Switcher Choices | Livestream HD550

The Livestream HD550 4K switcher solves many logistical issues. Integrating video, audio, graphics, live stream encoding and a LCD screen, it is perfect for travel gigs, or any other small or moderate sized live stream production. “It was the combination of its power combined with its portability that makes the Livestream HD550 a perfect fit for our needs.” says Dave Rosen, CEO of Absolute Live Productions. Dave continues, “Since our producers and TD’s are constantly flying around the country the trick was to have an integrated audio, video and encoder switcher product that can travel as carry on in the airplane’s cabin. With the HD550 you never have to wait at the baggage claim again to see if the core of your live stream production arrives down the baggage shoot.

With its uniquely portable body, the Livestream Studio HD550 makes it easy to set up wherever your event may be.

If you are producing a live stream and would like to either hire Absolute Live Productions to help produce / TD your production or you would  simply like to rent the HD550 please do not hesitate to contact one of our project coordinators.

Livestream Studio HD550 Switcher

Key Features:
• 5x SDI/HDMI inputs
• 1x SDI/HDMI output
• The only switcher with built-in bonded transmission
• 1x Extended screen output using HDMI
• 20 hours of broadcast quality recording (ISO)
• Analog audio in
• 2x balanced XLR inputs
• Built-in chroma-key
• 3x graphics tracks
• Runs Windows 7
• Built-in live streaming


HD-SDI Inputs 5
Embedded Audio Input 5 Stereo or 40 Mono HD-SDI embedded audio inputs
Audio Monitoring (1/8″) 1
HDMI Inputs 5
HDMI Outputs 1
Standard/High Definition SDI Output 1
Composite Input (BNC) 0
Composite Output (BNC) 0
S-VIDEO Input 0
S-VIDEO Output 0
Component Input 0
Component Output 0
Analog Audio (1/8″) Input 1
Analog Audio (1/8″) Output 1
Analog Audio (1/4″) Input 0
Analog Audio (1/4″) Output 0
AES/EBU Input 0
AES/EBU Output 0
Additional AES/EBU OR Analog Audio Output 0
Custom Carry Bag Included
Livestream Studio™ Keyboard Included
Media Sources 7 integrated digital media sources for video & graphics playback. 2 DDRs (video clip playback with built-in transcoder), 3 GFX (graphics), 2 Color Bars / Background Color
Remote Camera 10 x Remote camera module for ingesting video/audio over local WiFi or Ethernet network, downlinking streams, and Interviews via WebRTC.
Format Converter Built-in broadcast quality format converter for every input with automatic format detection. Allows use of any camera and video source without matching video formats
Built-In Multiview On-screen full field rate multiview of all live inputs, Preview, Program Out, GFX and DDR, Audio PPM overlay with peak hold feature on all inputs and outputs. Resizable layout allowing hiding of all controls to maximize multiview screens.
External Multiscreen 1x Extended Screen output using HDMI
Video Switcher/Mixer Mixer & Effects Bank (M/E) with no upstream keyer. transitions : SMPTE Wipe, Cut & Fade (Auto transition with adjustable duration in frames, manual via on-screen T-BAR or keyboard shortcuts)
Graphics Downstream Key 3 x Graphics DSK (downstream key) channels. One channel for GFX1, one channel for GFX2 and onechannel for GFX 3. Independent or locked transition controls (fade/cut/wipe). Preview on multiview
Graphics & Titling Load JPG or PNG files (full transparency support with PNG files). Add text (set position/font/size/color) over any loaded image file within the GFX1, GFX2 or GFX3
Video Clip Playback 2 Media Players – Eject/Load clip. Play Pause/stop. Audio/Video Scrubber. Timecode indicator. Seek to timecode. Mark In/Mark Out. Loop. Auto-play on transition
Recording Up to 4 simultaneous isolated source recordings. MJPEG with uncompressed audio. Interlacing and timecode support. Full compatibility with Blackmagic Design Media Express and Adobe Premiere.
Recording Capacity ~40 hours at 1080i (Using 2 TB built in Hard Drive with recorder set to record at 100Mbps MJPEG AVI)
Live Streaming HD live streaming via Gigabit/100/10 built-in Ethernet. Presets in up to HD 720p. Multiple simultaneous bit-rates, including mobile quality for playback over 3G on mobile devices (iPhone/Android). Integrated live streaming to Livestream or any other RTMP compatible service including Ustream, YouTube Live, Akamai, Wowza Media Server, Twitch.
Audio Mixing Integrated multi-channel audio mixer for internal and external audio sources, outputs, stream and headphones. Incorporated video switcher follow feature with audio crossfade support when fading two video sources.
Supported Formats 4k*
HD: 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24, 1080PsF25, 1080p25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p30, 1080i50, 1080i59.94 and 1080i60
SD: 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC

*The pre-installed Blackmagic Design capture devices in the HD31/HD51/HD510/HD550/HD1710 do not support 4k

Playback Media Formats GFX: JPEG or PNG image files with transparency support. DDR: AVI MJPEG with uncompressed audio, DV Video, WMV (7/8/9), H.264 (.mov & .avi), MPEG4 Part 2 (.mov & .avi), MPEG4 V1/V2 (.mov & .avi), AAC, MP3
Record Media Formats AVI MJPEG with uncompressed audio
Operating System Windows 7 Professional (64 bit) or better
Built-in Display Integrated 17″ (1920×1200) HD LED LCD
CPU Intel Core i7 6900K Broadwell-E 8-Core 3.2 GHz 20MB cache LGA 2011-v4 140W Desktop Processor
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GT 730
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 2TB SSD
RAM 64GB DDR4 2133 MHz RAM
Processing Video: 4:2:2, 10 bit Color (REC 601, REC 709) Audio: 48 kHz, 24-bitrEF IN/Genlock (Requires genlocking the two Blackmagic Design cards via two separate connectors)
Built-in Video Input/Output Cards 5 Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Records (PCI), 1 Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Monitor (PCI)
Included in the Box Carry-on bag, Power cable, Livestream Studio™ Keyboard, Mouse, Livestream Mousepad, Rubber Feet Blackmagic Design cards documentation and driver CD Warranty
Physical Dimensions 3.03″ – 4.19″ (D) x 17.33 (W) x 14.8 (H) ~19lbs