The European Space Agency (ESA) and Quicklink have teamed to deliver one of the first HEVC mobile encoders to market, and will showcase it at BVE 2016.
The pilot project which took place within the framework of the ESA Integrated Applications Promotion programme involved several major broadcasters including Al Jazeera, BBC, Sky News UK, TVI Portugal and TV2 Denmark.
The Quicklink Midi Backpack is a portable, satellite optimised encoder with bonding software. It enabled the broadcasters to efficiently encode HD videos in H.265 over the Inmarsat BGAN HDR. The encoder then transmitted on high speed Ka-band services.
In addition to using satellite links, the unit also offers standard terrestrial connectivity options (ADSL, Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, LTE). The software automatically transmits at the optimum video bitrate based on the detected connection speed. All streamed media can be geo-tagged to confirm the authenticity of the source location.
“We are really proud that we were part of this exciting project that enables broadcasters to transmit high quality video at reduced data bandwidths,” said Bethan Hill, head of sales, Quicklink. “The cost savings and improved quality that can be achieved are both important factors when selecting a solution of choice.”
“It’s always rewarding to work with smaller companies which are agile enough to leverage the latest technologies,” said Marco Sartori, Applications Engineer at ESA.
“For example, Quicklink decided to change the processor early in the project which was a good choice since it led to a more flexible solution in the medium term. They also made use of 3D printing which enabled the rapid fabrication of improved case designs.”