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The Epiphan Pearl - ProAV Getting it Right!

The Epiphan Pearl - ProAV Getting it Right!

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Today we wanted to talk about an amazing new streaming/live recording product AND a Professional AV manufacture "Getting it Right"! For those of you who have not heard of Epiphan Systems, they are a high end Pro AV manufacture from Canada who specializes is industries such as: Medical, Legal, Goverment, Education and Corporate. Their newest product the Epiphan Pearl is a ground breaking solution for live broadcast recording and streaming which is winning awards across the industry. Although the system doesn't have a USB output (my only gripe), but with RTSP/RTMP streaming integration with YouTube Live we thought this system needs a USB Pros review. This systems for me wins the best combination of affordability, functionality and ease of use award for live broadcast and streaming in a compact solution. 

The free streaming to YouTube is so easy to set up everyone should see it in action! With the Epiphan Pearl you can stream up to 50 unicast video streams but with YouTube Live you can serve your video and audio stream to 1000's of viewers for free! Taking advantage of this great technology and learn more about this amazing new technology here in our blog post about it.

The Epiphan Pearl includes a 1 Terabyte local hard drive to store over 260 Hours worth of HD video. The on board hard drive makes it easy to take the Pearl on your every day regular broadcasts without having to worry about storing multiple video streams for "post-production".

The Epiphan hard case really makes the Pearl a live broadcast companion. The pictures below show the custom cut Epiphan Pearl hard case which also has space below for cables and the power supply. 

The touch screen is built to monitor your video, switch between sources and arrange your camera layouts. You also have control via the IP interface where you can apply custom branding and set up channels and preset layouts. It's just too easy to have your touch screen control for recording and layout transitioning. 

In a nutshell, the Epiphan Pearl provides video and audio recording and streaming with a easy to use touch screen. The Pearl supports 4 HD video sources simultaneously with both HDMI and HD-SDi video inputs available. At first look the Pearl looks sexy and approachable which is of course the goal when it comes to providing a live recording and streaming device you want a professor to be able to operate. The basic idea is that all the configurations and settings are handled through a IP connection interface that does not clutter up the touch screen. So the touch screen itself shows the results of the configuration which is normally pre-done by a IT or AV professional. 

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ProAV's Role in the Web Conferencing World

ProAV's Role in the Web Conferencing World

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Today we wanted to tackle a important topic on the minds of so many audio visual integrators, distributors and even long time clients of traditional AV partners. What is the role of Professional AV in the web video conferencing world? There no doubt that professional audio visual integration played a key role in the evolution of video conferencing in it's infancy. But where do audio visual integrators fit into the market when Skype for Business costs only $2 per month (basic subscription)? Where do audio visual integrators fit into the conversation when a enterprise chooses to standardize on the Google ChromeBox for Meetings at only $999? Heck even video conferencing robots are allowing CEO's to virtually tour office spaces, manufacturing areas even attend remote meetings from around the world for an entry cost of only $2,999! (See DoubleRobotics)

Pro AV as Specialized Consultants?

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USB Cameras with RS-232 Control

USB Cameras with RS-232 Control

 

We will name off a few USB PTZ cameras that include RS-232/RS-485 control and include them in this article. Breaking through this barrier of USB PTZ Cameras and Serial Control will lead to a higher adoption of web conferencing with traditional audio visual integration companies who rely on control systems to provide full proof "we can do anything" solutions. Large Audio Visual integration firms such as Whitlock, AVI/SPL and Carousel Industries are going to want to keep their highly skilled crestron and AMX programmers designing systems while at the same time remaining relevant in the world of "web video conferencing". To do this they need products that support USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 while at the same time support RS-232/RS-485 serial control they use. 

Here I will list a few USB Pan Tilt Zoom cameras that have both USB and RS-232.

  • HuddleCamHD 3X
  • HuddleCamHD 10X
  • HuddleCamHD 12X
  • HuddleCamHD 20X
  • HuddleCamHD 30X
  • PTZOptics 12X-USB
  • PTZOptics 20X-USB
  • Vaddio RoboShot 12X
  • Vaddio ClearVIEW

Until the HuddleCamHD camera line came out the Vaddio ClearVIEW was one of the only cameras with this capability. That was a tough sell at times especially for smaller applications because the price tag is $4,000! Now we have options from HuddleCamHD and PTZOptics. In Fact, PTZOptics has a nice little comparison between the Vaddio RoboShot and the PTZOptics camera line I will show below.

PTZOptics RS-232 and USB camera line vs Vaddio ClearVIEW and RoboShot

Serial control can also come in handy for production studios. As live broadcasting and now "Web Casting" become more and more popular the demand for high quality USB pan tilt zoom cameras increase. Many of these production studios are accustom to using PTZ joystick controls that operate with RS-232. So being in the industry I have seen the eyes pop when the customer sees a product with both USB and RS-232 and the combination has been something of a success as of late. 

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