Product testers have been taken back by the extremely high quality of the encoded pictures that Beam sends. It's an essential product for broadcast crews that don't have the time or opportunity to lay cables for run and gun type interviews. The stability of the wireless connection and the range of transmission make it ideal for producing dynamic news reports.
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The Teradek Beam is a full HD camera-back H.264 encoder, capable of delivering stunning video at bit rates up to 50Mbps. Beam utilizes the unlicensed 5GHz band and can transmit video up to 2500ft with just 2 frames of latency. Whether the job requires a wireless link back to the OB Van or an MPEG-TS stream back to the station, Beam gives broadcasters unparalleled flexibility in the field.
With a 3G-SDI input and your choice of AB- or V-mount battery plates, Beam seamlessly integrates with all popular professional cameras. The chassis also includes an OLED screen for quick configuration, LAN port for broadcasting over wired networks, and a bidirectional serial port for camera control.
Beam is multicast capable to up to 4 receivers and includes a dedicated bidirectional IFB channel, which allows a news operations center to speak directly to the camera operator in the field. Beam also supports high power transmission on the 5.15 ~ 5.25GHz band in accordance with FCC regulations. This means that your wireless video feed will be more resilient and get better range.
Beam is compatible with the RTSP and MPEG-TS protocols, giving broadcasters the ability to transmit video over the Internet to a Beam decoder or directly to computers at very high bit rates. The Beam decoder can also act as an RTSP server, which will re-stream your video feed directly to a local computer.
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