Livestream Studio HD550 Live Production Switcher

Livestream Studio HD550 Live Production Switcher

Livestream Studio HD550 Live Production Switcher

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Product Highlights

  • Portable All-In-One Live Video Switcher
  • Up to 1080p Resolution Support
  • Five SDI/HDMI Switchable Inputs
  • SDI/HDMI Switchable Output
  • 20 Hours of Broadcast Quality Recording
  • Integrated Multichannel Audio Mixer
  • Multiple Simultaneous Bit Rates
  • Built-In Bonded Transmission
  • Built-In Chroma Key, Graphics, Streaming
  • Phone Support Included
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Livestream HD550 overview

  • 1Description

Equipped with all the features of Livestream Studio 3.0 but offered in a compact companion-like form factor, the Livestream Studio HD550 is a truly portable all-in-one live production suite that can be easily carried anywhere. Just grab it by the handle or place it in the included carry bag and take it with you wherever you need, including on a plane.

Features include ten remote cameras, two media tracks, four ISO recorders, and three graphics tracks with up to 20 hours of broadcast recording onto internal storage. Five built-in Blackmagic DeckLink Mini Recorder cards and one Mini Monitor card provide a variety of video and audio outputs, including five switchable SDI/HDMI inputs. Ingest sources in up to 1080p resolution and apply effects and on-screen T-Bar duration adjustable transitions. Use the HD550 for in-venue broadcasting, live to tape production, and network and local television programming with or without streaming live to the web.

Input / Output
  • DeckLink Mini Recorder input cards
  • Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Monitor output card
  • Five HDMI/SDI switchable inputs
  • Five stereo / 40 mono HD-SDI embedded audio switchable inputs
  • 1/8" analog audio input
  • SDI/HDMI switchable output (extended screen output using HDMI)
  • 1/8" analog audio monitoring output
Effects / Transitions
  • Mixer and Effects Bank (M/E) with no upstream keyer
  • SMPTE Wipe transition
  • Cut & Fade auto transition with adjustable duration in frames (via on-screen T-Bar or keyboard shortcuts)
  • Three graphics DSK channels
  • One GFX1 channel and one GFX2 channel
  • Independent or locked transition controls (fade/cut)
Other Features
  • Built-in broadcast quality format converter for every input, with automatic format detection
  • Allows the use of any camera and video source without matching video formats
  • Ten remote camera tracks
  • Load JPG or PNG files (full transparency support with PNG files)
  • Add text (set position, font, size, color) over any loaded image file within GFX1 or GFX2
  • Interlacing and timecode support
  • Full compatibility with Blackmagic Design Media Express and Adobe Premiere
  • Presets in up to 720p HD
  • Incorporated follow feature with audio crossfade support when fading two video sources

General Features

Facebook Live Compatibility
Previously open only to mobile devices, Livestream's HD550 can broadcast professional productions straight to Facebook. Log in and go live.
Chrome Browser-Based Control
Open up Google's Chrome browser (available free for Windows, OS X, Chromebook, and Android devices) to control Livestream's studio software remotely.
Bonded Streaming
By leveraging multiple connections, including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and 3G/4G LTE, you can spread your stream bandwidth for a more reliable connection. You can also set up alternate backup connections in case your primary connection fails or becomes too slow.
Built-In Multiview
Monitor all your cameras in real-time thanks to the built-in multi-viewer, which features on-screen full field rate mult-iview of all live inputs, Preview, Program Out, two GFX and two DDR, and Audio PPM overlay with peak hold feature on all inputs and outputs. The layout is resizable to allow for hiding of all controls to maximize multi-view screens.
Monitor on External Screens
The built-in NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 Commercial Series graphics card lets you extend the multi-view to two additional screens via DVI and HDMI connectors.
Live Transitions
Cut, dissolve, or select from a collection of SMPTE wipes, with feathering and positioning control. Fade time duration can be manually adjusted in frames via the on-screen T-Bar or keyboard shortcuts.
Built-In Audio Mixer
The integrated multi-channel audio mixer features mix automation, SDI and HDMI embedded audio, level monitoring, peak warnings, as well as channel grouping. The incorporated video switcher follow feature supports audio crossfade when fading between two video sources. The HD550 also supports the use of external audio mixers.
Audio Input Options
The HD550 supports embedded audio via SDI or HDMI inputs. You can also bring in separate analog audio using the 1/8" input, or from any USB audio device.
Built-In Graphics Editor
The two-channel graphics generator is built-in the GUI and allows you to add text, transparent images, live picture-in-picture video, countdowns, and a range of graphic effects including drop shadows, borders, crops, and more. Create templates to quickly change sports scores, lower thirds text, or other graphic elements on the fly.
Downstream Key Overlays
Overlays graphics as layers on top of your program mix with transparency. This is ideal for adding corner bugs, sport cording, lower thirds, picture-in-picture, and other broadcast graphics.
Composite up to five live audio/video sources together within the graphics editor. Add a simple second camera angle, a scoreboard cam, or even a broadcast network four-person live chat over an animated background video.
Media Recording (with ISO Recording)
Record your program output in broadcast quality MJPEG to an AVI file for archive and editing later in your NLE software, or for playback directly within one of the Livestream Studio media players. The HD550 supports up to four simultaneous isolated recordings (ISO). Choose from clean graphics-free video, video with graphics, as well as any live camera input. You can also open the files being recorded in the media players to trim and replay segments from your live show without stopping the recording.
Livestream Studio Media Player
Add recorded material to your program quickly and easily with the two built-in media players. You can import popular media formats into the Livestream Studio including H.264 video, MP3, and WAV audio, build playlists, loop clips, and auto-play on transition. You can also scrub through footage and trim clips down for broadcast. When working with clips that do not match your project settings, the built-in transcoder is available for file conversion. You can even get basic instant-replay functionality by loading an ISO recording into the media player.
The HD550 supports four simultaneous recordings. Record up to 20 hours of 1080i video at 100 Mbps in AVI MJPEG with uncompressed audio to the internal 1TB hard drive. Interlacing and "Time of Day" timecode are supported. Recording is fully compatible with Blackmagic Design Media Express and Adobe Premiere.
Remote Camera
Desktop: Broadcast a remote computer desktop video and audio as a Livestream Studio input via your local Wi-Fi or Ethernet network. Full motion and audio are supported.

