LiveStream at #IBC2018
The big product for LiveStream this year is the ‘Studio One’, this is probably simply described as a desktop version of their hardware boxes. It fits in the market between the rack mounts units like the HD51 and the portable units like HD550.
The Studio One comes with Livestream Studio 5 pre-installed which runs on all their hardware and offers all the same graphics, switching and mixing options, then stream the output to Vimeo, Livestream, Facebook, Periscope, Ustream, YouTube, Akamai, Wowza, Twitch etc.
The Box itself is a reasonably compact 7.5”x12”x6.5” But under the hood is a nice bit of power, running on the Intel Core i7-8700 Processor, Intel HD630 GFX, 16GB Ram, with Magwell Eco and Blackmagic Mini Monitor squeezed in too. I was little surprised to find it has an HDD and not an SSD but I’m assuming that is to keep the costs down.
A powerful machine combined with the Livestream Software is always a winner, but I’ve got to be honest I’m not a fan of the physical design of the Studio One. I liked the concept behind the HD550 self-contained and portable, then there’s the HD31/51 (true, you can only get so flashy with a 2U rack mounted bit kit) but the HD51 is always eye-catching when all lit up.
Then along comes the Studio One and…. Its… Erm… well I hate to say it, but it looks like they’ve used the design of 10 year old Tivo box, pretty domestic looking. Livestream have clearly done their research and found that most will generally just have it sat on a desk and so they have designed it to do just that, it just looks a little uninspiring to me.
The Tyrell Take
I find the pricing of the Studio One quite interesting as its only slightly more than the HD31 but is significantly more powerful and I wonder if this is destined to kill off the HD31. From what I can tell the only function lacking on the Studio One is that there is only one extended screen output rather than the 2 you get using the HD31 but the Studio One is significantly more powerful machine which I think will give it the edge.
All in all this is a great little machine given the size of it and I suspect it will prove very popular – give us a call today to find out more.