AJA HELO H.264 Streamer & Recorder

AJA HELO H.264 Streamer & Recorder

AJA HELO H.264 Streamer & Recorder

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AJA HELO overview

  • 1Description

The HELO H.264 Streamer & Recorder from AJA is a stand-alone appliance which brings both SDI and HDMI input/output into a single appliance with the ability to simultaneously stream out to your Content Delivery Network (CDN) as well as encode and record H.264 files to SD cards, USB storage, or network-based storage simultaneously.

Portable and Ready-to-Use
  • With a small and robust form factor, HELO Recorder can be used in live events, webcasts, production and locations
  • Designed for continuous use to deliver with full connectivity
  • Offers both HD-SDI and HDMI source inputs in a single device with the ability to encode up to 1080p 60 in H.264
  • Streams out to your Content Delivery Network (CDN) and records to SD card, USB storage, or network-based storage simultaneously
  • Encodes to H.264/MPEG-4 ensuring bandwidth efficiencies with widely compatible files from tablets to smartphones, desktops to smart TVs
  • 2-channel stereo audio can be encoded at up to 24-bit 48 kHz at data rates ranging from 32 KB/s to 256 KB/s in MPEG-4-LC, allowing you to make an appropriate choice for your project's needs
  • USB connection and robust web-browser based UI allows you to setup and configure your CDN connection
  • The stream button delivers your project across the recorder’s Ethernet connection, which allows support for RTP/RTSP, RTMP as well as Unicast
  • Offers a dedicated record button right on the front of the recorder’s small and mobile interface for immediate recording
  • You can simply plug in your NTFS 3.1 or FAT 32 formatted USB drive, SD card, or connected network storage and start recording immediately
Mass Media
  • H.264-based encoding not only ensures efficiently sized files, it also means you have multiple recording medium options
  • Utilizes USB thumb sticks, drives and RAIDs, common SD or SDHC media or network sharing across a switch
Built-In Webserver
  • AJA eMini-Setup and recorder’s easy-to-use web-browser interface make it simple to setup, configure, and update firmware
  • You can connect to the recorder either via its direct USB port to set static/dynamic IP addresses through AJA eMini-Setup software or over the network using the web server generated UI
Multiple Choices
  • For Ki Pro or CION Users, the HELO Recorder expands your HD pipeline with up to 1080p60 support
  • You can connect via 3G-SDI or HDMI and record H.264 proxy files for fast onsite portable editing on a laptop and stream your live capture or playback as needed
UPC: 892448000717
In the Box
AJA HELO H.264 Streamer & Recorder
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    AJA HELO specs

    Video Formats 2K: 2048 x 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
    HD: 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
    HD: 1080i 25, 29.97, 30 HD: 720p 50, 59.94, 60
    SD: 525i, 625i
    (2K inputs are center cut to 1080p and are only supported on SDI input)
    Video Codec Support H.264/MPEG-4 Encoder
    Video Parameters 100 KB/s to 20 MB/s (TBD) streamed output
    100 KB/s to 20 MB/s (TBD) recorded output
    Up to 1080p60
    Supports Baseline, Main and High
    2.0, 3.0, 3.1, 4.0 and 4.1 level support
    Video Input Digital 1 x 3G-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424, 10-bit
    Single Link 4:2:2, 4:4:4 (1 x BNC)
    1 x HDMI Standard Type A connector
    HDMI v1.4a, RGB or YCbCr
    Video Output Digital 1 x 3G-SDI, SMPTE-292/296/424, 10-bit
    Single Link 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 (1 x BNC)
    1 x HDMI Standard Type A connector
    HDMI v1.4a, RGB or YCbCr
    Audio Encoding 32 KB/s to 256 KB/s
    32, 44.1 and 48 kHz 2-channel stereo
    Audio Input Digital 2-channel, 24-bit SDI embedded audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous
    2-channel, 24-bit HDMI embedded audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous
    Audio Input Analog 2-channel, Analog (Line Level, Unbalanced stereo 1 x 3.5 mm TRS connector)
    Audio Output Digital 2-channel, 24-bit SDI embedded audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous
    2-channel, 24-bit HDMI embedded audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous
    Audio Output Analog 2-channel, Analog (Line Level, Unbalanced stereo 1 x 3.5 mm TRS connector)
    Protocols RTMP, RTSP/RTP, Unicast and Multi Unicast (3 to 10 Clients)
    Storage 1 x USB 2.0 slot, (Can be NTFS 3.1 or FAT32)
    1 x SD Card slot, SD and SDHC cards (NTFS 3.1)
    Mounted Network Share
    User Interface Stream Button
    Record Button
    Web UI
    Simple Web Configuration via AJA eMini-Setup (OS X and PC)
    Power 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz Universal Input, +5-20 VDC 13 W Maximum
    Environment Operating Temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Operating Relative Humidity: 10 to 90% non-condensing
    Operating Altitude: <10,000' (3,000 m)
    Safe Storage Temperature (Power OFF): -40 to 140°F (-40 to 60°C)
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 7.0 x 4.7 x 1.0" (18 x 14 x 26 cm)
    Weight 0.8 lb (0.4 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.2 x 6.4 x 5.1"

