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8
Nov

HEVC/H.265 and Low Latency High Quality Streaming

Technology continues to make advances in video codecs and streaming. One method of streaming video is with the new H.265 or HEVC (High Efficiency Video Codec). The advantages include transmission of better quality video at a fraction of the payload size as H.264 or MP4. Although Mp4 still has its advantages and uses today including support in a large number of devices. H.265 requires specially compiled distributions of software on computers that will encode and decode the video. Bounce Multimedia has extensively studied H.265 and built infrastructure that allows transmitting quickly and reliability the video signal with error correction ensuring error free video transmission.

One of the biggest hurdles is processor encoding power, latency, and quality. With H.264 there is less processor usage, but longer delay due to the intermediary frames that are assembled, this is known as GOP or group of pictures. This is what determined compression level and quality. Relatively speaking the longer the GOP the better the quality but the longer the latency as the processor analyzes the previous frames to create a better picture. That is why the quality is not so great on platforms such as Zoom or Skype or Facebook Messenger, inherently they sacrifice quality to create less delay and have a lower GOP.

H.265 is different and doesn't rely as heavily on past frames if configured correctly in the software. Using hardware acceleration methods such as video cards designed and optimized to handle the video signals, you will find latency can be reduced, quality improved, and a more robust product can be built since the heavily lifting isn't handled by the computer processor(s).

Many companies have claims that they are streaming experts, but are unsure of the consequences and advantages that can be had with tweaking settings of advanced video encoders. The difference is easy to see in the final product... streaming your signal with the best audio and video possible to your viewers is what Bounce Multimedia promises. Contact us to discuss your streaming challenges and how we can help overcome them for your next project.

2
Nov

New Technology for ESPN+

On Halloween 2020 - Oct 31, 2020 at TDECU Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston... Bounce Multimedia deployed their Unit A - Matthew TV Truck for the Cougar vs Knights (University of Central Florida) football game.

Utilizing our experience, we utilized a digital booth kit, NDI Telestrator, Ethernet Controlled PTZ Camera in Booth, and more! Our streamlined methods improved setup times, eliminated many troubleshooting issues, and more. Overall it was a success our innovations made to the overall broadcast in regards to execution and rapid deployment.

Bounce Multimedia has always been adapt to innovation and beta testing, from working as the test truck for the MLB Statcast and Pitchcast systems to a product currently in testing with ESPN3 for a virtual down and distance "yellow" first down line on the screen. Our valuable ideas and experience have helped shaped the landscape of televisions sports as viewers see it, and how our broadcast community uses such devices. Look for our innovations on upcoming productions on ESPN!

20
Oct

Improved Shipping Options

We recently programmed the ability to select various shipping methods for our shippable products. In our effort to provide more efficient service to our customers, and timely delivery of goods. We upgraded to a custom shipping product developed in house to provide which has sped up the ability to ship items faster. Now instead of the 4 stickers for shipping we have one label with all the required info such as sender, receiver address, weight, postage, tracking, dimensions and more. We hope this provides a better experience for our customers. We are happy to answer any questions you may have!

12
Oct

Bounce Multimedia's Travis Brocato Featured on Wise Guys Talk

Check out our owner, Travis Brocato, talking about the state of sports during the COVID-19 era on today's Wise Guy's Talk Podcast.

Click Here to Watch!

5
Oct

The importance in efficiency

When it comes to TV Productions. I have always had a mantra of "Professional but Easy and Fun" for not only our customers but our staff as well. This mindset has allowed me to come up with some creative ideas about how we can provide the best solution. I have noticed as productions have become more advanced, that the need to have more production equipment inside of our broadcast booth where our announcers and other crew members are staged. So we set out to be one of the few truck companies to have a fiber booth kit pre-wired with common connections typically used in most of our productions. I chose to allow 4 2-Wire Beltpack channels, 8 IFB Lines, 8 Microphone Inputs, 8 Line Inputs and a Studio Announce to be added into the kit.

Then came ease of use, flexibility and reliability. With that, We set out to make it operational on a single 300' cat5 ethernet line. Which worked great... But what about power outages? In a separate box I added a UPS which allowed for 5 minutes of backup time in the event of an outage. Furthermore, our audio booth kit could operate off of two separate cat5 lines, enabling redundancy should a line be disconnected during show. Other features of our booth kit include, 2 program video lines (With HDSDI and HDMI), and 2 camera return lines back to the truck, for our robotic camera in the booth, eliminating an operator to be present in the booth. Also, full ethernet is served to the broadcast booth, to allow stats individuals and talent alike to use our truck internet, or to have connectivity to our truck for other purposes. Scoreboard Data only in the broadcast booth? No program, we can easily grab it down the same ethernet line.

What about cue cards for our talent? No problem, with either a chromecast or Apple TV the talent is read cue cards in real time (and the producer can edit on the fly too), saving a stage manager position which some of our customers request for... Our talent likes the ability to use the apple tv to watch other sports as well!

So you see, we set out to create the most dynamic broadcast booth in the market, and that is something we promise and will deliver to our customers at Bounce Multimedia LLC.

- Travis Brocato

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