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TVU One FHD and 4K Hardware User Guide

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Chapter 1 – Introduction, setup, and base operation

TVU One represents a tremendous leap forward in professional live video streaming solutions. Choose from one of two TVU One transmitter models; the TVU One FHD and the TVU One 4K (also referred to as packs) in this document. The TVU One transmitter is 5G ready with UHD quality and sub-second latency.

Product overview

TVU One 4K delivers high-definition picture quality with 0.5 second latency at 3 Mbps. The TVU One FHD and 4K transmitters use the H.265/HEVC or H.264 encoding and compression standard to deliver greater efficiency in data use and increased transmission stability.

The H.265 hardware encoding chip delivers full broadcast quality in 4K, 10-bit true 60 fps video at as low as 3 Mbps with proven patented Inverse StatMux technology, ISX.

ISX is the ultimate transmission algorithm. TVU One 4K uses less data and combats packet loss to achieve transmissions with virtually zero latency, down to 0.5 seconds, even in a moving vehicle or when going live in 4K. The TVU One FHD transmitter can also transmit live 1080p-60 at as low as 800 Kbps.

Both TVU One transmitter models simultaneously aggregate up to 12 data connections and can obtain bandwidth from anywhere: cellular 3G/4G/5G LTE, WiFi, Ethernet, or satellite.

The TVU One 4K and FHD models have 100% more battery life than their predecessors. The TVU One FHD can communicate using IFB and bidirectional VoIP between the studio and the field operator without latency.

Real-time dual encoding makes it possible to go live under any network conditions by simultaneously recording a full HD copy of your video for later download.

 

Features overview

Transmitter enhancements and latest features:

TVU One model 4K

  • Rugged chassis CNCed from high-density aluminum Portable with one-button operation.
  • The first and smallest 5G ready, 4K p60 live transmission device compatible with more devices and video formats than ever before.
  • Reliable low-latency, high-quality transmission. True 60 frames per second (full motion).
  • Supports up to 12 data connections; 6 embedded nano (4ff) modems (2 for 5G), 4 external USB, WiFi, and Ethernet. Supports LTE Category 12 global modems.
  • USB WiFi adapter support.
  • Supports VLAN mode, which connects to a receiver’s VLAN without having a router data plan. Supports VLAN and Switch support.
  • Type 10 Micro SD support for up to 8 hours of high-quality video storage. The Pack ships with a 128 GB SD card.
  • On-board SDI and HDMI input.
  • Encodes at 4K 60p and 1080p.
  • HEVC/H.265 or H.264 video compression.
  • Lower power consumption internal battery supports up to 4.5 hours of live 4K transmission.
  • Auto Sync support via USB drive.
  • Audio-only transmission mode support.
  • TVU Pack Low bitrate user notification via twitch command and pack UI.
  • IPv6 support.
  • New version alert on LCD screen with user triggered software update.
  • RVF adapter status and version display (v6.8.2 and v7.0) Supports RVF control via touch screen. Includes an RVF option to support viewing return video feed from an iPhone or iPad.
  • GPS and Partyline status display. Support for access to TVU Partyline as a participant (not available in 4K format).

TVU One model FHD

  • Rugged chassis CNCed from high-density aluminum. Portable with one-button operation.
  • The first and smallest 5G ready, live transmission device compatible with more devices and video formats than ever before.
  • HD 1080p-60 encoding at as little as 800 Kbps.
  • Type 10 Micro SD support for up to 8 hours of high-quality video storage. The Pack ships with a 128 GB SD card.
  • On-board SDI and HDMI support. Supports dual input switching (SDI/HDMI)
  • HEVC/H.265 or H.264 video compression.
  • Support for up to 12 data connections; 6 embedded nano (4ff) modems, 4 external USB, WiFi, and Ethernet. Supports LTE Category 12 global modems.
  • USB WiFi adapter support.
  • Supports VLAN mode which connects to a receiver’s VLAN without having a router data plan. Supports VLAN and Switch support.
  • Lower power consumption internal battery supports up to 4.5 hours of live transmission.
  • Auto Sync support via USB drive.
  • Audio-only transmission mode support.
  • TVU Pack low bitrate user notification via twitch command and pack UI.
  • IPv6 support.
  • New version alert on LCD screen with user triggered software update.
  • RVF adapter status and version display (v6.8.2 and v7.0).Supports RVF control via touch screen. Includes an RVF option to support viewing return video feed from an iPhone or iPad.
  • GPS and Partyline status display. Supports access Partyline (RTIL+ISSP+Timelock).
  • Supports access to TVU Partyline as a participant (not available for 4K format).

