The Leading Global Provider of High-Quality
                                    Audio and Video Communications Products

Niagara Pro Streaming Media Encoder System

The Niagara Pro front panel includes a video confidence monitor, which is sele...
The Leading Global Provider of High-Quality
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  1. 1. The Leading Global Provider of High-Quality Audio and Video Communications Products ViewCast Corporation | 3701 W. Plano Parkway, Suite 300 | Plano, Texas 75075-7840 | 972-488-7200 | 800-540-4119 High-resolution Streaming System FEATURES VIEWCAST NIAGARA STREAMING MEDIA ENCODER SYSTEMS • Advanced setup and profiles allow INTERNET TV | WEBCASTING | VIDEO ARCHIVING | TRAINING VIDEOS experienced users to Video and audio streaming are strategic tools for corporations, educators, broadcasters, government, ministries and customize configurations. other content owners looking to communicate dynamically, efficiently, and with more interactivity than ever • EASE Menus allow basic before. With over 300,000 products installed and operating around the world, if you have seen streaming video, encode/setup for novice you have certainly seen ViewCast. users from the front panel interface. Whether you need to stream training videos, capture broadcast content to post on a Web site or webcast, or stream • USB ports allow easy a public announcement by a CEO, you need high-quality, reliable products to transfer your video content into the installation of software PC environment for streaming. You need the extraordinary performance, exceptional quality and reliability of upgrades, encoding Niagara® Pro to capture, process, digitize, compress, and stream your audio and video content! profiles, and for transfer of archive files. • Client management and The Professional’s Choice for Streaming Media Web-based software is included. The Niagara Pro is designed for enterprise IT professionals, professional studios, broadcasters, cable head-ends, ISPs, and a variety of other professional needs. The Niagara Pro is ideal for IPTV, webcasting, video archiving, and SPECIFICATIONS streaming training videos. This powerful system is an excellent choice as the high-end solution for video capture to file for archiving, as well as repurposing video for Internet and Intranet distribution. • Video Input: SDI, S-Video, Composite The Niagara Pro capture engine is based on ViewCast® Osprey® Video software drivers and professional capture • Audio Input: Unbalanced hardware. For over a decade, professionals in search of exceptional quality — from broadcasters to multimedia Stereo (2 x BNC), producers who need 24 hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week performance — have relied on Osprey Video for capturing and Balanced Stereo (2 x XLR), streaming content over the Internet. • SDI Embedded AES/EBU • 2 USB Ports The Niagara Pro is a professional rack-mountable streaming media appliance designed for high-quality, high- • Video Encoding Formats resolution video capturing and streaming. This dual-channel encoder features three EZStream® buttons, which are Supported: Windows pre-programmable using the Niagara configuration Web interface. This unique feature allows users to create Media®, RealVideo®, custom encoding profiles, or use pre-defined encoding profiles, and execute those profiles by simply pressing a MPEG-4, Flash® single button on the front panel of the Niagara Pro. and AVI • (2) 1-Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  2. 2. Niagara Pro Streaming Media Encoder System The Niagara Pro front panel includes a video confidence monitor, which is selectable by input channel, or can be set to automati- cally cycle between input channels giving a constant view of the input source video. Niagara Pro also features SDI, S-Video, and composite video inputs with the benefit of embedded SDI, AES-EBU, and balanced and unbalanced audio inputs. With power to spare, Niagara Pro can deliver two channels of full D1 high-quality streaming video. Niagara Pro features Digital SimulStream, allowing multiple streams from a single channel input. This provides the ability to simultaneously stream multiple resolutions at multiple data rates in multiple streaming formats! Front Panel A Video & Audio Confidence Monitoring Displays the video input signal from either Channel A or Channel B B A. Selectable video input monitor (A/B) D B. Auto-switching video input (alternating A/B) C C. Selectable test signal video input (A/B) E LCD Display Menus D. Channel A/B audio level indicators E. Headphone input jack with volume control F EASE Menu System The Niagara Pro displays a complete set of controls for ease of local management and operation of the encoders. G F. Real-time control of multiple encoder sessions G. Real-time feedback on system performance H. Direct-access for system configuration I. Restore system to clean factory configuration H Front Panel File Export Controls Niagara Pro allows users to export files to storage devices such as a USB flash drive or mapped network drive. I J. Export to a USB flash drive K. Export to