Before COVID, remote production was a swear word among many broadcast production teams. Producers, directors and talent wanted to go on site and understandably so. How could being in a studio miles from the action compare with presenting at the stadia or ‘smelling the grass’ as some call it? Why risk the sure-fire guarantee of switching feeds away from the venue, even if that typically meant switching feeds in a car park adjacent to the ground.

Everyone was used to outside broadcasts and it was an uphill struggle to push the idea of remote forward.

Not anymore.

COVID has acted as an accelerant to remote workflows and cloud based-technology solutions right across the broadcast industry.

In a disrupted world, remote production enables broadcasters, production teams and service providers to be more cost efficient, with fewer staff on-site, while simultaneously allowing you to diversify revenue streams and be more efficient with IP-enabled workflows.

IP and cloud-based technology also meet the commitments of a live event production company to reduce the carbon cost of shipping kit and crew to venues. Multiple new models are coming on stream.

Sports producers are working with studio facilities providers to send remote presentation feeds from stadia over fiber links or the internet into fully routed and monitored control rooms. These remote gallery solutions have the added benefit of enabling production teams to be based in a COVID-safe space at a central location.

Remote surface model

Some producers are building flyback galleries for clients to put wherever they want, rather than tying up an existing facility. With this model, camera feeds are remotely surfaced into the mobile gallery giving the production team full control over all the hardware including CCUs which remain on site. The producer has the same full-size sound desk and full-size vision mixer plus all the talkback panels and replay controls they are familiar with along with access to every single source that the OB truck has on site.

It enables the production of Tier 1 events with reduced crew on site and safe working during this global crisis. It saves time and money on accommodation and travel while reducing the carbon impact of production. With remote presentations, producers can immediately halve the number of trucks on site while using the sound and vision cores much more efficiently.

The gallery can be installed quickly, launched on demand and switched off after the event saving on power and energy. There’s no need for permanent equipment and no need to keep the machines running around the clock.

No compromise

Even this model is evolving. Service providers are looking to build their own centralized production hub to handle live productions. The aim is to maximize resources by allowing production teams to support multiple events in a day. 

With only the camera heads deployed on location, the production team can manage everything from camera matching and shading through to editing and graphics from a home base and establish a true centralized production. 

What’s more, the technology can be scaled to handle everything from small OBs to massive multi-camera international operations. 

There is no compromise. The goal is to provide the production team with the same facilities and experience they would have on site but with all the advantages of a remote workflow. 

Technology like Nimbra transforms the way in which information is processed on-site, off-site or between sites. The Nimbra underpins the video transport so that diverse feeds can be processed and sent with confidence over tens or hundreds of kilometers. 

Net Insight can use any resource in the cloud, in trucks on the road, or in studios located anywhere and draw it all together. There’s no reason someone can’t fire up a studio in South Africa and have a production team in Berlin or spread out over many facilities, even sitting at home. Any part or all of the traditional live production can be remote and distributed if you want it to. 

Technology is no longer a barrier. Let your imagination roam free.

FAQ

Q: What is live production?
A: Live production refers to broadcasting or streaming something live over the internet, directly to the audience, in real-time.

Q: What is outside broadcasting and why is it important in broadcasting?
A: Outside broadcasting (OB) refers to the transmission of live television or radio programmes that takes place in a remote environment, outside of the normal studio setting. It may for example be used to send sports events, theatre shows, political debates, major news stories, etc.

OB is an essential part of broadcasting to be able to cover and document all relevant happenings in a certain area outside of a studio setting, or a category of news, sports, shows, politics, etc. It’s useful in shooting unique locations to capture live events wherever they take place, creating diverse and varied content.

Q: What are cloud-based technologies?

A: Cloud-based technologies refers to services that can be freely accessed and used from anywhere through internet-connected devices such as computers, smartphones, and tablets. Cloud computing includes tools and applications such as data storage, servers, databases, networking, and different kinds of software.

There are several different types of service models within cloud computing including Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

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