Midi Backpack

Designed for performance and portability the backpack transmits broadcast quality, low latency live video over IP from the most challenging network locations.

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Key Features

  • 15+ bonded connections: Wi-Fi, USB and LAN
  • 5 seconds boot time
  • Optimised on lower throughput satellite
  • HEVC option to encode with each profile
  • Bonds multiple internet connections
  • 4 channel audio encoding
  • IFB return audio even when not transmitting
  • Includes iWatch App for additional connection speed and signal monitoring

 

Product Summary

Smaller, Lighter, Higher Quality
Weighing just 1.14 kgs, the Midi Encoder represents the ultimate uplink device for professionals. The optional HEVC/H.265 encoding engine can deliver the same visual quality as H.264 at close to 50% of the bitrate, reducing bandwidth costs.

Modern Design
The modular design also allows the encoder to be easily removed from the backpack for use in studios, vehicles and fly-packs.

Robust and Reliable
The Quicklink Midi Backpack automatically aggregates all available bandwidth seamlessly, without disruption of transmission – even as satellite, microwave or cellular connections are added or dropped. The per-network cellular connectivity status includes data such as throughput and network delay per connection in an easy visual display. This is also available as data displayed on the iWatch.

Optimised for satellite
The Quicklink Midi automatically optimises its transmission to maximise quality and to minimise latency. The encoder is fully tested on the Thuraya satellite, VSAT, Ka network and Inmarsat GX. The encoder also has full Inmarsat Bonded BGAN HDR Integration and control as well as inbuilt GPS functionality with custom integration to your own mapping system.

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iwatch

 

The Quicklink iStats App allows you to monitor your Quicklink video encoders wherever you are, in an instant, in real time. Synchronise the app with your encoders and continuously track their statuses and performance. The Quicklink iStats App stays on alert and guarantees you peace of mind!

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Features

  • Connection speed and signal strength monitoring
  • On and Off air transmission updates. Your apple device will vibrate if the video streaming is interrupted
  • Talkback status
  • Source information

 

How does it work?

Connect your Apple device to your Quicklink Encoder’s Wi-Fi. Once the connection is set-up, you are ready to go. Your Mobile Data can be disabled if required. You will instantaneously  and automatically receive the encoder’s status data on your Apple device screen.

If you wish to monitor another Quicklink Encoder, select the new encoder’s Wi-Fi connection.

 

Pricing and Availability

  • Quicklink iStats is available on the App Store free of charge
  • iStats requires iOS 9.2 or later
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple watches

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Last year saw fires raged throughout Western Cape and the mountains above Glencairn Heights in Cape Town, which took three fire engines, two helicopters and 25 ground crew to extinguish. The result of these fires around the Cape Peninsula affected surrounding areas forcing residents to evacuate their homes.
As residents were forced to flee the area, broadcasters such as eNCA had the difficult job of reporting and capturing live footage of the disaster. eNCA needed a mobile solution that would allow them to broadcast quality live footage from inaccessible areas such as mountains and moving vehicles.
eNCA used the Quicklink Backpack – the perfect solution for mobile live video. This was used over a 12-14 day period where they achieved 66 live streams using one backpack producing a very successful result. Overall eNCA transferred in excess of 200GB in data.
Broadcast Deliveries Manager Sean Thomas describes why eNCA chose the Quicklink Backpack:

“We chose Quicklink for this particular story because there were a lot of areas that were inaccessible to us so we needed mobility, but the main factor for us was the cost. For us it became the quickest, easiest, deployable solution to get camera crews and reporters to areas where we would not normally be able to go. A lot of the areas were inaccessible for the SNG truck because of the fire.”

