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The Evolution Of Distributed
Live Production
Contributing Editor Adrian Pennington
examines how live production is evolving
in these ever-challenging times...

O

ver the past few months, the
media industry has adapted to
fewer or no on-site staff and the need
to produce from the home. This has
accelerated the migration towards
distributed production solutions, which
depend on connected technologies.
But this situation has also generated
a lot of buzzwords and hyperbole.
There is a need for clarity about the
practical implementation of remote
distributed live productions. We're
also now seeing end users moving
away from the 'quick fixes' brought
on by the rapid change of situation at
the beginning of last summer, towards
more sustainable solutions with long
term investments, powered by 5G, AI,
and IP.
According to Sony, the ongoing
situation has exacerbated the need for
live production companies to take the
long and wide view.
" An holistic approach to their
production workflow is necessary, "
says Norbert Paquet, Head of
Live Production Solutions, Sony
Professional
Solutions.
" This
technological reset rests on their
wider business transformation goals.
With this in mind, pragmatic steps to
shift into the future include assessing
existing technical capabilities and
people's skills and setting these
against the ambitions of the company.
This will highlight the uptooling and
upskilling needs. "
Paquet says that new technologies

such as IP, Cloud, AI or 5G will be
a necessary part of that uptooling
process, but that success and Return
on Investment will only come if the
implementation is pragmatic and
bedded in the reality of live production
workflow and operations.
" Ultimately that implementation will
rely on people working together in a
collaborative way to shape the new
puzzle - and this is where, as much as
technology, partnering with the right
people will be crucial to success, " he
says. " This is one of the many reasons
Sony and Nevion have come together,
proposing a holistic approach to live
production, which brings together
people and technology. "
Remote productions reduce the cost
of a traditional OB by saving on travel
and accommodation for staff and the
rental of large OB trucks. In some
cases, it also speeds up creation of the
video content.
" Remote technologies will not lose

LTN Create centralised production
facility in Kansas City, Missouri

their relevance after the pandemic, "
says Igor Vitiorets, CTO, Slomo.TV.
" Remote production is gradually
transforming
into
a
standard
workflow. "
For Slomotion replays at live events,
Slomo.tv have implemented a remote
operator workstation technology. The
operator, using a standard workstation
connected to a special Linux driven
box, controls the OB van server via the
internet from anywhere.
" Using H.264 proxy growing files
recording to cloud-based storage,
our servers can also provide quick
editing for creation of the summary, "
explains Vitiorets. " This technology is
in demand for live TV shows. However,
a high-speed and stable internet
connection with low Ping remains the
main precondition for the viability of
distributed live production. "

For Slo-motion
replays at live events,
Slomo.TV have
implemented a remote
operator workstation
technology

New technologies such as 5G will be a necessary
part of that transformation, according to Sony

LTN Global led the remote
production trend by investing in a
" cutting-edge " 30,000-sq-ft global
production facility in Kansas City,
Missouri.
Centralised
production
facilities with full-time dedicated and
experienced staff give access to stateof-the-art technology and industryleading professionals to all industry
players, levelling the playing field.
" It's now crucial that media and
entertainment companies invest in
long-term solutions that leverage
the remote production capabilities

and consistently deliver the highest
broadcast quality, " asserts Mike Burk,
General Manager, LTN Create. " In
doing so, these workflows lead to cost
savings and personnel efficiencies. "
LTN Global has also pioneered
standardised home kits that can be
dispatched to any location to enable
high-quality, consistent production.
Burk says, " Reliable and scalable
production solutions that ensure
broadcast-level quality are critical
success factors and should be part of
any media organization's technology
stack. "
Pooled resources based on softwaredefined processing devices such as
Lawo's V__matrix for video related
processing and A__UHD Core for audio
related processing already allow for
decentralized, private cloud-type live
operation.
" A variety of distributed production
workflows can be mapped to these
in a highly efficient way utilizing a
resource-, schedule- and networkaware control system like VSM, " says
Lawo's Wolfgang Huber. " Lawo's
early adoption of the ST2110, AES67/
RAVENNA IP standards for its entire
product portfolio, and its reliance
on the Ember+ protocol were the
foundation for refinements released
in the early days of the first COVID-19
lockdown wave in 2020. WANnetworked,
distributed
resource
pooling, Mix Kitchen scenarios as well
as remote factory acceptance and
maintenance confirmed our long-term
product strategy. "
Lawo point out that back in 2018,
NEP
Australia
implemented
a
continent-wide remote production
setup for sports telecasts that
leveraged Lawo IP infrastructure. Only
months later, other Lawo customers
like Norway's TV2, Belgium's DPG
Media turned remote production into a
permanent vs. mobile strategy.


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