Epiphan Pearl Nano is a Great Encoder for Virtual/Hybrid Events

Epiphan posted an article going over a case stud from company J&B Production, located in Tennessee. The company wanted to invest in a dedicated video-encoder to add permanently to their workflow. They needed a device that would be reliable enough to perform flawlessly during productions, but also be versatile to support in-person, virtual, and hybrid events of all sizes. J&B Production found the right fit in the Epiphan Pearl Nano.

Pearl Nano offers the ultimate blend of portability and versatility with a refined yet robust feature set that includes ingestion, encoding, HDMI pass-through, and recording. Use Nano as a powerful and reliable video distribution device or contribution encoder, or leverage the device’s streaming and recording functions as part of a more complex setup with additional production capabilities.

The Challenge: Searching for a Dependable Dedicated Encoder

J&B Productions has a packed schedule of hybrid and virtual events all across the United States. One thing was very clear, they needed a hardware encoder that would successfully support all their events. Their wish list was a combination of a small in size device, but it needed to have large professional features. 

Unfortunately, the search did not start well. They started with a hardware encoder from a different company, which failed within the first hour of streaming with it. Eager to secure a more reliable device, they turned to Epiphan. 

"We stopped looking at other companies and looked harder into Epiphan’s product line for what product made sense." -Ethan Johnson, President and Co-founder of J&B Production Company

The Solution: Pearl Nano, The Perfect-Fit Streamer and Recorder

“We always had good luck in the past with Epiphan hardware. Never had huge issues, which usually doesn’t happen. I can name you lots of audio consoles and switchers that have failed countless times in the 14 years I’ve been doing this.” -Ethan Johnson, President and Co-founder of J&B Production Company

After some research, the J&B Production team decided to turn to the Epiphan Pearl Nano. They chose the Pearl Nano because of it's many features, like:

  • Built-in inputs for HDMI and SDI (a rare find on encoders in this price range), making converters unnecessary.
  • XLR inputs for professional audio (versus only audio via a headphone jack or RCA, as is common on other smaller, medium-range devices), cutting down the number of cables and adapters.
  • Scaling capabilities, eliminating some previously required gear

"Pearl Nano had everything we needed. It was easy to set up and easy to navigate on the webpage end. It fit the price for what we needed and what we were doing at the time. We haven’t rented another encoder since we bought them." -Ethan Johnson, President and Co-founder of J&B Production Company

Read the full case study article from Epiphan HERE

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