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Mfr PN: ESP0900
Our PN: EPHN5740001
Manufacturer: Epiphan
Platform(s): Mac & Win

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Quick Overview

Epiphan Pearl™ is a production video switcher with live streaming and recording.



Manufacturer Part Number: ESP0900

Use the built-in scaler and video mixer to create custom picture in picture layouts from up to four HD video sources. Record your videos while simultaneously streaming four 1080p video streams at 30 fps.

Capture 4 HD sources at once
With built-in support for SDI (3G-SDI, HD-SDI, SD-SDI), HDMI, DVI and VGA, Pearl can capture just about any video source you have. Audio capture is supported over HDMI and SDI and through stereo TRS audio jacks.

Stream to viewers everywhere
Stream to local viewers using browsers or media players or use Pearls CDN integration to share with a large audience. You can even stream to Smart TVs and set-top boxes. Have as many as four different 1080p streams at 30 fps all from one Pearl!

Switch video sources live
Pearl is a video mixer! Use the touch screen or the web UI to preview and change the live content. Changes are reflected immediately in your video stream and on displays connected to Pearls video output ports.

Keep your recordings safe
With up to 1 TB of storage, Pearl can hold hundreds of hours of HD recordings. You can also configure automatic file transfer to a local USB drive or to a network drive using SFTP, FTP, RSYNC, SCP or CIFS.

Recording control is independent from streaming control do one do or both simultaneously, your choice. Pearl also has configurable video recorders that group multiple streams together for synchronized recording. Pearl records in MP4, MOV, AVI or MPEG-TS format. You can configure how large or how long the files are before a new file starts, and you can customize the filename prefix too.

Create custom layouts
Use the web UI to arrange your video sources into custom layouts

  • Crop and resize up to 4 video sources to create completely custom layouts (including picture in picture)
  • Add images including backgrounds and transparent pngs for overlays
  • Include date, timestamping or other text

Be confident about quality
Use Pearls touchscreen to scroll through your channels to monitor whats being captured, streamed and recorded. Monitor audio using the front-mounted 3.5 mm audio jack and on-screen VU meter.

Plug and play, or tweak to perfection
Let Pearl set everything for you automatically, or take advantage of the web UI to configure bitrate, frame size, layouts, overlays and more!

Stream locally
Use Pearls built-in streaming server to share via unicast or multicast stream to up to 50 viewers. Select from live streaming formats including HTTP, FLV, ASF, MJPEG and HLS to stream video to media players and web browsers or UPnP and SAP sharing to stream to Smart TVs and set top boxes.

Stream to CDNs
Publish your live video stream to a large audience using an enterprise streaming server or CDN using RTMP or RTSP. Want to use two CDNs or stream to both a CDN and an enterprise server? No problem, duplicate the channel and publish the same stream to both places simultaneously.

Output video for local displays
Show content to front of house or send it to a larger confidence monitor with Pearls two video output ports. Configure to show any input source or any channel at up to 1080p.

Capture ISOs in full detail
Stream your content picture in picture, with any desired resolution, while also recording original, high quality ISOs for post-processing. For high-density solutions, we suggest using Pearl Rackmount Twin with one embedded Pearl doing streaming, and the other dedicated to recording ISOs.

CMS/LMS integration
Pearl integrates easily with content management systems (CMS) and with learning management systems (LMS) such as Blackboard, Kaltura, Mediasite and Moodle. Our customers love Pearl because it works with the systems you already have in place.

Get stunning HD video
Harness the power of Pearls video encoder. For maximum compatibility with video players and superb encoding performance, Pearls default video codec is H.264, backed with hardware-accelerated encoding. You can also choose from MPEG-4 or M-JPEG.

Crystal clear audio, fully synchronized to video
Using incoming signals over the HDMI, SDI or TRS ports, Pearl embeds high quality encoded sound into your video stream. Use the default AAC audio at 320 kbps, or select from AAC, MP3 or PCM audio with stereo or mono with bitrates up from 32 to 320 kbps and sampling at 22 to 48 kHz.

Pearl can travel in styleor stay put
The portable version of Pearl comes with a lightweight, hard-shell custom carry case to protect it while traveling. This version also has an optional rack-mount tray to secure it to a portable or fixed server rack.

