The Complete Guide to Remote Production Over IP
ENABLING FLEXIBLE AND EFFICIENT DECENTRALIZED REMOTE PRODUCTION
In this guide we set out to explore the benefits and challenges of adopting a remote production model based on IP networks and share real world examples of how the latest technological innovations are helping broadcasters and production studios overcome both technical and operational challenges of producing live events remotely.
IP ENABLED REMOTE PRODUCTION
Remote production, often known as REMI (REmote Integration Model) or at-home production is an increasingly employed broadcast workflow where content is captured live from a remote location, such as a sporting venue, while production is performed in a main studio and control room. The drive towards IP technology combined with recent events has changed this model further by replacing large studios and control rooms with distributed or decentralized production workflows spread across multiple broadcast facilities and home-based staff.
IP technology, including secure and reliable internet streaming, has also enabled remote event broadcast productions to evolve from traditional approach of using multi-million dollar Outside Broadcast (OB) trucks, costly satellite uplinks, and large crews to more flexible and efficient remote production workflows.
Driven by surging consumer demand for more live coverage whether it be news, sports, or music events, broadcasters are increasingly turning to flexible remote production workflows that rely on the public internet for broadcast contribution, return feeds, and monitoring.
Correctly implemented, IP-enabled remote production can reduce the movement of both people and equipment, increase the utilization of resources, and maximize the efficiency of production teams, providing broadcasters with the flexibility to produce, distribute, and monetize more video content with fewer resources.
FOX SPORTS AND NASCAR
After a hiatus lasting almost ten weeks, NASCAR racing returned to screens in May 2020, thanks to live coverage provided by Fox Sports. In order to ensure the health and safety of its employees, Fox Sports deployed a remote production approach to deliver high quality race coverage while putting the smallest crew possible on the track. Fox Sports turned to Haivision for a solution that was low latency, reliable, and extremely bandwidth efficient.
With 16 live video feeds leaving the track to Haivision Makito X video decoders located in Fox Sports’ network centers in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Los Angeles, California, both the production and broadcast engineering teams were able to work remotely and interact seamlessly with the onsite production crew. This was achieved via a private ethernet network between the track, LA, and Charlotte, and a public network via the Haivision SRT Gateway providing low latency internet streaming for executives and production staff working from home