SMP 352 vs Pearl Mini

Trying to decide between the Extron® SMP 352 and the Epiphan Pearl Mini? Researching SMP 352 alternatives? You’ve come to the right place.

Pearl Mini vs SMP 352

How does Pearl Mini compare to SMP 352?

Extron’s SMP 352 is a popular and capable streamer and recorder for professional AV applications. But as with any investment, it’s wise to consider what else is out there. Like our own Pearl Mini, which offers unmatched flexibility and unique features like a giant touch screen for confidence monitoring, live switching, and more.

Okay, we admit it. We’re a little biased. That said, there are plenty of good, objective reasons to consider Pearl Mini over the SMP 352. Compare the tech specs for yourself.

 
Pearl MiniPearl Mini
Extron SMP 352SMP 352
Front screen
Use Pearl Mini’s giant touch screen for easy live switching and at-a-glance confidence monitoring – perfect for production peace of mind.
7” full color touch screen displayTwo-line 8-bit LED display
Video inputs
A variety of video inputs means you don’t have to worry if your sources will work with Pearl Mini. It also gives you the flexibility to upgrade your equipment without having to switch out your encoder.
2 × HDMI
1 × 3G-SDI
2 × USB
3 × HDMI
1 × RCA/Component
1 × 3G-SDI
(as an upgrade only)
Simultaneous video input use
While we recommend a cap of two full HD channels for Pearl Mini, the system can stream and record up to three simultaneously without an extra license.
Maximum of threeMaximum of two
Networked AV inputs
Bring in sources over RTSP or use the modern SRT streaming protocol for high-quality, low-latency streaming over any network. Place networked cameras where you need them without worrying about cabling.
1 × RTSP
1 × SRT
Live switching
Switch between up to three sources via Pearl Mini’s touch screen or the mobile-optimized Epiphan Live interface.
Multi-source confidence monitor
Available as an HDMI output, Pearl Mini’s MultiViewer lets you display up to four inputs or channels on a single screen with two different layouts to choose from.

(inputs and channels)

(channels only)
Audio inputs
Directly connect professional XLR/TRS audio equipment to Pearl Mini to stream and record crystal-clear sound.
2 × 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)
2 × analog audio balanced stereo inputs
3 × HDMI embedded audio
1 × 3G-SDI embedded audio
Audio DSP
Digital I/O
SMP 352 includes programmable digital I/O ports that enable custom integrations and communication with external hardware like foot pedals and busylights.

(USB busylights supported)
Storage
For fail-proof recording, Pearl Mini can record locally to a swappable SD card while automatically transferring files to a USB drive or network storage (FTP or SFTP).
SD card,
USB or network-attached storage
Built-in harddrive, network-attached storage
Rackmount option
Pearl Mini is designed for portability rather than permanent installation in a rack. The system does support VESA mounting, with holes on the rear panel.
Portability
An ultra-portable chassis makes Pearl Mini ideal for use in a range of environments, and allows for the system to be shared as required.
Highly portableLimited
Plug and play
Pearl Mini will automatically detect your input signals and calculate the best bitrate.
One-touch streaming and recording
For unmatched efficiency, configure Pearl Mini’s Single Touch button to start or stop streaming, recording, or both.

(only start/stop recording)
Recording chapters/bookmarks
During recording, SMP 352 operators can mark or flag specific parts of the recording to facilitate post-production.
Streaming protocols
Choose from Pearl Mini’s wide range of supported protocols, including modern ones like SRT, MPEG-DASH, and HLS.
RTMP(S), HLS push, HLS pull, MPEG DASH push, SRT, RTSP, MPEG-TS, RTPRTMP(S), RTSP, RTP, MPEG-TS
Fully custom layout editor
Use Pearl Mini’s flexible and intuitive layout editor to create professional-quality layouts to fit any application.

(16 layouts to choose from)
CMS integrations
Integrate Pearl Mini with Kaltura or Panopto for scheduling synchronization, event automation, and more – without any licensing fees.

(Kaltura, Panopto, YuJa coming soon)

(Kaltura, Panopto, and others with a paid license per CMS)
Local scheduling
Independent of a content management system, SMP 352 can be configured to automatically start streaming or recording at a specific time.
Security features
Both systems offer role-based access controls. For added flexibility, Pearl Mini offers three levels of access to SMP 352’s two.
LDAP support,802.1x network access control, role-based access control (user/admin/operator), HTTPS/SSL802.1x network access, role-based access control (user/admin), HTTPS/SSL
Fleet management platform
Assess, configure, and control Pearl Mini and other Epiphan devices wherever they are from Epiphan Cloud’s centralized dashboard.
TAA compliance
Pearl Mini and SMP 352 comply with the U.S. Trade Agreements Act (TAA), assuring they’re manufactured in TAA-designated countries.

The info in this table is current as of August 13, 2021. All info related to the Extron SMP 352 was sourced from the SMP 352 product page on the Extron website, the SMP 300 Series user guide, and the specifications sheets for the SMP 352 Series.

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