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“Live PD” Producers Rely on VidOvation AVIWEST DMNG PRO180 Bonded Cellular Transmitters

Systems Enable Reliable, Low-Latency, Synchronous Video and Audio Transmission on Multicamera and Multilocation Live Police Docuseries

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VidOvation Live PD Control Room

IRVINE, Calif. March 27, 2017 — VidOvation today announced that Big Fish Entertainment, the creator and production company behind groundbreaking A&E docuseries “Live PD,” is using VidOvation’s AVIWEST DMNG PRO180 bonded cellular systems on the multicamera, multilocation production for reliable, synchronous, and low-latency transmission of broadcast-quality video and audio.

“‘Live PD’ is the first show of its kind to capture and stream live video of police officers on patrol and, to our knowledge, the first primetime entertainment television program to push the capabilities of bonded cellular technology well beyond that of a typical stationary news report. Every episode represents a phenomenal technical achievement, the perfect blend of technology and editorial content to deliver a transparency in police work never seen before on television,” said Dan Cesareo, founder and president of Big Fish Entertainment. “AVIWEST was the only bonded cellular solution we tested that could help us accomplish our creative goals for the show. The VidOvation-AVIWEST team really went the extra mile to help meet our technical requirements and make ‘Live PD’ a resounding success.”

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Each “Live PD” episode offers viewers a live, unfiltered look inside some of America’s busiest police departments and the communities they patrol. One of the biggest production hurdles was capturing high-quality live HD video from multiple cameras and streaming it to air in real time. On a typical Friday night, “Live PD” covers officers on patrol in six cities, with as many as 40 live video feeds coming into a New York-based control room at A&E headquarters. With such a large quantity of feeds, traditional satellite or microwave links would not only be cost-prohibitive, but would not provide the necessary mobility and flexibility. The solution was bonded cellular technology, which 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.

The “Live PD” crew uses 41 AVIWEST DMNG PRO180-RA bonded cellular transmitters, including one for each of two HD cameras in every patrol car and two additional camera operators as well as an overhead drone to cover the action outside the vehicle. Additionally, the team has installed four AVIWEST QUAD external antenna units to each patrol car for even faster network acquisition and greater signal resilience. Throughout the three-hour show, the DMNG PROs feed up to four video channels and eight audio channels of live, high-quality video back to the control room in New York from every patrol car in all six cities. In the control room, an AVIWEST DMNG StreamHub receiver, decoder, and distribution platform receives the live video feeds and delivers them to air for the live broadcast.

“We tested several bonded cellular systems, but none of them could handle the multicamera and multilocation format of the show — except one,” said Larry Barbatsoulis, the show’s technical supervisor. “The AVIWEST DMNG system proved its ability to transmit video and audio from up to five cameras in close proximity and with perfect lip sync and video synchronization between all cameras.”

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 About Big Fish Entertainment

Big Fish Entertainment is a full service production company that creates multi-platform, visually driven content that compels and entertains audiences with the “unexpected.” Founded in 2006 by President Dan Cesareo, Big Fish has since produced hundreds of hours of award-winning and top-rated programming in the unscripted reality, lifestyle and documentary space. Current Big Fish series include groundbreaking docu-series Live PD for A&E, offering viewers unfiltered live access inside policing in America; mega-hit franchise Black Ink Crew with editions in New York and Chicago for VH1; Tattoo Girls for TLC and recent premiere Hustle & Soul for WE tv. With other breakthrough credits including Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan and the Gates Foundation Reality PD public schools project, Big Fish captures and relates extraordinary worlds, characters and stories for such networks as Discovery, VH1, A&E, TLC, MTV, WE tv, E!, National Geographic, Oxygen, Planet Green, Travel Channel, Spike, Smithsonian Channel and G4. For more information, visit bigfishusa.com.

