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.”
VidOvation Retains Wall Street Communications to Enhance Brand Awareness in New Markets – VidOvation Blog
SALT LAKE CITY — Nov. 8, 2017 — Wall Street Communications today announced that VidOvation, a leading provider of video, audio, and data transmission and distribution systems, has retained Wall Street Communications for public relations and content marketing services. As VidOvation‘s agency of record, Wall Street Communications will work to enhance awareness of VidOvation‘s products and services not only in the North American broadcast, cable/satellite, and sports markets in which VidOvation is already known, but also in house of worship, education, government/security, and corporate/pro AV markets.
“After months of project work with Wall Street Communications, we are pleased to sign a new agreement that lets us continue the important work we’ve been doing together. The aim is to increase our presence in markets beyond broadcast and cable, where we are best known,” said Jim Jachetta, executive vice president and chief technology officer, VidOvation. “We recently hired Craig Abrams to place renewed focus on sales and customers, particularly in new verticals, and Wall Street is a welcome extension to our team as we move into 2018 and beyond.”
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 dropouts, 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. VidOvation is the exclusive U.S. distributor for AVIWEST, and the VidOvation–AVIWEST bonded cellular solution is the technology behind the new groundbreaking A&E docuseries “Live PD.”
“VidOvation serves some of the nation’s most prestigious broadcasters and cable operators, entertainment companies, sports leagues, and government and defense agencies — which is a testament to its technological innovation and expertise,” said Sunny Branson, general manager, client services, for Wall Street Communications. “Now that we’ve formalized our working relationship, Wall Street Communications will be able to move forward with a sustained marketing strategy that builds on the company’s already stellar reputation for solving video-transmission problems and alleviating frustration.”
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Video Highlight from NAB NY 2017 – HEVC 4K UHD & Quad HD Encoder Live Video Contribution & Distribution
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2017 NAB Show New York
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 dropouts, 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 life cycle — from project consulting and management to engineering and design, to warranty and support. More information about how VidOvation is moving video forward can be found at vidovation.com.
VidOvation at the 2017 NAB Show New York
VidOvation will share a booth with AVIWEST at the 2017 NAB Show New York. The two companies will showcase their latest innovations in video transmission, distribution, and digital mobile newsgathering. Highlights include:
At the 2017 NAB Show New York, AVIWEST will introduce the new A-QUAD (active quad) antenna with four internal cellular modems featuring a high-efficiency, wideband antenna array. Two A-QUAD active external wideband cellular antennas can be plugged into the USB port of the HE4000 for transmission over bonded cellular networks. The A-QUAD offers added cellular connectivity to the entire AVIWEST product line. Integrated Wi-Fi will provide users with bonded cellular hotspots and VPN connectivity anywhere, providing users with highly needed internet connectivity when working in remote locations.
AVIWEST’s HE4000 4K Ultra HD (UHD) HEVC live encoder is ideal for real-time delivery of live UHD or HD content over unmanaged IP networks. The compact, half-RU encoder combines 10-bit and 4:2:2 HEVC encoding with the latest generation of AVIWEST SafeStreams® technology for delivery of live video content over IP at low latencies and bit rates.
At the 2017 NAB Show New York, the HE4000 will be demonstrated with the latest version of the StreamHub transceiver and decoder platform, which offers integrated 4K UHD HEVC recording and decoding functions.
Photo Caption: Advanced 4K and Multi-HD HEVC Video Encoding and IP Distribution
In recognition of the industry’s transition to the HEVC video compression standard, AVIWEST’s live IP video solutions support HEVC, allowing broadcasters to deliver superior video quality at lower bit rates. At the 2017 NAB Show New York, AVIWEST, and VidOvation will showcase AIR300 and AIR320, the first two products in AVIWEST’s AIR series of high-end, powerful, and ultra-lightweight video uplink systems. Integrating best-in-class H.265/HEVC hardware encoders, the series enables flawless HD and SD encoding and delivery of exceptional video quality. This new transmitter series is the perfect tool for on-the-go video professionals who need lightweight, portable, and versatile video solutions.
Featuring up to four cellular connections, an internal Wi-Fi modem, internal battery, and AVIWEST’s SafeStreams® technology, the AIR series allows broadcasters to stream live videos seamlessly and store and forward recorded content even during unpredictable and unmanaged network conditions.
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Photo Caption: AVIWEST AIR320 Uplink System
AVIWEST’s popular PRO video uplink series has been extended with the new PRO180+.
PRO180+ supports most of the cellular networks deployed in the world, including those in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the United States, Canada, Latin America, and most of Asia. The versatility of this version gives broadcasters and video professionals the flexibility to travel everywhere in the world with a single unit, without needing to replace its internal or external cellular modems.
Photo Caption: DMNG PRO180+ Global Bonded Cellular Transmitter for Live Broadcast
The new VidOvation VidOlink Reacher family supports the wireless transmission of HDMI, HD-SDI, tally, and two-way intercom signals up to 1,500 feet with the Reacher 1500 and 3,000 feet with the Reacher 3000. The system transmits uncompressed 4:2:2 video with less than one millisecond of latency. As a result, the director can now have two-way communication with the talent and camera operator, and the transmission of tally control lets the talent know the show is live on the air. Both the Reacher 1500 and Reacher 3000 models operate on the 5 GHz band with 10 push-button selectable channels on an LED channel display. The wireless transmission timecode and triggers are extremely useful in any production workflow, especially for video assist, sports, or any application in which wires would get in the way.
Photo Caption: VidOlink Reacher 1,500-Foot Wireless HDMI and HD-SDI Video, Tally, and Intercom Transmission System
AVIWEST has enhanced its industry-leading mobile journalism (MOJO) solutions, which
include the DMNG Laptop MacBook application and the DMNG APP iOS and Android applications. The new version of the DMNG APP smartphone application offers bonded live streaming, storage, and forwarding of high-quality live video. New features include an optimized interface, advanced camera settings (e.g., focus, exposure, white balance), dynamic resolution, and video quality improvements, with the capability to transmit video over bonded 3G/4G and Wi-Fi connections in just seconds. The new DMNG APP also includes the ability to edit video clips with a mobile device. When using the DMNG Laptop and DMNG APP, journalists can forward video segments that are edited and ready for air. This can drastically accelerate the time to air in electronic journalism.
Photo Caption: Innovative Mobile Journalism (MOJO) Solutions by AVIWEST
“The world being what it is today, it’s hard to overstate the importance of being able to distribute high-quality live video reliably and with low latency — no matter what the situation or network conditions. At NAB New York this year, we’ll be highlighting some of our latest video-delivery technology and AVIWEST newsgathering solutions that will help broadcasters keep viewers informed and entertained. For example, broadcasters will get a look at the AVIWEST bonded cellular technology behind A&E’s wildly popular live reality cop show, ‘Live PD.’” — Jim Jachetta, executive vice president and chief technology officer, VidOvation
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