04.09.2008 12:00 AM
Streambox Feeds Timely Raw Nature SD/HD to Web Site
The Streambox SBT3-9100 HD Video Transport system is providing a window into the natural world for visitors and subscribers to Earth-Touch, a Web site that showcases a menu of video (some of shot in 720p) of wildlife and environmental stories from around the globe. Earth-Touch
debuted in July 2007 and is “dedicated to celebrating the beauty of nature and giving viewers an insight into the wonders of the natural world, often from far-flung corners of the Earth,” it said, with some of the video coming only hours or days after it’s shot—ranging from footage and audio of white sharks in the Indian Ocean to African pygmy geese feeding in Botswana’s Okavanga Delta.
Earth-Touch said each of its film crews is equipped with a combination of Streambox SD/HD systems using its proprietary codec (ACT-L3) to encode and transmit HD video over IP-based networks at data rates ranging from 512 Kbps to 20 Mbps.
The file-based video is transmitted to a production facility in London via a VSAT satellite connection and published on the Web site within 24 hours. In the near future, Earth-Touch said it hopes to begin streaming live video to its Web site.