Primestream has announced major updates to its Media IO application, which handles IP-based recording and playout. The latest Media IO Server and Media IO Desktop now offer expanded support for media ingest in cloud-hosted environments, as well as significant enhancements to performance and user experience.


Primestream: Updates Media IO for remote workflows

Supporting both on-premises and cloud recording, the software-based Media IO is able to capture content from any IP stream, camera or broadcast source including NDI, HLS, RTSP and SDI while encoding to ProRes, XDCAM, AVC-Intra, DVCPRO and H.264 formats on the fly.

Available for both Windows and macOS, Media IO is a simple-to-deploy, broadcast-ready media capture application for ingest and monitoring of baseband and network signal paths throughout a facility. It also captures live feeds from non-baseband sources – such as bonded cellular devices or IP video encoders – for fast integration into production, management and delivery workflows.

With the updates, Media IO Server now supports UHD capture to drive high-end live production workflows. This provides users with a single capture platform for both HD and UHD signals, simplifying and unifying workflows across the requirements of multiple departments.

Media IO Server also now features expanded format support for real-time video editing, adding support for Apple Final Cut X alongside Adobe Premiere Pro. It will allow editors to preview live streams and edit them within NLE systems as the video feed is still capturing.

Media IO Desktop now supports monitoring of up to 12 channels, double the previous maximum. The user interface has also been redesigned based on client feedback to provide an easier and more intuitive user experience for triggering recordings and encoding.

“When we first launched Media IO, it was a game-changer – making remote production and live contribution easier and more cost-effective than ever before,” claimed Claudio Lisman, president and CEO of Primestream. “Media IO offers support for a greater number of input sources, workflows and formats than any other competing bonded cellular and live recording solution on the market, and the real-time editing capabilities are also unique.”

He believes the most significant aspect of the new Media IO release “is its cloud integration features, which give our customers even greater flexibility by allowing them to move key live baseband ingest and video production workflows off premises. It’s just one more example of how we’re helping media operations prepare for success now and in the future and ensure they can continue to reach the widest audiences on the most platforms.”

Primestream has also joined the SRT Alliance, founded by Haivision in 2017 to focus on overcoming the challenges of low-latency live streaming by supporting the collaborative development of the SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) protocol.

SRT is a free, open-source video transport protocol and technology stack originally developed by Haivision that enables the delivery of high-quality, secure, low-latency video across the public internet. There are now more than 400 members in the SRT Alliance and SRT is claimed to be the fastest-growing open-source streaming project.

Media IO can ingest multiple SRT streams from IP encoders, remote surveillance cameras, or drones and monitor the sources without the use of video monitors or a routing switcher. Each stream can be transcoded in real time into house formats such as AVC, H.264, XDCAM, DNxHD, or ProRes, enabling editors to preview and edit live sources on the spot.