4K things to know about the Makito X4 low latency video encoder

4K Things to Know About the Makito X4 Video Encoder

Haivision recently launched its newest low-latency video encoder, the Makito X4. Capable of encoding video streams in 4K, the Makito X4 has gained significant attention in a relatively short period of time. There have been articles in industry publications, a popular webinar, and public demonstrations at trade shows and summits.

So, for a quick overview of what all this fuss is about, here are the 4K things you should know about the Makito X4 video encoder:

1. You don’t need to sacrifice high quality to achieve low latency

The Makito X4 is an ultra low-latency video encoder, minimizing delay to enable easy interactivity, which is crucial for bi-directional interviews and field contribution. And you won’t have to sacrifice picture quality to get low latency video streams. The Makito X4 brings your viewers closer to the action, with low latency and exquisite quality, streaming in 10-bit, 4:2:2 quality.

With low latency, and high video quality, the Makito X4 is an ideal video encoder for remote production workflows for live broadcast video streams. Like others in the Makito X series, our newest video encoder is equipped with Stream Sync technology, synchronizing your frames from multiple camera angles to give remote production teams a smooth transition between views.

2. The Makito X4 has options for a changing broadcast industry

The broadcast world is changing in a number of ways. More viewers than ever are watching content from their mobile devices, while in a seemingly opposite direction, the popularity of 4K/UHD televisions among consumers has driven a demand for 4K/UHD content. Broadcasters want to provide their viewers with what they want – and a video encoder with a few options can help with that.

The Makito X4 has 8 encoding cores, and a number of options. You can simultaneously stream up to 4 HD video streams or one 4K/UHD video stream. This high-density video encoder is also capable of streaming in both H.264 and HEVC – so you can choose your prefered codec.

3. Secure and reliable streams can be fun

In the world of broadcast contribution, it is important that your workflows can adapt to unpredictable network conditions. The Makito X4 is a reliable option with Network Adaptive Encoding, which is ideal for broadcast contribution streams. The Makito X4 also ensures that those streams remain secure with 256-bit AES encryption.

The words “secure” and “reliable” are often lumped in with words like “predictable” and “dull.” Personally, I find this a little odd, considering that one of the most exciting open-source projects in the video streaming world is the Emmy® Award-winning Secure Reliable Transport protocol. And as the original developers of the SRT protocol, we made sure that the Makito X4 is SRT-ready.

4. We’re making 4K video encoding tough (and easy)

The Makito X4 is cutting edge, but sometimes, you need something a little tougher especially for defense and security needs. That is why we simultaneously developed the Makito X4 Rugged. This ruggedized video encoder was designed with MIL-SPEC in mind to adhere to electrical, EMI, shock and vibration, and environmental requirements. Like the original Makito X4, it encodes in both H.264 and HEVC, up to 4K/UHD picture resolution.

The Makito X4 Rugged isn’t simply the tougher version of the Makito X4. This 4-channel video encoder  is also STANAG and MISB compliant, with support for KLV metadata and metadata filtering. And with dual-network connector as well as analog and digital video inputs, this tough little video encoder makes it easy for you to stream video.

K: Encoding at 32 kilobits per second.

The Makito X4 is capable of encoding video streams at very low kbps, as low as 32 kbps, in fact.

…I did promise 4K things.

Would you like to learn more about the Makito X4 video encoder?

Our team recently hosted a free webinar exploring the different features of the Makito X4, and answered a number of questions from viewers. You can now watch the video, and get a more in-depth introduction to the Makito X4, here.

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