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Remote production is real, achievable, and becoming more mainstream, especially for sporting fixtures and interactive studio environments. But why stop with sports production, remote production could provide benefits for any production.

Our team of specialists have real life experience in designing and delivering remote production solutions for a wide variety of production scenarios.

The concept of remote production can be different depending on the circumstances. This can include a REMI (REMote Infrastructure) OB vehicle, fly-pack or remote studio or sound-stage into a production centre. Using these techniques, the production could even be split across multiple venues, and multiple facilities over direct IP links or over the internet.

By combining remote production with data centre or centralised IP infrastructure, it is possible to maximise the use of expensive resources, even bringing shared processes into productions which otherwise not normally be possible. Production equipment no longer needs to be co-located with control rooms, studios and outside broadcast facilities. By including connectivity to the 'cloud', production resources can be spun up as and when required for the production.

Key to remote production is the ability to have low latency, synchronised and reliable video, audio and ancillary data streams between the various locations (production control, equipment facility or data centre, cloud facilities, studio and outside broadcast).

Our solutions include low latency JPEG-XS for primary sources and production monitoring, and low bandwidth H.264 or HEVC for secondary streams between locations. Broadcast IP gateways and firewalls provide secure reliable streams across IP links and the internet, with seamless packet protection over dual links.

SDN orchestration working across the entire infrastructure, with end point monitoring provides deterministic routing over the IP infrastructure reducing the possibility of link over subscription, whilst monitoring paths to ensure the most reliable connectivity can be achieved.
Benefits
•    Reduce live production cost by centralising production equipment and resources
•    Expensive production talent only need to be available for the broadcast
•    Specialist production facilities such as graphics can be brought in remotely as required
•    Real-time editing from a remote studio is possible thanks to J2K or JPEGXS very low delay
•    Live, natural two-way video interviews are possible as a results of low system latency
•    Match any quality expectation – J2K and JPEG-XS provides visually lossless and beyond
•    4-6 camera signals can typically be sent over a Gigabit Ethernet connection
•    Flawless and secure end-to-end operation with built-in QoS, FEC, SRT and network redundancy solutions
•    Future proof solutions with support for SD, HD, 3G-HD and 4K UHD
•    Reduced transport, accommodation, and expenses costs

Key Features
•    Camera video and multiple audio feeds are transported over IP to the studio facility
•    Serial and IP control data facilitated over the IP link
•    High quality intra-frame J2K or JPEG-XS compression used for video transport
•    J2K or JPEG-XS maintains quality during multiple-generation encoding
•    Transparent handling of audio and ancillary data
•    Integrated frame stores for signal validation and re-clocking to studio timing
•    Seamless network redundancy solution with ST-2022-7 and IP diversity reception
•    Very low delay (<1 frame end-to-end can be possible)