NewTek has developed the MediaDS real time media encoding and live streaming video delivery system by working in collaboration with Wowza. The system claims an ‘industry first’ in that it is an end-to-end streaming solution enabling the delivery of any production to any device with a web browser.
Combining Wowza’s streaming software with NewTek’s live production technology in a 1U unit, MediaDS removes the need to deliver content via a CDN or third-party streaming service and allows users to build a virtual CDN or edge network by connecting multiple units together. Connection is by way of either a LAN or an IP network.
MediaDS is designed to serve as a media server while also hosting additional content, such as web pages. Using embed codes, users are able to insert the Wowza Player into existing web pages. The system also provides support for dedicated multiviewer monitoring, the management of image and sound quality with integrated waveform and vectorscope displays, independent colour correction tools and multi-channel audio level control. Multiple channels can be stacked from the same source, encoded into different renditions and grouped into the stream, facilitating adaptive bitrate streaming.
External streaming services are also compatible, including YouTube, Facebook Live and Wowza’s CDN. With four SDI inouts, MediaDS supports up to 1080p over 3G.