Plano, Texas-based ViewCast Corporation has introduced Niagara GoStream, a single-channel, portable streaming media encoder appliance designed for ease of use by streaming experts or novices. This compact unit can quickly go from its DualDock rack shelf in an indoor environment to outdoor, on-location events for live Web casting.
The GoStream product aims to breakdown the technology barriers of most streaming media products by simplifying the user experience. The GoStream encoder is a special offering in the market, focusing on the creation and presentation of video and audio on the Internet with a single-button operation. It features EZStream event buttons that allow users to load pre-defined encoding profiles for a specific event and simply press the record button to begin a streaming session.
In addition, GoStream also simplifies the user experience by introducing the EASE control menu. The EASE menu is a workflow menu that streamlines the user experience allowing a user to Encode audio and video content, Access the system's health status, Setup the unit's network connections, and even Export video content to video storage devices including the Apple Video iPod and Creative Zen Vision media portable media players.
GoStream will include the latest version of ViewCast's remote control and monitoring software application for Osprey-based encoders. SCX 5.0 software incorporates digital rights management (DRM) for Windows Media, MPEG-4 /H.264, and MPEG-2 encoding standards.
GoStream also allows wireless operation with an optional battery-powered backpack and wireless IP connectivity for anytime, anywhere IP video streaming. Using the battery option, GoStream can provide up to 6.5 hours of operation. ViewCast expects the GoStream product to grow the adoption of streaming media encoders by customers of content delivery networks and other emerging networks, especially in the broadcast, education, worship, and enterprise markets.
GoStream's introduction highlights a marked departure from industry media encoders, according to Viewcast. The product design is a dedicated function appliance and offers a simple user interface that will drive greater adoption of streaming media products. Evaluating the shift in the streaming industry, Stoner commented,
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