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AJA HELO PLUS



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HELO Plus is the next generation of reliable H.264 dual streaming and recording devices from AJA, offering powerful multi-input video processing tools with graphic templates, PiP, SRT and a built in scheduler. With a three year warranty, outstanding support, class leading image quality and flexibility, HELO Plus is the perfect tool for secure streaming from broadcast to eSports, and education to remote production.

If your video stream is mission critical, don't rely on anything else.

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Features

  • Dual streaming & recording features - two independent encoders, two streaming destinations, dual channel recording to flexible destinations
  • Portable, stand-alone device with 3G-SDI and HDMI I/O
  • Encode up to 1080p60 in H.264/MPEG-4
  • Built in powerful multi-input video processing features offer flexible layouts with graphics templates and PIP features
  • Scheduler - pre-plan start and stop recording and streaming media with repeat capabilities
  • Image quality and flexibility – tune H.264 compression for low bandwidth needs or expanded quality for editing up to 20 Mbps
  • 2-channel stereo audio, analog stereo audio out
  • Front panel LED audio meters
  • Data rates from 100 kbps to 20 Mbps in MPEG-4
  • Record to SD, SDHC, or SDXC cards, USB storage, NFS, CIFS, or SMB network volumes
  • USB slot and SD card slot for local external storage
  • Video input and output on 3G-SDI and HDMI
  • Support for RTP/UDP, RTSP, RTMP, RTMPS, HLS, and Unicast
  • SRT compatibility
  • AV Mute with user graphics upload support for pre-live feeds
  • Easy to use Web GUI with preset loading and sharing for teams
  • Group control for multiple HELO Plus and Ki Pro devices
  • Three Year Warranty
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HELO PLUS

HELO Plus is a compact, advanced H.264 streaming and recording stand-alone appliance. HELO Plus offers both SDI and HDMI I/O with the capability to stream up to 1080p60 to a Content Delivery Network and record simultaneously. Two separate streaming destinations can be set up and recordings can be made to a combination of SD card, USB storage and NFS or CIFS network storage. HELO Plus also provides Picture-In-Picture and graphics functionality in hardware for compelling presentations made simple.

HELO Plus offers high quality streaming with ultra-reliable performance for any critical streaming service needs, including eSports, news, sports, education, creator, live events, and beyond.

Hardware

HELO Plus is compact, with a very small desktop footprint.  It offers stand-alone capabilities with stream and record buttons on the front of the unit as well as LED indicators. Audio level meters provide valuable feedback about incoming audio. HELO Plus is fanless and silent, allowing it to be used almost anywhere without fear of introducing noise. SD card and USB ports are also situated on the front of the unit for easy access.

Remote or Local Control

HELO Plus can be easily configured remotely on a standard web browser, via the Ethernet connection, and using a desktop or laptop computer. Every function of HELO Plus is accessible in the WebUI, with multiple HELO Plus devices being easily controllable via a tabbed browser window. Once set up to your requirements, HELO Plus can also be controlled via the stream and record buttons on the front of the device, with audio level LED meters providing feedback for monitoring, or the system can be controlled directly from the included web-based UI. There’s also the option for remote control via the system’s integrated REST API.

Front of the HELO Plus:

  • Record button
  • Main and Backup LED indicators
  • Stream button
  • Streaming LED indicators
  • LED Stereo VU meters
  • 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 port (5Gb/s) for media recording and playback. This USB connection can supply 1A of current to the storage device, allowing it to work with modern, larger memory sticks.
  • USB LED indicator
  • 1x SD card slot for media recording and playback
  • SD card LED indicator
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Rear of the HELO Plus:

  • 1x Stereo analog audio input
  • 1x Stereo analog audio output
  • 1x 3G-SDI input
  • SDI signal LED indicator
  • 1x 3G-SDI output
  • 1x HDMI 1.4a input
  • HDMI signal LED indicator
  • 1x HDMI 1.4a output
  • 1x Dedicated Micro USB port for use with AJA Mini-Config software
  • 1x 1GigE network connection for control and SMB recording/playback
  • 1x Locking power connector

HELO Plus offers all the professional digital I/O you need to make HELO Plus the heart of your streaming service. The easy to access front panel buttons make starting and stopping your stream simple.

