Highly Efficient AVIWEST PRO180 Transmitter for Live HD Video Streaming with 2nd High Bit Rate Encoder with ASI Output
Featuring real-time network detection, eight 3G/4G internal modems with an internal high-efficiency custom antenna array, a built-in Wi-Fi modem, and two best-in-class H.264 video encoders, the PRO180 can be used to stream live HD video down to the receiver with minimal delay.
Designed with you in mind, the unit is just over 2 lbs and can be easily connected to any professional camera (e.g., SD/HD SDI, analog [BNC] and HDMI) and mounted via V-Mount, Gold Mount, or PAG plates. The PRO180 allows easy configuration, operation, and intercom.
PRO180-RA with support for 2 External QUAD Antennas for Indoor or Vehicle use.
Robust signal transmission enables live broadcasts anywhere in the world: In addition to the internal custom antennas, the PRO180-RA version, pictured below in 3D, has eight MCX antenna connectors on its front panel. These can be used to support two AVIWEST QUAD wideband external cellular antenna arrays to strengthen signal transmission in critical environments such as live from vehicles on the move.
Featuring 8 cellular connections (eight 3G/4G internal modems with an internal high-efficiency custom antenna array), a built-in Wi-Fi modem, and two best-in-class H.264 video encoders, the PRO180-RA can be used to stream live HD video down to the receiver with minimal delay, which allows broadcasters to produce seamless live interviews.
Robust signal transmission enables live broadcasts anywhere in the world: In addition to the internal custom antennas, the PRO180-RA has eight MCX antenna connectors on its front panel. These can be used to support two AVIWEST QUAD wideband external cellular antenna arrays to strengthen signal transmission in critical environments such as live from vehicles on the move.
A compact, lightweight, and portable design are perfect for in-the-field use: Weighing about 1Kg, the portable DMNG PRO180-RA can be easily connected to any professional camera (e.g., SD/HD SDI, analog [BNC] and HDMI) and mounted via V-Mount, Gold Mount, or PAG plates. By providing broadcasters with a video uplink system that is easy to transport, the PRO speeds up newsgathering operations.
Simple use and control enable rapid newsgathering: The PRO is designed to automatically detect real-time network capabilities. Through a user-friendly and intuitive touch-screen interface, the PRO allows any on-the-go media professional to easily configure and operate the system as well as communicate with the studio through the IFB return channel. The units can also be controlled by the receiver (StreamHub), the Management System (Manager), the Remote smartphone application or any device connected to the unit through the network.
AVIWEST Ecosystem using the Patented SafeStreams Transport Protocol
AVIWEST PRO180-RA Transmitter Front and Back
AVIWEST QUAD Antennas Mounted on Police Vehicle Trunk for Live TV Show – Live PD
AVIWEST IFB Intercom XLR Interface Panel for StreamHub Transceiver in Master Control
Live and Files Forward over Wireless Networks
The PRO180-RA has 8 internal 3G or 4G modems with high gain custom antennas, plus an internal Wi-Fi modem to stream a live video or forward files over bonded wireless networks. Two AVIWEST QUAD wideband external cellular antenna arrays can be plugged into the 8 MCX antenna connectors on the unit front panel to strengthen the signal transmission in a critical environment such as live from crowded areas (street demonstrations, sports stadiums, etc.) or from vehicles on the move.
Live and Files Forward over Satellite & Cellular Networks
The PRO180-RA can stream over KA band and use cellular links as a back-up or complementary connection. It enables starting streaming a live over cellular connections while driving to a location, before switching to KA band once the satellite dish is pointed. This bonding mode also ensures the transmission reliability when the performance of the KA band decreases, particularly in case of bad weather conditions or of a drop in bandwidth due to a congested network.
Live and Files Forward over Satellite
The PRO180-RA is compatible with the major portable satellite uplink solutions such as Inmarsat BGAN, Thuraya or KA band. It can also feed any kind of satellite modulator thanks to its MPEG-2 TS ASI output.
Live and Files Forward over LAN/WAN
The PRO180-RA can stream a live video over bonded IP networks to a StreamHub or to any kind of H.264 receiver from professional IRDs (Integrated Receiver and Decoder) to VLC player.
Live to any CDN
The DMNG system supports the needed protocols to stream a live high definition video directly to the Web or through any CDN (Content Delivery Network) or video streaming service platform.
“Live PD” Producers Rely on VidOvation AVIWEST PRO180-RA Bonded Cellular Transmitters
Systems Enable Reliable, Low-Latency, Synchronous Video and Audio Transmission on Multicamera and Multilocation Live Police Docuseries
VidOvation today announced that Big Fish Entertainment, the creator, and production company behind groundbreaking A&E docuseries “Live PD,” is using VidOvation’s AVIWEST PRO180 bonded cellular systems 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.”
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 while maintaining genlock and lip-sync across multiple cameras. On a live production like Live PD, there is no time to fix camera sync and lip sync issues. All cameras needed to be in perfect gen-lock with each other. On a typical Friday night, “Live PD” covers officers on patrol in six cities, with as many as 40 live videos 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.
One of the biggest production hurdles was capturing high-quality live HD video from multiple cameras and streaming it to air in real time while maintaining genlock and lip-sync across multiple cameras. On a live production like Live PD, there is no time to fix camera sync and lip sync issues. All cameras needed to be in perfect gen-lock with each other.
The “Live PD” crew uses 41 AVIWEST 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 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 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 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.”
There has been some recent chatter that the Live PD show on A&E may not be real. The reason is that the video quality is just too good to be live. VidOvation and AVIWEST were selected by the production company Big Fish Productions and A&E because it was the only wireless technology that worked. All the other providers were tried and tested. Big Fish needs four bonded cellular links to stream four cameras in perfect synchronization with each other. There are two cameras inside the police vehicle and two cameramen in the back seat. All four cameras need to arrive at A&E master control in perfect lip-sync and video synchronization with each other. The competition would have one camera arrive 500 milli-seconds to late and another camera 500 milliseconds too early. In short AVIWEST and VidOvation provided the only solution that worked. In a live four camera production, perfect synchronization is a necessity. There is no time to sync the four cameras when broadcasting live. See the video below showing a typical police vehicle setup. Don’t take our word for it, just watch Live PD Friday and Saturday nights at 9 PM on A&E. Learn more about Live Video Transmission via Bonded Cellular.