The rackmount versions of Pearl are designed from the ground-up for rack installation and include integrated power supplies and front-mounted USB ports for easier access.


**Pearl Rackmount Twin is comprised of two independent Pearl systems; each system is comprised of the items listed below.
Video InputsConnectors(2) SDI
(2) HDMI / DVI1
(2) VGA
ResolutionsHDMI/DVI/SDI up to 19201200
Custom HDMI/VGA modes
VESA modes: 640480 to 20482048 (or 26501600)
HD Video Format Options3G-SDI; HD-SDI; SD-SDI; DVI single link; HDMI;
VGA: R, G, B plus separate HSync and VSync signals; R, G, B plus CSYNC signal; R, G, B with Sync-on-Green synchronization
Audio InputConnectors(2) in left/right balanced TRS audio
SDI audio
HDMI audio
Video DisplayScreenVideo confidence monitoring through on-board touch screen
Video Output PortsConnectors(2) Mini DisplayPort with audio for local video display or larger confidence monitoring
Audio OutputConnectors3.5 mm audio jack for audio confidence monitoring with speakers or headphones
Built-in DisplayFront touch screen display for live switching, confidence monitoring, quick configuration, system information and recording control
Video SwitchingLayout switching during live streaming and recording using the touch screen or the web UI
Video EncodingVideo CodecsH.264, MPEG-4, Motion JPEG
Video Bit Rates100 9,999 kbit/sec
Key Frame IntervalsProgrammable
Color Resolution4:2:0
Output Frame SizeConfigurable up to 38402160
Frame Rates (per output stream)Capacity for four simultaneous 1080p output streams at 30 fps, or two at 60 fps. 4k frame size at a lower frame rate.
Audio EncodingAudio Codecs
(stereo or mono)
EncoderBitrateSample Frequencies
MP364-192kbps22 kHz, 44 kHz, 48 kHz
PCM22 kHz, 44 kHz, 48 kHz
AAC64-192kbps16 kHz, 22 kHz, 44 kHz, 48 kHz
Network InterfacesConnector(1) 10/100/1000 Ethernet RJ45
Publish to Streaming Server / CDN (RTMP, RTSP)
HLS Native Apple HTTP stream for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
Multicast StreamsRTP, MPEG-TS and RTP and MPEG-TS over UDP
Network Discovery / AnnounceUPnP, SAP
Video/Audio Recording and File ManagementInternal Storage2 Portable model: 1 TB HDD
Rackmount models: 512 GB SSD
Automatically removes oldest recordings from internal storage as space is required.
File maintenance through admin interface (Web UI)
Local StorageAutomatic or manual copy to local USB drives via the 2 rear-mounted USB 2.0 ports (rackmount models have an additional front-mounted USB 2.0 port)
Network StorageFTP server and FTP client capabilities (automatic and manual)
SFTP, SCP, RSYNC and CIFS synchronization
Playback and Recorded FormatsDownload recorded videos (AVI, MP4, MOV or MPEG-TS) using the Web UI and playback through any compatible player.
AdministrationWeb UI for full administration. On-screen display and mobile UI for confidence monitoring and simple administration.
API IntegrationIncluded API for integration into existing environments (executed via HTTP or RS-232). RS-232 API integration requires a USB to RS-232 adapter (not included).
Time SynchronizationNTP, TIME (RFC 868), PTP v1 (IEEE-1588-2002 V1)
Product DimensionsPearl: 10?in x 3in x 7?in (270 mm x 82 mm x 187 mm)
Pearl Rackmount: 19?in x 3in x 10?in (498 mm x 89 mm x 270 mm)
Pearl Rackmount Twin: 19?in x 3in x 10?in (498 mm x 89 mm x 270 mm)
Product WeightPearl: 3.4 lbs (1.54kg)
Pearl Rackmount: 12.1 lbs (5.5 kg)
Pearl Rackmount Twin: 14.6 lbs (6.6 kg)
Country of OriginMade in North America (Canada)
1Using HDMI port, with the supplied adapter2A portion of the hard drive space (approximately 100 MB) is reserved for system use. Recording space can be virtually unlimited with offload to networked storage.


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