REMI production

REMI production has revolutionized the media industry. By using advanced technologies, it allows for minimal on-location resources, while most of the production process occurs remotely. This efficient method reduces costs and streamlines workflows, making it essential for modern broadcasting, especially in sports.

The rise of REMI production

REMI production – standing for Remote Integration Model production, or frequently referred to as remote production – is a concept that can be said to have ‘come of age’ during the events of the last few years. At its core are an evolving group of technologies that make it possible to use only the resources that are required to capture content out on the location or on the road. With REMI video production, everything else – production, editing, audio mixing, post and more – can be done back at the broadcast center, from where the complete program is ultimately disseminated and distributed.

Even before the unique production challenges of the pandemic, REMI remote production was growing rapidly in popularity. It’s not difficult to understand why. A broadcast and media landscape that was already intensely competitive has become even more hotly contested since the advent of streaming. Content services have needed to optimize their reach and, inevitably, that has led to the introduction of more channels and platforms. Doing more tends to equate to spending more, so it’s not surprising that improving efficiency from an operational perspective – both in the broadcast center and out on location – has become increasingly critical.

Enter REMI remote production , which can deliver dramatic savings in terms of expenditure, resources and personnel. Although implementations certainly vary, REMI video production has a core concept at its heart: to take all workflow and production aspects away from the broadcast location other than those required by the actual content capture. With IP connectivity, cloud and, increasingly, 5G networks as enabling technologies, REMI video production makes it often possible to send only a few people out on the road. As all of the core production work takes place at the main broadcast facility with a REMI broadcast, the result is a significantly more streamlined approach to non-studio-oriented filming.

The value of REMI in sports production

The impact of REMI video production is especially clear to see in sports, where sports video production companies are always fighting increasing demands and spiraling costs. Ever since the modern sports rights landscape took shape in the early 2000s, sports video production companies have been expected to cover more events and produce more coverage from the same events. Needless to say, this development has not necessarily been accompanied by a rise in budgets. In fact, over time, many production teams have been faced with real-time cuts in funding as the advertising landscape has become more uncertain. So viewed in this context, it was inevitable that REMI sports production would be seized upon as an approach with a massive transformative potential.

To a large degree, the potential of remote production solutions has already been realized – both in the way that existing coverage is being made more cost-efficient, and in the ability to channel some spare or unused resources to report on additional events. The impact of REMI production on Tier 1 events is especially marked. Rather than risk lots of equipment being delayed en route or tied-up during transport between venues, you need to send only what is required – both in terms of equipment and crew – to each venue.

With this one change of approach, REMI sports production allows you to remove a whole level of stress from the production process associated with traffic congestion and transport failure. REMI remote production also makes it possible to greatly reduce on-site production costs, including accommodation and catering.

Another great advantage for sports of REMI production is that – with Tier 1 events covered more cost-efficiently – there are likely to be more resources to cover Tier 1 and 2 events. The democratization of sports coverage has been a big trend in recent years. Sports fans want to be able to watch the smaller tournaments and lower-league events as much as the international spectaculars. The agile and streamlined workflows of REMI sport production bring that into the realms of possibility for many existing broadcasters – as well as the new-generation streamers, for whom costs are likely to be even more critical. The end-result is that, in many ways, sports fans have never had more choice of quality content thanks to REMI video production.

The importance and necessity of REMI video production

In the pandemic, REMI broadcasts has, in a lot of cases, passed from being a choice to a necessity. Covid regulations have meant that outside broadcasts with multiple trucks and large crews have simply been out of the question. Even as conditions have improved, it’s made sense to keep crew sizes small to reduce the risk of infection. With Covid variants expected to be with us for many years yet, the wisdom of REMI production continues to be reinforced.

Simultaneously, the benefits of REMI IT solutions and video production from an environmental perspective have become evermore apparent. In the wake of the Cop26 summit, Net Zero targets in 2030 and 2050 are now at the forefront throughout business and industry. Many broadcasters and service providers have already established ambitious decarbonization goals, or are in the process of doing so. Meeting these goals will require them to comprehensively review their approach to energy consumption, including travel and production infrastructure. Investing in REMI IT solutions and moving towards a remote production model wherever it is appropriate is going to be a huge part of that strategy for many broadcasters and their partners.