Cloud: Downlink live feeds from your Livestream accounts and use it as a remote live source in your program mix.
Integrated Live Streaming Encoder
Livestream Studio comes with a built-in H.264/AAC multi-bit rate live streaming encoder. You can stream HD video directly to Livestream, UStream, YouTube Live, or any RTMP-compatible server or CDN (Wowza Media Server, Akami, Flash Media Server). Also supported is the ZiXi streaming protocol and 1080p streaming when using custom quality settings.
Stream to Any Device
Livestream supports simultaneous output to desktop browsers, Roku connected TVs, and iOS/Android devices through a combination of Flash, adaptive bit rate HLS, and RTSP streaming protocols.
Live Video Output
Output your live program via SDI or HDMI to large format in-venue screens, broadcast networks, or complement your workflow using external video hardware such as graphics generators, encoders, and recorders.
Tally Light
Use the tally light integration to let your talent and camera operators know which source is live and which source is coming next. The HD550 supports tally devices from MetaSETZ.
Mid-Roll Ad Insertion
With an optional Livestream Platform Enterprise account, you can add your Google DFP ID to add mid-roll advertising to your live streams. Simply press the "Insert Advertisement" button.
Livestream Keyboard and Mouse Included
Use the included Livestream keyboard to quickly access essential functions and features. The keyboard works with all Livestream Studio products. A Livestream mouse and mousepad are also included.
Phone Support
Twelve months of free telephone support is included. Phone support is available seven days a week.
UPC: 853359004010
In the Box
Livestream Studio HD550 Live Production Switcher
  • Carry Bag
  • Power Cord
  • Studio Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Mousepad
  • Rubber Feet
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Livestream HD550 specs

    Built-In Input/Output Cards 5 x Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder
    1 x Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Monitor
    Input 5 x HDMI
    5 x SDI
    1 x 1/8" analog audio
    Output 1 x SDI
    1 x HDMI
    1 x 1/8" analog audio

    Graphics Card:
    1 x DVI
    1 x HDMI
    Supported Formats 1080p30, 1080PsF30, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p25, 1080PsF25, 1080p24, 1080PsF24, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF23.98, 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50, 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC
    Processing Video:
    10-bit, 4:2:2 (REC 601, REC 709)

    24-bit, 48 kHz REF IN/Genlock (Requires genlocking the two Blackmagic Design cards via two separate connectors)
    Display Integrated 17" / 43 cm 1920 x 1200 LED-backlit LCD
    Streaming Live HD streaming via Gigabit/100/10 built-in Ethernet
    Presets in up to HD 720p
    Multiple simultaneous bitrates
    Mobile quality for playback over 3G on mobile devices (iPhone / Android)
    Integrated live streaming to RTMP compatible servers/services
    Recording ~20 hours at 1080i using 1 TB built-in hard drive set to record at 100 Mbps AVI MJPEG
    CPU Intel Sandy Bridge-E Core i7 4930K 3.4 GHz Six-Core processor
    12 MB L3 cache, 130 W, Socket LGA 2011
    RAM 16 GB
    4 total DDR3 1600 MHz RAM (non-ECC)
    (4 GB x 4 DIMM triple-channel configuration)
    Storage 1 TB Western Digital Red 7200 RPM SATA 2.5" internal hard drive
    Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GT 520
    Operating System Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
    Dimensions On Top: 14.8 x 17.3 x 3.0" / 37.6 x 43.9 x 7.6 cm
    On Bottom: 4.2" / 10.7 cm
    Weight 19 lb / 8.6 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 32.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.2 x 17.6 x 14.4"

