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Tascam VSR-264 Stand-Alone Full HD Video Encoder/Decoder for Live Streaming (HDMI)

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Tascam VSR-264 Stand-Alone Full HD Video Encoder/Decoder for Live Streaming (HDMI)
Key Features
  • H.264 Streaming and Recording
  • Resolution Supported up to 1920 x 1080
  • HDMI Input/Output
  • Streams via RTSP, RTMP
The Tascam VSR-264 Stand-Alone Full HD Video Encoder/Decoder for Live Streaming streams and records up to 1920 x 1080 over IP. It simultaneously records video, encodes, streams, and decodes multiple streams using the H.264 codec. It supports encoding at up to 30 Mb/s using H.264 and can record to either SD cards, or attached USB drives.
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Tascam VSR-264 Overview

The Tascam VSR-264 Stand-Alone Full HD Video Encoder/Decoder for Live Streaming streams and records up to 1920 x 1080 over IP. It simultaneously records video, encodes, streams, and decodes multiple streams using the H.264 codec. It supports encoding at up to 30 Mb/s using H.264 and can record to either SD cards, or attached USB drives.

The TASCAM DISCOVERY app allows you to remotely manage multiple units via an easy-to-use web GUI. After setup, all settings are saved locally to the individual VS-R units, so they can operate without being controlled by a computer. The unit powers by PoE+, allowing you to place it anywhere you can run an appropriate Ethernet cable connected to a router that supports PoE+. If that is not possible, an AC power adapter is available. Mounting brackets are included, and an optional AK-RS1 shelf allows you rackmount two units side-by-side.

New Firmware V1.1

  • Simultaneously stream to up to 3 online video platforms that use the RTMP or RTMPS protocol, which include YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, Wowza, Vimeo, Boxcast, DaCast and many others
  • RTMP can also be used to stream to online education platforms such as Planet eStream and Panopto
  • With multiple RTMP streams available, the VS-R can now send one stream to the main server URL and send a second stream to a different URL for a backup server
  • Increases total number of simultaneous streams to 8: 3 x RTMP/RTMPS, 1 x RTSP, 1 x HLS, 2 x RTP/UDP Unicast and 1 x RTP/UDP Multicast
  • Record directly to SD Cards or USB Storage Media at the same time and can automatically upload recorded files via FTP
  • Simultaneously receive an RTP/UDP Unicast/Multicast, an RTMP/RTMPS or an HLS stream and send the decoded AV output to an HDMI connected screen with audio via the balanced and unbalanced outputs connected to an audio system
  • Existing VS-R264 and VS-R265 owners can update their units to V1.1 using the 'Check for Update' utility in the Streaming Dashboard web GUI, or they can download the firmware from the TASCAM web site and update the unit using an SD Card or USB Storage Media
  • Encoding for Streaming Services

    The VSR-264 live stream encoder is an external stand-alone YouTube encoder that also provides Full HD streaming to popular Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) including Wowza, Ustream, AWS Elemental MediaLive, and CloudFront among others.
    The balanced analog Euroblock/Phoenix low-voltage wire connectors and unbalanced analog 3.5mm mini-stereo jacks provide audio I/O connections for a variety of commercial AV over IP environments, including corporate, education, house of worship, government, industrial, and security.
    Audio can be embedded from analog sources and de-embedded to drive networked audio playback, likewise digital audio within the HDMI I/O can be used. An integrated output level configuration function and reference level switching function (up to +20 dBu) allows reliable and flexible system structuring when streaming video.
    The VSR-264 live streaming encoder is compatible with popular standard streaming protocols, including HLS, RTMP, RTP/RTSP. Additionally it allows both Multicast and Unicast. The RESTful API is supported for integration into control systems in commercial AV installations.
    The VSR-264 can record directly to USB connected media or SD cards via a front-panel loading slot.
    Recorded files can be automatically uploaded to an FTP server for creating back-up copies, editing, or re-purposing to the web.
    The Mac/Windows compatible "TASCAM DISCOVERY" app allows multiple VS-R units connected to the network to be managed from a simple Web-browser based GUI. All configuration settings are saved within the VS-R devices, so that in normal operation no computer is needed for streaming or recording.
    PoE+ functionality eliminates the need for AC adapters in AV installations. An optional TASCAM AC power supply (sold separately) is available where external AC power is required.
    UPC: 043774034185

    Tascam VSR-264 Specs

    IP Encoding/Decoding
    IP VideoH.264:
    720 x 480 to 1920 x 1080 at 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50i, 59.94p, 60p Encoding
    Transport ProtocolsRTMP, RTSP
    Simultaneous Streams2 Streams
    Video Connectors1 x HDMI (HDMI 1.4a) Input
    1 x HDMI (HDMI 2.0) Output
    Audio Connectors1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Analog Input
    1 x 6-Pin Euroblock Stereo Analog Input
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Analog Output
    1 x 6-Pin Euroblock Stereo Analog Output
    Other I/O1 x RJ45 10/100/1000 Ethernet Input/Output
    Internal Recording
    Recording Media1 x SDHC
    1 x USB 3.0 Type-A
    Recording Modes1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (MP4 via H.264/AVC)
    1280 x 720p at 50/59.94/60 fps (MP4 via H.264/AVC)
    720 x 576p at 50 fps (MP4 via H.264/AVC)
    720 x 480p at 59.94/60 fps (MP4 via H.264/AVC)
    Power Connector1 x RJ45 Input
    1 x Barrel (12 VDC at 2 A) Input
    Dimensions8.43 x 5.36 x 1.75" / 214 x 136.1 x 44.5 mm (Includes Protusions)
    Weight1.76 lb / 0.8 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight2.81 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.5 x 8.3 x 4.3"

    Tascam VSR-264 Reviews

    Solid stand alone encoder/decoder, but beware some bugs

    By Matt
    Rated 3 out of 5
    Date: 2022-02-20

    I like the potential of this stand alone encoder, especially because of the number of stream outputs you get. Having 3 outputs for RTMP/RTMPS is big for me since I'm usually sending live video to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Also, the decoding function on this device is extremely useful. I'm able to use this device at my house by having encoders at our control room send streams via RTP and this device can decode the output to a TV for me. One thing I don't like about it, the fact that it only has HDMI for input/output is a bit annoying since I work primarily with SDI. Also, the process for upgrading the software is very delicate. I learned this the hard way when I tried doing it for the first time over the Internet (which the device instructed me to do) and it failed, which rendered the unit dead. Called TASCAM support and they said there was no way to fix it short of sending it to them, but thankfully in my case I could easily send it back to B&H for an exchange. I learned that you really should only do updates on this machine by downloading the software and loading it to the SD card that you then plug into the device. If you load new firmware via the SD card slot on the machine it will upgrade just fine. But come on TASCAM, get it together and figure out a way to not have the machine rendered useless because your own software wants to update via the web! And also, how can you not give users a way to fix a machine that has a firmware issue besides mailing it to you?! USB interface maybe? Do better, other manufacturers of these devices have that capability.

    Old Computers? No problem!

    By Ruth Ann
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2020-05-24

    I purchased this device because I loved the fact that recording and streaming were distinct processors. Since I am only using a computer to choose settings, my ancient Mac can keep trucking along. The processing is so much more stable than a software encoder, because it cannot be interrupted by another process. And it is very cost effective compared to a massive computer upgrade that would be required for software encoding. Love the full HD recording separate from the stream. Easy to use; good software interface. We paired it with Black Magic Design ATEM Television Studio HD; this works very well but it does require an SDI to HDMI converter, also available from BMD.

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