On-Board Video From Race Yachts Encoded by Haivision Makito™, Delivered via 4G LTE Radio Cell, and Decoded by Mako™ for Live Online Broadcast.
MONTREAL and CHICAGO — June 17, 2010 — Haivision Network Video today announced that its Makito™ HD H.264 encoder and Mako™ HD H.264 decoder were employed by Alcatel-Lucent during the Match Race Germany 2010 in May, in the first use of 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) technology for a live mobile broadcast. In partnership with online video technology provider stream5 and network operator Teledata, Alcatel-Lucent used Haivision equipment to stream the popular yacht race live online.
The Makito encoder supports SD and HD all the way up to 1080p60, and is capable of producing multiple stream resolutions from a single source (HiLo-Streaming™), sending high bit-rate video-to-performance endpoints and lower-bandwidth video for mass consumption. With the Makito, the user needs only to encode once, using its powerful networking features combined with the ubiquity of H.264, to reach all possible viewers. Together the Makito encoder and Mako decoder deliver an unparalleled 70-millisecond end-to-end latency. With advanced features such as WXGA encoding, multiple stream output, Adobe® Flash® compatibility, and traffic shaping, the systems are ideally suited for any network video challenge over LAN, WAN, or satellite.
During the German stop of the World Match Racing Tour at Langenargen, held on the banks of the 536-square-kilometer Lake Constance, Haivision Makito systems were installed on competing yachts to encode video from on-board cameras in real-time. The live signals were in turn broadcast as IP streams over an LTE radio cell to a mobile television studio for decoding by the Mako system. The decoder’s SDI output signal was delivered to the studio director and mixing desk for live broadcast cutting, graphics, and audio overlays. Tens of thousands of online spectators watched as 12 teams, including the world’s top 10 helmsmen and the top six in the World Match Racing Tour, took the start line for the race.
“High efficiency and low latency are essential to effective use of emerging technologies such as G4 LTE, and Match Race Germany 2010 demonstrated the high visual quality that can be achieved through the combination of this new communications standard and our high-performance H.264 encoding and decoding systems,” said Peter Maag, senior vice president at Haivision. “Thanks to this technology pairing, spectacular race coverage provided live online gave sailing fans worldwide an exciting window into one of the year’s most prestigious events.”
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Based in Montreal and Chicago, Haivision Network Video is a private company and a world leader in delivering the most advanced and intelligent IP video networking technology. Haivision’s products are deployed worldwide within the foremost Fortune 100 companies; in the most rigorous military and defense applications; in state-of-the-art healthcare facilities for video collaboration and training; in highly renowned educational institutions for IPTV, teaching, and remote learning; in the most efficient interactive broadcast applications; and within the world’s leading TelePresence suites. Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide.
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