Pearl Nano 4K Firmware
Epiphan adds H.265/HEVC and 4K support to video encoder
Video capture, streaming, and recording company Epiphan Video, added H.265/HEVC encoding to its Pearl Nano video encoder, along with the option to upgrade the device with 4K streaming and recording. The device also offers a built-in screen for confidence monitoring and the ability to connect a broad range of sources.
The new optional 4K feature add-on puts the ultracompact Pearl Nano in a unique position within its price bracket, which is flooded with devices that don’t allow upgrading from 1080p to 4K. “Often customers will pick up a device that does 1080p thinking it’s all they’ll need,” says Julian Fernandez, Director of Product Marketing at Epiphan. “Maybe that’s true today, but what happens when their boss sees a competitor streaming in 4K, and suddenly their own company’s event has to be 4K as well? With Pearl Nano, they don’t have to invest in a whole new system.”
Along with the paid 4K upgrade, the firmware update released today adds free support for H.265, or High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). The highly efficient codec reduces file sizes by half compared to standard H.264/Advanced Video Coding (AVC) video compression while achieving the same level of quality. This lets users save storage space and stream with less upload bandwidth, cutting costs and expanding the possibilities of where they can broadcast.
The release of firmware 4.16 means ongoing compliance with the growing number of content delivery networks supporting H.265 encoding, including YouTube, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Wowza, Dacast, and Brightcove.