The Stream Software leads you through the steps of creating multiple encoded formats in just a few steps, and lets your contents with as little as one mouse click. The Stream software is designed to be the easiest to us streaming, webcasting and encoding application available-perfect for the novice and yet powerfully programmable for the expert user.
There are three versions of the Stream software-Stream LE (providing all of the core functionality needed for high-quality media encoding, transcoding, streaming and distribution), StreamPro (with expanded workflow automation, integration and transcoding capabilities) and StreamEnterprise adding remote control capabilities and enhanced AVC/H.264 file creation).
Stream LE is included with DRC-Stream ingest/encoding hardware bundles, StreamP portable encoding solutions and some models of StreamZ servers, with StreamPro available as a software option. StreamEnterprise is included with StreamZ ("XS models) and StreamZHD servers, and is also available as a sofware option for other configurations.
The Stream LE software provides you with an intuitive interface with a streamlined step-by-step workflow. First select the video and audio inputs you will be using (you can encode from a live source, or transcode from existing media files), and the formats you want to encode or transcode to (see sidebar for supported formats). Stream LE includes preset codec profiles for common encodes, and you can create your own reusable profiles. You can perform as many simulstaneous real-time encodes as your system's CPU horsepower will allow.
If you want closely manage the encoding process, you can interactively tweak video and audio parameters including proc amp controls, gamma correction, cropping, graphic overlay, de-interlacing, noise reduction and audio controls. Choose your output destination from a variety of options including live streaming, archive files (which can be automatically refenced by an HTML file), or distribution via the optional Copper plug-in for secure, high speed media delivery over the internet or private data networks. Support for popular Windows Media DRM license providers is also fully intergrated. Settings can be saved into a standard XML formatted project file. Whenever you want to encode with these settings, just load your project and hit the start button-easy, one-click encoding.
Stream LE is also highly configurable for the expert user. It uses a system of keyword shortcuts (Tags) which you control, shortening the amount of data and metadata entry necessary for each job. Tags can include company and author information, time and date stamps, file info, or anything else you need for your job.
You can add more power to your Stream system with StreamPro, Integrated RS422 deck control and logging provide fram-accurate automated capture from professional VTRs. The logger can also be installed on remote machines to create capture logs for later use on your Stream System. Multiple automatic and user-defined timecode modes are supported, with robust broken timecode support.
StreamPro's Batch Encoding mode lets you encode a live input to multiple high-resolution or high bit-rate files when you've exceeded your CPU's real time encoding power. Batch Encoding mode ingests once, then transcodes the result to multiple formats automatically. Clip lists offer batch transcoding of multiple files between formats, optionally concatenating them into a single output file. StreamPro supports image sequences as input or output, and the included Sorenson ACE expands the formats you can encode with AVC (H.264), Flash 7 high quality video with low latency. Keyframeable video processing plug-ins including inverse telecine, graphic and video overlay and color space conversion can be used during live ingest or transcoding. Additional output options can automatically notify you or your clients by e-mail when encoding is complete, or automatically distribute the output files to one or more FTP servers. 192-bit AES encryption provides security for your output files. Direct output to DVD can use your deck capture log to automatically generate DVD chapter points.
For collaborative work groups, StreamPro features watch folder support. Each time a file is added to the watch folder, the preset encode will start automatically. Combine this with the powerful publishing feature to empower your content creators, allowing them to publish to your web-site, intranet or FTP server by simply dropping their finished content into your watch folder. StreamPro adds all of this and more.
StreamEnterprise software allows you to use a Java based, password controlled, remote control application to control your StreamEnterprise-based servers from any system that supports Java 5 (including Mac OSX, Linux, Unix and Microsoft Windows). Manage projects, set profiles, start, stop and monitor any number of StreamEnterprise systems with the remote control Stream software that looks and acts just like the local interface. You can remotely monitor the incoming live video and audio, with live control of the video proc amps (brightness, contrast, etc.) cropping, filtering and audio settings. Remote live monitoring means you never have to worry about poor-quality encoding because you couldn't see that the video or audio processing controls weren't properly adjusted. The bundled Digital Rapids AVC Encoder, powered by Nero Digital, enhances the creation of AVC (H.264), MPEG-4, AAC and High-Efficiency AAC files with superior visual quality and increased encoding speed, while optional format modules like the Digital Rapids Studio AVC Encoder (also available for StreamPro) deliver output optimized for the stringent requirements of advanced applications such as VOD and IPTV.
Quick Tour of the Stream software
The Stream software interface is broken up into three distinct control areas. The Preview pane is where you monitor (live) the incoming video and audio. The Profile list is where you add different codec profiles which control the basic encoding parameters of one stream. The tabbed control area is where you set all of the processing controls (video filtering, audio levels, etc) as well as monitor the statistics during the encoding session.
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