    AJA HELO reviews

    HELO H.264 Streamer & Recorder is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Stable Live Streaming Box that is Set and Forget The HELO replaced the Matrox HDX for our live streaming needs. I will say that the Matrox was a little easier to set up in some ways, but as far as performance, the HELO has it beat six ways from Sunday. The firmware has been stable, which is something that can't be said for the HDX (which was constantly crashing and needing to be reset). Once set up, this box has performed flawlessly week in and week out. It's more expensive than some of the other streaming boxes, but in a live broadcast environment, I will gladly pay a few dollars more for a machine that I don't have to worry about. The HELO has been money well spent.
    Date published: 2017-10-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than a Teradek After having a frustrating time with Teradek Cubes (I purchased 4 pairs and returned them all), I bought one of these to stream to a laptop for remote monitoring. Unlike the Cube, it was easy to setup and worked without locking up. I have used this for about 10 shows without problem. As for the recording, it is a nice feature but needs some work. I have had the scheduled recording not work once, and a corrupt recording another time (video played back twice as fast). It would also be nice if you didn't have to select your recording medium. I would prefer if it would just record to whatever is plugged in instead of having to select SD, USB, or both.
    Date published: 2017-10-31
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice streaming device on a budget beware if using several if you're using one (a single box) on a network subnet with V2.0 firmware, you're likely to have a nice time with it- however if you try to put more than one of these on the same network subnet be ready for chaos as they behave unpredictably with some sort of strange ganging function which can't be disabled and isn't wanted. I put each of them on their own /30 vlan an that helped a lot which may be above and beyond for many people to configure their networks like this. had to return them however because the unit feels overly fragile for portable applications and it cannot encode RTSP over TCP only supports UDP currently which is a non-starter for my environment. AJA support did not return calls or emails to assist or offer a long-term outlook when requested.
    Date published: 2017-12-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rock solid, ready for the long haul. I spoke with another user who is very deep in the streaming world, and he highly recommended this appliance. Easy to use, worked the first three times I tried it without a hitch. Excellent system, the newest firmware seems to have taken care of any instability.
    Date published: 2017-11-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Works really well. Easy to use.
    Date published: 2017-09-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does the job Solid as a rock, does what it says it is going to do, great features. Took me a day to figure out that if you have for instance both the USB and SD configured to record, well you better have media in the slots, or neither will record. It's all or nothing. But once you understand these things, I really like the preview screen of the video in the browser, and the obvious indicators that streaming and recording are happening. Looking forward to using it more, and testing the remote control capabilities. Can't beat the price either.
    Date published: 2018-06-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Bought another one! It's a pro piece, not for consumer level users. If you are comfortable with network based interface and control you'll be just fine. It is rock solid and dependable - no laptop to crash!
    Date published: 2017-08-17
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor interoperability with professional IRDs. This is for firmware rev 1.1.1. Rolled the dice to see if this would work as a budget all-in-one H264 encoder IP encapsulator like a Teradek Cube. Tested unit as UDP multicast stream with Upcoms, Ericsson/Tandberg rx8200, Dektec DTE-3100, Adtec RD-60, and Harmonic 7100. Only the Upcoms decoded video and audio from this unit. It also worked with an Amino a130, but that is a consumer set top box and definitely not professional. Initial configuration was straight forward, the web gui was not very intuitive but still usable, there aren't a lot of handles when it comes to audio and video parameters. To be clear, this review is only negative based on broadcast professional decoder/de-encapsulator issues. Just want to save someone else the time and expense of testing. I suspect this is meant for streaming to a CDN like Akemai or Facebook, and it might work fine for that, but that isn't what I tested.
    Date published: 2017-08-28
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