Net Insight’s Solutions for REMI Production 

With its portfolio of products that are suitable for REMI video production and live production, Net Insight is enabling cutting-edge production workflows for numerous stakeholders in broadcast and media, including production companies, rights owners, service providers, corporate content producers and eSports organizations. 

Our solutions that can be used as part of REMI production applications include:

The Nimbra Platform 

In a world where best effort is the norm, we created the remote production solution Nimbra to enable REMI video production with ultra-reliable broadcast-grade long-distance media networking across any infrastructure. It provides the flexibility to manage different events and network monetization and adjust to changing needs with simple remote reconfiguration. Adjusting the video compression, bandwidth usage and other core parameters is also straightforward.

The Net Insight Nimbra platform provides lossless media transport over any type of infrastructure, giving you the peace of mind to focus on your content. 

Nimbra Edge 

Described as a ‘media on-ramp to cloud infrastructure’. Nimbra Edge is a cloud-based media platform built for users who want to reduce their network complexity and connect, manage and consume content easily anywhere. Net Insight has also developed an ROI tool that simulates the benefits of Nimbra Edge.

Nimbra 400

Designed for low latency broadcast-quality video transport, the Nimbra 400 solution allows you to re-invent your network, and establish REMI video production workflows. Designed for maximum versatility and flexibility, the Nimbra 400 constitutes the optimal approach for live media internet transport.

CASE STUDY

Eurovision Fiber Network Transport: The Role of Nimbra Platform in Broadcast Media Technology

Background

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) which has members in 56 countries around the world is one of the largest alliances in the world in terms of public service media. It also operates EUROVISION, which is with its top-quality TV and a wide array of content one of the most premium distributers in the world.

The challenge

In 2004, while fiber capacity was becoming more widely used, the EBU took on the challenge of complementing its satellite network with a terrestrial variant, to keep up with the ever-changing industry. The goal was to find the perfect combination for seamless transmission of live broadcast video over a new, secure, high-performance terrestrial network, together with EUROVISION’s existing worldwide satellite network.

The solution

Choosing the perfect fit of platforms and solutions for the client made the solution which is utilizing Nimbra platform which is fully adapted both to the use of HD, JPEG2000 and to the transition to IP now taking place in the media industry.

The result

Regardless if it’s HD transmissions from the FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa or centralized productions abroad using the JPEG-2000 compressed feeds from the London Olympic Games, EUROVISION’s network is always being the forefront within the media industry.

CASE STUDIES

Revolutionizing Sports Broadcasting in Serbia with Net Insight

Arena Sport and FSS Embrace Nimbra for Groundbreaking Remote Production and VAR

The Serbian Sports Broadcasting Scene

A New Era with Net Insight’s Nimbra Platform

The introduction of Net Insight’s Nimbra platform has been a game-changer for Arena Sport and the Football Association of Serbia (FSS). This collaboration has resulted in the world’s first ever combined remote production and centralized Video Assistant Referee (VAR) contribution network, redefining the broadcasting standards across the Balkans.

The network’s adaptability and resilience are showcased through seamless delivery of critical feeds from multiple stadia to the central hub in Belgrade. The transformative impact on sports broadcasting is evident in the enhanced operational efficiency and the ability to swiftly launch new channels.

“With Net Insight’s Nimbra platform, we’ve embarked on new projects with unprecedented ease and cost-efficiency, maintaining absolute reliability and high quality for live sports broadcast.” – Darko Petrovic, COO, Arena Sport

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FAQ

REMI (Remote Integration Model) production centralizes most production tasks, reducing on-site resources and enabling more efficient and cost-effective broadcasts.

REMI production allows for cost-efficient coverage of a wider range of sports events, including both Tier 1 and Tier 2 events.

Net Insight provides technologies that enable streamlined REMI video production, catering to the dynamic needs of sports broadcasters.

It reduces the environmental footprint by minimizing on-site resources and travel, aligning with Net Zero targets.

It transitioned from a choice to a necessity, enabling continued broadcasting with reduced crew sizes and adherence to safety protocols.