Pearl-2

All in one video encoder and video production system

Product Code: EPI-ESP1150

Suggested Retail Price £5,465+VAT

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  • All in one video encoder and video production system
  • Capture 6 video sources at once
  • NDI® and NDI|HX support
  • capture stunning 4K* video at 30 fps.
  • Seamless CMS support for Kaltura and Panopto
  • Easily integrate with Crestron AV Systems
  • Remote login - Login to your Pearl-2 securely from anywhere over an Internet connection
  • Supports Secure Reliable transport (SRT) with end-to-end 256 bit AES encryptions, HLS and MPEG-DASH over HTTPS, as well as Real Time Messaging Protocol Secure (RTMPS)
  • Worry-free deployment in your enterprise network with support for 802.1x certificate authentication and HTTPS for encrypted admin access
  • Simultaneously live stream to YouTube, Facebook and any other CDN or video portal
  • Switch video sources live
  • Design your own custom layouts, including picture in picture, using the drag-and-drop editor in Pearl-2’s web-based Admin panel
  • Single person operation
  • Output video to local displays
  • Stream locally - Use Pearl-2’s built-in streaming server to share via unicast or multicast stream to up to 50 viewers
  • Stream to CDNs - Supported CDNs including Facebook Live, Youtube, Wowza, Livestream, Akamai, Ustream and others
  • Capture ISOs in full detail
  • CMS/LMS integration - Blackboard, Kaltura, Mediasite and Moodle
  • Available as desktoprackmount or rackmount twin

*Requires the 4K feature add-on
*Pearl-2 Rackmount Twin requires 2x 4K feature add-ons

Epiphan Pearl-2™ is the easiest way to do *4K live streaming, switching, and recording

Manage your streaming, recording, and live switching in one place with this all-in-one video encoder and video production system.

*Requires the 4K feature add-on

Stream to viewers everywhere

Simultaneously live stream to YouTube, Facebook or other content delivery networks and content management systems using SRT, HLS, MPEG-DASH, custom RTMP/RTMPS, and RTSP. At the same time, use the built-in streaming server to stream locally to web browsers, smart TVs, and set-top boxes. Integration with Kaltura and Panopto CMSs means no complicated stream URLs to set up. Just schedule your webcast event and start streaming.

Share your webcast

Locally share unicast or multicast streams to up to 50 viewers with popular streaming protocols such as HTTP, HLS, FLV, ASF, UPnP, and SAP.

Secure streaming

Stream content securely with Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) end-to-end 256 bit AES encryption, HLS and MPEG-DASH over HTTPS, as well as Real Time Messaging Protocol Secure (RTMPS).

Leverage SRT for high-quality, low-latency video streaming

The Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) protocol uses the latest in live streaming technology to keep your live video productions looking great. Add a remote guest or contributor over SRT to bring professional-quality sources into your Pearl-powered productions.

4K* Recording

Harness the power of Pearl-2’s 6th generation Intel i7 processor to capture stunning 4K* video at 30 fps. Pearl-2’s hardware-accelerated encoder provides flawless H.264 encoding for maximum compatibility and performance with any video portal or player.

*Requires the 4K feature add-on

Internal 500 GB SSD drive

Save recordings directly to the internal 500 GB solid state drive. Easily download recordings and manage files using the Admin panel or Epiphan Live.

Automatic or manual file uploads

Fail-proof recording to the local SSD hard drive while automatically transferring recorded files to a USB drive, local server or network storage (FTP or SFTP).

Switch video sources live

Incredibly easy to use, Pearl 2’s intuitive touch screen makes switching between your video sources and layouts a breeze. Or use the browser-based Epiphan Live and switch from almost anywhere using a tablet, PC, or mobile phone.

Custom layout designer

Design custom layouts like PiP with the easy drag-and-drop custom layout editor. Combine, crop, and scale video sources to make dynamic layouts. Add transparent png images, custom backgrounds, text overlays, timestamps, and more.

Easy PiP layouts

Make PiP, side-by-side, three-quarter layouts and more for dynamic-looking visual presentations. The possibilities are endless.

Chroma key for green screens and graphics

Pearl-2’s chroma key support allows for easy green screen setups and third party titling software to include rich animations and lower thirds.

Images and dynamic text

Customize the look of your event with transparent PNG images and custom backgrounds. Easily add timestamps and other dynamic text content to layouts. Create custom system variables for even more flexibility, like adding the current GPS location.

