VidOvation is pleased to join the
Sports Video Group
We look forward to seeing friends and customers at the SVG Summit in NYC. Craig Abrams and Jim Jachetta will be in attendance and look forward to catching up.
Date: December 11-12, 2017 at the New York Hilton in NYC.
About: The SVG Summit this year will mark its 12th year as the place to be for those involved in any aspect of sports production, content creation, or distribution. Once again it will bring together more than 1,000 industry professionals from across the country and around the world for two full days of networking, panel discussions, and more!
The event will be highlighted by informative workshop tracks covering a wide range of industry market segments and production disciplines. There will also be a general session track on Tuesday, Dec. 12 that will bring together the biggest names in sports TV for lively panel discussions.
If you or your company are involved in sports production for broadcast distribution, venue operations, college or team operations, asset management, digital, and more then make sure you join us at the New York Hilton Hotel beginning on the morning of Monday, Dec. 11.
Along with numerous workshop tracks will be the opportunity to meet with more than 70 exhibitors who will be displaying their latest products and technical solutions for the sports production professional.
New Turnkey Solution Features TriCaster Multicamera Production System and VidOvation Wireless Camera Connectivity and Bonded Cellular Uplink
LAKE FOREST, Calif. — December 5th, 2017 — VidOvation today announced the launch of the VidOvation Sports Bundle, a turnkey live mobile-production offering paired with the popular TriCaster® TC1 multicamera production system from NewTek. In the new Sports Bundle offering, VidOvation’s AVIWEST bonded cellular system and VidOlink Reacher wireless camera links integrate with TriCaster TC1, enabling customers to broadcast or stream live sports and events from anywhere while eliminating the clutter of camera cabling.
“The new Sports Bundle combines the magic of bonded cellular with the NewTek TriCaster TC1 for the most flexible and cost-effective events coverage possible. Our collaboration with NewTek allows us to offer the highly regarded TriCaster TC1 system, now equipped with the best wireless technology on the market,” said Jim Jachetta, executive vice president and chief technology officer at VidOvation. “As a result, our customers can bring feeds into the TriCaster TC1 wirelessly and broadcast content out of the venue wirelessly as well. This new offering allows users to capture the action anywhere, then produce and deliver a world-class fan experience at a price that leaves the competition behind.”
Within the bundled solution, the VidOlink Reacher wireless video transmitter/receiver connects multiple cameras wirelessly to a TriCaster TC1 system in a control room or production truck, enabling broadcast-grade HDMI and HD-SDI video transmission up to 3,000 feet with no cables, latency, or compression. Then, when operating in a mobile environment, VidOvation’s AVIWEST DMNG PRO180-RA bonded cellular and IP link can stream live-event coverage from the TriCaster system to the cloud, Facebook Live, YouTube, UStream, or any master control in the world using a combination of cellular and IP networks.
“We’re delighted to collaborate with VidOvation on its sports bundle, which adds a new dimension to NewTek’s end-to-end IP video production workflow,” said Brian Olson, vice president of product management for NewTek. “Removing the wires brings a new level of freedom and storytelling to production that is very much in sync with NewTek’s philosophy of user empowerment and cutting-edge technology. With VidOvation, not only are the camera links wireless, but so is the option for final delivery. That opens up even more possibilities for our shared customers.”
More information about the VidOvation Sports Bundle and the full VidOvation product line is available at http://vidovation.com/tricaster-wireless-bonded-cellular.
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VidOvation is a leading provider of video, audio, and data transmission and distribution systems for the broadcast television, sports, corporate AV, and government markets. Encompassing bonded cellular, wireless video, video streaming, video networking, encoding, IPTV, and fiber-optic communications systems, VidOvation solutions improve video transmissions by removing the frustrations of signal loss, latency, interference, noise, and security issues. VidOvation excels in helping its clients integrate custom solutions into existing infrastructure, with the ability to satisfy almost any application or budget. The company applies proven expertise to the complete project lifecycle — from project consulting and management to engineering and design, to warranty and support. Learn more about how VidOvation is moving video forward at http://vidovation.com.
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Bonded cellular video transport solutions use some combination of dedicated hardware and various network optimization techniques to ensure the system will adapt to changing network conditions.
