Product Overview

As Live As It Gets

Comrex LiveShot delivers live, two-way, HD video and audio over a range of IP networks at latencies as low as 200mS. With sophisticated CrossLock VPN technology, LiveShot goes beyond bonded cellular, making use of even the most challenging 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, and satellite networks. Compact with a versatile interface that can be camera-mounted or slung over your shoulder in LiveShot Pouch, and light-weight at only 3 pounds, LiveShot is portable and designed for the most demanding field broadcasts. Used by TV stations, networks, sports franchises, and government organizations for a broad range of applications, LiveShot is ideal for streaming low-latency broadcast quality audio and video from anywhere Internet is available.

“LiveShot has enabled us to cover live events from almost anywhere. Being able to shift from fiber, which can be difficult to access, to a modem-based system, we’ve been able to broadcast all kinds of new things live to people who may not be able to attend.
Joe Conlon, Townsquare Television

 

 

Features

LiveShot portable IP video codec
  • Highest quality H.264 video codec
  • AAC, HE-AAC, and AAC-ELD audio codecs
  • Less than 200mS delay for two-way broadcast (depending on network factors)
  • Full-duplex cue channel
  • CrossLock VPN technology for secure and stable broadcasting
  • Highly portable – 3 lbs, camera mounted, runs on phantom battery power
  • Works over 3G/4G networks, Wi-Fi, wired broadband IP connections, Inmarsat BGAN and VSAT terminals

Video

LiveShot encodes and decodes video to the H.264 codec standard, which is the state-of-the-art codec for high quality video using low network bandwidth. But not all H.264 encoders are alike. Within the standard, several lesser-quality profiles are available to conserve processing power. For optimal video quality, LiveShot encodes with H.264 HIGH profile. While this option is unavailable in competing products, all H.264 options that maximize quality over poor networks and decrease latency are implemented in LiveShot.

Audio

Comrex has years of experience encoding live, low-latency audio over IP networks for broadcast, and LiveShot shows it. In addition to standard AAC audio coding, LiveShot uses HE-AAC and AAC-ELD audio coding, both reducing network bandwidth and lowering delay.

Latency

LiveShot can encode and decode an audio/video stream with less than 200mS delay (depending on encoding mode and network factors). LiveShot uses an automatic decoder buffer manager to keep delay to an absolute minimum.

Channels

LiveShot delivers full-duplex video and stereo audio between the field portable and studio rackmount systems. In addition, a full-duplex cue channel is available between the systems.

CrossLock VPN

LiveShot utilizes CrossLock VPN to create a stable and secure connection across the public Internet. CrossLock adds intrusion protection, encryption, and forward error correction. Using CrossLock, LiveShot units are able to connect at the touch of a button.

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Internal Wi-Fi Access Point

LiveShot Portable provides an internal Wi-Fi access point. This access point serves a mobile-friendly web page, which enables users to control their unit through their smartphone via their browser or simple-to-use mobile app. Additionally, LiveShot can agree to terms and conditions of public Wi-Fi hotspots in coffee shops or hotels, making it easy to take advantage of available Wi-Fi networks.

Wireless

LiveShot offers connections to wireless modems via two USB ports, which can be used simultaneously to increase the bandwidth of connections. This feature allows users to choose their 3G/4G data carrier and/or Wi-Fi modem, depending on their circumstances. Additionally, when the LiveShot Hub is connected, two more USB ports are available (4 in total).

Along with USB modem compatibility, LiveShot is equipped with a built-in Ethernet port, which can be used to connect to wired broadband IP networks, and Inmarsat BGAN and VSAT terminals.

Learn more about 3G/4G Compatible Devices here

Portable

LiveShot Portable is compact and lightweight. Supplied with Anton-Bauer Gold Mounts, or V-Mount, LiveShot is designed to sandwich between a professional video camera and battery, or it can be hooked up to any camera with a BNC or HDMI cable and carried easily in the LiveShot Pouch. Powered by the battery or by an external AC power supply, LiveShot weighs 3 pounds and consumes 8 watts of power.

Accessories

LiveShot Hub

For when your wireless coverage may not be ideal.

While the LiveShot Video IP Codec is designed to operate well when connected to the Internet via one or two 4G modems, a 4G network is not always available. When faced with a challenging 3G-only environment, the new LiveShot Hub will provide connections for up to four USB devices. The Hub provides additional 3G bandwidth and, because of LiveShot’s advanced dynamic aggregation capabilities, the Hub also provides modem redundancy – as the camera moves, LiveShot will continuously adjust the amount of contribution from each modem.