Video inputs

Connect cameras, computers, imaging equipment, or just about anything to Pearl-2. Standard and custom resolutions up to 4096×2160 from SDI, HDMI, and USB sources are accepted, as well as network-based H.264 RTSP, NDI®, NDI|HX, and SRT sources.

  • 2× 12G SDI
  • 2× HDMI 1.4a
  • 2× 4K HDMI
  • 2× USB 3.0 (UVC/UAC)
  • NDI / NDI|HX
  • SRT
  • RTSP (H.264)

Video output

Send an HDMI feed of your switched program to projectors for front-of-house presentations, display walls, or monitors for confidence monitoring. Share the program output or any individual input source.

  • 2× HDMI
  • NDI, RTSP, SRT

Network

Connect to the network over Ethernet.

  • 1× 10/100/1000 Ethernet port (RJ45)

Audio inputs

Mix embedded audio from you video sources with audio from professional mixers or other audio devices with individual input gain controls. Confidently monitor audio levels with on-screen VU meters and headphones.

  • 4 × XLR pro line level (+4.0 dBu) up to 12.3 VRMS, +24 dBu (balanced/unbalanced, mono or two L/R stereo pairs)
  • 1 × RCA consumer line level -10 dBV (L/R stereo pair)

Audio output

Connect headphones to the front-mounted 3.5 mm audio jack and monitor audio levels with on-screen VU meters.

  • 1 × 3.5 mm audio jack

Plug and play, or tweak to perfection

Pearl-2 is ready to use out of the box. Connect video sources directly to the HDMI inputs and start recording those right away using the intuitive touch screen. Or dig into the control interface and create a truly custom video presentation experience for your viewers.

Epiphan Live™

Switch your live program and instantly see the results using Epiphan Live.

API and RS-232

Comprehensive HTTP/HTTPS and RS-232 APIs for third party integrations.

Remote login

Login to your Pearl-2 securely from anywhere over an Internet connection. Quickly take control of Pearl-2 for remote rescue troubleshooting; support technicians in the field; and control recording, switching, and more.

Web-based UI for advanced control

From the web-based Admin panel, set up your channels and recorders, select custom resolutions and streaming options, configure security features like 802.1x, monitor system health, and more.

Local Admin panel

No need to bring along a laptop to configure Pearl-2. Connect a USB mouse, keyboard, and HDMI monitor for easy Admin panel access anywhere, anytime. You can even use a touch screen monitor.

Integrate with your Crestron System

Integrate Pearl-2 encoders more easily into Crestron AV systems using the Crestron-developed Control Module for Pearl. The bulk of the coding is already done. Build upon the Crestron driver’s existing code base for secure, API control over HTTP or HTTPS.

Comprehensive CMS support including Kaltura and Panopto

Full API integrations provide an effortless lecture capture and enterprise communication setup experience. Simply register Pearl-2 with your CMS to start using the encoder for scheduled, multi-camera VOD events, ad hoc events, and webcasting without complicated programming.

NDI® and NDI|HX for network video production

Pearl-2 supports NDI and alpha channels for broadcast quality video with low latency over Gigabit Ethernet networks. No extra HDMI or SDI cables required. Pearl-2 accepts video and audio from a wide variety of NDI enabled devices and cameras on the network. Plus it’s just as easy to share the output from Pearl-2 with other NDI devices on the network.

Secure live streaming and control

Stream securely using the latest protocols. Pearl encoders support Secure Reliable transport (SRT) with end-to-end 256 bit AES encryptions, HLS and MPEG-DASH over HTTPS, as well as Real Time Messaging Protocol Secure (RTMPS). And enjoy worry-free deployment in your enterprise network with support for 802.1x certificate authentication and HTTPS for encrypted admin access.

Digital certificate management

Pearl-2 supports PEAP, EAP-TLS, and EAP-TTLS authentication access control methods on 802.1x networks using passwords, usernames, and digital certificates. Easily upload and manage digital certificates on Pearl-2 using the Admin panel.

Role-based access control and LDAP support

Login to Pearl-2 with administrator, operator, or viewer privileges. LDAP authentication support on Pearl-2 lets you define domain name (DN) groups to assign user roles in bulk so users can login with their LDAP credentials.

Secure streaming

Get end-to-end secure streaming with up to 256 bit AES encryption using SRT or encrypt content over TLS/SSL connections using RTMPS. Use HLS and MPEG-DASH to secure live streaming over HTTPS.

HTTPS and SFTP secure data transport

Securely access the Admin panel and configure Pearl-2 over an HTTPS connection. Encrypt and send sensitive recordings from Pearl-2 to offsite SFTP servers using the Automatic File Transfer.

