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Flux (continued)

Hardware-powered quality and performance...

Optimized for encoding and streaming, the Flux hardware builds on the advanced video processing technology that has earned Digital Rapids' solutions their reputation for the industry’s highest encoding quality. Hardware-based, real-time video pre-processing features including motion-adaptive de-interlacing with pixel-level analysis 'groom' the input signal to be more 'compression-friendly'. The result is superior visual quality and the most efficient use of bandwidth in the compressed output, while leaving the host system's CPU free to encode more simultaneous multi-format outputs.

Additional hardware features including video adjustments, scaling, color space conversion and graphic overlay enable refinement of incoming sources and the addition of branding such as logos. Ensuring superior reliability, the Flux hardware features robust handling of irregularities or disruptions in incoming digital or analog source signals. On HD-capable Flux models, an incoming SDI signal can even be switched between HD and SD sources without interrupting in-progress encoding and streaming. 

Flux capture and pre-processing cards are available in multiple models offering a comprehensive choice of input connectivity and source format support.

Standard-definition Flux hardware is available in digital-only (SDI) and digital-plus-analog models. High-definition models of Flux are available in all-digital (SDI, HD-SDI, dual-link HD-SDI and 3G-SDI video input support with SDI embedded audio) and digital-plus-analog (adding composite, S-video and SD/HD component analog video; balanced/unbalanced analog audio; and AES digital audio) configurations. Real-time down-conversion of dual-link and 3G-SDI inputs leverages new facility infrastructures and allows easy repurposing of such sources without the workflow inconvenience and expense of external format converters. Flux HD boards also provide a future-proof upgrade path to emerging applications empowered by 3G-SDI, such as 1080p/60 and 1080p/50 distribution, advanced JPEG2000 mastering and 3D production. Dual-channel, all-digital models support capture and encoding from two distinct input sources simultaneously.

...tightly integrated with streamlined, versatile software

The included Stream LE software leads you step-by-step through the process of creating multiple encoded outputs. The Stream LE interface is easy enough for novices, yet fully configurable for expert users. Simply choose your video and audio inputs (encoding from a live input source, or transcoding from existing digital media files), select the formats you wish to encode to, and choose your destination (media files, live streams or both). Stream LE lets you adjust compression settings as precisely as you want, from production-tested presets to in-depth manual controls.  For even more software power, you can add the optional Stream FE software upgrade, with expanded workflow automation and integration capabilities.

The parameters associated with each encoding session can be saved in whole or in part in XML-based project files for easy reuse. Whenever you want to perform similar tasks, simply load your project file and hit the start button; Stream LE will encode and deliver your content with as little as one mouse click. The Stream LE software -– one interface that controls all encoding parameters and manages the transforming, streaming and archiving of your media. One click to reach a whole world of new audiences and applications.

Flux capture and pre-processing cards with the Stream LE software –- the ideal hardware and software combination for today’s demanding multi-format media encoding needs.

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Key Features and Benefits

  • Video and audio capture hardware optimized for real-time encoding and streaming
  • Tightly integrated, easy-to-use software for multi-format encoding, transcoding and streaming
  • Simultaneous output to multiple formats, resolutions and bitrates
  • Advanced real-time video pre-processing for superior visual quality and bit rate efficiency
  • Comprehensive input options including analog, SD-SDI, HD-SDI, dual-link HD-SDI and 3G-SDI (inputs vary by model)
  • Dual-channel models encode two distinct sources simultaneously
  • PCI Express interface for broad Windows workstation compatibility

Supported Formats (Standard and Optional)

Click here for a complete chart of formats for each level of software.

  • AVC/H.264
  • Microsoft Silverlight (H.264, VC-1, Windows Media WMV, live and on-demand IIS Smooth Streaming)
  • Adobe Flash (H.264 or On2 VP6, Dynamic Streaming)
  • H.264 for Apple iPhone with integrated segmenting
  • MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, 3GPP
  • XDCAM HD, DVCPro, AVC-Intra (Panasonic P2), Avid DNxHD
  • MXF, GXF, LXF, Omneon
  • JPEG2000
  • QuickTime (including Apple ProRes import)
  • AVI, Uncompressed
  • RED R3D (import)
  • Dolby Digital (AC-3) and Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse AAC, MP3, WAV
  • and more!