Livestream Enters Switcher Market With Studio HD500
Portable HD production device available for pre-order at $8,500
September 6, 2012
is introducing the Livestream Studio HD500, an all-in-one broadcast video
switcher. The HD500 is designed to perform as a standalone, broadcast quality
live video switcher for in-venue screen broadcasting, live-to-tape production
and network and local television programming, all with or without live
streaming to the Web. The portable hardware version features up to five HD/SD
SDI inputs and five 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.
the first quarter of 2013, Livestream will
also release software which will
work with certified digital video input cards from Blackmagic Design and
webcams. Livestream says the software will enable customers to transform their
PC or Mac computer into a broadcast-level video switcher and streaming hardware
device. The software will be free to download when used with the Livestream
platform, though live video output will be disabled. A paid version of the
software will allow users to stream to any streaming service provider or in
venue screens via the live video output.
The Livestream Studio HD500 is available for pre-order
today for $8,500 at the Livestream store and will start shipping Oct. 15. Livestream
said it will also give away five free units in September to selected producers
who apply for the early release program.