Contents and functions

TVU One transmitter models have a robust hardware design and functions to fit the needs of any live broadcaster. The TVU One runs on the TVU platform and includes the following functions:

  • Simple Worry-Free Operation: TVU pioneered a one-button operation in portable live video streaming transmitters. TVU One requires no in-field configuration and boots up in less than 30 seconds.
  • Small Form Factor, Big Features: TVU One is feature-rich with no compromises to performance or capabilities. To see a full list of hardware and software specifications for TVU One, refer to “Product Specifications.”
  • Inverse StatMux Plus: TVU One features proprietary video transmission technology called Inverse StatMux Plus (IS+). With IS+, the unsurpassed HD picture quality is dependably delivered at sub-second latency over cellular 3G/4G/5G LTE modems, even when transmitting in a moving vehicle traveling at over 60 mph/100 kph.
  • Powerful Real-Time Store and Forward: TVU One can simultaneously live stream and record. TVU has HD file transfer functionality that ensures the delivery of an HD quality error-free video clip to the studio in real-time without waiting until the clip is fully recorded on the transmitter.
  • Digital memory card slot and video storage: Supports a 128 GB SD card (providing 8 hours of high-quality video).
  • Fully Compatible with TVU Grid: TVU’s IP-based video switching, routing, and distribution solution allows a broadcaster to share a TVU One live video transmission with any other TVU Grid-enabled station, operations center, or physical location. TVU Grid features very low latency when switching, routing, or distributing live video.
  • Support for return video feed HDMI adapter (optional): Use this device to receive a high-quality, low-latency SDI return feed in the field from a TVU receiver in the studio, where it can be monitored locally on an HDMI monitor.
  • Improved audio quality: Optimized audio transmission quality and compatibility. Supports high bit-rate audio setting up to 320 Kbps.
  • Support for external Bluetooth adapter (optional): Communicate via VoIP wirelessly with an external Bluetooth adapter.
  • 5G Ready: Two internal hardware radios can be upgraded to 5G technology.
  • Support for external 5G devices – Connect to certain external 5G phones/MiFi devices to enable hotspot usage.
  • Closed caption pass-through: Support for embedded pass-through of closed captions for 1080i and 720p.
  • Support for TVU Partyline: Integrates with remote video conferencing as a TVU One source.
  • Speedtest feature: Supports speed testing of the transmission between the transmitter and receiver.
  • USB file upload: Supports USB file uploads from a flash drive.
  • Stream control: Supports streaming output of a receiver remotely.
 

TVU One transmitter components

The TVU One transmitter comprises the encoder, internal battery, and embedded modems. Weighing just 2.2 lb./1 kg, the transmitter fits easily in the average person’s hand.

TVU One transmitter models 4K and FHD

TVU One Standard components

Standard Components for the TVU One model FHD and 4K transmitters include the following:

  • TVU transmitter with SDI/HDMI input
  • 1x micro Internal SD slot
  • 1x Micro SD card (128 GB) Type 10
  • Internal USB connections (4x)
  • IFB port
  • Power supply (AC Adapter)
  • TVU transmitter Bag

TVU One optional components

Optional Components for the TVU transmitter include the following:

  • SIM cards (nano)
  • Micro SD card (256 GB) Type 10
  • AC car adapter
  • Universal adapter
  • External modems

TVU transmitter controls and operations

TVU transmitter is the central component of the TVU One system. The transmitter handles video capturing, video encoding and transmission, modem management and dialing, and status/monitoring of the system.

Front panel LCD and power indicator

Press the power button on the front panel to turn on the transmitter. The button turns green when the transmitter is powered on. The LCD screen displays configuration and status information for connected modems, including video input and transmission. When a video input is connected, an input preview is displayed on the LCD.

