01.18.2009 09:49 AM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
ViewCast releases Niagara 2100

ViewCast has released the Niagara 2100 video streaming solution. This latest addition to ViewCast's line of Niagara video streaming appliances provides professional-grade value for those who want to stream video over IP and mobile networks.

"In light of the economic challenges facing many organizations today, the Niagara 2100 is well-timed and represents an exceptional value in enabling Web-based video communications for a variety of applications," said ViewCast CEO and President Dave Stoner. "The Niagara 2100 captures, encodes and streams video with plug-and-play simplicity via an easy-to-use Web interface. While the encoder includes many of the same powerful features found in ViewCast's professional-grade streaming appliances, its programmable streaming profiles and convenient front-panel display allow educators, IT professionals and government officials to quickly and easily encode video for reliable live and on-demand streaming."

The compact, self-contained Niagara 2100 unit fits neatly into fixed installations and provides the portability and stability necessary for on-location streaming. Like all Niagara appliances, the unit features image scaling, cropping, deinterlacing, inverse telecine and closed-captioning rendering.

This newest Niagara encoder accepts component, Y/C (S-video) and composite video inputs as well as balanced and unbalanced stereo audio inputs. And with the ViewCast SimulStream technology, it can simultaneously stream multiple resolutions at multiple data rates in Windows Media format. The unit's front-panel display confirms the presence of audio and video, apprises the user of streaming status and allows simultaneous activation of multiple codecs from a single button.

ViewCast's Niagara SCX streaming media management software is integrated into the Niagara 2100 to enable management of live video broadcasting over the Internet and to mobile devices.

For more information, visit www.viewcast.com.

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