The Sphere 360-Degree HDMI Video Monitoring and Streaming Package by Teradek is a real-time video monitoring and streaming solution for multi-camera 360° productions. This version allows for 360° video monitoring as well as the ability to stream live to the web (e.g. a CDN like YouTube 360, Wowza, etc.)
Compatible with any HDMI camera, Sphere accepts up to four camera output signals up to 1080p at 30 fps and stitches the video files together for live viewing on an iPad. Utilizing an iOS-based stitching engine, no separate PC is required to stitch together your footage, allowing for real-time monitoring in your choice of viewing modes—including rectilinear and panoramic—all while keeping your production mobile. The stitched video can then be simultaneously streamed directly to the web to any compatible 360° online video platform, including Wowza and YouTube. In addition to its four HDMI inputs, Sphere also features four USB ports that offer an integrated power solution for GoPro cameras. Audio can be input from each HDMI camera, or a separate feed from an audio board can be brought in via a 3.5mm stereo analog audio input. To connect to the Internet, Sphere has a 10/100 Ethernet port. Should you need more than four camera for your 360° productions, a second 10/100 Ethernet port is provided, allowing you to daisy-chain a second Sphere to support up to 8 cameras. For power, Sphere features redundant 2-pin LEMO inputs, offering protection against power supply failures to keep your live stream active. To get your 360° productions up-and-running, Sphere comes with a mounting bracket, 4-camera GoPro rig mount, 18" micro-HDMI to HDMI cable, Ethernet cable, and an AC power adapter. A hardshell case is also provided to protect your Sphere when not in use.
Compatible with any HDMI or HD-SDI camera, Sphere is the most flexible 360º monitoring and streaming solution for 4-camera VR rigs. Its 4 USB ports offer an integrated power solution for GoPro rigs and its stereo analog audio input allows you to embed the output of your soundboard right into the live feed.
Sphere also includes twin 2-Pin Connector connectors for redundant power and dual 10/100 Ethernet ports for Internet connectivity and attaching a second Sphere unit.
Sphere Stitching Engine
Sphere is unique in that it doesn’t require a PC to stitch panoramic footage into a 360º format. Instead, the stitching engine is iOS based and offers real-time compositing of up to 8 1080p camera feeds, allowing you and your crew to be more mobile than ever before.
Stitching Configuration Options
The Sphere iOS application offers numerous parameters for tweaking your 360º footage to your liking. In addition to multiple lens correction options, you can adjust the image rotation and edge alignment of your stitch from the app’s intuitive UI.
Color Calibration Settings
Users can calibrate each camera’s white balance, tint, and color profile right from the Sphere application. If you need a quick calibration, the application can color match across all video feeds at the same time to provide a balanced image instantly.
The Sphere iOS application allows you to save individual 360º snapshots and your stitched video footage directly to your iPad’s hard drive in MP4 format.
Wireless and Internet Connectivity
Sphere connects to wireless access points and the Internet via a 10/100 Ethernet jack. To enhance the wireless range of your Sphere stream, we recommend connecting the device to a Ubiquiti access point for a robust WiFi signal up to several thousand feet.
Support for up to 8 Cameras
Should you need more than 4 cameras for your 360º production, a second Sphere can be daisy-chained using the device’s 10/100 Ethernet port.UPC:
In the Box
1 x Sphere HDMI
4 x HDMI
Supported Input Formats
1080p 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 fps
HDMI Color Space
RGB 4:4:4, YCrCb 4:4:4, YCrCb 4:2:2
Compression Algorithm: Baseline, Main and High Profile H.264
1 x Analog Line or Mic in, adjustable gain
Audio Compression: AAC-LC, MPEG Layer 2
2 x Ethernet 10/100
Network Protocols: TCP/IP, UDP, HTTP, DHCP, NTP, SSL, IGMP
Power Input Connector
2 x 2-pin LEMO
12 W (up to 20 W for USB; up to 15 W for PoE)
Auxiliary Power Input
12 to 28 VDC
4 x USB
4.33 x 4.33 x 1.36" (11 x 11 x 3.45 cm)
Packaging Info Package
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
13.1 x 10.9 x 5.2"
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