StreamGuys SGrecast Platform and Barix Exstreamer Encoder Help DNR Events Efficiently Bring Live Broadcasts to Podcasts

StreamGuys_DNR_Events_Derek_Hartley_Romaine_PattersonOne-of-a-kind entertainment and travel experience provider DNR Events offers a platform for dynamic expression that engages, entertains and informs. The cornerstone of this endeavor is DNR 2.0, a live streaming digital channel and audio archive featuring “Derek and Romaine,” a two-hour daily broadcast hosted by former satellite radio duo Derek Hartley and Romaine Patterson. Striving to deliver the best possible quality and reliability to their loyal audience, DNR chose the cloud-based SGrecast live stream repurposing platform from streaming solutions pioneer StreamGuys and Exstreamer 500 encoder from IP audio innovator Barix to power their digital offerings.

When their show’s run on satellite radio ended after more than 12 years, the duo wanted to continue reaching their established following of commuters and truckers that depended on them for entertainment every day.

“We needed to find a way to keep doing our show, our way,” said Hartley. “We explored doing a podcast, but after so many years in the dynamic world of live radio, it didn’t feel like a fit for us. Our audience expects to hear us every day on their way to or from work, and the off-the-cuff nature of our show and the ability to take live phone calls are really important to us. We met with lots of great people who are creating terrific content in the world of podcasts, but none of them had the technology or business structure to help us deliver the kind of show we wanted to do, so we kept looking.”

DNR’s research led them to StreamGuys’ content delivery and podcasting network and the SGrecast recording and repurposing platform.

“StreamGuys’ technology fit the bill perfectly,” explained Hartley. “It lets us recreate the experience of our previous show as much as possible while giving us the flexibility to rebroadcast our shows 24/7 and do additional programming like standard podcasts.”

DNR depended heavily on StreamGuys’ customer service to help them transition to the online realm.

“Romaine had a recording engineering background, which was essential in building a world-class studio to broadcast from, but every aspect of streaming technology was brand new to us,” Hartley recalled. “StreamGuys was perfect for us – their solution was turnkey enough that we were able to make it work for us really effectively, and StreamGuys’ staff walked us through every step. We know we aren’t their biggest client, but from day one, they have always made us feel like our business is important to them.”

DNR 2.0 first went live using Rogue Amoeba’s Nicecast software to encode their audio stream, but with development support for Nicecast ending earlier this year and its eight-year-old underlying MacBook nearing the end of its lifespan, Patterson decided to switch to a dedicated encoding device. StreamGuys recommended the Barix Exstreamer series, and the results have exceeded her expectations.

“I absolutely love the Exstreamer,” said Patterson. “With Nicecast, I had to start and stop each broadcast, which left room for error. With Barix, I don’t even have to think about it – it’s always ready and waiting, which is particularly helpful now that we’re running multiple shows out of our studio. The web interface also makes life way easier for me, as I can jump in and see how the system is running from anywhere.”

The resulting workflow quickly and efficiently turns DNR’s live broadcasts into podcasts while enabling “Derek and Romaine” to be heard 24/7. The show is streamed as a live broadcast each weekday, with the Exstreamer sending the live studio audio to the StreamGuys network. SGrecast records the streams, and as soon as the show is over, rebroadcasts the recording in a loop until the next day’s live broadcast. Recordings are also posted in DNR’s online archive and podcast feeds.

“We love the immediacy that SGrecast gives us,” praised Patterson. “On satellite, our show was limited to our broadcast time slot and when it ended, another show would play. For our listeners who wanted to hear the show after our time slot ended, it took a while for the recording to become available within their app. Now, the second the show is over, it’s immediately available to listeners anytime, anywhere through streaming on a dedicated channel and more quickly as a download than was possible before.”

As a recording engineer, Romaine also appreciates the quality of the sound enabled by StreamGuys and Barix.

“We often get listener feedback that the sound quality we provide now is as good or better than when we were on satellite radio. That’s super-important to us, and is a huge compliment to how we’ve built our company and the solutions we use. StreamGuys’ services enable us to deliver great quality, and when we switched from Nicecast to the Barix Exstreamer I believe it got even better.”

Beyond helping DNR reinvent themselves online, the combination of StreamGuys and Barix technology enables them to help other radio hosts relaunch their shows on the Internet.

“Through our DNR Studios brand, we offer additional programming ranging from live streams to on-demand podcasts and hybrid models like ours. For hosts wanting to bring their broadcasts to podcasts or displaced radio professionals who want to continue to do radio their own way, StreamGuys and Barix are the right way to go.”

