Contour and Cerevo partner for live broadcasting to POV cameras

by Brian Mullin on January 10, 2012


Hands-Free Leaders Contour and Cerevo USA Partner to Bring Live Video Broadcasting to POV Cameras

LAS VEGAS, NV, (Consumer Electronics Show) – Jan 10, 2012 – Contour, ( a market leader in hands-free capture and the sharing of action video, and Japanese-based Cerevo today unveiled the world’s smallest and least expensive portable live-streaming video solution at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Cerevo “LiveShell”. The unique battery-powered solution can be seen live at CES booth #35155 in South Hall 4 and is available for sale via the Contour website for $299 on February 1st.

“Contour is excited to include LiveShell to our product suite in the U.S., allowing our customers to broadcast their hands-free pursuits live to the web as it happens. ” said Contour CEO, Marc Barros. “It’s a perfect complement to our Contour+ camera model. We start with the best hands-free, POV camera with built in GPS and mobile connectivity – and have now add a wireless live-streaming solution with the LiveShell. Partnering with Cerevo and Ustream will allow Contour customers to share their ski run, bike route, or any other hands-free action with their family and friends in real-time.”

A simple HDMI cable connects Contour’s Contour+ camera to Cerevo’s LiveShell to bring real-time 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.

“Live video streaming is key for many businesses and for individual entertainment, but without LiveShell and Contour+, people are stuck with poor quality video or else purchasing prohibitively expensive gear,” said Cerevo CEO, Takuma Iwasa. “Computers can be unstable and difficult, while phones limit video quality and also capture unwanted vibration and wind noise. Contour is the optimal partner for us, delivering high-quality, high-definition video that friends and family will be thrilled to watch as it’s created.”

Contour+’s award-winning, hands-free HD video lets people shoot quality video from anywhere and everywhere, and with LiveShell and Ustream, they can live-broadcast as they capture. Simply plug an HDMI cable from the Contour+ into LiveShell to instantly and wirelessly share high-quality content via Ustream. For additional functionality, a Web-based Dashboard remotely controls and alters settings.

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) let’s you share your action live on the web.
  • Set-up Easily: 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 and50/60fps 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

The Contour+ camera is available for purchase now, and the Cerevo LiveShell will available for purchase February 1st from Contour’s online store.

LiveShell Function Details:

Network connection function 10/100 BASE-T wired LAN and 802.11 b, g, n compatible wireless LAN
Broadcasting video resolution 4 CIF (704 * 528 pixels) Max. approx. 1.5 Mbps
Video input terminal HDMI ※ 1 composite (NTSC/PAL)
Audio input terminal HDMI/ Stereo microphone in/ Line in Volume can be adjusted for each item independently. Broadcasting is done after mixing internally.
Power supply 3 x AA batteries (Sanyo Electric’s eneloop or eneloop pro recommended)
Operating time more than 3 hours battery life *2 24 x 7 continous operation with the AC adapter accessory
Accessories AC adapter, mount shoe, AV-IN cable, WiFi adapter, HDMI cable with 60cm right angle (HDMI to HDMI-mini) and set-up cable
Size (D) 120 mm × (W) 68 mm × (H) 26 mm
Weight 108g


Contour’s Exclusive Bluetooth Technology and Enhanced Contour Connect App Lets Users Control Cameras from Wherever They Have their Android Phone

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Consumer Electronics Show) – Jan 10, 2012 Contour (, a leader in making it easy to share epic moments with hands-free video, today announced a new remote control feature on the Contour Connect App allowing users to remotely stop and start recording on Android devices. Available in April, the Contour Connect App will give users the ability to start and stop recording with the press of a button, remotely from their smartphone – giving greater flexibility and creative control. With Contour’s exclusive Bluetooth technology, Contour Connect already turns a user’s smartphone into a wireless viewfinder, letting active people align shots and adjust settings in real-time.

“We just made hands-free a lot more hands-free. We’re continuing to innovate in ways to make it easier for people to capture and share highlights than any other video camera. Contour is a creation tool, and we’re always looking for ways to make it easier for people to capture and share epic moments,” said Marc Barros. “The new remote control works with our Contour+ and ContourGPS cameras, so you can mount the camera on the hood of your car and control video footage from your phone while sitting in the driver’s seat – this level of remote control is an example of our leadership in mobile connectivity.”

The Contour Connect App gives active people:

  • 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

About Contour
Contour designs award-winning, intuitive tools to help active people capture and share their adventures through video. With Contour’s hands-free cameras, accessories and apps, creating high-quality location-based video to replay personal highlights of action and travel starts with the touch of one button. For more information about Contour please visit

About Cerevo
Cerevo is a ‘REVOlutional’ networked Consume Electronics’ company based on Tokyo Japan and founded in April 2007. Our past product ‘CEREVO CAM live!’ was the first digital camera with built-in Ustream live broadcasting. Not only a hardware company, Cerevo products have internet connection functions and receive many values and functions from our web services.

About Ustream
Ustream, Inc. is the leader in live and interactive video streaming. The interactive platform connects broadcasters and viewers of unlimited size through innovative technology, including: Facebook and Twitter social engagement tools, real-time chat and notifications, custom-designed channels, and embeddable features across multiple websites and platforms. Users are also able to broadcast, view, and engage with others in real-time, directly from mobile phones, tablets, computers, and smart TVs. The company attracts millions of high-profile brands, celebrities, musicians, athletes, politicians, animal enthusiasts, and gamers. Ustream recently earned the Guinness World Record for the “Most Content-Ingested by an Online Video Service”.

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