The original Livestream Broadcaster did wonders to turn nearly any HDMI camera into a live streaming solution. Building upon this concept, Livestream has announced the Broadcaster Mini, which removes the Ethernet port and built-in display of the original Broadcaster to produce a more compact device for unhindered mobility in the field. In addition to the smaller size, other updates include support for 1080p video streaming (at 4 Mbps), a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and 5 GHz Wi-Fi support.
The Broadcast Mini is designed to be set up easily and fully controlled using the free Livestream app on your iOS or Android device. You can even use the app as a video monitor to preview exactly what your viewers are seeing. Video is encoded using the H.264 codec with ACC audio, and can be streamed to the Livestream cloud service platform for easy viewing on mobile devices, nearly any web browser, or a Roku-connected TV. Additionally, you can use several Broadcaster Minis together as multiple camera inputs for the Livestream Studio Software for multi-camera broadcasts and easy HD streaming to YouTube, Ustream, Wowza Streaming Servers, Zixi, Akamai, and Adobe Media Server.
The internal lithium-ion battery provides approximately two hours of live streaming on a single charge, which should suffice for many applications. For longer shoots, an external USB power source is required. Included with the Broadcaster Mini is a combined camera shoe, tripod, and strap mount, 36" micro USB-to-USB cable, and an 18" Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable. Whether you’re shooting a concert, sporting event, lecture, or conference, the Broadcaster Mini is a simple and cost-effective way to add wireless streaming to your HDMI camera, in a form that’s small enough to fit in your pocket.