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ViewCast Niagara 4100 Portable Streaming System

B&H # VIN4100 MFR # 96-01260
ViewCast Niagara 4100 Portable Streaming System

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The ViewCast Niagara 4100 is a portable system that allows you to quickly and easily stream your HD content to broadband and mobile networks. It also allows live adaptive streaming to Apple iPhone and iPad mobile devices. With the ability to ingest high-definition video, the Niagara 4100 is ideal for live sports, live newsgathering operations, webcasting, or any streaming application.

The Niagara 4100 can ingest standard- or high-definition video sources through its SDI input, and accommodates a variety of audio input formats, including embedded SDI, AES/EBU, and balanced or unbalanced stereo. With a portable, streamlined chassis, an easy-to-use web interface, and intuitive front panel controls, setup and operation is quick and easy. The Niagara 4100 even comes standard with front panel A, B, C buttons that can be pre-configured independently to activate different streaming profiles to meet the needs of any streaming application.

The Niagara 4100 is a self-contained system. There's no need for a keyboard, monitor, or mouse. You can control all key functions from the front-panel controls, or the unit can be accessed remotely anywhere on the network through its built-in web interface. All rear-panel connections are recessed for maximum protection, and there's even a built-in handle for easy portability.

The Niagara 4100 supports multiple concurrent streams in a variety of formats, at multiple bit rates, from a single video source -- all simultaneously. Included is the Niagara SCX management software so you can control all features through an easy-to-use web interface. By eliminating the need for an external stream segmenter, encoding workflows are simplified and overall system costs reduced.

Encoding Formats Adobe Flash H.264
Adobe Flash dynamic streaming
Apple HTTP live streaming
Microsoft Live IIS Smooth Streaming
Microsoft Windows Media (Silverlight) SD and HD
MPEG-4, H.264, H.263
MPEG-2 Transport Stream
3GPP/3GPP2 MP4 container support
Monitoring Video presence indicator
LCD status monitor
Audio level meter
Audio headset
Inputs
Video 1x SDI on BNC (Standard Definition and High Definition)
Audio Embedded SDI (16 channels or 8 stereo pair)
AES/EBU (2 stereo channels)
2x XLR Balanced stereo
2x RCA Unbalanced stereo
Video Formats SMPTE 259M and 292M SDI standards
Connectivity
USB Ports 1 rear panel, 1 front panel
Ethernet 2x 1 Gbit ports
Software Niagara SCX with Web Interface
Hardware Multi-core processor
HDD (160 GB or larger)
Pre-Processing Scaling, cropping, de-interlacing, inverse telecine
HD and SD CEA 608/708 embedded closed captions, available for HLS, Flash Adaptive, Flash, and MPEG2 TS streams; HD and SD CEA 608/708 overlay closed captions
Power 90 W power supply
12 VDC (AC to DC adapter included)
Dimensions 4.5 x 8.0 x 12.0" (11.4 x 20.3 x 30.5 cm)
Weight 8.0 lb (3.6 kg)
ViewCast Niagara 4100 Portable Streaming System
  • AC to DC Adapter
  • Mini XLR to XLR Adapter Cable
  • Rugged Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty on Hardware
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    ViewCastNiagara 4100 Portable Streaming System
     
    4.0

    (based on 1 review)

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    4.0

    Does the job, but run tests

    By Gamecock Media

    from Columbia, SC

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Pricey / Poor Value

    Best Uses

      Comments about ViewCast Niagara 4100 Portable Streaming System:

      We have used this appliance a couple of times and it definitely simplifies the streaming process. The fact that it supports so many different streaming protocols is a big plus. While it can do multiple processes at once, you must do a lot of testing beforehand to see what the CPU can handle. I was hopeful that it could encode several files at once, but in the end, I still have use the SDI out to a laptop to encode one of the files I need (high resolution). I did experience a glitch with it in that for some reason with one stream I had it dropped the embedded audio on the Flash stream I was sending. But, I still had embedded audio on the SDI out; did not make any sense. I ended up just unplugging the input really quick and then plugging it back in again and the audio returned. That's why I have to give it four stars and not five. Those types of things should not happen on something that costs so much. If all you are trying to do is stream something and all you require is one type of format, use a good laptop and some software. This is a very expensive route to go, so make sure you know what your needs are.

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