VidiU Go vs VidiU Pro: How Do They Compare?

Thu, Feb 14, 2019

VidiU Go is the newest encoder in our line of VidiU products. If you’re currently using the VidiU Pro - or just on the fence about which device you need - and want to compare the two, we combined all of the differences and similarities into a rundown here: 

Hardware Designs

Modems - when it comes to Internet sources in live streaming, more is better. VidiU Pro supports a single USB modem so you can stream in the field, while the VidiU Go supports two USB modems that can be bonded together so you can stream from anywhere with confidence. Combine with Teradek Node modems, which offer 2-3 times the performance of carrier-branded 4G LTE modems, to give your VidiU Go the network redundancy to stream flawless video wherever you are.

SIMs - since VidiU Go supports 2 USB modems, that means more opportunities to utilize our cutting-edge Telna SIMs. Telna SIMs are high-speed, multi-carrier 4G LTE SIM cards that operate under a single provider with a pay-as-you-go pricing plan. At just $10/GB, our SIMs offer an easy and affordable way to start streaming with your VidiU Go.

Charging - we wanted to make charging simpler and more flexible than ever before. That’s why the new VidiU Go charges via USB-C, which has a reversible connector and consumption-based powering (5V, 10V, and 15V). This also allows you to use any third-party USB-C cables and adapters so you’ll always have a way to power your unit.

Video Inputs - while the VidiU Pro only has an HDMI input, the VidiU Go supports both HDMI and 3G-SDI, which means you can connect it to any professional camera or switcher to stream. Whether you’re in the field or in the studio, VidiU Go works with every setup.

Navigation - time is critical in the broadcast world, and you don’t have time to fidget with menu controls when you’re streaming. VidiU Pro includes a joystick that helps to navigate through the menus, while VidiU Go includes smart buttons with arrow keys to make navigation and configuration a breeze.

Features

Video - studies show that the better the quality, the longer viewers will watch. VidiU Go was designed to handle the demands of today’s video world. While VidiU Pro’s 30FPS is the standard, 60FPS will give your viewers a much smoother viewing experience, especially for live streams with lots of movement.

Compression - HEVC is the newest compression standard that is twice as efficient as AVC compression. With VidiU Go, you can stream HEVC video to any platform and save up to 50% of the data it would cost to stream AVC, or bump up the quality a level while only using the same amount of data. This means it costs significantly less data to stream HD video wherever you are.

‘But I thought CDNs don’t support HEVC compression yet?’ You’re absolutely right. That’s why we provided a solution that lets you take advantage of HEVC immediately. Our cloud-based streaming platform, Core, can transcode HEVC to AVC. Stream HEVC video from VidiU Go to Core, transcode it in the cloud, and deliver AVC video to the platform of your choice.

Cloud - live streaming straight from the encoder is fine, but many professionals want to take their streams further. One of the biggest advantages of VidiU Go is its compatibility with Core, our cloud-based stream management platform. Core unlocks more features that take your streams to the next level, including:

  • Multi-platform streaming
  • Transcoding HEVC > AVC
  • Configuration from the cloud
  • Remote monitoring
  • Cloud archiving
  • Bonding

Sharelink is also our cloud-based service that includes:

  • Multi-platform streaming
  • Bonding

You can learn more in our blog post: Core vs Sharelink.

4G LTE Bonding - whether you’re streaming for clients or for yourself, you don’t want to rely on a single Internet connection. That’s why both VidiU Go & Pro can bond multiple Internet sources into a single connection. With Core or Sharelink, every Internet source (4G LTE modems, Ethernet, and WiFi) in the VidiUs can be combined so if one connection has issues, the rest will fill in as backups.

VidiU Go has 2x USB modems, giving a more robust connection than VidiU Pro.

Multiple Destinations - audiences have their platforms and pages of choice, so instead of getting them to come to you, you can go to them. Both Core and Sharelink allow you to deliver your stream to multiple live platforms simultaneously, all with the data of a single stream. Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, RTMPs, etc. Multiple the amount of viewers by streaming to as many as you or your clients want.

Remote Configuration - streaming in the field but want to configure your settings remotely? Through Core, you can adjust the parameters of your VidiU Go stream (resolution, bitrate, FPS, destinations, and more) from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Remote Monitoring - Core also allows you to watch your VidiU Go’s stream remotely so you can stay on top of the stream’s health at all times.

Cloud Archiving - many clients want copies of the stream after the event, and while VidiU Go offers an SD slot to save the stream locally, it’s even more reassuring to have a backup in the cloud too. Streams in Core can be accessed & downloaded at any time from anywhere, even through your Core iOS app.

10-Second Bootup - content can happen at any moment, and you don’t want to miss out the action. VidiU Go is ready to stream in under 10 seconds from the bootup, meaning you spend less time waiting and more time streaming.

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