ViewCast has announced enhancements to its Niagara SCX streaming media management software. Niagara SCX 6.1 includes support for live encoding in H.264 via the Adobe Flash platform, profile grouping, Multiple Stream Redundancy (MSR), and Automatic Stream Reconnect (ASR), providing customers with greater capabilities for streaming real-time media content, and enhanced encoder management agility. The software will be available on ViewCast’s Niagara Pro, Niagara Pro II, Niagara GoStream SURF, and Niagara 7500 streaming media systems, and is also available as an upgrade for existing owners of ViewCast streaming appliances.
New features to Niagara SCX Version 6.1 include
- • Live encoding via the Adobe Flash H.264 format. Niagara SCX 6.1 software streams in H.264 Flash via the Real Time Message Protocol (RTMP).
- • Profile grouping. Utilizing ViewCast’s exclusive architecture, featuring simple “A-B-C” button selection, customers can select any pre-defined encoding profile group, and with the push of a single button, begin streaming to any number of destinations in any number of compression formats simultaneously over the Internet.
- • Multiple Stream Redundancy (MSR). Niagara SCX 6.1 can connect a media stream to a Content Delivery Network (CDN) using multiple entry points, each with unique credentials and delivered to different locations.
- • Automatic Stream Reconnect (ASR). A crucial component that protects the integrity of live video broadcasts, ASR automatically reconnects the user’s stream if the Internet connection is lost or the stream is dropped.
Niagara SCX 6.1 users can capture and stream in Adobe Flash H.264, Windows Media, Silverlight, RealVideo, 3GPP and other formats–simultaneously, in any combination–via one interface.
Users can view the captured video on-the-fly, check and adjust key audio and video settings, select A/V inputs and configure profiles that determine capture size, frame rate, data bit rate speeds and CPU loads. Users can also manage bitmap overlays on their streams, including transparency and positioning.