WORKFLOW EXAMPLES

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SIMPLIFIED VIDEO WORKFLOW

The simplified signal flow for video within HELO Plus neatly highlights the flexibility of the device. Tracing a simple pathway for each video input illustrates the encoder, graphics and recording options.

USE CASE: SPORTS STREAMING WORKFLOW

In this use case, a sports channel 1080p59.94 video feed is being commentated on in the studio, with the video output and embedded audio being passed directly to the SDI input of the HELO Plus. The HELO Plus streaming content is monitored using an HDMI monitor and headphones.

The first encoder is set to encode the video and audio as an RTMP stream, while the second encoder is set to output an HLS stream instead. HELO Plus allows high quality sports feeds with higher frame rates of 59.94 and 60 to be encoded easily, with greater detail and motion than lower frame rate content offering an enhanced user experience.

AJA SPORTS STREAMING WORKFLOW
AJA LIVE EVENT WORKFLOW

USE CASE: LIVE EVENT STREAMING WORKFLOW

In this use case, the live event PGM feed is passed to the SDI input of the HELO Plus. The HELO Plus streaming content is monitored using an HDMI monitor and headphones. The first encoder is set to output an RTMPS stream, while the second encoder is recording directly to an SD card as a backup for later editorial use.

USE CASE: GROUP CONTROL WORKFLOW 1

In this use case, the switched video output of a studio production is being recorded as a ProRes master on an AJA Ki Pro Ultra 12G. The Ki Pro Ultra 12G passes the video and audio via SDI to a HELO Plus. The HELO Plus is configured for a layout that shows the production video scaled down with a composite background provided by the frame store.

The Ki Pro Ultra 12G and HELO Plus are connected to the same Ethernet network, configured to be a group, with Ki Pro Ultra 12G as the leader. Hitting record on the Ki Pro Ultra 12G triggers the HELO Plus to start streaming and recording to USB simultaneously.

Grouping HELO Plus with other AJA video devices offers even more sophisticated control, with simultaneous synchronization for recording and streaming across multiple devices.

AJA GROUP CONTROL WORKFLOW
AJA EDUCATION STREAMING WORKFLOW

USE CASE: EDUCATIONAL STREAMING WORKFLOW

In this use case, a college lecture is taking place. The HELO Plus receives video over SDI of the lecturer. At the same time, the presentation on the lecturer’s laptop is being output via HDMI to the HDMI in of the HELO Plus.

The HELO Plus streaming content is monitored using an HDMI monitor and headphones. The HELO Plus has been set up to create a layout for picture-in-picture. In this case, the lecturer's video is scaled down and moved to the lower right corner as an overlay of the presentation.

This picture in picture combined output is passed to both encoders, with the first encoder offering a stream for students outside the facility via RTMP. At the same time, the second encoder utilises HLS for delivery to a college breakout area.

USE CASE: GROUP CONTROL WORKFLOW 2

In this use case, an eSports video with embedded audio feed is distributed via an AJA KUMO 3232 SDI router to four commentary studios. Each commentary studio embeds its respective mixed audio track for each region. Each commentary studio passes out the SDI video and newly embedded commentary audio mix to a HELO Plus, four in total, with each connected to the others via an Ethernet switch.

The four HELO Plus devices are configured as a group, with HELO Plus #1 set to be the leader. Pressing record or stream on HELO Plus #1 triggers all the HELO Plus devices to stream to two alternate formats, 1080p29.97 and 720p29.97, keeping start and stop streaming for the group in sync across the various streams.

Group functionality across multiple HELO Plus devices is easily achieved on standard infrastructure, meaning the devices do not have to be physically near each other to function as though they were connected side-by-side.

AJA GROUP CONTROL WORKFLOW

Video and Audio Support

Video Formats

  • (HD) 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
  • (HD) 1080i 50, 59.94, 60
  • (HD) 720p 50, 59.94, 60
  • (SD) 525i, 625i
  • Video Codec Support
  • H.264/MPEG-4 Encoder

Audio Encoding Parameters

  • 32 kbps to 256 kbps 
  • 48 kHz 2-channel stereo
  • MPEG-4 AAC-LC
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AJA 3 year warranty

Industry Leading Support

AJA’s technical support is recognised as among the best in the industry and is available to all AJA customers. If you need assistance with any aspect of your HELO Plus installation, configuration, operation, or encounter any technical issue, AJA Support will work with you to get up and running.

HELO products are covered by a full three year warranty.