By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
In a live stream to all major social media portals, as well as their own website, BoxCast announced the much awaited BoxCaster Pro streaming media encoder today, promising a “new era” in affordable, live streaming video at any budget. Not only that, but with 4K 60p frame rates using H.265 HEVC encoding, the pocket sized live encoder will be future proofed for many years to come.
In the world of live streaming, there are massive compromises, and we felt that, before today, organizations were caught in a catch 22. On the one hand, organizations are spending tens of thousands of dollars to achieve high-quality live broadcasts that are produced by someone else. On the other hand, they are tempted to stream using free social media tools, until they realize the shortcomings and limitations of those very platforms. That’s why we created BoxCaster Pro. – Gordon Daily, CEO Boxcast
The benefit of the BoxCaster Pro is that is seems to darned flexible. Being able to run a single camera setup via HDMI, or a multi camera live stream via 12G-SDI with professional video switchers, and everything in between, Boxcaster Pro can ingest video from any resolution starting at SD and going all the way up to 4K60p.
But while the Boxcaster Pro is capable of taking in high resolution 4K60 streams, it is currently capped at 1080p 60p, largely due to the streaming limitations of portals like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
Boxcast can handle so many various resolutions and output to the highest available streaming bitrate thanks to adopting of the incoming standard of H.265 HEVC encoding, which can provide high resolution images at half the bitrate of H.264 AVCHD and others. This gives lower end streaming sites the advantage of being able to boost their quality without worrying about choking their streams because they haven’t bought enough bandwidth or not being scalable.
Other key features of the BoxCaster Pro include:
- Ingest video of any resolution, from SD to 4K/60fps
- Stream up to 1080p60
- Future-Proof: 4K -ready live streaming
- HEVC/h.265 encoding (h.265 provides ~2x improvement over h.264)
- SDI (SD, HD, 3G, 6G, 12G) input and loop output
- HDMI 2.0a input and pass-through output
- 2 XLR and balanced 1/4″ combo audio inputs
- ¼”-20 threaded mounting hole
- Screw-in power cable (Ops rejoices)
Feedback / Confidence Monitoring
- 4.3” Touchscreen for confidence monitoring and simple configuration
- LED ring for simple status indication
- On-screen advanced diagnostics
- Controlled through BoxCast cloud-based software and broadcaster app
- Headphone jack
There’s also plans in the coming year, to add HDR support, though there is no timeline for when the update will occur.
Boxcaster also supports three different streaming subscription plans available for any budget, which starts at $99 a month. Those plans include:
The BoxCast Standard Plan, which offers unlimited full HD streaming (up to 1080p) and unlimited viewership through the BoxCast Platform. The BoxCast Standard Plan includes responsive embedding on any website, one month of automatically recorded broadcasts, basic viewer analytics, live phone support, and Google DFP integration to insert pre-roll advertisements.
The BoxCast Advanced Plan, which offers unlimited full HD streaming (up to 1080p) and unlimited viewership through the BoxCast Platform. The BoxCast Advanced Plan includes responsive embedding on any website, 12-month of automatically recorded broadcasts, advanced viewer analytics, live phone support, highlight clipping and a channel on the BoxCast AppleTV and Roku Apps.
The BoxCast Advanced Plus Plan, which offers unlimited full HD streaming (up to 1080p) and unlimited viewership through the BoxCast Platform. The BoxCast Advanced Plus Plan includes responsive embedding on any website, 12-month of automatically recorded broadcasts, advanced viewer analytics, live phone support, highlight clipping and ticketed broadcasts.
Available now, BoxCaster Pro lists for $3495, but if users act now, and sign up for a streaming plan plus the BoxcasterPro Streaming Bundle (which offers live cloud based graphics and 60p frame rates), they can get the Boxcaster Pro for $1995. Offer good from BoxCast directly, or from authorized resellers worldwide.