“I’ll be back” – The Terminator

It has been an interesting last couple of years, no doubt. We launched DVStreamLine in 2011/2012 on an invite from Matrox, who introduced the VS4 capture card as a professional camera input device targeted at the unfolding live streaming market. As one of the first to offer fully configured systems with the VS4, we were actually re-launching ourselves. Our company originally began life in late 1999 as DVLine, Inc. Back then, we saw an opportunity to provide turnkey computer systems for video processing and production based on the Windows OS. Those were the days of Mac vs PC and we had good success helping folks with a pre-configured tool to cut video mainly for DVD delivery. Unfortunately, after several years of extreme growth, the company hit a wall with 3 separate technical challenges outside of our control. Ultimately, I made the decision to shut the doors, but only after ensuring that every single customer was taken care of.

Matrox_VS4
ultimatebeat - too much to lose

I took the opportunity to go back to school (CSU) and finish a degree begun many years earlier and also cut a documentary film about corruption in the online poker world (UltimateBeat). Actually, I also put a lot of time in on the tables myself as the early days were extremely fun and lucrative. But I always knew I would come back to core strengths, designing and building video related systems for the masses. When Matrox called, I was ready. And we did well in the first year or two. The challenge was familiar, software to do live mixing and streaming was still very weak and we focused solely on Telestream Wirecast. It worked. But just barely. It felt similar to 2001 with the first usable editions of Adobe Premiere with frequent crashes and other delights. But, tuning a rig to accommodate the software helped a lot and plenty of folks at all kinds of facilities starting using our gear.

In 2013, I was looking for alternatives and came across a young man alone at a table during Streaming Media West. His name was Martin Sinclair and the product was called vMix. We spoke briefly and I got a link for a trial version (I believe we were on version 9 or 10 at that point). After getting past some interface understanding, I was able to start working quickly. And the thing that got my full attention? It never crashed. This is pretty huge in the world of live video where by definition, you only get one shot. We began selling the product and Martin invited DV/SL to be in his booth at NAB 2014. It was a good show and led to discussions about building specifically designed rigs for vMix in a subsidiary company to his main software corporation.

It was a fantastic opportunity but I knew I would need to close the doors on DV/SL if I proceeded forward. I made the decision and sent out personal emails to all of our customers that I was thankful for the opportunity to serve them and would be able to do even more under the new entity. In the next post, I’ll detail the systems we designed and speak more about the software. In future posts, we’ll visit some interesting events following the vMix project and talk about other systems I’ve been involved with (hint, I’m really proud of them). As time goes by, we’ll use this space to discuss new developments in the industry, new gear and software and best practices. I expect to start using the technology itself to provide info so stay tuned for video formats, both live and archived with tips, tutorials, walk-throughs and more. And finally, I’ll be adding content and systems directly related to Cryptocurrency and mining. If you are not involved in Crypto, I urge you to spend some time getting up to speed, it represents groundbreaking change across a number of foundations in our world.

And once again, I would like to thank all our customers, past, present and future for the opportunity.

Kenneth Bell
Founder / DVLine, Inc. dba DVStreamLine