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InStudio

Live Production &
OB Trends
Contributing Editor Andy Stout looks
at the innovations being made to ensure
that live productions can safely
resume for key events...

I

t has, in the terms of one of the
best known Latin phrases of the
modern era, been something of an
annus horribilis for the live sector. A
year that was meant to be resplendent
with live sporting events, Euro 2020
and the Olympics among them, has
ended up being something of a sad,
socially distanced, and desolate affair.
And while sport is starting to make a
stuttering comeback over the summer
months, there is a lot that has been
shunted to 2021 - and much of that still
has a pandemic-shaped question mark
hovering gloomily on the edge of vision
in the background.
But live production and OB is not
the sort of area that you get into if
you're inclined to too much pessimism.
Managing risk - things will definitely
go wrong but there's also definitely
something that can be done about
it - is simply one of the things it does
and it has a roll your sleeves up, can
do attitude that is hopefully seeing
it though the worst. There might be
financial shakeouts yet to come as the
year winds on, true, but for now it's
gearing up to go live again.

crew member. Given the changeable
differences in legislation around
social distancing, it's handily user
configurable as well. (As Edward
Tischler, Acting Managing Director at
Gravity Media puts it: "If you try to
socially distance in an OB truck then
you can't really crew it in the way that
you would like to.")
The DisTag is, of course, not the only
offering from Riedel though.
"We have ramped up our streaming
and remote video production efforts,"
comments Christian Bockskopf, Head
of Marketing and Communications at
Riedel Communications. "One example
is the new Riedel Atmosphere Media
Cloud + RemoteONE Appliance that
enables professional OTT livestreams.
Our investment in innovative remote
production
technologies
centred
around our ROC (Remote Operation
Centre) is now paying off, not just for
referee communications in football,
but all kinds of other applications,
ranging from sports to remote music
production."
'Remote' is a word you hear a
lot from the live community at the
moment, both in terms of the products
Ways And Means
coming onto the market and in the
Few things exemplify this better way that OB companies are pivoting
than the Riedel DisTag, a gizmo you their businesses to accommodate it.
wear round your neck that alerts you As elsewhere in the industry, this is
when you are too close to another a strategic shift that was underway
already for a number of
different, intersecting reasons;
it's
just
that
Covid-19
has accelerated it and
concertinaed an estimated
two or three year timeframe
into a handful of
months.
"The
future
is
definitely remote, to
which end CTV and
Telegenic have built
an EMG UK Remote
Operations Centre
here at our High
Wycombe base,"
Riedel DisTag sets safe distance boundaries

Gravity Media's Manchester-based remote production gallery

says Hamish Greig, CEO at CTV Outside
Broadcasts. "We currently have two,
and about to be three, galleries. This
makes our remote operations a reality,
saves people unnecessary travel,
and is a step in the right direction of
reducing our carbon footprint; all of
which is good for people's work life
balance as well as the planet."
Centralised Remote Production
Gravity Media has remote production
centres in London and Manchester.
"People are moving to having more
centralised assets," says Tischler. "You
have a production base with scalable
assets within that. Then, if you have
good global connectivity, people
simply connect to those assets rather
than having to ship kit and people
around the world."
The economics make sound sense.
An HQ-based production crew can
produce two, even three events in a
shift compared to the single one that
a conventional OB one can. Leaning
on the cloud for quickly spinnable
resource is, of course, one way of
ensuring this can be done. Having the
right products in place is another.
"The market demands higher
bandwidths, higher
resolutions,
and
more
flexibility,
but at the same
footprint,"
says
Bockskopf. In other
words, the need
to shrink to fit an
OB truck might be
slowly fading, but
space seems to be at a premium still.
So, what else is new on the market?

AJA has been very active recently,
launching several new products and
releasing updates for its portable Ki
Pro GO multi-channel H.264 recorder
and U-TAP USB 3.0-powered capture
devices.
The Ki Pro Ultra 12G recorder and
12G-SDI
Mini-Converters
provide
expanded bandwidth over a singlecable; there are expanded timecode
options and H.264 quality, LAN
transfer choices for Ki Pro GO with new
v2.0 firmware; and the company has
also added macOS Catalina support
and more to U-TAP SDI and U-TAP
HDMI.
"All of AJA's 12G-SDI products
are built to allow live productions,
whether working in socially distanced
real-world locales or remotely, to take
advantage of the benefits that 12G-SDI
and fibre offer, from single cable
simplicity to the ability to create more
distance on-set, as well as support
remote control and configuration of
devices," explains AJA Director of
Product Marketing, Bryce Button. "All
of these capabilities will be essential
for live production professionals as the
industry resumes business and adapts
to new safe working practices.

AJA U-TAP upgraded for
macOS Catalina support


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