Epiphan Video produces audio-visual solutions to capture, scale, mix, encode, stream, and record live event video. Its customers include companies that specialize in live-event production, education, healthcare, worship, manufacturing, usability, collaboration, security, and transportation.
The firm’s product line includes live video production and video streaming systems, external USB-based video grabbers for capturing video and graphics from DVI, HDMI™, SDI and VGA sources, and internal video-capture cards. Epiphan is based in Palo Alto, California, USA and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with regional offices and a network of authorized channel partners and OEMs throughout the world.
Pearl Mini is a reliable, all-in-one video production system. It allows production teams to get up and running in minutes to stream, record, and switch an event. The system captures, produces, records, and streams event video from multiple camera and video sources while adding overlay images and text, to create an immersive live event video experience.
Users can simultaneously live stream to YouTube, Facebook, or any other content delivery network or content management system. At the same time, the built-in streaming server can stream locally to web browsers, smart TVs, and set-top boxes. Producers can log in securely from anywhere over an Internet connection and take control of Pearl Mini for remote rescue troubleshooting, support technicians in the field, control recording, switching, and more.
Freeman specializes in designing, planning, and delivering exhibitions, shows, and conferences. The company is currently handling the logistics, digital solutions, and event technology for over 1,000 major events every year. A few years ago, Freeman AV, which manages all audiovisual aspects of a show, was searching for a reliable solution for video capture and recording. They found Epiphan’s Pearl to be a great fit, but felt that a few tweaks could improve it further:
- Replace the spinning hard drive disc with an SSD.
- Change the form factor to fit in a 2RU rackmount.
- Update firmware to allow for portable configuration presets.
- Create built-in redundancy for recording backup.
Freeman AV gave its feedback to Epiphan, and out of those conversations came the idea of the Pearl Rackmount Twin, and later, the Pearl Mini. Epiphan leveraged the improvements to help take Pearl to the next level of Pro AV hardware. In addition to the benefits for production technicians, using Pearl Mini to stream and record an event makes the online audience feel as though they are at the event, which drives engagement and event awareness.