The Quicklink Backpack is one of the most advanced compact broadcasting solutions on the market. To help broadcasters produce a quality live stream, Quicklink installed the latest version of the HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) or also known as H.265 codec. This delivered the same video quality as H.264 but using less bandwidth.
The Backpack software also allows users to bond together multiple available networks such as 3G/4G/Wi-Fi, Satellite and ADSL, in order to improve the speed and reliability of the internet network. The software automatically detects and seamlessly adjusts to suit the available network conditions whilst maintaining optimum broadcast quality.
By using the Quicklink Backpack eNCA were able to report on a large area of the fire and were mobile enough to get the story as it broke out. Sean Thomas adds:

“Our cameraman were using a Panasonic P2 camera with SDI connected to the Backpack. From initial boot up, it took 5 minutes to send a live stream with embedded audio using the 8 inbuilt high gain cellular modems.”

eNCA’s MCU has already increased their order for more Quicklink Backpacks hoping to deploy them to their other bureaus so they can have live contributions from different parts of the country.

  • HEVC/H.265 encoding options
  • Bonds multiple internet connections
  • Automatic Bandwidth Speed Detection with Automatic Adjustment
  • CPU information is displayed to ensure maximum quality is obtained
  • Resilient IP transport with synchronized audio priority
  • 2 x Ethernet ports for connection to satellite, supports additional optional modems via external USB ports
  • Dual hot swappable industry standard batteries allowing for continual unlimited running time
  • Automatic input format detection
  • Power from any industry standard XLR source
  • Central Management server not required for remote control. Advanced remote control, configuration and monitoring functions available direct from encoder, from Web GUI (any device) or from the studio
  • Inmarsat Bonded BGAN HDR Integration and control
  • Supports Bluetooth IFB (Interruptible Feedback) audio devices
  • Anti-bacterial, military grade backpack, includes rain cover
  • Backpack logo can be removed or can be custom designed
  • 8” Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi Remote hotspot access
  • Profiles optimised for satellite transmission
  • Automatic APN detection
  • Support for plugin modems
  • Quick button to manually disable cellular modems if required

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Technical Specifications for the Quicklink Midi Backpack
CPU Intel processor
Video Video inputs SDI Video Input 1 x 10 bit HD / SD (BNC), 1 x HDMI type A connector.
SD video formats 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC
HD video formats 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24, 1080PsF25, 1080p25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p30, 1080i50, 1080i59.94 and 1080i60
Video sampling 4:2:2
Colour precision & space 10 bit, Rec 601, Rec 709
Video encoder MPEG-4 Video part 10 (AVC/H.264), Baseline, Main and High ProfileH.264 video codec including bespoke enhancements. HEVC Option
SDI compliance SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 259M
Audio Audio inputs 2 Channels embedded in SD & HD. 8 Channels embedded in SD and HD, optionalAES/EBU, 2 Channels unbalanced with sample rate converter.
Audio encoder AAC-HE2 12Kbps to 56Kbps
Audio Talkback IFB 1 X Analogue 1/4” Jack Audio IFB / Bluetooth Talkback connectors (optional)
Network Network supported 1x Wi-Fi, 2x Ethernet, 4x USB. Also Satellite, Thuraya IP, BGAN, VSAT, NewsSpotter and other Ka Band Services. Optional 4/8 inbuilt high gain modems.
Supported technologies LTE, HSPA+, HSDPA/HSUPA, UMTS, Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, b, g & n Dual Band
Hardware Input / Output ports 4 x USB 2.0 ports, 2 x Gigabit Ethernet 1x DisplayPort
Hard Drive Solid State
Antennae In built antennae system. Optional Standard SMA connectors for connection ofdirectional and high gain roof mounted antennae
Battery connectors Optional Hot Swap Dual Battery Plates allows uninterrupted use
Operating Time 3-4 Hours use depending on battery option.
Physical Control 8” LCD touchscreen; USB mouse and keyboard, full web based remote control
GUI Simple, easy to use touch screen. Video preview with Audio level indicators
Size Encoder: 190mm x 220mm x 70mm (7.5” x 8.6” x 2.8”)With backpack: 400mm x 330mm x 130mm (15.8” x 13” x 5.2”)
Operating Temp 0 to 55oC
Encoder Weight Without battery plate including 8 modems 1.76kg1.14 kg without modems5.3kg