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One-Step Video Streaming From Minicaster

Multicodec single-box designed for field and studio use

Found in the Brick House Video booth at the upcoming NAB Show will be the Communitek Minicaster, a multicodec dedicated Internet video stream converter aiming to make getting video onto the Internet easy.

The Minicaster takes HD, SDI, S-Video or composite video and transforms it, in real time, into MPEG-4/H.264, Adobe Flash or Windows Media streamable digital video. Dual Ethernet connectors tie the knot to the Internet.

The Minicaster can support stream rates of 100 kbps to 15 Mbps and frame rates of 24, 25, 29.97 and 30, progressive, with 59.94 and 60 for interlacing. Line numbers are 525 (NTSC), 625 (PAL), 720p and 1080i with 4 x 3 and 16 x 9 aspect ratios entertained. Tools allow for the video to be cropped, scaled, deinterlaced while logos and captions can be added.

Up to eight channels of audio can be used.

The unit is 2 RU high and 1/2 RU wide in size and is battery-operable. It can hold up to 2TB of onboard memory for archiving the live streams.

NAB Booth: N4019