FAQ Streemfire Cloud TV Playout


Streemfire Cloud TV Playout

FAQ Streemfire Cloud TV Playout


Streemfire Cloud TV Playout

 

What is the Streemfire Playout?

Streemfire is a cloud-based video management technology used by broadcasters and media companies for the creation of professional linear live TV channels. This form of technology is generally referred to as playout, whereas Streemfire distinguishes itself by having its playout residing in the cloud. Depending on the requirements, the Streemfire playout is either fully deployed over the cloud or partially integrated into the local hardware.

Further qualities of the Streemfire playout are the aggregation of multiple media elements (live inputs, pre-recorded videos, graphic overlays) and based on a precise schedule, the concatenated creation of linear television streams. The Streemfire playout outputs (RTMP, DASH, HLS, HSS, RTSP, MPEG TS, UDP) are automatically broadcasted to any OTT, CDN, IPTV or satellite-/cable-headend.

Do I need any specific hardware to use the Streemfire Playout?

The end-to-end workflow is entirely managed in the web browser. Therefore, a standard computer with a web browser and an internet connection are all that is required to run a TV channel on the Streemfire playout.

Whereas the standard subscription packages run entirely on the cloud, there are alternative configurations for the partly integration of the Streemfire playout into the local TV infrastructure.

Where will I see my TV channel?

The Streemfire playout generates 24/7 linear live TV streams that are ready to be distributed to any OTT, CDN, IPTV or satellite-/cable-headend. The recipients are not part of the services offered by Streemfire and need to be acquired separately. Most common requests are streams to YouTube Live, Akamai, Livestream, Dacast, Twitch, and USTREAM.

Do I need any industry knowledge to use the Streemfire playout platform?

No broadcast expertise knowledge is needed to run a TV channel on the Streemfire playout. The interface is designed to be user-orientated and self-explanatory. Webinars and tutorials are provided for all Streemfire customers.

How long does it take to start a channel?

To confirm your Streemfire subscription, your channel will be online within 10 minutes.

What are the subscription options?

Streemfire offers several subscription models for the end-to-end workflow of the automated playout of linear TV channels. This includes the automated encoding of your video files, cloud storage, asset management, playlist creation, scheduling, and automated streaming of the TV channels.

 

FAQ Streemfire Video Asset Manager


Streemfire Video Asset Management

FAQ Streemfire Video Asset Manager


Streemfire Video Asset Management

 

How do I upload Video Assets into Streemfire Asset Management?

Video Assets can be uploaded from your computer into Streemfire Asset Management. The files will be uploaded and automatically encoded into the right format that ensures optimal quality for all playout devices. Your video assets are then stored in the cloud and are always available to you.

Streemfire supports all major input formats: FLV (with H.264 and AAC codecs) (.flv) ; MXF (.mxf) ; GXF (.gxf) ; MPEG2-PS, MPEG2-TS, 3GP (.ts, .ps, .3gp, .3gpp, .mpg) ; Windows Media Video ; (WMV)/ASF (.wmv, .asf) ; AVI (Uncompressed 8bit/10bit) (.avi) ; MP4 (.mp4, .m4a, .m4v)/ISMV (.isma, .ismv) ; Microsoft Digital Video Recording(DVR-MS) (.dvr-ms) ; Matroska/WebM (.mkv) ; QuickTime (.mov).

Where are the video assets stored?

All video assets are stored on the cloud. Streemfire services are run upon leading cloud providers thus offering the highest security possible.

How do I manage my Video Assets?

Once uploaded, you can access the metadata management of your video asset. It provides you with all full configuration of editing metadata, including description, copyright management, customizable markers and tags, poster frames, and proxy files with frame controls. Additionally, the original and the encoded file are stored in the cloud and available for download at any time.

How do I search for Video Assets?

In asset management, video files can be easily searched or filtered. This includes filtering by tags, markers, and types or simply searching for metadata description in the search bar.

Which management features do I have with Streemfire Asset Management?

Streemfire Asset Management is the central storage point of your video assets for your TV channels. Its user-oriented design allows easy usability. Video assets are automatically encoded into the right output format and stored into the secure cloud. With the metadata description, video assets are easily structured for a convenient playlist creation. Features of Streemfire Asset Management include:

  • Ingest and automated encoding of all major video formats

  • Drag and drop interface

  • Easy management of metadata management

  • Search, filter and color code for organizing of video assets

  • Storage of original video files in the cloud

  • Control settings for live switch input

  • Preview of proxy files with frame by frame control

  • Setting and editing of poster frames

  • Copyright Management

  • Multi-level account management

 

FAQ Streemfire Playlist Builder


Streemfire Playlist Builder

FAQ Streemfire Playlist Builder


Streemfire Playlist Builder

 

How do I create a playlist?

All uploaded video files are available for the creation of playlists. These playlists create more structure and provide a higher automation experience. Playlists are easily created by drag and drop of several video assets and having them compiled. Playlists are automatically saved and immediately available for scheduling of the TV channels. Depending on preference, there are timeline and list views for managing playlists.

Can I make changes to the playlists in Streemfire?

Channel owners can configure and make changes to their playlists at any time, regardless of being on- or offline. Video assets can either be added via drag and drop or removed by setting them off air. The playlists will be automatically updated in the channel management. Upon scheduling requirement, the updated playlists may be looped or executed with a hard cut.

Which planning features do I have with the Streemfire playlist builder?

The Streemfire playlist allows you to have more structure and a greater automation experience. It simplifies the planning process but simultaneously is flexible and open for short-term changes. Overall, the most notable features include:

  • Multi-user management

  • Foundation for long-term planning (up to years)

  • Creation of recurring program blocks

  • Easy copy/paste of program blocks

  • Management for live switch function

  • Short-term changes

  • On/off air settings

  • Individualized graphic overlay settings

  • List of scheduled items and timestamps

  • Auto Save

 

FAQ Streemfire Channel Scheduler


Streemfire Channel Scheduler

FAQ Streemfire Channel Scheduler


Streemfire Channel Scheduler

 

How can I schedule a linear channel?

In the Streemfire Channel Scheduler, playlists are conveniently scheduled into linear TV channels. Drag and drop functions allow the highest user experience and precise scheduling is possible within the settings of the scheduled playlist. Additionally, scheduled playlists can be automatically looped for a determined amount of time or simply copy and pasted. The Streemfire playout system then automatically delivers your linear stream to your playout destinations.

How far ahead can I schedule?

The Streemfire Channel Scheduler allows long-term planning, making it possible to schedule your TV channels up to years. This enables broadcasters and media companies to be absolutely effective with their TV channels.

How do I add live content?

The Streemfire live switch is available as an add-on. Live switches are scheduled the same way as regular vides assets. For ingest, your stream has to be sent in RTMP or RTP to the address of the Streemfire live services.

Is there an EPG output?

The Streemfire Scheduler offers a simple EPG management (rundown list).

Which planning features do I have with the Streemfire Scheduler?

With the Streemfire Scheduler, you will experience the highest convenience for scheduling your TV channel. Designed with drag & drop functions, it just takes a couple of clicks to have a full 24/7 program. Auto Loop functions, precise schedule management, and basic EPG output offer a high automation workflow. The main features of the Streemfire Scheduler are:

  • Precise scheduling management

  • Planning and scheduling up to years

  • Multi-channel scheduling

  • Short term and easy prolonging and contracting of playlists

  • Auto loop functionality

  • Scheduling of live switch function

  • Individual channel branding

  • Time zone selection

  • Automated playout

  • Auto Save