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CP Communications Joins
Forces With Greenlight
CP Communications helps Greenlight Television
accelerate remote production for Trans Am series...

C

P Communications, a leader in
innovative solutions and services
for live event productions, has joined
forces with Greenlight Television,
highly experienced producers of sports
and documentaries to demonstrate
the value of remote production
models for sports and live events.
Greenlight produced and live-streamed
the USA-based muscle car racing
championship, the Trans Am Series,
for fans worldwide - embracing IP
and bonded cellular systems from CP
Communications - to reduce local costs
and limit infrastructure while keeping a
small crew safe and healthy.
Greenlight
Television
is
no
stranger to innovations in live
sports production. They were the
first company to provide helicopter
coverage for the Isle of Man Tourist
Trophy motorcycle races in 1996, and
the first to produce live HD coverage
of the Royal Automobile Club's
Tourist Trophy from Silverstone in
2008. In late 2019, Greenlight were
challenged by the Trans Am Series to
develop a quality live stream without
the costs of an Outside Broadcast
Truck, and architected a creative
solution that limited costs without
sacrificing quality. As the pandemic
changed the live sports production
model, Greenlight Television found
a like-minded partner in CP, and one
that had the appropriate remote
production knowledge, infrastructure
and experience.
" We do a lot of live streamed events
for clients with a range of budgets, and
simply cabling cameras to optimize
redundancy can quickly escalate
costs, let alone using a full production

truck, " said Lauren Roberts, Director,
Greenlight Television. " We made the
commitment to invest in bonded cell
technology and CP Communications
were instrumental in helping us
implement that new technology. The
success of the live On Board Camera
systems deserve a special mention and
CP's assistance in developing them was
invaluable. "
CP Communications established its
Red House Streaming (RHS) brand in
2018 to evolve live content acquisition,
while strengthening convergence with
Remote Integration Model (REMI)
production techniques. The RHS unit
houses CP's own content acquisition
systems, plus third-party products,
including Mobile Viewpoint (MVP)
live encoding, bonding and streaming
solutions.
Leveraging 12 MVP Agile Airlink
encoders for six in-car systems, four
fixed camera positions, a roaming
pit and podium camera and a drone,
the small local crew captured the
fast-paced action live in HD. All
content was delivered to Greenlight's
remote production studio on the
Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, with CP
Communications providing real-time
production support from its distributed
network operations center (NOC).
The live cut feed was sent back to the
commentators at the track, and then
streamed back to the Isle of Man.
Voice and graphics were then added to
the final live stream, all with a latency
of only 1.6 seconds.
CP Communications CEO Kurt
Heitmann emphasizes how the
company's increased reliance on IP
and bonded cellular systems, along

Greenlight Television production studio

with the now-proven viability of their
remote production model, has forever
changed the cost and labor structure
for sports and live event production.
" The traditional production approach
for this kind of event would require a
mobile production truck, an RF unit,
and a seemingly endless amount of
fiber, technicians and production
equipment onsite, " said Heitmann.
" Working with partners like Greenlight
who embrace the REMI model
substantially reduces costs. The new
generation of live event television
is here and it delivers cost-effective
acquisition with remote management,
and the ability to make the entire
content chain far more efficient. "
From its Isle of Man production
studio,
Greenlight
live-streamed
the race, driver interviews and
other content direct to consumers
over multiple platforms (including
Facebook and YouTube) using
Vimeo's Livestream Studio 6 platform.
Greenlight used a Unity intercom
system to communicate with onlocation crew and engineers at CP's
Canadian NOC, where the Airlink

servers were controlled using MVP's
LinkMatrix management portal.
" From Nova Scotia we consistently
optimized all Airlink encoding and
multiplexing settings based on local
conditions, assisted with stream
routing, and provided continuity
checks as Airlinks came online for
each race, " said Allen Harris, Lead
IP and Bonded Cellular Technologist
for CP Communications. " The NOC
reduced the workload in Greenlight's
control room, removing any concerns
about backhauling signals so that they
could concentrate on producing great
content. "
Roberts emphasized that the endto-end production workflow and
technical infrastructure helped them
substantially
reduce
headcount
compared to the " traditional way " they
produce events. " We typically have a
large crew for these kinds of events,
and reduced that number to 10 for the
Trans Am Series, " she said. " That's a
massive reduction in labor costs, and
a far more efficient process for setup
and breakdown. We admit to being
nervous about the implementation of
our idea, but CP helped us every step
of the way. We're delighted with the
results and excited
for the future. "  

Kurt Heitmann, CEO,
CP Communications
Trans Am series in-car race feed

Trans Am series coverage


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