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Videoguys Top 10 Products of 2016

As we look back at 2016, we reflect on what an interesting year it was and what a big part involved media consumption – and more specifically – LIVE media consumption. Increased bandwidth, improved cameras on mobile phones, and easy access to YouTube Live and the newly launched Facebook Live (not to mention Snapchat and Instagram stories, too) made it easier than ever to get your message out in real time. NFL football games were streamed on Twitter, Presidential campaigns involved every multimedia platform available and international events unfolded at record speeds. We know that as the world consumes media the need for content increases and that’s where our video and live production products come in. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Products of 2016.

We are not presenting this list in any specific order because the top product for you may be different than the product needed in your local church, school or town hall. Instead we present all of these products as our Top Picks.

Our Videoguys techs would be happy to help you select the best solution for your needs or to build a complete bundle or system. Call us at 800-323-2325 for more information.


NewTek NDI technology & NewTek TriCaster Advanced Edition Software - $1,995.00

NewTek NDI is an open source technology developed by NewTek to help IP devices speak to each other in a network environment. You can add NDI capability to any professional series NewTek TriCaster with the Advanced Edition software for just $1,995.00. This software upgrade is available for the TriCaster Mini, 410, 460, 860 and 8000. With the Advanced Edition software you will never have to worry about having enough physical input connections on your TriCaster production system. NDI lets you access any video source anywhere including cameras, post production editing systems, laptops and other workstations.

BONUS: Don't miss our special bundles combining TriCaster Mini with Advanced Edition software, including academic versions. Available for a limited time!


Epiphan Webcaster X1 Social Media Streaming Devices - only $299.95!

Epiphan Webcaster X1 for YouTube and Epiphan Webcaster X1 for Facebook Live are simple and reliable high-quality devices for live streaming to social networks. Developed in collaboration with YouTube and Facebook and affordably priced at just $299.95, the Webcaster X1 family gives content creators the ability to increase engagement and build their brand by streaming any HD camera or video source directly to YouTube Live or Facebook Live.

These dedicated streaming devices require no computer or special software installation and are fully integrated with Facebook and YouTube live streaming experiences. Users simply connect their HDMI camera, live switcher or video mixer to the HDMI input port on Webcaster X1, then authenticate the device to their account using a secure device code displayed on Webcaster X1’s front screen.

BONUS: For those looking to stream video using their laptop, PC or Mac, we recommend Epiphan AV.io USB3 video grabbers. The AV.io 4K allows you to capture 4K video via HDMI!


Avid NEXIS | PRO and Team Bundles - starting at $10,995.00

Get the reliable storage and collaboration you need to deliver your best work—on time and on budget. Avid NEXIS | PRO empowers every contributor across your entire production, enabling projects to move in parallel and be completed faster. Through patented technology, Avid NEXIS | PRO ensures client media due times. And it delivers incomparable, predictable performance and more media streams per storage engine in even the most editing-intensive environments.

Avid NEXIS | PRO is at the core of all Team bundles, giving you the same media performance and reliability demanded by large post-production facilities. This scalable, flexible, and open shared storage system unites all of your team’s assets together into one virtualizable pool of protected storage—which you can partition any way you like—making finding, accessing, and sharing media fast and easy. Even when storing tens of thousands of hours of high-res 4K video. Click here for more details about the Team bundles. Need help choosing? Call us at 800-323-2325.


G-Technology G-SPEED Shuttle XL - starting at $3,199.95 and ev Series Workflow

Need data management that can adapt as your creative process and workflow evolve? Look to G-Technology's Evolution Series line of storage solutions.

From portable, rugged shuttle drives and modular, interchangeable editing systems to integration with high-performance RAID solutions, G-Technology's ev Series gear can go from on-set or in the field, to the studio and back. They’re flexible, reliable, and cross-functional, designed exclusively for evolving creative workflows.

The G-SPEED Shuttle XL ev is a transportable, hardware RAID, 8-EV Series Bay 2 solution offering content creators colossal capacity and high definition performance. Designed to support multi-stream 4K workflows and beyond, the G-SPEED Shuttle XL can be configured in RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and 50, features transfer rates up to 1350MB/s, Enterprise-class hard drives and the trusted G-Technology 3-year warranty.


Atomos Shogun Inferno - $1,995.00 and Atomos Master Caddy by G-Technology - $99.95

This highly acclaimed, all-in-on HDR monitor recorder is a combination of the most advanced monitor technologies – 1500nit/10bit/HDR, the latest recording capability – 4Kp60 over Quad-SDI, along with playback and editing functionality that encourages on set collaboration. Shogun Inferno makes mastering a high resolution, high frame rate, high dynamic range workflow available to all filmmakers.

An exciting partnership with G-Technology expands the affordability and workflow speed of Atomo's patented Master Caddy system by directly integrating it into the G-Technology range of ev Series solutions. Transfer content quickly from your Atomos recorder into any ev Series-compatible or other G-Technology storage solution. When shooting on-the-go, use the Master Caddy as a stand-alone device to review, log, and back up footage.


