Spark Live Streaming Encoder

Bring your best broadcasts to light, with our brilliant HEVC touchscreen encoder.

Starting at $999 + BoxCast Streaming Plan


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Lower Bandwidth. Highest Quality.

Spark is an HEVC (H.265) live streaming encoder. HEVC cuts your bandwidth in half and lets you encode your video in the highest quality. This elevates your content and conveys a polished image to your audience.

Enhanced Monitoring + Control

Have eyes on your video feed at all times, thanks to the Spark streaming encoder’s live preview and customizable LED light ring. You can also adjust your analog audio levels and run a network speed test onscreen.

Reliable Church Streaming Encoder

What makes Spark an HD streaming encoder you can count on? It’s equipped with our automated technology for easy scheduling and multistreaming, plus BoxCast Flow, our patented streaming protocol. Oh, and a handy microSD card slot to locally record a backup — just in case.

One BoxCast encoder, two versions

Spark is available in two versions: HDMI ($999, available now) and SDI ($TBD, coming soon). Need help deciding which one to buy? Read our blog post on HDMI vs. SDI video connections. Or just get both!

HDMI Variant SDI Variant

$ 999

$ TBD
Video Input
HDMI 2.0a
SD/HD/3G/6G/12G-SDI
Availability
Shipping in December
Coming Soon
 

Advanced streaming made simple

Our newest live stream encoder box makes it easier than ever to broadcast high-quality, 1080p60 video, with a 4.3-inch touchscreen that’s quick to set up and easy to monitor and interact with.

 

Works with your live streaming equipment

With Spark, you can connect to your camera, video switcher, or live graphics computer. It features two ¼” stereo inputs and one 3.5mm input, so you can also connect directly to your soundboard. You can even monitor your live sound with the built-in headphone output!

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Spark  multi-cam workflow diagram

Connect any video switcher to your Spark with an HDMI or SDI output directly into the encoder. Send a separate feed from your audio source, so you can combine your program video feed with your mixed audio.

Spark single-cam workflow diagram

This simple setup lets you mix in high-quality sound from a soundboard, instrument, microphone, or broadcaster headset with one camera. Send your video feed via HDMI or SDI, while sending your audio feed over balanced ¼" or unbalanced 3.5mm. You can also choose to take the audio directly from your camera feed.

 

Spark a conversation

Need help deciding between the BoxCaster, Pro, or Spark hardware encoder for streaming? Torn between an HDMI or SDI encoder? Whatever your burning question, our knowledgeable streaming coaches are here to help — seven days a week — via chat, email, or phone.

Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST
Sunday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST

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Tech specs

Download Spark encoder tech specs (PDF format).

Video and Audio

Video Input: HDMI –OR– SDI
HDMI Variant: HDMI 2.0a
SDI Variant: SD/HD/3G/6G/12G-SDI
Audio Input: Analog via 1/4" or 3.5mm, or embedded with video signal
Audio Compression: AAC-LC
Video Encoding: H.265, Main Profile (HEVC); H.264, High Profile level 4.2 (AVC)
Audio Output: 3.5mm Stereo Jack
Streaming Quality: Up to 1080p60
Local Recording: Class I microSD card, minimum 16GB capacity, ext4 and EXFAT formats

Video and Audio

Video Input: HDMI –OR– SDI
Audio Output: 3.5mm Stereo Jack
HDMI Variant: HDMI 2.0a
SDI Variant: SD/HD/3G/6G/12G-SDI
Streaming Quality: Up to 1080p60
Audio Input: Analog via 1/4" or 3.5mm, or embedded with video signal
Local Recording: Class I microSD card, minimum 16GB capacity, ext4 and EXFAT formats
Audio Compression: AAC-LC
Video Encoding: H.265, Main Profile (HEVC); H.264, High Profile level 4.2 (AVC)

Networking and Connectivity

IP Address: Assignment via DHCP
Hardline: 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Firewall: No configuration needed
MAC Address: Uniquely assigned
Wireless: 802.11ac, dual band 2.4/5GHz, 2x2 MIMO; Supports WEP and WPA/WPA2 Personal via AES/TKIP
Firmware: Automatically updates

Networking and Connectivity

IP Address: Assignment via DHCP
Wireless: 802.11ac, dual band 2.4/5GHz, 2x2 MIMO; Supports WEP and WPA/WPA2 Personal via AES/TKIP
Hardline: 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Firmware: Automatically updates
Firewall: No configuration needed
MAC Address: Uniquely assigned

Physical Characteristics

Display: 4.3” capacitive touch display, 800x480, 50% NTSC, high brightness
Dimensions: 129.5 x 92 x 33 mm
Temperature: 0 to 40 C°
Weight: 11 oz.
Mounting: Clip-on stand, clip-on wall mount with 1/4”-20 tripod mount and 75x75mm VESA compatibility
Humidity: 0% to 90% non condensing

Physical Characteristics

Display: 4.3” capacitive touch display, 800x480, 50% NTSC, high brightness
Mounting: Clip-on stand, clip-on wall mount with 1/4”-20 tripod mount and 75x75mm VESA compatibility
Dimensions: 129.5 x 92 x 33 mm
Humidity: 0% to 90% non condensing
Temperature: 0 to 40 C°
Weight: 11 oz.

Power

Input: Barrel jack input, 12V DC nominal –OR– USB-C source
Consumption: 12W typical, 18W maximum

Power

Input: Barrel jack input, 12V DC nominal –OR– USB-C source
Consumption: 12W typical, 18W maximum

Remote Control and Automation

Available via: BoxCast online Dashboard, BoxCast Broadcaster app for iOS, API for BoxCast’s cloud platform

Remote Control and Automation

Available via: BoxCast online Dashboard, BoxCast Broadcaster app for iOS, API for BoxCast’s cloud platform

Ready to buy a Spark?

The Spark is a one-time purchase that works with any paid BoxCast subscription plan. If you’re a subscriber, you can buy the Spark through self-checkout or by contacting your customer success manager.

Don’t have a subscription plan? Get a demo and try BoxCast free for 14 days — no credit card or commitment required. Just in case you don’t love it, we offer a 30-day, money-back guarantee on our encoders and streaming plans. So ... what are you waiting for?

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