TVBEurope has just written a story about Zixi at IBC 2013. And, although they don’t mention Zixi directly, they have a nice story about the JVC GY-HM650 which talks about the importance of streaming in ENG cameras. You can read the details of how the GY-HM650 streams using Zixi in the joint JVC-Zixi press release announcing this capability.
At IBC 2013, Ateme has just announced that Zixi will be tightly integrated into Ateme’s Kyrion line of professional encoders and decoders. Read the press release on Ateme’s site.
First, content producers today want more highly integrated devices, tools and systems. “Two box” or “three box” kinds of contribution solutions in which cameras, encoders and transport systems are linked in series are becoming increasingly obsolete as users demand higher integration. As Ateme says in the press release, Zixi and Kyrion work together to “…dynamically manage the video bitrate control based upon network conditions. [Kyrion] is the first contribution solution on the market that combines these complex features into a single device.”
Second, combining multiple functions into a single device not only offers convenience and potentially lower cost, it also becomes what Ateme calls a “technical game changer for premium content contribution…”
All of us are excited to see Zixi becoming the default protocol and application platform for high quality video transport and we are especially pleased to be able to show what Zixi can do when it is deeply integrated into a top-shelf system like Kyrion.
If you are at IBC 2013, be sure to visit Ateme at booth 1.D71 and/or stop by Zixi’s exhibit in Connected World, 14.342. Or, use our contact form to learn more.
Today at IBC 2013, Zixi announced a new partnership with JVC to embed Zixi into JVC’s ProHD cameras. The first camera to receive Zixi is the GY-HM650. You can read the details in our press release.
Zixi has announced an exciting cloud-based system named Zixi Ramp. Zixi Ramp redefines ease of use for contribution applications and breaks new ground in cloud-based professional IP video delivery systems.
You can read more about these exciting new developments in our Zixi Ramp press release.
Be sure to download our new data sheets for Zixi Broadcaster, Zixi Receiver and Zixi Feeder. You can access these all on one page here.
There are many considerations video engineers need to consider when thinking about how to maximize video streaming performance. This short document describes those consideration and makes some specific recommendations for optimum quality and performance when using Zixi to stream video on the Internet.
We all know the old saying, “You gotta start somewhere.” And that’s as true for streaming video as for any new way of doing things. And broadcasters, sports event production companies and other live content producers can be caught between a desire to start using IP video streaming to improve operations and their justifiable concerns about how to proceed.
The natural place to start is with a single, point-to-point transmission. In Zixi, this “first use” case is quite simple — once you know what to do. Get a single P2P transmission going and you’ll see that a) Zixi exceeds expectations and b) you can rely on it for the most demanding quality and reliability constraints. With P2P under your belt, you can “branch out” and apply Zixi to more complicated use cases — the things that really save time and money — like multicasting and using Zixi Broadcaster to deliver multiple to destinations, transcoding and transmuxing. All of that comes after you get your feet wet with that single P2P connection.
But, like all new things, it can seem daunting. Even though it’s actually quite easy and well within the skill set of every production person in the truck and/or studio, you need a roadmap the first time.
Today, with the help of my colleague and Zixi Jedi Master Emeka Okoli, we have posted a one-page checklist of what you need and what to do to get that first P2P stream up and running. The document is below (and duplicated here.)
Also of note are pages eight through 12 of the Zixi Feeder 1.7 Guide Start Guide. If you are interested in guidance on the two most important configuration parameters for a Zixi stream — maximum bitrate and maximum latency — you should review the tips and notes on these pages.
Like most tech vendors, we keep our ears close to the ground for competitive and industry news.
Yesterday, we heard a shocking rumor. We understand that a major manufacturer is going to pull out of the US encoder market. No, I am not going to name the vendor because while you can confirm this if you call and try to buy encoders from them, they have not publicly announced their departure from the US market (and who would?).
Plus, it doesn’t matter who it is. What’s more interesting is the total impact on broadcasters and sports/live event producers resulting from the sunsetting of specific hardware. Sure, encoders are the lifeblood of broadcasting technology today — you gotta have an encoder to create MPEG-2/4 H.264/HEVC streams. But encoders, however crucial, are just endpoints in a video-specific network infrastructure.
So, losing an encoder vendor means, at a minimum, premature replacement of network infrastructure for broadcasters.
But it also means that this unfortunate event is the perfect time to re-think the underlying transport technology that connects those encoders to production facilities, bureaus, affiliates and stadiums. Because you have to start changing things out, it’s the ideal time to rethink the whole system — not just the endpoints. Today, that rethink probably means a move to the Internet for video streaming and a reduction in the use of satellite and fiber. In short, it’s time to take a look at Zixi. We have a proven, three-point architecture that will work with your updated encoders to reduce cost and improve quality and reliability.
When you do get the call from your encoder vendor thanking you for your business over the years and that they are discontinuing their products, as soon as you hang up, give Zixi a call. We can help you design an updated network for your application that will be significantly better operationally and which will also help insulate you from other “good-bye and good luck” calls.
Packed into a short three pages, Emeka explains how Zixi can be used to acquire content for news, sports, live events and more using the unmanaged Internet for transport. Zixi ensures that what comes out of the back of your encoder (in Emeka’s example, a Makito) arrives at your decoder with exactly the same quality it entered the network with. Think of what this means: you can use the Internet to stream studio-quality video no matter what the distance is between your locations. It also means you can save time and money by not rolling trucks or having to prep a site (everyone has Internet access these days). Another reason I wanted to share this document is that Emeka has enumerated the protocols that Zixi supports — as you can see, whatever your production workflow is, Zixi can transport it. The overview also helps new Zixi users understand how where Zixi fits in the transmission path.
Ultimate Fighting Championship selects Zixi for its streaming platform. UFC is using Zixi to deliver high-quality content and improve its operations. Details are in the press release below.
Zixi is now available as an integrated component of Thomson Video Networks’ ViBE CP6000 Contribution Platform. Read the press release below for details.
Zixi announces that the Teradek Cube with Zixi now offers faster transport speeds. Read the details in this press release: Updated Teradek Cube with Zixi Now Available
See how XOS Digital is using Zixi for their college sports ingest and video distribution.