Advanced networking

Pearl-2 is flexible and easy to connect to the network with auto discovery. View and reconfigure the IP address directly on Pearl-2 using the touch screen. Configure DHCP and perform network diagnostic troubleshooting from the Admin panel.

Epiphan Video Pearl-2 Rackmount
Pearl-2 Rackmount

All in one video encoder and video production system - Rackmount

Epiphan Video Pearl-2 Rackmount Twin
Pearl-2 Rackmount Twin

All in one video encoder and video production system - Twin Rackmount

Epiphan Video Pearl-2 4K Addon
Pearl-2 4K Addon

Add 4K functionality to your Pearl 2
[EPI-ESP1205]

How do I control Pearl-2?

You can use Pearl-2’s touch screen display and operator-friendly Epiphan Live web control panel for simple confidence monitoring and stream/record control. And secure remote login allows you to control your Pearl-2 from just about anywhere there’s access to the Internet.

Developers can use the HTTP/HTTPS or RS-232 APIs to control Pearl-2. As well, Crestron developed a control module specifically for Pearl-2 that provides a solid base for you to build Pearl-2 in to your Crestron AV system.

How do I configure Pearl-2?

Pearl-2 is ready to use right out of the box! Plug in a source into the back of Pearl-2 and you can capture, stream and record right away! For additional configuration, use the web-based Admin panel interface.

The touch screen lets you control switching for Pearl-2’s video mixer, load saved configuration presets and perform recording or streaming control. Advanced users can use Pearl-2’s HTTP or RS-232 APIs to integrate with larger systems.

Secure remote login lets you access the web-version of the Admin panel so you can do rescue troubleshooting and channel configuration from just about anywhere there’s Internet access.

Is remote login secure?

Yes! A secure propriety tunnel over port 443 is used to access the Internet so you can do rescue troubleshooting, recording control, and even channel configuration from just about anywhere there’s access to the Internet.

How many sources can Pearl-2 capture?

Pearl-2 can encode one Ultra HD 4K program (with two 4K sources and two HD sources) or up to six Full HD 1080p programs at a time. Within your program(s), you can use any combination of IP cameras and sources connected to Pearl-2’s HDMI, 4K HDMI, USB video, or 12G-SDI ports.

Does Pearl-2 come with HEVC/H.265 codec for 4K encoding?

No. Pearl-2 currently supports AVC video encoding (e.g. H.264 and MJPEG codecs) for encoding at all resolutions. However, Pearl-2’s processing power allows the possibility of supporting HEVC and other codecs in the future.

Can Pearl-2 capture from IP cameras?

Yes. Pearl-2 can capture from RTSP sources over a network (such as IP cameras or even other Pearl or Pearl-2 systems) at resolutions up to 1080p. See our online user guide for a list of RTSP cameras we have tested so far.

Can I plug my USB camera into Pearl-2?

Yes! The USB video ports on the back of Pearl-2 can accept video and audio from up to two USB web cameras at a time. You can change the settings on the cameras using the source controls on the admin panel, and put them in your layouts just like any other video source.

Does Pearl-2 stream to iPad, iPhone, iTouch?

Yes. Pearl-2 uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming technology to create a separate native stream for Apple iOS devices such as iPad, iPhone, and iTouch.

Does Pearl-2 stream to tablets and smartphones?

Yes. Pearl-2 supports HLS streaming. When this feature is enabled viewers can access the stream using a tablet or smartphone device. Tablet and smartphone viewers can also view other media streams depending on the device and viewing application.

Recording PTZ Cameras

PTZ cameras are not like traditional camcorders. A few can record video internally to a Micro SD card, but these are the exceptions rather than the rule. Lumens, Datavideo and the high-end Panasonic PTZ Cameras (like the AW-HE130 and AW-UE150) do not have internal recording so we must look at other options. The Panasonic AW-HE38, AW-HE40, AW-HE42, and AW-UE70 can all record HD, (the UE70 can even record in UHD). This internal recording can be very useful, but it is heavily compressed so the quality is not as good as the cameras are capable of.

Quick guide to lecture capture

There’s nothing mystical about recording, streaming and sharing lectures with students. In fact a full distance learning system can be designed and installed in weeks. It starts with three simple steps: 1. Lecture Theatre Camera Use a professional camera with a zoom lens that you can control remotely. With this sort of (PTZ) camera, you can position it anywhere, including fixed to the ceiling in an inverted position. For now, the camera can be just zoomed in on the lecturer. When there’s an audience, it can zoom out and pan to capture the whole room. There’s a broad selection of professional models that deliver fantastic results in dark rooms and sun-lit halls.

eLearning: when students are in different time zones

UK institutions are facing the threat of a significant loss of income from overseas students in the 2020-2021 academic year. The government has signalled that degree level education can be delivered remotely and online but only where the quality of learning is maintained at a high standard. To achieve this goal, universities are implementing an eLearning strategy that places the student experience first. Without that, courses risk losing accreditation and university funding becomes a critical issue.

