Rastatt, Germany (December 2, 2015)—DutchView Infostrada’s new Cloud Production system, with an infrastructure built on Lawo IP-based video, audio and routing equipment, recently produced the first live multi-camera broadcast to be aired using cloud-based technology.
The Cloud Production system from DutchView Infostrada, Netherlands-based provider of outsourced production solutions and part of the NEP worldwide network, was initially used on Sunday, November 22, 2015, when Carlo’s TV Café was broadcast on leading Dutch commercial TV channel, RTL4. The following day, Voetbal Inside was broadcast on RTL7, becoming the second live broadcast to use the new technology—followed by many more TV shows.
DutchView Infostrada’s Cloud Production infrastructure is centrally controlled via VSM: Virtual Studio Manager. The setup comprises numerous V__remote4 IP video production units as well as Lawo mc256 audio mixing consoles, Nova compact routers, DALLIS I/O systems and A__mic8 analog-to-IP audio interfaces. The platform centralizes resources so tthat both technology and personnel can be applied across multiple productions each day.
With the new setup, it is no longer necessary for DutchView Infostrada to dispatch a large OB truck to a location. Instead, Lawo stageboxes handle video/audio I/O and processing using an IP network—the same network that connects the studio and the location. All connections use DutchView Infostrada’s proprietary fiber-optic network to connect to its data center, where all of the technology is housed. The Cloud Production suites—directing, audio and shading—then provide control over the production process, as with traditional productions. Depending on the type of production, the director can work either from a location near the studio or from central directing, audio and shading suites.
According to RTL Netherlands Productions’ business manager, Mark de Vink, “Using centralized resources, we need significantly fewer crew members on location, which also greatly reduces travel and accommodation costs.”