About VidOvation

VidOvation — Moving Video Forward — is a leading manufacturer of video, audio, and data communications systems for the broadcast television and sports, corporate AV, and government markets, offering 50 years of combined experience. 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. VidOvation excels in helping its clients integrate custom solutions into existing infrastructure, with the ability to meet almost any application or budget. The company applies proven expertise on the complete project lifecycle — from project consulting and management, to engineering and design, to warranty and support. Learn more at vidovation.com or call +1 949-777-5435.

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VidOvation Puts the ‘Live’ in ‘Live PD’

VidOvation Provides AVIWEST Bonded Cellular for First Live Reality Cop Show

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NEW YORK—Premiering last October on A&E, “Live PD” offers viewers a live, unfettered and unfiltered look inside America’s busiest police departments and the communities they patrol. “Live PD” is the first show of its kind to capture and stream live video of police officers on patrol, using bonded cellular technology with dash cams as well as fixed-rig and handheld cameras. As the creators and the production company behind “Live PD,” we at Big Fish Entertainment faced challenges in developing the show. One of the biggest hurdles—the whole premise of “Live PD”—was the ability to capture high-quality live HD video from multiple cameras and stream it in real time to air.

VidOvation provides Bonded Cellular for First Live Reality Cop Show

VidOvation provides Bonded Cellular for First Live Reality Cop Show

CAPTURING MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

On a typical episode, “Live PD” covers officers in six cities, with as many 40 live video feeds coming into a New York-based control room at A&E headquarters. With this large quantity of feeds, traditional satellite or microwave links were not only cost-prohibitive, but did not give us the mobility and flexibility needed to execute the show’s vision.

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The AVIWEST solution will end your frustrations with bonded cellular by providing additional features to help mitigate problems and limitations like poor picture quality, latency, dropouts, lack of redundancy, no DVB/ASI output, no IP outputs, no working IFB and more.. 

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  • Ideal for Newsgathering, Sports, Live Events, Contribution and more…
  • Industry’s most adaptive encoder – bit rates from 100K to 15Mbps
  • Best Picture Quality – Head-to-Head comparison using Sarnoff SRI Visualizer™ Digital Video Test Pattern
  • Dual Hardware Encoders for 2 independent transmission paths
    • Variable Bitrate VBR for Bonded Cellular Transmission
    • High-Quality 4:2:2 Constant Bitrate CBR 
      • High-Quality On-camera recording for Store and Forward
      • Second transmission path via Microwave, Satellite, Telecom, LAN and WIFI
      • DVB ASI Output
  • Records Fragmented MPEG 4 files for faster ingest and editing 
  • Receive, Decode and Play Out Live Streams from multiple DMNG PRO field units and Any Standard IP Streaming Encoders in the field
  • Share & distribute content over public networks using standard streaming protocols & AVIWEST SAFESTREAMS
    • Up to 16 IP inputs
    • Up to 32 IP outputs
    • Up to 4 SDI outputs
    • Supported streaming protocols (INPUT & OUTPUT)
      • BONDING/SAFESTREAMS (AVIWEST)
      • RTMP
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  • European Safety Standards for Global Deployment
  • Functional IFB Intercom with optional XLR Interface
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Bonded Cellular Award for VidOvation from AVIWEST for Best Americas Partner

presents VidOvation with a Best Americas Partner 2016 Award!

Congratulations to the VidOvation team for all the hard work.  Thank you, Erwan Gasc and the amazing AVIWEST Team for designing and manufacturig the world’s best product, the DMNG PRO Bonded Cellular Newsgathering and Sports Contribution System.

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Erwan Gasc, AVWEST CEO and Jim Jachetta, VidOvation EVP & CTO in AVWEST Booth

Best Bonded Cellular Newsgathering

Jim Jachetta, EVP CTO VidOvation with AVIWEST Award

Cutting-edge 3G/4G Live Video Bonded Cellular
Uplink System
Video Transmission System with Advanced Broadcast Features

3G/4G Live Video Bonded Cellular Uplink System
Choosing a system that supports a wide range of networks, including 3G/4G cellular/wireless, WiFi, Ethernet, and satellite. AVIWEST offers advanced broadcast features such as tally, IFB, ASI out, an ideal physical design and a number of additional capabilities.

