How a Combined Grass Valley and Haivision Solution Enables Live Cloud Production

We recently announced that Haivision has joined the Grass Valley Media Universe Alliance as our award-winning video encoder, the Makito X4, became a qualified solution with Grass Valley’s AMPP synchronous multi-stream live contribution solution.

With this announcement came a joint webinar session showcasing how the SRT open-source protocol, Makito X4, and GV AMPP is fueling live cloud production. This post is a quick recap of what was discussed during the session including new trends in broadcast technology, how the solution works, and details on how you can recreate the workflow.

Keep reading to get caught up on what you missed or watch the full webinar right now!

Key Trends Driving Cloud Production

As the Broadcast and IP Transformation Report 2021 revealed, 71 percent of those who responded believe that the pandemic has accelerated the transition to IP and 74 percent believe that these changes are here to stay. Those who responded also noted that 59 percent or more of their staff are working from home, creating the need for new remote collaboration workflows, while 82 percent of respondents revealed that they are using the public internet for live video contribution.  

Along with these new shifts in live broadcast workflows come an increased need for cloud contribution and production enabling collaborators to work from anywhere. Thankfully, Grass Valley and Haivision have a combined solution enabling decentralized workflows for remote production. With Haivision’s Makito X4 being the first qualified video contribution encoder for the GV AMPP cloud-based live production system, broadcasters can now leverage the reliability, low latency, and security of SRT for live video contribution.

The Haivision/Grass Valley Solution

The solution, resulting from the recently announced partnership, brings together Haivision products with Grass Valley AMPP. The Makito X4 provides low latency video encoding and SRT streaming for live broadcast contribution, multi-camera remote production, and bidirectional interviews. Haivision Hub, an easy-to-use video network service for transporting live video streams, can also be used to bring live content to Grass Valley AMPP, a scalable SaaS solution that includes all the tools and services you need for live broadcast production.  

How to Build a Live Broadcast Production Workflow Using the Makito X4 and GV AMPP

For synchronized multi-camera remote production, live video content from multiple event venue sources can be encoded in real-time with a Makito X4. The content is then streamed from the encoder, via SRT, over the internet or to Haivision Hub where it can then get transported into the GV AMPP cloud production workflow.

In order to send live contribution streams into GV AMPP, start by configuring your Makito X4 with settings needed for live production including choice of codec, encoding profile, resolution, bitrate, and more. For keeping multiple streams in sync, make sure that the timestamp function is properly set.   

If you are using Haivision Hub to transport the streams then you should first create a route by configuring hublets within the regions that the video is being streamed to and from, in this case a Makito X4 input, and an output hublet for GV AMPP. Make sure that the proper settings are configured in Hub for the GV AMPP endpoint to properly receive the streams and start the route. If you’re sending multiple streams, repeat the process for each individual stream. Next, create URLs and passwords so that endpoint operators can access the protected content. You can then monitor the health of the streams in Hub through detailed analytics and thumbnails.   

On the GV AMPP side, make sure that the settings are configured to properly receive the streams either directly from the Internet or by going through Hub. This will ensure that live broadcast producers can receive the streams with timestamps and have access to the content with the URL and passwords provided.   

With a combination of the Haivision products, Grass Valley AMPP and SRT, you can create a solution that will enable you to support a full live broadcast contribution and production workflow, even if all the stakeholders are in different locations

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