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Sony's 5G & Cloud based Solutions
helps ViacomCBS make Live
programmes safely and efficiently
ViacomCBS Lead System Engineer Matt Okotie describes the challenges
of Covid-safe programme making, his experiences using Sony's Cloud based
Virtual Production and the benefits it brings to content creators.

How Sony helped
The Challenge

The Solution

The Outcome

	 *	 Social distancing presents major
		 practical challenges for events
		production
	 *	 Conventional live production requires
		 deployment of on-site equipment and crew

	 *	 5G-enabled Sony Virtual Production
		 used to produce live multi-camera
		event
	 *	 Vision mixing, audio and graphics controlled 	
		remotely via an intuitive Web based interface

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Adapting to the challenges of
COVID-safe production
Like other content creators, ViacomCBS has
experienced the difficulties of COVID safe production.
Lead System Engineer Matt Okotie recalls the
challenges his team faced while producing an event
earlier this year at Blackpool's Winter Gardens: " We
had to be COVID compliant, so we needed a monitor
for every desk, spaced out 4m apart. We ended
up with a massive hall full of people, just to do one
production. "
Remote production reduces on-site crew levels
In response to the pandemic programme makers
are actively exploring the benefits of remote
production, where crew members and equipment
can be situated far from the event itself. Matt's first
experience with Sony Virtual Production was during
an innovative demonstration of 5G-enabled remote
production, participating with other broadcasters
and technology partners including Sony.
Cloud Native Live Production
means faster, simpler set-up
" Before Sony Virtual Production our setup was
either taking a truck to the location, or taking flyaway
PPU (Portable Production Unit) kits " he notes. " Then
we've got thousands of metres of cable for video,
and we've got data runs as well. With Sony Virtual
Production you don't have to do that. You just need a
technical crew to set up the data, and away you go. "
Reduced equipment requirements
" Sony's Virtual Production Service being Cloud
Native all these jobs can be done at home. The vision
mixer, video runs, data runs, fibre runs, audio mixing
- we don't have to take all that equipment. All the
vision side, the audio side and the graphics side can
be set up before. All we have to worry about locally
is the data connection to the camera, lighting, and
sound. "

COVID-safe production with fewer
staff needed on site
Greener, more agile, and cost-effective
live productions with reduced equipment
and transportation requirements

" Would I recommend Virtual Production? Yes I would. It's simple,
easy to set up and it's agile. What isn't there to recommend? "
Matt Okotie, Lead System Engineer, ViacomCBS

Less transportation, better for the planet
As Matt observes, the reduction in on-site crewing
levels offers big benefits in today's socially distanced
world: " I'd have to take a massive team, at least
27 people to do a six-camera shoot. With Virtual
Production we can reduce that to two people or
even one person on site. That gives me costs savings
- and we don't have to drive big lorries around the
country transporting stuff so it's really good for the
environment.
Fresh possibilities for sports and news
" Virtual production has caused a bit of excitement
inside ViacomCBS " confirms Matt. " Everybody's
talking about the possibilities of what can we do with
this, like for sporting events where you can just send
one camera operator down rather than a production
truck. It's cheaper to produce and we can increase
our productivity a lot. Or for news: you can just roll
up as long as you've got 5G, a network connection of
WIFI and you're all ready to go " .
The agile choice
" Sony Virtual Production for me basically means


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