The Quicklink Midi Backpack

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The Quicklink Midi Backpack


Quicklink are continuously developing their encoding solutions to meet the needs of the industry and the launch of the Quicklink Midi Backpack takes mobile news gathering to the next level. Designed for performance and portability the backpack transmits high quality broadcast media streaming from the most remote locations.

  • Description
  • 15+ bonded connections: Wi-Fi, USB and LAN
  • 5 seconds boot time
  • Optimised on lower throughput satellite
  • HEVC option to encode with each profile
  • Bonds multiple internet connections

Smaller, Lighter, Higher Quality
Weighing just 1.14 kgs, the Quicklink Midi Encoder represents the ultimate uplink device for professional newsgathering. To help broadcasters produce a quality live presentation, Quicklink has launched its latest version of the Windows Live software with the installation of the HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) or also known as H.265. HEVC/H.265 is the standards-based, next-generation codec successor to H.264. It will deliver the same visual quality as H.264 at close to 50 percent of the bitrate.

Modern Design
Quicklink have designed a modern day mobile encoder that incorporates all of the functionality required to broadcast live video from any location. The encoder can simultaneously bond 15 + connections including Wi-Fi, USB and Satellite. The modular design also allows the encoder to be easily removed from the backpack for use in studios, vehicles and fly-packs.

Robust and Reliable
The Quicklink Midi Backpack automatically aggregates all available bandwidth seamlessly, without disruption of transmission – even as satellite, microwave or cellular connections are added or dropped. The per-network cellular connectivity status includes data such as throughput and network delay per connection in an easy visual display.

Optimised for satellite
The Quicklink Midi automatically optimises its transmission to maximise quality and to minimise latency and includes CIF resolution. The encoder is fully tested on the Thuraya satellite, VSAT and Ka network. The encoder also has full Inmarsat BGAN HDR Integration and control as well as inbuilt GPS functionality with custom integration to your own mapping system.

Technical Specifications for the Quicklink Midi Backpack
CPU i7 Intel processor
Video Video inputs SDI Video Input 1 x 10 bit HD / SD (BNC), 1 x HDMI type A connector.
SD video formats 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC
HD video formats 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24, 1080PsF25, 1080p25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p30, 1080i50, 1080i59.94 and 1080i60
Video sampling 4:2:2
Colour precision & space 10 bit, Rec 601, Rec 709
Video encoder MPEG-4 Video part 10 (AVC/H.264), Baseline, Main and High ProfileH.264 video codec including bespoke enhancements. HEVC Option
SDI compliance SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 259M
Audio Audio inputs 2 Channels embedded in SD & HD. 8 Channels embedded in SD and HD, optionalAES/EBU, 2 Channels unbalanced with sample rate converter.
Audio encoder AAC-HE2 12Kbps to 56Kbps
Audio Talkback IFB 1 X Analogue 1/4” Jack Audio IFB / Bluetooth Talkback connectors (optional)
Network Network supported 1x Wi-Fi, 2x Ethernet, 4x USB. Also Satellite, Thuraya IP, BGAN, VSAT, NewsSpotter and other Ka Band Services. Optional 4/8 inbuilt high gain modems.
Supported technologies LTE, HSPA+, HSDPA/HSUPA, UMTS, Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, b, g & n Dual Band
Hardware Input / Output ports 4 x USB 2.0 ports, 2 x Gigabit Ethernet 1x DisplayPort
Hard Drive Solid State
Antennae In built antennae system. Optional Standard SMA connectors for connection ofdirectional and high gain roof mounted antennae
Battery connectors Optional Hot Swap Dual Battery Plates allows uninterrupted use
Operating Time 3-4 Hours use depending on battery option.
Physical Control 8” LCD touchscreen; USB mouse and keyboard, full web based remote control
GUI Simple, easy to use touch screen. Video preview with Audio level indicators
Size Encoder: 190mm x 220mm x 70mm (7.5” x 8.6” x 2.8”)With backpack: 400mm x 330mm x 130mm (15.8” x 13” x 5.2”)
Operating Temp 0 to 55oC
Encoder Weight Without battery plate including 8 modems 1.76kg1.14 kg without modems5.3kg