LCD display and power indicator

TVU One transmitter side panel overviews

The TVU One transmitter models’ left-side and right-side panels feature the following input/output connections and controls.

Note: The TVU One transmitters come in alternate form factor designs. The features and functionality are the same.

TVU One transmitter left-side panel (form factor 1)

TVU One transmitter left-side panel (form factor 1)

TVU One transmitter right-side panel (form factor 1)

TVU One transmitter right side panel (form factor 1)

TVU One transmitter left-side panel (form factor 2)

TVU One transmitter left-side panel (form factor 2)

TVU One transmitter right-side panel (form factor 2)

TVU One transmitter right side panel (form factor 2)
 

Chapter 2 – Setting up the TVU One transmitter

This section explains transmitter connections, detaching and charging the battery, how to remove and replace SIM cards, and backpack battery configurations.

Before you begin

Before you begin setting up the TVU One transmitter, it is recommended that you identify the devices you intend to use with the unit, including cameras, cables, power sources, modems, and unit accessories.
Read and follow the procedures in the latest TVU One Software user guide.

Transmitter connections

Complete the following steps to set up the TVU One transmitter:

  1. Connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI In port.
  2. Connect the SDI cable to the SDI In port.
  3. Connect the Ethernet input cable to the Ethernet port for a LAN connection.
  4. Connect your power to the DC Input port.
  5. Connect the audio component (3.5 mm mini audio output jack) to the IFB output port.

Detaching the internal battery from the transmitter

The transmitter’s internal battery is designed to fit within the unit, but it can also be easily removed. Complete battery power management for the TVU One transmitter is available on the LCD touchscreen and the receiver interface.

Complete the following steps to detach the internal battery from the transmitter:

  1. Users will find two spring-loaded latches on the side of the transmitter opposite the LCD touchscreen.
  2. Orient the transmitter LCD panel down and push down on the latches to release the battery and slide it away from the transmitter.

Battery release latches (form factor 1)

Battery release latches (form factor 1)

Battery release latches (form factor 2)

Battery release latches (form factor 2)

Charging the internal battery

To charge the internal battery without removing it from the transmitter, connect the provided AC power adapter to the DC input on the unit and plug the other end of the adapter into an electrical outlet. The battery will then begin to charge. The battery will charge significantly faster (approximately 3 hours) when the transmitter is turned off.

Inserting SIM cards

The transmitter SIM card slots are designed to hold up to 6 Nano SIM (4ff) cards in three embedded modem slots. These SIM configurations are user serviceable.

Note: The transmitter SIM card slots only accept Nano SIM (4ff) cards.

Complete the following steps to insert a SIM card into the embedded modem slot on the transmitter:

  1. The TVU One FHD and 4K models feature three dual SIM card carriers for use with the internal modems. To remove a SIM card carrier, push the SIM card in until it clicks and slightly pops out. Carefully pull the dual SIM tray out of the slot.
  2. Place 2 SIM cards into the dual nano SIM card tray as shown below and carefully slide the carrier into the embedded modem slot. Ensure the SIM cards stay in their respective carrier recesses during this process.
Dual nano SIM card carrier
SIM type reference
 

TVU One backpack configurations

The TVU One transmitter or “pack” is designed to be used as a standalone transmitter or transmit from a wearable backpack configuration. The backpack comfortably holds the pack while allowing users easy access to the power button, connections, and SIM card slots.

The touchscreen LCD interface on the pack can also be used while the unit is in the backpack. In addition, the backpack features mesh sections that allow for the essential ventilation of the pack to prevent overheating.

TVU One baclpack

There are two TVU One backpack configurations for external batteries, they are as follows:

V-type battery configuration:
TVU One FHD and 4K V-type battery with a green connector.
G-type battery configuration:
TVU One FHD and 4K G-type battery with a green connector.

V-type battery configuration example:

TVU One V type battery
TVU One V type battery with green connector

G-type battery configuration example:

G type battery
G type battery with green connector
 

Chapter 3 – Product specifications

Product specs tvu one FHD v7.7
Product specs tvu one 4K v7.7

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Document Part Number: TVU One FHD and 4K HW UG Rev H EN 02-2024