My Video Discovery


I am currently over-the-moon. A hare brained idea of mine works! A process that uses nearly $10,000 worth of gear can be accomplished with an under $250 purchase from China.

Ecstatic is what I am!

Let me set the stage. I broadcast daily to Nebraska, always recorded. However, there will be times I need to be live.

Live video over-the-Internet demands expensive hardware. It’s a real problem. And you need compatible hardware on both ends.

One night while paging through AliExpress (I watch it as Helaine watches QVC) I came across a weirdly described ad. Poorly translated from Chinese, it was nearly in English. The item was an IPTV video encoder.

I recognized some of the acronyms used in the ad as streaming terms. I couldn’t be sure how they were being used here. The ad had no context.

There was a picture. It was the proverbial black box around the size of a VHS tape. There was no brand name, but there were HDMI and Ethernet ports. That meant, I hoped, video in/packets out. Again, details were sparse.

It came today. I followed its journey through China to Japan to America.

I hooked it up.

It worked.

Holy crap!!! It worked. It did exactly what I hoped it would.

I asked someone on Facebook to check. It worked for him too.

My friend Larry Fitzgerald gave it a try from Burbank on a 5K screen.

My TriCaster can hook to it directly. No new hardware needed. That’s crazy!

More tests tomorrow, but this is currently too good to be true… but true!

3 thoughts on “My Video Discovery”

    1. From the actual manufacturer (I think): OPR-NH100 1-Channel H.264 HDMI Encoder – Which is a HD audio & video encoding device with powerful functionality. It support H.264 encoding,dual-Streaming data.It is equipped with 1 HDMI channels input supporting MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 High Profile code format & main Profile code format. Its high integration and cost-effective design make this device widely used in variety of digital distribution systems such as CATV digital head-end. satellite and terrestrial digital TV etc., also it supports VLC decode.

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