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 type of cloud-based video management technology used by broadcasters and media companies to create professional, linear live TV channels. This technology is generally referred to as playout , whereas Streemfire distinguishes itself from other platforms by providing a playout that resides in the cloud. Depending on system requirements, the Streemfire playout can be deployed fully over the cloud or partially integrated into local hardware.

The Streemfire playout also comes equipped with other technical features, such as the aggregation of multiple media elements (live inputs, pre-recorded videos, graphic overlays), and the concatenated creation of linear television streams based on a precise schedule. 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?

End-to-end workflow is managed entirely in the web browser; therefore, any standard computer with access to the internet and a web browser installed is more than capable of running a TV channel on the Streemfire playout.

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

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. Stream recipients are not included with the services offered by Streemfire and must be acquired separately. Streemfire’s most common user requests are streams to YouTube Live, Akamai, Livestream, Dacast, Twitch, and IBM Live.

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?

After confirming your Streemfire subscription, your channel will be online within 10 minutes.

What are the subscription options?

Streemfire offers several subscription packages for the end-to-end playout of linear TV channels. These packages include automated video file encoding, cloud storage, asset management, playlist creation, scheduling, and automated streaming for your 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 directly into the Streemfire Asset Management application. Once uploaded, video asset files are automatically encoded into the right format to ensure optimal quality for all playout devices. Your video assets are then stored and made permanently available to you in the cloud.

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 in the cloud. All Streemfire services run on industry-leading cloud providers, thus offering the highest level of security possible.

How do I manage my Video Assets?

Once assets are uploaded to the platform, video asset metadata management can be accessed. The metadata management function provides you with a full configuration for editing metadata, including access to descriptions, copyright management, customizable markers and tags, poster frames, and proxy files with frame controls. Additionally, Streemfire stores both the original and encoded files in the cloud, available for download at any time.

How do I search for Video Assets?

Video files can be easily searched for in the Streemfire Video Asset Management Function. This includes filtering your search by tags, markers, and types, as well as simply entering the file’s metadata descriptions into the search bar.

Which management features do I have with Streemfire Asset Management?

Streemfire Asset Management acts as the central point of storage for your video assets and TV channels. Additionally, its user-oriented design is easy to use. Video assets are automatically encoded into the correct output format and stored securely in the cloud. Using metadata descriptions, video assets are structured for convenient playlist creation. Specific features of Streemfire Asset Management Include:

  • Ingestion and Automated Encoding of All Major Video Formats

  • Drag and Drop Interface

  • Intuitive Tools for Managing Metadata

  • Search, Filter and Color Code Options for Organizing Video Assets

  • Storage of Original Video Files in the Cloud

  • Control Settings for Live Switch Input

  • An Available Preview of Proxy Files with Frame-by-Frame Control

  • Settings and Editing Options for 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 playlist creation. Playlists add structure and help to further automate your live streams. To create a playlist, drag and drop multiple video assets into the Streemfire Playlist Builder. Once the assets are compiled, playlists are automatically saved and made immediately available for scheduling into your TV channels. Depending on preference, users can opt to manage their playlists in either the “timeline” or “list” views.

Can I make changes to the playlists in Streemfire?

Channel owners may configure and make changes to their playlists at any time, regardless of whether they are on or offline. Video assets can be added via the 15 drag and drop function, or they can be removed by setting them off air. Playlists are automatically updated through the channel management function. Depending on scheduling requirements, 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 Builder provides an automated experience that adds structure to your TV channels. It is flexible enough for the user to handle short-term changes, while simultaneously simplifying the planning process. The most notable features of the Playlist Builder include:

  • Multi-user Management

  • Foundations for Years of Long-Term Planning

  • Creation of Recurring Program Blocks

  • Easy Copy/Paste Functions for Program Blocks

  • Management Options 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 for an intuitive user experience, and precise scheduling options can be found within the settings of a scheduled playlist. Additionally, scheduled playlists can be automatically looped for a predetermined amount of time or simply copied and pasted. Once preferred settings are selected, the Streemfire Playout System automatically delivers your linear stream to your playout destination(s).

How far ahead can I schedule?

The Streemfire Channel Scheduler allows for long-term planning, making it possible to schedule your TV channels for playout years into the future. This enables media companies and broadcasters to think ahead, adding an unparalleled level of effectiveness to their TV channels.

How do I add live content?

The Streemfire live switch is available as an add-on. Live switches are scheduled just like regular video assets. For ingestion, your stream must be sent in RTMP or RTP to the address of Streemfire’s live services.

Is there an EPG output?

The Streemfire Channel Scheduler offers simple EPG management via a rundown list.

Which planning features do I have with the Streemfire Scheduler?

With the Streemfire Channel Scheduler, users will experience the highest level of convenience available for scheduling TV channels. Designed with drag & drop functions, it takes just a few clicks to access a full 24/7 program. Auto Loop functions, precise schedule management, and basic EPG output offer highly automated workflow. The main features of the Streemfire Scheduler include:

  • Precise Scheduling Management

  • Planning and Scheduling Up to Years in Advance

  • Multi-Channel Scheduling

  • Short-Term Editing

  • Easy Playlist Extension/Contraction

  • Auto Loop Functionality

  • Scheduling of Live Switch Function

  • Individual Channel Branding

  • Time Zone Options

  • Automated Playout

  • Auto Save