Ocean Exploration Project Streamed Video to Mobile Viewers

A KulaByte H.264 encoder receives raw HD video signal from the Nautilus vessel and converts it into multiple H.264 Internet protocol streams
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“Nautilus Live,” an ocean exploration program, is using Haivision Network Video’s KulaByte live Internet encoder to stream video to the program’s multiscreen video system and to multiple mobile video receivers.

A part of a complete media system provided by KIT digital Inc., the KulaByte H.264 encoder receives the raw high-definition (HD) video signal from the Nautilus vessel and converts it into multiple H.264 Internet protocol (IP) streams in the formats required for delivery to the Nautilus Live Roku channel, website, iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices, according to KIT digital.

“Reaching the target audience across a wide array of platforms was critical to the educational mission of Nautilus Live, and KulaByte was an essential component in that effort,” said Jesse Francis, solutions specialist, KIT digital. “This implementation was completed prior to the release of the KIT Video Platform, and so KIT digital worked with KulaByte to convert a single video stream to multiple high-quality formats with minimal latency. We were also impressed with its Internet streaming capabilities, which were able to detect outbound network congestion and automatically adjust the stream bit rates to deliver the best-quality output.”

Currently docked in Yalikavak, Turkey, the research vessel Nautilus just completed a four-month field expedition in the Black and Mediterranean Seas and the Atlantic Ocean.

Throughout the latest expedition, Nautilus Live enabled students, educators, researchers and general audiences to view aspects of the mission through the 24/7 live video feeds that were delivered from the ship via KulaByte and the KIT digital solution. The video feeds are an important component of The JASON Project, a partnership between National Geographic Society and Sea Research Foundation that delivered programs to classrooms and after-school settings such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

During its latest expedition, the Nautilus transmitted video feeds originating from the ship as well as its companion remotely operated vehicles that were exploring the seafloor. The feeds were received at the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island, where the KulaByte encoder converted them to the formats required for multiplatform delivery.

In addition, KulaByte provided an stream for Nautilus Live Exploration Command Centers at museums, aquariums and schools around the country, and the Nautilus Live Theater at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn.