowing you to work a wide range of events with different I/O requirements.

Designed for serious production the image quality of P200 is best in class. By teaming up BirdDog’s custom NDI® silicon chip, a Sony CMOS Backlit Sensor, and a true Sony Image Module, P200 has lightening auto focus, incredibly sharp images, and insanely fast zoom. P200 has frame rates up to 1080p60, 30x optical zoom, and features independent, live triple outputs in SDI, HDMI and Full NDI®.

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The VC-A50PN is equipped with a professional 1/2.8 inch image sensor with Full HD 1080p output resolution, 20x Optical Zoom and Simultaneous 3G-SDI, HDMI, SRT and NDI Output. The VC-A50PN can connect directly to a NDI® network, utilising NDI|HX-based video production workflows without additional configuration, reducing cost and set-up time.

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Panasonic AW-HN40 features a 30x optical zoom lens, support for PoE+ and Built-in Network Device Interface (NDI|HX) Support for outstanding operability and installation flexibility. Available in White or Black, the HN40 already includes many innovative standard features developed to expand the capabilities of professional video system users.

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PTZOptics NDI PTZ Cameras have 12x, 20x and 30x Optical Zoom options, with a wide field of view, supporting up to 1080p60. They add NDI|HX support to the standard simultaneous 3G-SDI, HDMI and IP Streaming outputs.

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While not technically a streaming camera, the Marshall range of miniature cameras are compact, broadcast quality professional cameras, and a superior alternative to consumer action cameras. With professional connections, lens options and robust construction, they can fit anywhere, run all day, everyday and allow you to add unique angles and perspectives to your live stream - without sacrificing quality.

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Don't Forget to Light Your Scene

With the Aputure Amaran HR 672 Kits, Aputure has brought together a trio of one of their most popular lighting kits for location or studio work. The kits come with 2 wireless remote controls for central command of the lights, especially those situated in hard to reach places. Each light includes a multi voltage AC adaptor, 2x NP-970 type batteries and chargers, a tilting stand adaptor with 5/8″ spigot and a diffusion filter and it all fits in the included kit case. The Kits come in a variety of Daylight (S), Bi-Colour (C) and Wide (W) combinations with or without stands. The Stand Kit comes with three 2m light stands. The Boom kit comes with two 2m light stands and a multi-functional boom stand.

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And Audio is Critical

Wireless GO is an ultra-compact digital wireless microphone system which is unique in its clip’n’go versatility, incredibly compact form-factor, and unmatched price accessibility. It’s the perfect wireless mic solution for content creators in all disciplines: filmmakers, on-camera presenters, newsgatherers, vloggers and more.

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