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Lots of big news coming from the Contour camp today...

First up, they have partnered with Cerevo to launch a relatively affordable live-broadcast POV solution. The Cerevo device that makes this possible is called the LiveShell. It will be available for sale via the Contour website for $299 on February 1st.
Cerevo Live Shell
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A simple HDMI cable connects Contour's Contour+ camera to Cerevo's LiveShell to bring real-time, wireless video broadcasting straight from the camera to the Ustream website. Collaboration among these three innovative companies delivers high-quality, live-broadcast video for the first time in the hands-free video market, letting adventurers share point-of-view (POV) footage as it's captured. In addition to automatic sharing via Ustream, people can manually configure the Contour+/LiveShell combo to broadcast live on other video platforms.

What people can do with Contour+ and Cerevo LiveShell:
  • Broadcast POV footage as its captured: World's first "Ustream Compatible" internet-broadcasting device (released November, 2011 in Japan) lets you share your action live on the web.  
  • Set UpEasily: No PC or Mac needed; change settings via remote control access on a Web-based Dashboard -- by computer and/or smartphone.  
  • Deliver the Action Instantly: An HDMI interface makes recording and broadcasting live a snap!  
  • High Quality Video: Fuzzy video streaming is gone! Contour+ delivers HD video in 1080p at 25/30fps or 720p at 25/30 and 50/60fps and attaches to a variety of mounts. The maximum resolution with Cerevo LiveShell is approximately 480p.  
  • Film and Broadcast for Hours: LiveShell and the Contour+ both have greater than 2-hour battery life.  

Also announced today is an upgrade to the Contour Connect App that lets users control cameras from Android phones, allowing users to remotely stop and start recording. The upgrade will be available in April.
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The Contour Connect App features:
  • New Additional Flexibility: No need to have your Contour+ or ContourGPS cameras within arm's reach to record. With this new feature, users can start and stop recording remotely with their Android smartphone!  
  • Improved Streaming Capabilities: An HDMI cable connects the Contour+ camera to a TV for video streaming capabilities and can be controlled using the remote control functionality.
  • Easy Alignment and Previews: A Bluetooth connection sends images between the camera and an Android smartphone, creating a live wireless viewfinder. Explorers can set up the perfect shot before recording, making crooked, misaligned footage a thing of the past.
  • Real-Time Adjustments: The mobile App lets users change video mode, adjust the microphone volume and react to lighting conditions in the most remote locations.
  • Camera's Vitals on the Go: Read battery, memory and GPS signal status. 
        
For more information on Contour cameras, mounts and software, visit www.contour.com.

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