Mediasite Recorders vs Pearl Mini

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How does Pearl Mini compare to Mediasite Recorder and Mobile Recorder?

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M1041 Mobile Recorder

R1020 Recorder
Front screen7” full color touch screen display15.5″ touchscreen (LED backlit LCD with chemically strengthened glass, 1920×1080)
Video inputs2 × HDMI
1 × 3G-SDI
2 × USB
1x 3G-SDI
1x HDMI / VGA / Component
1x S-Video / Composite
USB 3.0
2x NDI
USB 3.0
2x NDI
Video outputs1 × HDMI program1x HDMI program
1x DisplayPort program
1x HDMI program
1x DisplayPort program
Encodingup to 3 × 1080p 30fps H.2643x 1080p2 x 1080p
Audio inputs2 × XLR (with 48 V phantom power)
2 × 1/4″ TRS
2 × RCA
1 × 3.5 mm
2 × USB
2 × HDMI embedded audio
1 × 3G-SDI embedded audio
Network-embedded audio inputs (RTSP, SRT, NDI-HX)
1x 3.5mm
1x 3.5mm
Audio output ports1 × 3.5 mm1x stereo 3.5 mm
1x RCA
1x stereo 3.5 mm
StorageSD card,
USB or network-attached storage
M.2 slot
Internal SSD120GB Internal SSD
Rackmount optionRack-mountable to 1U 19″ rack
CMS integrationsKaltura
SchedulingThrough CMS integrationThrough Mediasite
(Supports R25/Schedule25, EMS™, Astra Schedule and Syllabus Plus)
Through Mediasite
(Supports R25/Schedule25, EMS™, Astra Schedule and Syllabus Plus)
Security featuresLDAP support,802.1x network access control, role-based access control (user/admin/operator), HTTPS/SSLKensington Security SlotKensington Security Slot
Dimensions10.25 x 6.75 x 2.4″
(26.1 x 17.2 x 6 cm)
12.7 x 16.1 x 2.35”
(32.2 x 40.9 x 6 cm)
1.75 x 13.75 x 9″
(4.4 x 34.9 x 22.9 cm)
Weight3.8 lb / 1.7 kg11.5 lbs / 5.2 kg5 lbs

The info in this table is current as of July 20, 2023. All info related to the Mediasite M1041 Mobile Recorder and Mediasite R1020 Recorder was sourced from the Mediasite Recorder product page, Recorder user guides, and the specifications sheets.

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