    Livestream HD550 reviews

    Studio HD550 Live Production Switcher is rated 2.8 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Simple for Beginners! Using this switcher at the college I work at. We live stream Commencement, several speech competitions, and now a variety of other events thanks to the ease-of-use switcher. I had a really unique set-up for my first live stream,having to use converters and various cables... I ran HDMIs out of my Canon XA20 cameras into HDMI to SDI Black magic converters into a wall into a BNC outlet in the wall, then I pulled the SDI out of the wall closer to where the switcher was and plugged into the HD550. No lag or loss of quality. Then we streamed to YouTube live and had great success. No lag there either, and great quality. Can't wait to use it again!
    Date published: 2016-03-07
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lousy technical support I read reviews, looked at other equipment and even watched the YouTube videos with Phil Worthington and Jesse Hertzberg, CEO of Livestream at NAB 2016. I thought the HD550 would be the way to go. I could not have been more wrong. I have been trying to get something done on this same issue since April 7, and have been told there is nothing wrong, there is nothing else I can do, and that the Studio developers would remote into the unit tomorrow. The issue still exists. The Studio developers are in the Ukraine. I am NOT satisfied with their equipment and I am NOT satisfied with their level of technical support. Their telephone support line is a joke. Then they tell me they can't refund my money because I bought it from B&H PhotoVideo. I'll never get my money back from them and I still have the issues. I am going to have to correct the issue myself and the 12-month warranty (LOL) be darned. This is the second time I've rated this; I guess the first one mysteriously disappeared into the ether.
    Date published: 2017-04-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Special applications The LiveStream HD550 can capture up to 10 computer screens as remote cameras - wirelessly - using a small client program which can be loaded onto Macs or PCs. The video output from this capture is sharp and legible and you can even capture the mouse movements. I tried connecting other video devices, such as a high resolution document presenter. Initially, the HD550 did not read the HDMI fed signal from the presenter. After patching in a Grass Valley ADVC G1 encoder the problem was solved. I brought in a 1080 30p SDI signal from a Panasonic HPX255 and it looked great. The LiveStream HD550 is very compact. Has a small footprint but packs a lot of value in an easily transported package. It has five SDI inputs and five HDMI inputs, plus the aforementioned remote camera inputs. You can transition from a menu of wipes and do picture in picture and lower third overlays. The unit can record in HD for extended periods to its built in HDD and it can stream up to 4K. LiveStream offers different live streaming provider services, but you are not bound by their streaming service. The LiveStream HD550 uses PC technology so I spent some time trying figure out how to record LiveStream HD550 video output on a Mac based system. My solution was to patch either the SDI or HDMI outputs into an AJA Io 4K and capture in FCP. It captures the video in Apple ProRes 422 HQ and it looks stunning. I have only begun to explore the HD550 features and have been very pleased and impressed by this unit. It is excellent for educational products or streams, live event webcasting, recording presentations and more. I highly recommend this product.
    Date published: 2015-11-04
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't buy this! Get a hardware switcher instead. Comming from Black Magic switchers, I gave this a try for the promise of wireless cameras. Those tend to work if they do not fail mid recording and all go dark at the same time. That was the second hint this cannot be used for mission critical projects. The first one was that the first unit worked for 48 hours and completly dies on us the day of the project. Imagne our frustation explaining the customer that we couldn't do it due to equipment failure. B&H kindly replaced the unit for a new one. The 3rd and last hint was the total failure of the second unit after a long list of issues. It was so bad that we had to buy a roland mixer as plan B for the predictable HD550 failures. It is now dead, with more than $100,000 worth of projects inside of it. Don't put yourslef in that position. We gave them 12 months to prove it was worth owning but it isn't. Get something else.
    Date published: 2018-02-07
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great features but unreliable We have had our HD550 4K for over a year. We have had intermittent black frames in our shows ad well as occasional full system crashes. Sometimes while the machine is just sitting there. When it crashes all the internal recording are corrupted. The features are great. The interface is decent. Every show is an anxiety laced event worrying if it will lock up. Have spent days with tech support. Upgraded to V5 software and have had 2 crashes in 2 days.
    Date published: 2018-05-25
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