UNT Music Students Hit the High Notes with AJA Video Production and Live Streaming Gear
UNT’s hybrid SDI and IP video infrastructure connects all six performance facilities and three control rooms via fiber, with 12G-SDI supporting single-cable transport of high bandwidth 4K/UltraHD 60p content. All production equipment is remotely controlled and automated to aid in safety and physical distancing considerations during the pandemic. Panasonic robotic camera systems capture live performances from each concert hall, with video signals sent to control rooms for live switching, routing, recording, and streaming. All camera signals record to a range of AJA Ki Pro devices that provide high quality performance and ease of use, including four Ki Pro Ultra 12G devices for multi-channel HD or single-channel 4K/UltraHD Apple ProRes® recording over 12G-SDI. High quality video content captured by the devices is archived internally and made accessible to students via digital download to share with family and friends, or for gig auditions. For streaming via the UNT website and YouTube channel, SDI signals are sent to AJA’s HELO H.264 streaming, recording and encoding device for streamlined delivery of H.264 content.
“We purchased HELO the first month it was released,” said Blair Liikala, Director of Recording, UNT. “I demo a lot of encoders and HELO is like a secret weapon used by a lot of schools and athletic departments. In its price range, HELO is one of the top hardware encoders that offers automation, a web interface for remote control, and the dependability that AJA equipment is known for.”
UNT’s streaming workflow currently includes five HELO units that stream H.264 signals to MUX software for creating an HLS adaptive bitrate streaming package to share live via the website and YouTube. Operation of HELO is automated using AJA’s free REST API that enables students to schedule recordings via events in Google Calendar. HELO also provides cost-effective backup recordings in H.264. For downloadable content, AJA Pak Media drives from each Ki Pro device are uploaded to workstations, edited in Apple Final Cut Pro X, then distributed as ProRes files via UNT’s website.
To further bolster live production in the future, UNT is looking to update its AJA KUMO 1616 router to KUMO 12G-SDI routers. UNT is also interested in integrating AJA’s new OG-DANTE-12GAM openGear-compatible 12G-SDI embedded audio to Dante IP audio bridge to further streamline production.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high quality, cost effective products to the professional broadcast, video and post production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world.