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An interview from the 2017 InfoComm Show in Orlando, Florida with Eric Norrell of AJA Video Systems. AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high quality, cost effective products to the professional broadcast, video and postproduction markets. In this interview Eric talks with us about the latest v1.1 firmware for its versatile HELO H.264 streaming, encoding and recording device. The update adds new features to HELO that further simplify and expand live production workflows.

HELO is an affordable, flexible H.264 streaming and recording standalone device. Combining SDI and HDMI I/O into a single appliance, it allows users to stream out to a Content Delivery Network (CDN) while simultaneously encoding and recording H.264 files to either SD cards, USB storage or network based storage.

HELO opens up a world of new streaming workflows for AV, live events, houses of worship, webcasting, corporate communications, production and post. HELO firmware v1.1 offers a scheduler that triggers pre-planned start and stop of recording and streaming media simplifying projects that require definitive schedules. The schedule may be programmed locally through HELO’s web UI, by importing ICS files or by linking to external calendar providers such as Google Calendar.

HELO offers a dedicated Record button right on the front of HELO’s small and mobile interface for immediate recording. It also provides simultaneous recording while streaming and with v1.1 firmware, redundant recording of one file to two media destinations simultaneously. This enables you to hand a client a copy of the event right after recording ends, while maintaining a master in house.

HELO’s H.264 based encoding not only ensures beautiful, efficiently sized files, it means your recording medium choices are wide open. Utilize USB thumb sticks, drives and RAIDs, common SD, SDHC or SDXC media or network shares across a switch.

A USB connection and robust web browser based UI allows you to setup and configure your CDN connection before you even arrive at your event. Once there, simply press the Stream button and deliver your project across HELO’s Ethernet connection, which allows support for RTP/RTSP, RTMP as well as Unicast.

HELO v1.1 firmware feature highlights include:

- A scheduler that triggers preplanned start and stop of recording and streaming media. The schedule may be programmed locally through HELO’s web UI, by importing ICS files or by linking to external calendar providers such as Google Calendar
- Redundant recording of one file to two media destinations simultaneously
- A recording file segment size of 360 minutes for TS files for long event recordings
- Support for up to five RTSP streams
- REST API documentation to describe how to automate basic HELO functions

For more information please visit: www.AJA.com

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