What is NP Connected?
NP Connected is software to perform wide range of functions for audio/video encoding, transcoding, packetizing, DRM protection. The main purpose of the product is to make video streams available from any source to any playback device.
What platforms NP Connected software run?
NP Connected runs on generally available Intel off-the-shelf hardware platforms. The main requirement is Intel CPU with embedded GPU with support of Intel Quick Sync. Typical examples of Intel chips with QuickSync are Intel® Xeon® E Processor E-2176G, Intel® Core™ i3-8100
Samples of tested platforms are provided by this link https://connected.noisypeak.com/
Is my CPU/GPU supported?
The list of QuickSync enabled CPUs you can find here - https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/search/featurefilter.html?productType=873&1_Filter-ProcessorGraphics=19001&0_QuickSyncVideo=True.
NP Connected doesn't use video acceleration of NVidia CUDA/NVENC and AMD GPUs but we are considering of adding these options.
What OS do you support?
Our software runs on Microsoft Windows. We recommend Windows 10 Pro. For large setups of 50+ channels we support Linux nodes to extend transcoding capacity. Speak to our integration team for Linux support capabilities (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What capture cards do you support?
We support Blackmagic, Magewell and Innogeni PCIe cards and USB dongles. These cards allow very broad spectrum of capturing/encoding out SDI and HDMI sources. If you like to support any other type of hardware send us a note (email@example.com)
What is performance of your software?
On Intel GPU UHD655 (for example Intel® NUC Kit with 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i3 Processor - NUC8i3BEH) you can process up to 2 UHD HEVC channels, 5-10 HD channels, 9-20 SD channels. Factual performance depends on quality and video encoding/transcoding settings, video formats, number of renditions per channel (e.g. ABR HLS/DASH).
Is quality of video good with Intel QuickSync?
Yes. It is.
What are the video decoders/encoders do you support?
MPEG2, H.264, HEVC
What are the audio decoders/encoders do you support?
AAC, AAC HE, Mpeg1 Layer 2, Mpeg1 Layer 3
What packetizers do you support?
HLS versions 2-7, Mpeg DASH, RTMP, SPTS, MPTS, MBTS, SDI Playout, ShoutCast, SmoothStreaming
What DRM do you support?
Fairplay, Nagra, PlayReady, Verimatrix, Widevine CENC, HLSStaticKey
What is the maximum number of channels do you support?
Our software scales with adding more NP Connected transcoders or with extension of NP Connected transcoders with video transcoding nodes on Linux. Speak to us for quoting/integrating large video processing solutions (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Can we integrate your product in our solution, technology, pipeline?
OEM/ODM requests are welcome. NP Connected has simple to use Web UI for management and full support for all features through JSON/REST APIs. We are welcome any custom development requests. Speak to us email@example.com
What is the difference between NP Connected and your standalone products NP One, NP Cell, NP Blade?
The key difference is NP Connected is subscription based product, which time to time connects to our cloud servers to re-new, re-validate the license. NP Connected over the period of time will support gradual features licensing where you can select and pay only for the features you need. NP One/Cell/Blade provides full range of features and can be offered as a software license and/or fully configured hardware platforms. NP One/Cell/Blade can work with permanent license without the need to have Internet connection
Do you plan to support Linux based OSes?
This is work in progress. We've initially developed software for Windows as Intel Quick Sync support was better implemented for it. We are working on moving our software into 100% Linux environment and plan to complete it by Q4 2019. At this moment we offer Linux based video transcoding nodes that can be connected to Windows hosts to extend video transcoding capacity.
Is the software stable for 24x7 production environments?
Yes it is. Software can work without any changes and reboots for years. It's always carefully tested before any new releases.