Video Streaming Solutions - Beginner's Guide

Stream it live to anywhere from anywhere The simplest way to deliver content live to staff, students, customers and service users is via YouTube Live or Facebook Live. There are lots of ways to produce and stream professional looking video. Our technical team can advise you on the best solution for your needs – give us a call on 01457 851000.

New launches at ISE 2020

Here's an overview of our vendors exhibiting at ISE 2020. Please call us on +44 (0)1457 851000 if you would like to book a stand tour with one of our manufacturers. BLACKMAGIC DESIGN HALL 3, STAND C140 The Video Assist 12G 5” and 7” monitor recorders are now shipping. The original HD versions were incredibly popular with AV technicians who wanted to verify SDI and HDMI feeds and check waveform levels. For production teams, their 4K HDR capture makes them a superb on-camera SD card recorder. The ATEM Mini is a very small, cost-effective 4 channel HDMI video switcher with streaming output. Great as a portable mixer or a signal switcher, it’s being adopted by everyone from conference producers to AV technicians looking for simple HDMI switching.

Holdan adds Epiphan Video to its portfolio

Epiphan Video has appointed Holdan as its UK & Ireland distributor for the full range of Epiphan’s live capture and streaming technologies. As the leading technology distributor for the professional video and broadcast markets, Holdan will work alongside Epiphan to enhance reseller support and to develop new opportunities in corporate AV, education and public sector video.

Firmware 4.11.0 Update

  • Assign select administrator-level functions to operators, like channel setup, networking, configuration presets, and more.
  • Update NDI on Pearl-2 to NDI version 4.1. (Pearl-2 only)
  • Monitor AFU file uploads and manual file transfers to USB drives using the touch screen and the Admin panel; as well as cancel USB file transfers using the Admin panel.
  • Support for Kaltura's lecture capture plus live event type.

Firmware 4.9.1 Update

  • Kaltura users can enter more ad hoc event details like a description, categories, and tags when creating an ad hoc event.
  • You can now set how often the Admin panel polls Kaltura to update the events listed on the Events page.
  • Panopto users can now authenticate for ad hoc events using credentials defined on third party identity providers such as Canvas and identity providers that support SAML 2.0.
  • Panopto users can select the folder location where their recordings are uploaded in Panopto for ad hoc events.
  • There's a new setting to automatically log users out of their CMS session after their ad hoc event ends.
  • We've added international character support in channel names, layout names, video and audio input names, text overlays, and in the name of recorded files - including the following:
    • Western European/Nordic languages: Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.
    • Central/Eastern European languages: Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, and Russian.

Firmware 4.9.0 Update

  • Full Panopto integration to use Pearl as a remote recorder for multiple-source scheduled, recurring, and unscheduled ad hoc video recordings and webcasts with easy user authentication using the touch screen.
  • For Kaltura, we added multiple source ad hoc VOD recording and webcast creation directly from the touch screen with user authentication, plus added support for multiple source ad hoc recordings.
  • You can now toggle between temperature/CPU load on the touch screen.
  • The EDID of each input is verified when Pearl is powered on.
  • We improved support for the 4:2:2 color space on 12G and 6G SDI. (Pearl-2)
  • USB tethering feature has been removed.
  • Some minor changes to the Admin panel arrow key and AFU controls.

Download the latest Firmware and Software

  • Pearl 2
  • 1 x hard shell case
  • 1 x SDI cable (3 feet / 1 meter in length)
  • 1 x HDMI cable (3 feet / 1 meter in length)
  • 1 x HDMI to DVI adapter
  • 1 x Ethernet cable
  • 1 x region-specific power supply cable (6 feet / 1.8 meters in length)

Also Consider

Panasonic AW-UE4K
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[PAN-AWUE4K]

Panasonic AW-UE150K
Panasonic AW-UE150K

UHD/4K 59.94p Integrated PTZ Camera - Black
[PAN-AWUE150KEJ8]

Lumens VC-A70H White
Lumens VC-A70H White

4K UltraHD PTZ Camera with HDBaseT - White
[LUM-VCA70HW]

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