Pearl Mini – 5 Minute Demo


Hi, I’m George with Epiphan Video and today we want to take you on a guided tour of Pearl Mini. So what is Pearl Mini? Pearl Mini is your standalone all-in-one recording
encoder. We can combine Pearl Mini with cameras and
other video signals like laptops, presentations, multiple audio signals, and do everything
on one device — a studio in a box, essentially. With a big touch screen on the front and multiple
inputs and outputs on the back, I’m going to go through all those pieces with you today
and talk about how it can be used. So whom is Pearl Mini for? Pearl Mini is great for lecture capture, live
event production, enterprise video — just about any scenario where you have multiple
video and audio signals and you need an all-in-one device to bring them together. That’s what Pearl Mini is all about. Pearl Mini may be small, but it’s packed with
professional features like XLR audio, multi-encoding, and multi-streaming. Let’s take a tour around the outside of the box. Starting on the front, we have USB ports for
offloading recorded content, an SD card slot for our storage media, status LEDs for streaming, recording, and power. Of course, it’s hard to miss the giant, beautiful
touch screen that gives us a point of control for switching, start/stop control, and several other functions. Around the back, we’ll find our XLR and TRS
combo jacks for analog audio. We’ll also find HDMI and SDI inputs for professional video, network and power – all the usual things you would expect. But this gives us a great mix of functionality
for various different needs. So let’s get started and do a little bit of
a walkthrough of a 2-camera setup. I’ll start with connecting my power. And today I’m going to be using two GoPro
cameras as my HDMI video sources. I’ll just get those set up here. Again, we use standard HDMI connectors. I could also alternatively be using an SDI as well. And then I also will be taking audio from
this microphone, which does require phantom power, so I’ll make sure that that is connected as well. And then lastly, my network connection. And push the power button. Now with everything connected, Pearl is booting up and in a moment we will have everything on the front touch screen where we can take a look at some of
the previews we’re getting from these cameras here, as well as our audio levels and all
those different functions on that front touch screen. Let’s go ahead and take a look at the configuration
on Pearl Mini. Earlier I set up a couple layouts ahead of
time. Layouts are how live switching is done on
Pearl Mini, so let’s take a look at those: The two I set up – one is a fairly simple
PiP layout, and the design of these is very easy to use. It’s a simple click-and-drag interface for
both the general layout as well as the cropping I’m using on one of my camera signals. My other layout is using a main camera shot
and some custom text overlays. These overlays can be made up of custom text
like these ones, or they could be using images like JPEG and PNG images to add branding and
other content elements to your production. Again, the layout of it is simple. Just click and drag in order to design and
move these pieces around to really add whatever sort of creative flair you want to your production. With Pearl Mini, we can stream and record
at the same time. Recording can be done in AVI, MP4, MOV file types making it easy to integrate with just about any workflow. With streaming, we can publish to any RTMP
server for CDN integration like Facebook, Vimeo, USTREAM, just about any platform you desire, Pearl can do that with RTMP. There’s a number of other streaming options
as well for the more advanced users – we can cover that at another time. So that’s pretty much it. Now that we have everything configured, we’re ready to start our event. On the front touch screen I can control start/stop
recording, start/stop streaming, do my switching. And of course, if I need to do that more remotely,
I can also use Epiphan Live, a web-browser-based controller, where I can also access those controls. Once my recordings are finished, they’re all
there directly on the SD card ready to deliver. We’re really just scratching the surface here
today. For more information, visit Epiphan.com. Contact us for a personalized demo of Pearl Mini. We’d be happy to show you a lot more detail.

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