The Quicklink Mac Live

Quicklink launches latest version of Mac Live Encoding Software 5.7

To correspond with the latest free update of OSX Yosemite from Apple, Quicklink has released a new version of its ever popular Mac Live that is fully optimised and compatible for this new operating system. The new version offers a new improved codec, improved Inmarsat BGAN HDR functionality and customised audio bitrate selection if a higher audio quality is desired.

In addition the new software automatically protects the stream over high-loss networks and offers superior quality on low bandwidth networks.

This latest version of the Quicklink Software LNG Mac Live is available as a Free Download Trial. Simply click the link below, fill the form out and your software will be sent by email.

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Quicklink Website

New Year, new website!

The newly updated Quicklink website is now further optimised on a variety of mobile platforms. Quicklink continue to focus on our core company value propositions – At Quicklink, we believe in empowering people with the best tools available to enable broadcasting on any network from any global location. We are passionate about providing innovative, quality, reliable video solutions to enable the story to be told.

More content is still on the way, but what would you like to see in the future?


 

The 5th December 2014 marked the anniversary of the passing of former South African president, Nelson Mandela.

Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life, lies approximately 6km from Cape Town harbour. The challenge that lay ahead of eNCA was to transport their equipment and successfully stream quality live footage with limited cellular coverage. eNCA needed a small and lightweight portable solution as well as sufficient internet connectivity to support a quality live broadcast transmission. Broadcast Deliveries Manager, Sean Thomas explains why the Quicklink Mini was selected by eNCA as the device of choice:

“The portability of the unit is one of the most important aspects because we had to access the island by ferries and we were limited on space. We used the Quicklink Mini, a small battery system, a small camera and a small tripod, the less equipment we had on the boat the better. We had to move around the island so the portability and ease of use of the unit was fantastic.”

The Quicklink Mini offers a high-quality video uplink solution for live newsgathering and online coverage of events. With 15 seconds boot time, it has been designed to meet the needs of broadcasters who are constantly on the move. Weighing at less than 750grams, the Mini provides portability and flexibility. By using the Quicklink Mini, eNCA were able to cover all the live breaking news broadcasts from Robben Island. They were mobile enough to scout the location for the best signal and deliver quality results. Sean Thomas explains:

“The signal areas are quite patchy on Robben Island but this is to be expected. However, we achieved 3-4mbps transmissions with the Quicklink Mini with just 4 Sims.” Sean continues: “It’s really simple to use, the training is minimal, and our cameraman after a 15 minute introduction could go out and operate it without a problem.”

Bethan Hill from Quicklink said:

“eNCA were able to increase their ratings due to broadcasting live from a remote area, their competitors struggled in achieving anything similar. This is a great example of what broadcasters are looking for when broadcasting live and this proves that Quicklink technology is up to the task.”

The Quicklink Mini is part of a line of hardware encoders provided by Quicklink and has become a part of the broadcaster’s essential equipment list. For more information about the Mini and Quicklink, click the link below.

 

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SNG Broadcast

On 18th September 2014 crowds of people were waiting for the final results of the Scottish Referendum both on the streets of Scotland and outside the Houses of Parliament in London.

There were numerous camera crews on standby in both locations broadcasting the event as it unfolded. Filming in such congested areas is extremely difficult when there is such a demand for high quality, low latency broadcasting of live interviews and debates,

Jeff Williams, a freelance cameraman/editor working with TV2 Denmark required a seamless transmission to be used over the Ka band network.Therefore, leading up to the Scottish referendum Jeff used the Quicklink 1U Encoder for UK national broadcasters and on also on the final results day with TV2 Denmark.

Sharon Howells from Quicklink said

“With enhanced bonding algorithms, the Quicklink 1U Encoder offers flexibility and resilience with the bonding capability of 3G/4G technology. Being further optimised for Ka band with features such as Adaptive/ Resilient Mode, Jeff was able to produce a quality and reliable broadcast for TV2 Denmark.”

The Quicklink 1U Encoder is a perfect solution for use over the Ka band network. Along with its 12v power the 1U encoder can also be installed in a 19” rack, which is ideal for both smaller outside broadcasting vans and larger SNG trucks.

Jeff Williams told Quicklink:

Using the Quicklink 1U Encoder, I was able to be centrally located in Parliament Square. I used the 1U encoder for a full 2 days”. He adds “The quality of the picture used over Ka band was excellent. The Quicklink encoder worked seamlessly for the entire engagement.”

See the published article on SVG Europe

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Thursday 27 November – Quicklink Video Distribution Services have announced that the latest release of the Quicklink hardware encoders include full BGAN HDR integration and control directly from the encoder. The encoders also include optimisation on both quality and latency when used in conjunction with an Inmarsat BGAN terminal.

The Inmarsat integration is available on all of the Quicklink hardware encoders which includes The Quicklink Mini, 1U Encoder, Merlin and the new Midi Backpack. Users can now control BGAN HDR terminals directly from the encoder GUI or alternatively via the remote interface through any mobile or tablet device. This allows the users to request 256 Kbps, BGAN X-Stream, half and full channel asymmetric and symmetric BGAN HDR profiles.

Quicklink has over 11 years’ experience of providing optimised solutions for the satellite industry and the latest developments demonstrate the increased resilience and performance that has been achieved.

Martin Turner, Director of Media, Inmarsat, said:

“Making technology as simple to use as possible is a key priority for Inmarsat so we are delighted that Quicklink has invested in achieving this. This partnership is fundamental to meeting the needs of media users and enabling them to fulfil the demands placed upon them.” 

About Inmarsat

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