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These days, the goal is to broadcast live from anywhere, whether it’s a high school football game or the scene of a natural disaster. As broadcasters well know, mobile production and electronic and satellite newsgathering can be plagued with technical challenges. Our customers often come to us struggling with weak signals, interference, signal loss, latency, poor picture quality, lack of redundancy and more. Fortunately, there are feasible, real-world solutions that will keep their live coverage on track no matter what the conditions.
One of those solutions is bonded cellular technology, which is the focus of this guide. The technology bonds any available combination of network interfaces—including local cellular and Wi-Fi networks, Ethernet, and satellite—for high-quality and reliable video transmission links. With its ease of use, flexibility to support a wide range of networks, and ability to deliver live coverage from places trucks can’t go, bonded cellular technology helps broadcasters alleviate frustration and save money.
Bonded cellular video transport solutions use some combination of dedicated hardware and various network optimization techniques to ensure the system will adapt to changing network conditions. That’s because simply getting a connection is not enough; the picture also has to look good. If there is a problem with the cellular network or the internet connection, for example, bonded cellular solutions will self-adjust to minimize the likelihood of signal loss or other issues. In areas where there is no cellular signal, some solutions can hook to other IP connections, such as LAN, Wi-Fi, Satellite, and BGAN. Some solutions are so versatile that they’ve been able to broadcast live over distances of 11,000 miles with latency as low as 1.2 seconds.
In most applications, the talent can go out alone with nothing but a camera, a tripod and a
lightweight cellular transmitter that can be mounted on the back of the camera or placed in a backpack. Just hook the backpack onto the side of the tripod, set up the shot and turn on the backpack to transmit live, broadcast-quality video from virtually anywhere in the world. When the transmitter is mounted on the camera, setup is even quicker. All cables can be prewired for video, IFB, and audio. If the operator should get into trouble, a simple button press lets master control take over and operate the link remotely.
Being able to send one person to cover a story instead of a two- or three-person crew certainly saves money. So does getting rid of the truck, and the portability and versatility of bonded cellular can eliminate the need for a satellite, ENG or mobile production truck in many situations. Consider this conservative estimate: If it costs $2,500 per day to rent a satellite truck, and you rent it for 25 percent of the year, then you could save as much as $228,000 per year by replacing that truck with a bonded cellular solution.
Clearly bonded cellular technology makes good financial sense in many live broadcast workflows. Whether it’s news, reality TV, sports or entertainment, bonded cellular is the solution for getting live shots to any master control in the world. At the same time, the right bonded cellular solution mitigates the problems and limitations of traditional satellite, ENG, and mobile production. When choosing a bonded cellular system, be sure to evaluate for ease of use, reliability, and ability to transmit in challenging environments.
Jim Jachetta is executive vice president and chief technology officer at VidOvation, a leading manufacturer of video, audio and data communications systems for the broadcast television and sports, corporate AV and government markets. Encompassing wireless video, bonded cellular, video streaming, video networking, IPTV and fiber optic communications systems, VidOvation solutions improve video transmissions by removing the frustrations of dropouts, latency, interference, noise and security issues.
The Sports Video Group ( SVG ) is pleased to welcome VidOvation as a corporate sponsor. Headquartered in Lake Forest, CA, the company is a leading provider of video-, audio-, and data-transmission and -distribution systems for the broadcast television, sports, corporate-AV, and government markets.
Encompassing bonded cellular, wireless video, video streaming, video networking, encoding, IPTV, and fiber-optic communications systems, VidOvation solutions improve video transmissions by removing the frustrations of signal loss, latency, interference, noise, and security issues. The company excels in helping its clients integrate custom solutions into existing infrastructure, with the ability to satisfy almost any application or budget. It applies proven expertise to the complete project lifecycle — from project consulting and management to engineering and design to warranty and support.
“VidOvation supports multiple sports sectors with a variety of video-transmission and -distribution systems,” says CTO/EVP, Engineering, Jim Jachetta. “Our wireless-video and bonded-cellular solutions are deployed at various levels of sports in football, baseball, basketball, hockey, skateboarding, and golf, among others. Customers include professional sports leagues, teams, universities, high schools, and television broadcasters.”
