The Ultimate Lightweight Unit for Professional Newsgathering.

Powered by LiveU’s multi-processor video encoding engine and weighing around 1 kg (2.2 lbs), LU500 represents the ultimate uplink device for professional newsgathering. With its proprietary internal antenna, the LU500 optimizes available bandwidth to deliver broadcast-quality, resilient live HD video transmission for 24/7 news and events coverage on-the-move and in fixed locations.

The LU500 combines high performance and portability with an end-to-end boot-up time of less than one minute. The unit supports Anton Bauer, V-Lock, PAG, and LiveU’s internal swappable batteries and offers advanced remote control functions via the LiveU Central management platform.

LU500, with the new multi-media processors, offers up to ten bonded connections plus WiFi and two LAN connections. The unit can be connected to the LiveU Xtender external antenna for extra-resiliency in challenging conditions, and connected to satellite equipment to create a hybrid cellular/satellite solution for guaranteed bandwidth in remote areas. The LU500 can also support additional optional modems via external USB ports.

The LU500 can be controlled by a single operator in the field using an intuitive touch-screen interface or controlled remotely from any computer using the LiveU Central management platform.

LU500 Technical Specifications

Integrated unit Audio - video encoder, micro SD card, cellular & wireless modems, internal battery
Portability Custom design, professional-grade backpack
Video input:  
Resolutions 1080p50/60/25/30/24, 1080i50/60, 720p50/60/25/30, PAL, NTSC
HW interfaces SDI, HDMI
Video formats 3G/HD/SD-SDI, HDMI 1.4, full A/V auto detection
Audio/Video encoding:  
Video encoder H.264 AVC high profile
Audio encoder AAC-LC
Video transport RTP
Integrated bonded interfaces:                 
Simultaneous bonding Up to 13 network links; inc. 6-8 x integrated 4G LTE / 3G cellular or WiMAX modems +
internal Wi-Fi and 2 Ethernet ports
supported technologies   4G LTE, HSPA+, HSUPA, HSDPA, UMTS, CDMA EVDO Rev 0/A/B, Mobile WiMAX, 
and internal Wi-Fi 802.11 a,b,g & n support
Proprietary RF Technology:        
Antenna arrays Benefits in video quality, resiliency, coverage, operation in areas of poor coverage, on-the-drive, and even  
in crowded areas. Enhanced support for all common wireless frequencies including LTE
Operational modes:  
Multi-profile selection Low latency mode
Maximum Quality mode for increased compensation in noisy networks
Multi-target output Diverse A/V output through SDI and H.264 streams including connectivity for CDNs
Power sources Integral battery: 3 hours
Vehicle Lighter input: 12VDC
AC: 100V to 240V
User interface:  
Local control Full monitoring and control using touch-screen UI
Remote control Full web-based remote control from laptops, or Google Chrome based browsers
Preview Video preview; per-network cellular connectivity status incl. throughput, network delay etc.
Rich feature set:  
Resiliency and quality Top video quality and resiliency through algorithms such as automatic Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR).
Video encoding bit rate is set automatically; automatic Forward Error Correction (FEC) and other lost packet
recovery algorithms to maximize Quality of Experience for the end-user
Professional features Low latency for studio interviews; Store & Forward; file transfer (FTP); video and audio indicators; under one
minute boot-up time; and the ability to control the unit from its touch screen, the server or from any web
enabled device
Physical & interfaces:  
Data Micro SD Card Slot, Micro USB 2.0 OTG, RJ-45 Ethernet, Audio jack (in + out)
Dimensions With 3hr battery: 150mm x 225mm x 70mm / 5.9” x 8.8” x 2.7” (W x H x D)
Weight 1.08kg (38oz) without battery, 1.68kg (59oz) with 3hr battery
Temperature Operating: -5°C to +45°C (23F to 113F)


 8 internal modems + 2 network connections
 New video encoding engine
 Smallest backpack or camera mounted