News: NAB 2016: TVU Networks Enables Live, Remote, Multi-Camera Production via Public Internet
Company Delivers First Ever Synchronized Multiple Video Feeds for Live Production Over the Internet with TVU
(Mountain View--April 13, 2016) TVU Networks, the global technology leader in live IP video solutions, today announced the availability of TVU RPS (Remote Production System), a new, cost-effective alternative solution for live, remote, multi-camera news and sports coverage. Traditionally, major broadcast and sporting events are produced using on-site production trucks and a large number of production crews at the location. However, a mobile production truck with full crew and dedicated transmission equipment can be an expensive and complex proposition. That changes with the official launch of TVU RPS.
TVU RPS allows for the production of a live, multi-camera program in a remote location using mainly a broadcaster’s existing control room in their studio and a public Internet connection from the field. The TVU RPS transmitter encodes up to four synchronized SDI sources and transmits high-quality and low-latency IP video from the remote location to a studio-based receiver. The receiver, in turn, outputs four synchronized SDI outputs. By utilizing existing in-house production staff and equipment at the studio, a broadcaster no longer needs its own production crew in the field, saving significant cost in producing a remote, multi-camera live shot.
In addition, TVU RPS provides a low-latency, return video feed from the studio to the field as well as IFB. Control and metadata data can be sent to and from the remote site, including teleprompter, tally light, GPS and location specific metadata (e.g. scoring information, etc.).
TVU Networks CEO Paul Shen said, "While mobile production trucks are fairly common, the operational cost of constantly deploying vehicles, equipment, crews and travel can be prohibitive. With TVU RPS, broadcasters can achieve the same objectives of remote production for live coverage but at a much lower cost without the need for an expensive, dedicated fiber link. By utilizing a broadcaster’s studio production infrastructure and existing high-speed Internet connections at the remote location, large groups of on-site production crews are no longer required, allowing broadcasters to expand video coverage of more events and regional sports.
"TVU RPS features technology developed from other proven TVU IP solutions, including our uplink transmitters and TVU Grid video content switching, routing and distribution,” continued Shen. “We’ve migrated that application knowledge into the TVU RPS encoder and decoder solution. It will transform the way live sports and live remote video are produced."
TVU RPS supports both 1080i/720p HD as well as NTSC and PAL formats. The system uses TVU’s revolutionary Inverse Statmux Plus (IS+) transmission algorithm for high-quality, low latency transmission in either CBR or VBR modes. The system also features a simple web interface for monitoring and controlling all aspects of the transmission, including real-time previews of all-four channels, current bit-rate and latency.
TVU will showcase all of its solutions, designed to help organizations fully leverage the extraordinary power of IP for video broadcast, in Booth #SU4405 during NAB, to be held from April 16-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Already in use by hundreds of leading broadcast organizations around the world, the TVU Networks family of IP transmission solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable tool to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to deliver professional-quality live HD footage of a number of important events around the world including the World Cup, both Summer and Winter Olympic Games, U.S. presidential elections, natural disasters, the 2013 Papal conclave, the Super Bowl, the 2015 Papal visit to the United States and several international sporting events. For more information about TVU Networks solutions, please visit http://www.tvunetworks.com.
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About TVU Networks®
TVU Networks® is a technology and market leader in IP-based live video solutions. TVU’s solutions help transform broadcasters’ SDI-based operations - which include acquisition, transmission, routing, distribution and management - to an IP-based infrastructure. TVU® serves customers of all sizes in more than 80 countries from industries that include news broadcast, web streaming, law enforcement, sports, corporate and government. In broadcast markets around the world including the USA, China and other major economic powers, TVU® is the dominant market leader with a large majority of all news broadcast stations using its IP video solutions. Using its proprietary IS+ technology, TVU’s uplink solutions use any combination of cellular, satellite, microwave, WiFi and Ethernet IP connections to deliver live HD video from practically any location.