Additional connection options

Beyond 4G and 3G cellular connections, LiveShot can utilize many other types of networks. For instance, typical 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz Wi-Fi networks can be accessed via USB devices, while 5.8GHz wireless radio networks, new mobile MIMO networks, and satellite uplinks are available via LiveShot’s RJ-45 port for the harshest environments. Of course, you can also use a wired LAN connection when available.

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LiveShot Portable with V-Mount

For those who use cameras without Anton-Bauer mounts, LiveShot is now available with a V-Mount attachment.

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Comrex Connect Modems

Professional grade modem for broadcast applications.

Bonded cellular technology and wireless data connections like 3G and 4G LTE have redefined the way remote broadcasts are done. In particular, USB cellular modems make connecting to these networks fast and simple. But the number of USB cellular data devices offered by cell phone providers is dramatically decreasing in favor of cellular Wi-Fi Hotspots. Additionally, many of the off-the-shelf modems offered by carriers are not designed to meet the rigorous demands of the 24/7 news cycle.

With this in mind, Comrex has developed LiveShot Connect and ACCESS Connect – Pro-grade, high performance cellular data modems. To ensure that Comrex customers experience the highest degree of broadcast reliable data transmission, each device comes in a ruggedized, industrial case with a carrier-certified, high gain antenna (2.1 dBi) and sturdy, customized mounting hardware for either the LiveShot Portable IP Video codec or the ACCESS 2USB Portable IP Audio codec. LiveShot Connect includes custom mounting hardware that easily connects into the LiveShot Portable’s 4-pin female XLR connector. LiveShot Connect will fit into LiveShot Rain cover sleeves for extra security and protection from the elements.

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LiveShot Portable Pouch

Designed for Comrex by Portabrace to keep your LiveShot Portable secure while on the move. Velcroed cover protects attached Gold Mount style battery. Comes with padded shoulder strap and adjustable waist belt. Great for use with cameras that don’t use AB or V-mount batteries.

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LiveShot Portable Rain Cover

The Comrex LiveShot Rain Cover by Portabrace is a “must have” to protect your LiveShot Portable when out in the elements. The weather resistant cover features Velcro fasteners which easily attach to existing Portabrace camera body armor for complete protection of your camera, LiveShot, and battery. An elastic drawstring keeps the LiveShot Rain Cover secure to the camera body while clear vinyl windows allow for complete visibility of LiveShot controls and indicators.
The LiveShot Rain Cover includes modem covers for both the LiveShot USB Hub and Dual USB Mast configurations. The modem covers have clear vinyl windows to provide visual access to modem status lights and displays and provide additional security for attached USB devices.

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Extra-Small Case

Watertight, crushproof, and dust proof to ensure the best protection for your LivShot Portable.

Exterior Dims:
L 15.4″ x W 12.1″ x H 6.8″

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V-Mount Adapter Kit

For use with V-Mount cameras and batteries. While LiveShot is available with native Gold Mount or V-Mount connections, many may prefer to be able to swap connectors to be compatible with different cameras. This adapter kit provides both sides so you can convert a native V-Mount LiveShot to a Gold Mount, or vice versa. It’s an excellent tool to have in your bag when renting cameras.

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Specifications

LiveShot Portable

  • A/V Connections
      • Video Input: HD-SDI (BNC), Composite (BNC), HDMI
      • Video Output: Composite, HD-SDI loop-through
      • Audio Input: HD-SDI embedded stereo (BNC), Stereo Analog (XLR SF)
      • Audio Output: Stereo RCA
      • Audio Cue Channel: 4 position 3.5 mm jack for wired headset
  • LiveShot Portable Power Consumption: 8 watts
  • LiveShot Portable Weight: 3 lbs.
LiveShot Portable IP video codec, top and side view

LiveShot Rackmount

  • A/V Connections
      • Video Input: HD-SDI (BNC), Composite (BNC)
      • Video Output: HD-SDI (BNC), Composite (BNC), HDMI
      • Audio Input: Stereo Analog (XLR-3F), Stereo AES (XLR-3F), HD-SDI embedded stereo (BNC)
      • Audio Output: Stereo Analog (XLR-3M), Stereo AES (XLR-3M), HD-SDI embedded stereo (BNC)
      • Audio cue channel: XLR-3F in, XLR-3M out

LiveShot rack IP video codec, back view

Parts

LiveShot Portable Power Supply

$75

EAC power cord not included.

LiveShot Portable USB Mast

$40

Power Cord (EAC Socket)

$8

Wi-Fi Adapter (Domestic)

$75

Wi-Fi Adapter (International)

$75

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