Built by broadcasters for broadcasters, AVIWEST enables live video to reach new heights. Move away from poorly built 3G/4G video uplinks and expensive satellite transmission and try AVIWEST. Get a cost-effective cellular alternative that offers resilient broadcast-quality video uplink while enhancing freedom of mobility in the field for all live broadcast media outlets.

“Even with my 33 years of experience, I have never seen anything to compare with the DMNG PRO and the new flexibility we have in covering breaking news. Without having to deploy a truck, we can be much more spontaneous since we don’t have to look for high ground that’s free of trees or power lines, With just a couple of button pushes, we can be up and running to transmit a live shot from anywhere… The DMNG PRO has opened up a world of new possibilities for live shots not just for breaking news, but also for sports and local events.”  (Click for Press Release)

Mike Spissinger, Chief Photographer, WPSD

 

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Cellular Video Uplink – Wireless for Sports News Grab-and-Go

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Sports

Live television coverage of sporting events has long been a major focus for wireless video technology. With predetermined schedules, predictable camera locations, and carefully negotiated broadcaster rights, these events are near-ideal sites for wireless technology. Prior to an event, antenna and receiver equipment can be installed in strategic locations. RF channel usage can be coordinated and tested in advance to prevent harmful interference between systems.

Many of the systems commonly used for sports today rely on private, licensed wireless frequencies. These same technologies can also be used for outdoor concerts and other forms of entertainment. Through the use of high-gain (i.e. narrow beam) antennas, potential sources of interference can be avoided. Handheld portable cameras can be equipped with omni-directional antennas provided that adequate RF coverage can be generated in areas where the cameras will be operating. Video compression is used as needed to allow the signals from multiple cameras to fit within licensed bandwidth ranges.

News Gathering

News events fall into two broad categories: appointment-based and spontaneous. Appointment-based news includes events such as news conferences, public gatherings, feature stories, and other occurrences that allow a news team to pre-plan coverage and setup equipment in advance. In many ways, the technologies and practices used in this type of coverage are similar to those used in sports applications.

Spontaneous news coverage can be much more challenging from a technology standpoint. Fires, floods, accidents, and other unplanned events can happen in any location at any hour of the day. Traditionally, methods used for spontaneous live broadcasts typically involve sending a vehicle equipped with either a satellite uplink antenna or a telescoping mast carrying a microwave antenna. To work properly, these antennas need to be pointed directly at the receive antenna with few or no obstructions in-between. Cameras are typically tethered to the live remote vehicle using a fiber-optic, coax or triax umbilical to carry video, audio, and power to handheld or tripod-mounted cameras. In some cases, wireless links are used to connect between cameras and the vehicle.

Grab-and-Go-Anywhere Cameras

The ability to deploy a camera to an unknown location at any time without warning cangive a great deal of flexibility to broadcasters, both for covering spontaneous news events and for truly mobile applications such as in a moving vehicle. To make this scenario practical, receive antennas need to be liberally distributed around a service area to pick up signals from cameras wherever they may be located. The logistics and expense of doing this would be beyond the means of the most broadcasters were it not for the widespread availability of cell phone towers. This infrastructure, which has been installed at huge expense over several decades is a near-ideal path for live video signals throughout a metropolitan area using systems like the AVIWest DMNG Pro110 Bonded Cellular Video Uplink. Instead of having to build their own infrastructure, broadcasters can simply pay for bandwidth when and where they need it. Of course, since this infrastructure is shared by other broadcasters as well as by the general public, there is no way for a broadcaster to control how much (or how a little) bandwidth is actually available for a given video signal at a particular time and location.

Phased array satellite antenna technology is another option for moving vehicles. In this scenario a compact satellite antenna is mounted on the roof of the vehicle. Using GPS, the antenna tracks the satellite in the sky while the vehicle is in motion. One limitation of this technology is the necessity for a clear view of the satellite in the sky, which may make it impractical in urban areas with tall buildings or other obstacles.

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