LiveU adds to its portfolio of 5G field units with the LU300S

LiveU has unveiled its new native 5G compact video transmission solution, the LU300S, for dynamic live coverage on-the-go. Featuring the latest bonded encoding technology, the LU300S transmits up to 4K 10-bit HDR high-quality video over 5G networks, while keeping production costs low.

Based on LiveU’s LRT (LiveU Reliable Transport) technology, the unit offers broadcast-quality video streams with support for up to six IP connections, including four 5G/4G cellular connections, WiFi and LAN – ensuring reliability even in low cellular coverage areas. Producers can be flexible with their resources with the LU300S’s small size (weighing just over 900g), easy operation and carrying options (camera mount, cross-shoulder pack and belt pack) freeing up field crews to focus on the story.

The unit can be managed both remotely from the convenience of the production control centre, and locally by field crews via the unit’s interface, as part of a cost-effective remote production workflow. Designed for high-intensity environments, the LU300S has a ruggedised design with everything needed to go live.

Samuel Wasserman, CEO and co-founder, LiveU, said: “Once again, LiveU brings technological innovation to a small-sized transmission solution. We have seen how the flexibility of the LU300 has enabled customers to boost viewer engagement for a wide variety of sports, entertainment and other live events. This brand-new offering encompasses the latest developments in 5G, 4K 10-bit HDR video quality, and HEVC encoding for even higher-level productions. Providing built-in 5G support, the LU300S delivers the highest bandwidth and ultra-low latency. The LU300 has already proved itself in extreme use cases around the world, such as motorsport and airborne firefighting services, and we’re excited to see the incredible new opportunities opening up with the LU300S.”

Supporting LiveU’s move to the cloud, the LU300S integrates seamlessly within a cloud production ecosystem. Users can capture live streams with the LU300S in the field and transmit the feeds to LiveU’s Matrix IP management and distribution solution.

It offers up to 4Kp60 10-bit HDR transmission over 12G-SDI or HDMI for optimal colour depth and richness, and up to eight audio channels. With dual-SIM support, the unit turns into a hybrid local/roaming unit for newsgathering on-the-go.

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