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Innpact selected BCE to produce its corporate video

Innpact mandated BCE to produce two video clips. The corporate video presents the activities of the company through interviews of its employees, showing its multicultural diversity and demystifying its business. The second video presents the different partnerships Innpact is currently involved in with its clients.

The videos will be distributed on Innpact’s website, social networks, during its clients meetings and presentations.

“We are proud to contribute to the development of the first “impact finance” company in Luxembourg. It was paramount to simplify the company activities through a crystal clear video.” Concludes Lloyd Winandy Concepts and Graphics Supervisor at BCE.

“This video is an excellent means to showcase not only our business, but also the way we do business. As a B Corp dedicated to impact finance, it is essential for us to ensure and demonstrate that our company culture is in line with our activities.” says Corinne Molitor, Director at Innpact.

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StorageDNA Joins Studio Network Solutions, Backblaze, and Spectra Logic to Ease Migration

Built around StorageDNA’s intelligent archive engine, the bundled software/hardware solutions include DNAevolution software and either a Spectra® Stack automated tape library; SNS disk storage with AI autotagging and the ShareBrowser file and asset manager; or Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage with B2 Fireball for rapid ingest of large data sets.

“Over the past five to 10 years, companies in the media and entertainment space have accumulated very large archives on older LTO-5 and LTO-6 tapes,” said Tridib Chakravarty (tC), president and CEO at StorageDNA. “With newer generations of LTO tape technology, and disk and cloud storage options becoming more affordable and attractive, companies are looking to move their data off LTO-5 or LTO-6 archives. Working with Spectra Logic, SNS, and Backblaze, we’re offering best-of-breed software with best-of-breed hardware to provide a cost-effective, yet highly functional, solution for migrating content from one storage medium to another.”

The smart migration bundles offered by StorageDNA and its partners give users a way to pull data out of LTO-5 and LTO-6 archives and put it on a medium that guarantees ongoing access. Options with AI-based intelligence, powerful metadata harvesting capabilities, and accelerated transport mechanisms help users to better understand, access, and leverage the content being stored.

StorageDNA’s DNAevolution intelligent archive software, newly released in version 4.8, handles IT-centric backup and archive of folders smoothly, as well as Avid and Adobe projects within conventional media workflows. In addition to extensive metadata intelligence, the v4.8 software features smart migration capabilities, with enhanced scanning of new data and faster data transfers.

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The EVO shared storage server from SNS combines a highly configurable storage array with an extensive workflow toolset for post-production and broadcast workflows. Every EVO system features unlimited media asset management, file automation tools, AI-powered asset tagging, and enhanced integration with Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, DaVinci Resolve 15, Avid Media Composer, and other creative applications. EVO enables users to consolidate multiple tiers of storage into a single organized database, and edit 4K, 6K, and 8K media directly from the server.

B2 Cloud Storage from Backblaze offers unlimited free uploads, and all data is instantly available for download via API, CLI, or web browser with the lowest download fees in the industry. Priced at $5 per terabyte per month, B2 Cloud Storage is one-fourth the cost of Amazon’s S3. In addition, Backblaze offers the B2 Fireball, a rapid ingest service that simplifies the migration of massive data sets.

Designed to be installed, expanded, and managed easily, the Spectra Stack automated tape library from Spectra Logic is rated at a 100 percent duty cycle, meaning it is one of the only stackable libraries built to perform in a 24/7 environment. Scalable from 10 to 560 tape slots and from one to 42 tape drives, a Spectra Stack library enables users to store more than 6.7PB (16.7PB compressed) of data. StorageDNA has partnered with Spectra Logic to provide a Spectra Stack 80-slot, two-drive, scalable LTO solution, along with a preconfigured server with DNAevolution v4.8 software pre-installed. In addition, Spectra Logic can include free LTO-6 loaner drives for use during the migration process.

“Studio Network Solutions is a well-established provider of intelligent media storage, Backblaze offers an exceptional combination of price and access in cloud storage, and Spectra Logic is simply the best-known LTO tape brand in media and entertainment,” added Chakravarty. “We’re proud to be partnering with these remarkable companies in addressing a critical need in today’s storage marketplace.”

The new smart migration bundles from StorageDNA, SNS, Backblaze, and Spectra Logic are available now from the companies’ distribution partners.

StorageDNA is also offering a rental option designed for companies that aren’t prepared to invest in further LTO hardware. For as little as $900 a month, customers can rent an eight-slot, one-drive LTO-8 library and software to move data off existing LTO-5 and LTO-6 tapes.

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