NEW! Teradek’s Sphere HD-SDI Shows Us What The Future Of 360 Streaming Will Look Like

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2016 has been a year of impressive advances in visual media distribution and capture. Possibly the largest jump forward has been really felt with 360 degree video technology.

Specifically with streaming capabilities, news outlets have taken full advantage of the technology that puts the viewer on the ground in virtually any place around the world.

This extremely useful technology has been slightly hindered by a lack of visual fidelity and options. There have been very few systems available to capture high quality 360 video and properly stream it.

Earlier this year at NAB 2016, Teradek announced and showcased the Sphere HDMI encoder that allowed for wireless monitoring and streaming of 360 camera rigs. That amazing technology has been adapted for the Sphere HD-SDI which will be displayed at IBC 2016.

“Like Sphere HDMI, the SDI model is also capable of streaming to any compatible 360º online video platform, such as YouTube or Wowza-based offerings. For rigs that consist of 5 to 8 cameras, a second Sphere can be attached via an Ethernet cable to expand connectivity.”

The Teradek allows for multiple viewing options while monitoring: Rectilinear, Little Planet and Panoramic. This is just one of the ways that the internal processing of the Teradek amazes. The ability to actively stitch five to seven cameras together while simultaneously wirelessly capturing and streaming is truly unbelievable.

What is so exciting about this technology is that encoders like the Sphere were one of the last barriers standing between a huge group of producers out there from creating a new era of Virtual Reality content. It’s still an expensive endeavor, but with this contribution, Teradek has made it that much easier. Considering the youth of 360 degree technology, the Sphere HD-SDI and HDMI show us what the future of 360 video and streaming will look like. And it looks pretty cool.

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Also included with Sphere’s unique iOS software is a re-streaming feature that allows several iPhone users on set to interact with the 360º content in real-time, providing a unique experience for clients that wish to see what the final product will look like.

Sphere SDI will begin shipping in October 2016 for $3990. For an additional $1000, a live streaming license will be installed on the device.

Teradek Announces HD-SDI 360º Monitoring and Live Streaming Device

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Via Teradek Press:

Teradek is proud to announce Sphere SDI, a 4-channel 4K (1080 x 4) HD-SDI encoder for live streaming and monitoring 360º content. The device will be on display at the IBC show, September 9 to 13, in booth 12.E65.

Sphere SDI is built on the same platform as the popular Sphere HDMI encoder, which was first displayed at NAB 2016. At its core, Sphere operates as a wireless monitoring solution for 360º camera rigs, which allows content creators to view their live footage on iPads from areas out of view of what is being shot. Since Sphere utilizes the processing power of iPads for live stitching several camera feeds together, production crews can be far more mobile than PC-based systems.

Like Sphere HDMI, the SDI model is also capable of streaming to any compatible 360º online video platform, such as YouTube or Wowza-based offerings. For rigs that consist of 5 to 8 cameras, a second Sphere can be attached via an Ethernet cable to expand connectivity.

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The product’s free patent-pending iOS stitching software allows users to view their content at just 4 frames of latency in several different ways:

Rectilinear: Allows you to explore your live 360º content as if you were wearing a VR headset. Move the iPad around you to visualize the experience you are creating for your audience.

Panoramic: Display your live 360º footage as a single panoramic image.

Little Planet: Turn you 360º content into a stereographic projection, allowing you to view it as if it were a tiny planet.

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Also included with Sphere’s unique iOS software is a re-streaming feature that allows several iPhone users on set to interact with the 360º content in real-time, providing a unique experience for clients that wish to see what the final product will look like.

Sphere SDI will begin shipping October 2016 for $3990. For an additional $1000, a live streaming license will be installed on the device.

ABOUT TERADEK
Teradek manufactures wireless video devices for remote video capture, wireless camera control, real-time monitoring, color correction and webcasting. For complex IP video systems, Teradek's cloud-based workflow management platform allows users to remotely operate a fleet of Teradek encoders in real-time from anywhere in the world. All Teradek products are designed and manufactured in the USA.

ABOUT CREATIVE SOLUTIONS
Creative Solutions is a part of the Vitec Group focused on empowering creatives by harnessing the rapid march of technological development into innovative and inspiring products and services. Comprising industry-leading brands Paralinx, Offhollywood, SmallHD and Teradek, Creative Solutions has facilities in Brooklyn, Irvine, Los Angeles and Raleigh-Durham.

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