“VidOvation,” he continues, “is selective in manufacturing and reselling only those video systems that provide the highest caliber of broadcast with minimal technical support required. In addition to our standard off-the-shelf products, VidOvation is also known for designing custom video systems to help sports leagues with challenging review- and game-integrity technical needs.”
VidOvation’s product portfolio includes the AVIWEST PRO180-RA bonded-cellular transmitter and StreamHub receiver, AVIWEST DMNG PRO180 3G/4G bonded-cellular video-transmission system, and AVIWEST DMNG StreamHub studio receiver.
VidOvation’s AVIWEST Bonded Cellular System Rides Along During NYC Marathon’s Women’s Wheelchair Race – VidOvation Blog
VidOvation today announced that AVIWEST’s DMNG PRO180-RA bonded cellular system reliably provided live broadcast coverage of the women’s wheelchair race during the New York City Marathon on Nov. 5. As AVIWEST’s exclusive distributor in the United States, VidOvation supplied the AVIWEST gear to CP Communications, the New York-based production service and digital media technology rental company whose expert technicians designed the video acquisition and transmission solutions and operated the equipment during the marathon.
“The only way to get live pictures from the course during a marathon is to use wireless technology. From there, bonded cellular is a good option for ensuring video gets where it needs to go, even in a dynamic, uncontrollable environment with millions of people taxing the network,” said Jim Malone, director of technology for CP Communications. “VidOvation’s AVIWEST system not only delivered a solid feed during the women’s wheelchair race, but its command-and-control capabilities gave us far more control over the video than we’ve had with some other systems we’ve used. Our technicians were happy with how it performed and found it to be a valuable production tool.”
CP Communications had more than 50 technicians and nine vehicles at the marathon. Teams were tracking alongside selected runners and wheelchair contestants, capturing live video from the course, and relaying that video to viewers of ABC, ESPN, and other Disney properties.
For the women’s wheelchair race, CP Communications mounted a 5.8-ounce package, provided by Inertia Unlimited and consisting of a camera, battery, and microwave transmitter, onto a wheelchair. The camera was positioned over the athlete’s right shoulder to capture the competitor’s perspective. A scooter equipped with a microwave receiver and an AVIWEST DMNG PRO180-RA unit rode along about 25 feet away from the wheelchair. The wheelchair’s POV system transmitted video to the scooter on a microwave channel, and then the scooter’s receiver handed the video off to the AVIWEST bonded cellular unit for transmission to the internet. From there, the crew in the production truck grabbed the video from the internet and passed it to the production switcher. An AVIWEST DMNG StreamHub studio receiver inside the truck accepted the signals from the scooter’s AVIWEST unit, while built-in AVIWEST SafeStreams® technology applied special stream-grooming techniques to improve link quality and reliability.
CP Communications used bonded cellular technology as a backup for the traditional microwave feeds related to the men’s and women’s lead runners and other selected athletes, but in the wheelchair race, the AVIWEST bonded cellular system was the only means of transmitting video from the scooter to the production area.
“During the women’s wheelchair race, bonded cellular proved to be the most convenient way to get the wheelchair video from the scooter to the production truck because it reduced the complexity and amount of hardware we had to put on the scooter to get the feed. All it took was the microwave receiver and the bonded transmitter,” Malone said. “Having the AVIWEST unit on the scooter made for a very simple and efficient bidirectional connection that came together quickly, and most importantly, the unit responded well and gave us very consistent video coming from the relay on the scooter.”
The AVIWEST DMNG PRO180-RA is a live-video transmission system that uses up to eight 3G/4G cellular connections, two IP Ethernet connections, Wi-Fi, and satellite. Patented antenna technology, superior cellular radios, and the SafeStreams resilient and robust transmission protocol make the DMNG PRO180-RA one of the most reliable live transmission systems on the market.
“AVIWEST’s DMNG PRO180-RA solution gave CP Communications a portable, cost-effective, and reliable transmission method for delivering high-definition footage of the women’s wheelchair race to the production crew and on to viewers around the world,” said Jim Jachetta, executive vice president and chief technology officer at VidOvation. “It is a pleasure to work with Jim Malone, Kurt Heitmann, and the CP Communications team on exciting projects such as the NYC Marathon. The broadcast industry is now experiencing bonded cellular reliability at a higher level, and we are proud to represent one of the world’s most reliable bonded cellular systems.”