At the recently completed National Association of Broadcasters’ Show (NAB) in Las Vegas, the video streaming company Haivision collaborated with Intel and Nokia to demonstrate dual-streaming (stereoscopic) virtual reality content in 4K, or 4K Stereoscopic VR.
Using its latest versions of H.264 and HEVC technologies, Haivision showcased its KB 4K Internet streaming encoder.
The KB 4K Internet streaming encoder is available with Intel’s Visual Compute Accelerator 2 (Intel VCA 2), and Haivision says the inclusion of the Intel VCA 2 augments the capabilities of its KB 4K encoder with the ability to transcode media with the power of Intel’s Xeon Processor E3 v5.
“To support our customers with solutions best suited to their needs, Haivision has invested heavily in software-based encoding for Intel multi-core CPU-only platforms and Intel accelerated CPU performance architectures with integrated graphics,” says Mahmoud Al-Daccak, chief technology officer, Haivision. “Through our tight collaboration with Intel, we can stay well ahead of the pack and offer a wide spectrum of price performance.”
What Is 4K Stereoscopic VR?
When equipped with dual 12G-SDI input and the Intel VCA 2, the KB 4K is capable of encoding dual 4K at 60Hz HEVC with synchronized stereoscopic streaming through MPEG-DASH, says Haivision.
Collaborating to demonstrate stereoscopic 4K streaming content, Haivision, Intel and Nokia showcased a live workflow with its 4K 3D 360 VR OZO camera that produces real-time stereoscopic 360 stitching through its OZO Player SDK platform.
“The OZO Reality Platform is embraced by a broad ecosystem of partners, and this collaboration with Haivision and Intel will enhance the VR 360 experience for our customers globally,” notes Tarif Sayed, head of VR technologies, Nokia Technologies.
Through the combination of the Intel VC2-enabled Haivision KB 4K encoder with Nokia’s OZO virtual reality camera and companion OZO Live software, users can stream high-quality, real-time VR content that includes 360-degree viewing angles.
Haivision points out that its KB family of Internet media encoders and transcoders provide a choice of options for live event streaming. The KB line of products support adaptive bitrate encoding up to 4K at 60Hz H.264 and HEVC. The solutions are available in a choice of small form-factor appliances, as well as on-premise servers or cloud devices.