a pre-defined mapped network drive Rear Panel J K M Wide Range of A/V and IP Connectivity L The rear panel of the Niagara Pro enables seamless integration with N professional A/V equipment. L. Dual-channel audio and video inputs M. Test signal input and looped signal output N. Dual Ethernet ports for simultaneous high-bandwidth streaming and large file transfer O. Dual-channel audio and video monitoring outputs on front panel for easy access Front Panel O Integrated Web-based Configuration Tool The Niagara Pro pre-sets can be completely configured using the Niagara® SCX® Web Configuration Tool from any LAN or WAN connected PC. P. Create, modify, and delete encoder profiles Q. View and manage encoder log files and entries R. Pre-configure and assign ABC EZStream buttons S. View dual-channel audio and video monitoring outputs on front panel for easy access Niagara Pro creates live streams in a variety of formats. It can be configured to save encoded content in these same formats to local or networked mass storage devices via two built-in 1 The Niagara SCX Web Interface for Niagara appliances provides an encoder list for encoder creation, editing, gigabit network ports. and monitoring.
  3. 3. ViewCast Niagara Pro Installed Software Niagara Pro system includes other ViewCast components to make it a complete Encoder Configuration Tool streaming solution. These software components are powerful configuration, control, Niagara SCX Pro Web Interface management and monitoring tools which include Niagara SCX Pro, Niagara SCX Pro For custom configuration of the Niagara Pro Web Interface and Osprey Digital SimulStream. system settings, ViewCast created the Niagara SCX Pro Web Interface tool, which is included Encoder Management & Monitoring Software - Niagara SCX Pro with all Niagara Pro systems. This tool does not Niagara® SCX® Pro is ViewCast’s encoder management and monitoring software. require you to install special software on any Niagara SCX provides full access to view and set encoding parameters, start, and stop other PC. You only need a Web browser on any the encoding process, and receive notification of identified error conditions. PC running any operating system, and you can control and configure any Niagara Pro stream- Niagara SCX Pro is extremely flexible, particular- ing media encoder. ly in applications involving live broadcasting where immediate changes and tweaks are This Web-based user required. Niagara SCX Pro excels in providing interface allows you the required controls to ensure optimum to browse to any streaming video quality. Niagara Pro on a LAN or WAN net- Niagara SCX Pro also provides control of: work and manage • System CODEC and profile selection the entire system • Windows Media®, RealVideo, Flash, configuration, including: MPEG-4, and AVI • Create, modify, and delete encoder • Modification of capture resolution profiles and attributes Niagara SCX Encoder nested view allows you to easily • Start and stop individual encoders see all encoders on the network and • Adjustment of video pre-processing their current status. • Pre-configure and assign ABC EZStream filters such as de-interlacing buttons • Adjustment of video resolution • View and manage encoder log files and through scaling while minimizing CPU load entries • Branding and protecting video content through logo watermarking • Modify system network configuration • Enabling and disabling Osprey® SimulStream® settings (network name, IP configuration) Video format outputs: • Windows Media 9 Osprey Digital SimulStream • Windows Media 10 Designed to provide the optimal experience of • MPEG-4 compression engine a streamlined workflow, Osprey® Digital • H.263/MPEG-4 Part 2 SP/ASP SimulStream® provides the ability to deliver • H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 multiple streams at multiple bitrates from a • 3GPP/3GPP2 container support single video source. Osprey Digital Simul- • MPEG-4 profile settings for most Stream is a premium software enhancement to common applications the Niagara Pro by extending the capabilities • MPEG-4 — unrestricted of a single channel audio and video capture. • High-definition — for HD-DVD players and set-top boxes Osprey Digital SimulStream Features: • Home theater devices — DVD players, Niagara SCX includes advance video preprocessing • Optimized streams for a diverse Internet control and Closed Caption overlay, embedding or set-top boxes and gaming consoles output to file. audience — all streaming in real-time • Portable — for playback devices such • Maximum efficiency without sacrificing as MP3 players or PDAs quality • Handheld — for playback on cellular phones • Complete utilization of multi-core • Apple® Video iPod® — portable playback device processors • Creative® ZEN™ Vision — portable video player • Maximum channel density for streaming • PlayStation® PSP® production • RealVideo 10 • Reduced hardware costs • RealVideo 9 • Flash® (File only) • Audio Video Interleaved (AVI) (File only) The Niagara SCX Web Interface for Niagara appliances provides an encoder list for encoder creation, editing, and monitoring.
