NAB 2012: Haivision High in the Cloud with KulaByte 4.0

Haivision is set to launch its KulaByte 4.0 software for efficient high-quality cloud transcoding at the 2012 NAB Show. KulaByte is a software-based live H.264 video transcoder that delivers high quality RTMP Dynamic Streaming for Flash video and Adaptive HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) for iOS devices. Now available for both Linux and Windows, KulaByte 4.0 delivers significant gains in transcoding performance and cost savings, according to Haivision.

With KulaByte 4.0, Haivision has migrated the award winning transcoding engine to Linux to simplify deployment of the software within cloud computing environments, improving long-term performance and reliability, and taking advantage of lower-cost cloud instances. KulaByte 4.0 Linux-support combines a 30% performance gain and a 30 to 40% cost reduction when deployed in cloud environments, such as Amazon’s EC2. Additionally, the transcoder introduces a simplified user interface and support for closed captioning, ad insertion, and ingestion of H.264 in MPEG-2 Transport Stream encapsulation.

“KulaByte is cornerstone technology in the over-the-top (OTT) video streaming segment,” says Peter Maag, CMO for Haivision. “Migrating KulaByte to Linux was only natural. Linux is the foundation for almost all of Haivision’s systems and appliances. Now, KulaByte will benefit from true carrier-grade performance, both within the server systems and in the cloud.”

KulaByte cloud transcoding technology has been in use extensively by Haivision clients and within Haivision’s HyperStream cloud transcoding service, enabling major global streaming events such as South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin City Limits, the NASCAR Sprint Series, and the Masters Golf Tournament.

The KulaByte 4.0 transcoder will be available as a server appliance or as software-only for installation within cloud computing environments in Spring 2012.

Viper KB Portable Internet Encoder and Viper MAX Stand-Alone Recorder
Haivision will launch the Viper KB, a compact, portable appliance that simplifies Internet streaming. With a very simple touch-screen interface, users can quickly stream full HD at multiple bit rates for Dynamic Flash and Adaptive HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) networks. Haivision will also showcase Viper MAX, a stand-alone, dual-channel performance-streaming, recording, VoD, and publishing appliance for the conference room, classroom, and medical procedure room.

Furnace 6.3 IPTV/IP Video System With Internet and Mobile Support
Haivision’s Furnace IP video distribution system, which can deliver real-time broadcast video securely throughout facilities and across campuses, now directly supports any device, anywhere. InStream Mobile, to be initially available on iOS devices, enables authenticated viewers to access live Furnace video channels. Additionally, leveraging Haivision’s Internet Media (KulaByte) technology, VF Mobile, part of the Furnace administrative suite, can associate any live Furnace channel to Dynamic Flash and Adaptive HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) networks and CDN targets.

Makito Encoder With RTMP Internet Streaming
The Makito, Haivision’s most popular compact H.264 encoding appliance supporting  low latency 1080p60, now supports direct live RTMP streaming to the Internet and CDNs. The Makito, with HiLo-Streaming, can encode multiple bitrate streams that can be simultaneously directed to LAN targets leveraging transport stream multicast and WAN infrastructures with RTMP.

Kraken ISR Performance Transcoder
Designed specifically for performance transcoding challenges within the military, the Kraken ISR flawlessly transcodes full-motion video (FMV) for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications. The Kraken ISR delivers low latency MPEG-2/H.264 to H.264 transcoding while accurately re-associating KLV metadata with all streams.

Torpedo DVB-to-IP Gateways with Encryption
Torpedo enables enterprises to get digital broadcast transmissions onto their networks without re-encoding the video. Supporting free to air satellite (DVB-S/S2) and terrestrial (DVB-T/T2) signals, and those encrypted in accordance with the DVB-CI standard, the Torpedo gateway delivers broadcasts over IP multicast networks. A single Torpedo can support up to 15 content streams. Torpedo may be used stand-alone or integrated with Haivision’s Furnace IP video system, supporting end-to-end video encryption and allowing enterprises to adhere to content agreements.