Liam Hayter, senior solutions architect at NewTek discusses the future of remote production in an article written on SVG Europe. The past couple years have changed for broadcasters when the pandemic hit. Even though there was a major shift during those times, they reality is they have been doing remote production for over five years! Here are some highlgihts from Hayter's article.
"Flexibility and agility have become integral differentiators for companies navigating the shifting sands of this storm. But none of this would have been possible if there were no innovative ideas in the first place. The urgent need to reduce the carbon footprint of live sports production by moving less equipment and people around has coupled with the realisation that remote can also be done more cost-effectively and even faster than traditional broadcast.
Remote production costs less, is more sustainable, and offers unparalleled operational flexibility. In fact, one of the consistent things that we have seen across the broadcast market is that the quality of experience for the viewer improves. Companies can either centralise resources in production hubs and use them more often, or take the savings and increase coverage quality, for instance with UHD over HD."
"So much more can already be achieved through virtualised, hybrid, and remote environments, from vision mixing to graphics to automation and control, and even instant replay; the entire video production chain can deliver content this way. Tier 1 broadcasters and league and non-league sports clubs alike are adopting remote distributed production chains."
"Productions that maximise their use of advanced software-defined tools, cloud, and modern networking connectivity will gain an advantage over their rivals with agile deployments. Not only will broadcasters have a competitive edge, but they will futureproof workflows and be able to navigate whatever challenges arise in the future. However, to fully benefit from these advances moves should be made now to avoid falling behind. We’ve seen the reaction to keep content live throughout the pandemic. If the incentive is strong enough, progress can be surprisingly swift; it just needs to be a priority."
Check out the full article here!