Wirecast Pro 7 - $995.00 and Wirecast Gear Systems - starting at $4,995.00

Telestream Wirecast Pro software gives you everything you need to stream live video from your desktop to the world. With Wirecast, you can stream multiple live cameras while dynamically mixing in other media such as movies, images, and sounds, and adding production features such as transitions, built-in titles, chroma key, virtual sets, and live scoreboards. Wirecast is ideal for broadcasting professional-looking live internet shows, news, sporting events, online games, concerts, religious services, corporate meetings, lectures and much more.

Wirecast Gear Systems is a versatile, portable computer workstation designed to run Wirecast Pro software. It's a fully configured, end-to-end, live streaming production system that is affordable and easy to use. Wirecast Gear removes the hurdle of system integration and configuration and allows live event producers to focus on production and streaming. Plug your cameras into one of the four HD-SDI or HDMI inputs, and you’re ready to go.

BONUS: Wirecast Pro Owners save $200 off the purchase of any Wirecast Gear! Available for a limited time only!


Matrox Monarch LCS - $2,495.00

Matrox Monarch LCS H.264 Lecture Capture appliance has 7 major awards under its belt! Priced affordably, the award-winning Monarch LCS accepts video from any SDI or HDMI camera and presentation content from computers over HDMI. IT administrators will find the reliable, stand-alone appliance simple to set up and integrate into any open Video Management System (VMS) or Lecture Management System (LMS). Fully schedulable, the LCS eliminates the requirement for complex recording equipment in order to capture presentations in lecture halls, enabling lecture capture in any and all classrooms.

A Monarch LCS setup can consist of video and audio of an instructor and supporting digital material, such as presentation slides, to be mixed into a single recording. The H.264 encoding appliance can be configured in a number of modes that include layouts such as picture-in-picture (PiP) and side-by-side (SbS). A unique feature is the Monarch LCS’ capability to encode in dual mode, giving the power to dynamically switch between SbS, PiP, or full screen directly to the viewer.


Roland V-1HD and V-1SDI Mixer/Switchers - starting at $995.00 and VR-4HD All-in-One HD Mixer - $2,795.00

These are feature packed, compact and portable professional video switchers you can take anywhere for webcasting, videography, and live events. For creative live event video switching, the Roland's V-1 Switchers include advanced video effects for transforming video into creative visuals to support all kinds of performances. The V-1HD supports four HDMI inputs at resolutions of up to 1080p along with a 12 channel audio mixer with audio embedding and de-embedding from HDMI. With support for 3G-SDI, the V-1SDI can operate at full 1080p resolution and can take advantage of the longer cable distance of SDI making this compact solution suitable for events and applications in even large spaces with the most professional level of SDI camera sources.

The VR-4HD is a complete HD studio designed with single-person operation in mind. The VR-4HD enables easy switching and mixing of sound and video using advanced video and audio Digital Signal Processing (DSP) along with dedicated hardware controls faders, buttons and touch screen interface.

BONUS: Don't miss our live production bundles that pair Roland switchers with a Matrox Monarch HD or Teradek VidiU Pro to create a complete video streaming system.


PTZOptics 2nd Generation Conferencing Cameras - starting at 1,599.00

PTZOptics is now shipping the second generation of their popular USB and HD-SDI pan, tilt and zoom conferencing cameras. PTZOptics cameras now include H.264, H.265 and MJPEG live streaming options along with 1080p 60 fps support and Wide Dynamic Range for better results under less then ideal lighting. Brighter colors, more contrast and noise reduction.

PTZOptics cameras work great with all of our streaming hardware including, Epiphan Pearl and Pearl-2, NewTek TriCasters, Wirecast Gear Systems, the Matrox Monarch family!


Glyph Atom SSD and RAID SSD Drives - starting at $129.95

These lightning fast, USB-C, USB 3 and Thunderbolt 3, solid state drives fit right in your pocket allowing you to take your important documents, photos, videos and other files with you on the go! Glyph Atom SSD and Atom RAID SSD combine speed, connectivity, ruggedness, form factor and performance making these top of their class as far as quality portable data storage goes. ATOM comes preformatted HFS+ with Journaling and is Time Machine compatible out of the box. A simple reformat is all it takes for the ATOM to work with Windows systems. These are a great fit for serious, in-the-field production use!


Videoguys Tech Select HP Z Workstations and ZBooks - starting at $2,999.00

When it comes to editing, producing and delivering 4K content, nothing comes close to HP z Workstations and z Books. Videoguys’ Tech Select HP Workstations are custom-configured by our technicians to deliver outstanding results with Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Grass ValleyEdius, DaVinci Resolve and Magix Vegas Pro. Our approach to these workstations is simple: deliver the highest performing, most balanced solutions we can for each price point.


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By Jim, January 10, 2017