  4. 4. The Leading Global Provider of High-Quality Audio and Video Communications Products Niagara Product Comparison Chart 6200 Analog 6200 Digital GoStream GoStream PLUS Niagara Pro Form Factor Rack Mount Rack Mount Portable Portable Rack Mount A/V Channels 2 2 1 1 2 Physical Weight 55 lbs. 55 lbs. 8 lbs. 8 lbs. 70 lbs. Dimensions 2RUx19Wx24.5D 2RUx19Wx24.5D 4.5Hx8Wx15.5D 4.5Hx8Wx15.5D 2RUx19Wx23D Category Integrated System Integrated System Appliance Appliance Appliance Composite BNC 2 2 1 1 2 Video Input Test Signal Feed BNC 1 (Channel switchable) S-Video Mini-DIN 2 2 1 1 2 SDI 2 2 Composite RCA 2 Composite BNC 2 Video S-Video Mini-DIN 2 Monitoring Video Presence Indicator 1 1 Built-in Video Monitoring Display 1 (Channel switchable) Unbalanced RCA 2 Pair 2 Pair 2 Pair 2 Pair Unbalanced BNC 2 Pair Audio Input Balanced XLR 2 Pair 2 Pair 2 Pair 2 Pair 2 Pair AES/EBU 2 2 Embedded SDI 2 2 Stereo Headphone Jack (3.5 mm) 1 1 1 (Channel switchable) Audio Montor Unbalanced Stereo Line Level (3.5 mm) 2 Out Unbalanced Stereo Line Level (RCA) 2 Pair 2 Pair NTSC (M/M-J)      Video Formats PAL (B/D/G/H/I)      SECAM (B/D/G/H/K/K1/L/L1)      Deinterlace      Gamma Correction      Video Tuning Utilities (Vectorscope/Waveform)      Preprocessing Cropping      Scaling      Bitmap Overlay      Audio 32,44.1, 48kHz Sampling      Preprocessing HW gain and attenuation      Closed Caption Extraction & Overlay      VBI Closed Caption to Text Output      Windows Media      Real Video      Video Flash (v6)      Formats AVI      MPEG-4 Part 2 (H.263) Option Option    MPEG-4 Part 10 Option Option    Windows Media      Real Audio      Audio AVI      Formats AMR Narrowband Option Option    AAC Option Option    MP3 Option Option    Windows Media      RealMedia      Output Flash (v6)      Types AVI      AMR Option Option    3GPP Option Option    3GPP2 Option Option    Supported Up to CIF Resolution      Resolution Up to Full Resolution     Niagara SCX   Software Niagara SCX Pro    Included Niagara SCX Web Interface    Osprey Simulstream      AC 115-230 VAC 115-230 VAC 100-240 VAC 100-240 VAC 100-240 VAC Power +14VDC (battery power operation)   FCC 47CFR Part 15 Class A      Compliance CE Mark      RoHS      For more information on ViewCast products, visit ViewCast Corporation | 3701 W. Plano Parkway, Suite 300 | Plano, Texas 75075-7840 | 972-488-7200 | 800-540-4119 © 2007 ViewCast Corporation. ViewCast, Niagara, Osprey, SimulStream and Niagara SCX are registered trademarks of ViewCast Corporation or its subsidiaries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Product specifications and availability may change without notice.