Media Links and VIDI Launch Remote Production Solutions & Services
This new platform drastically reduces the cost to produce large-scale sporting and live events. Rather than fully equipping an OB Van with all the necessary control equipment in each major event location, the Remote Production process changes the way large events are managed, produced and controlled. With the use of a long-distance telecom infrastructure, multiple camera signals from multiple venues, audio signals, video return signals, and bi-directional intercom can be transported to a central control center or production suite. All content is passed over standard fiber circuits between each location and offers full redundancy and hitless performance.
Other than obvious cost savings, a key advantage of this workflow is that control becomes centralized, eliminating the requirements to install costly control parameters at each venue.
This concept also opens the doors for small-scale or temporary event producers to enter the live events market in a cost-effective way.
At the heart of the new Remote Production platform lies the Media Links MD8000 media transport solution. The MD8000 system is scalable and modular, which means the configuration of the system can be matched to the demands of a specific event. Robust redundancy with a hitless operation supports its strength as a platform that guarantees quality of service. The MD8000 offers extremely low latency, and operators at a central location have the ability to undertake all normal camera control operations without any lag.
The Media Links and VIDI Remote Production Platform was recently used to revolutionize the production of a live sports event in Wolfsburg, Germany. 16 camera feeds from the Budesliga soccer match in the Wolfsburg VW arena were fed into a MD8000 system and then relayed to a central production suite in Cologne, 400 kilometers away. All cameras including slo-mo cameras were controlled in Cologne, which reduced the need for much on-site technical support or equipment, thereby reducing costs significantly. The production team was able to leverage all the available bandwidth on the existing fiber infrastructure and thus had the ability to provide a broader range of services to their customers.
Media Links and VIDI demonstrated the revolutionary turnkey solution at IBC 2013 and showcased a 7RU MD8000 media transport solution configured to support up to 36 camera feeds, 32 channels of audio, bi-directional intercom, and control using the Media Links Network Management System.
Media Links' MD8000 Media Transport System is known worldwide for offering a high level of flexibility and signal integrity for all types of video, audio and data transport applications, specifically for media networking needs of carriers, large broadcasters, as well as smaller end users.
Media Links is a leading developer and manufacturer of broadcast network infrastructure solutions. Its mission is to offer broadcasters and network providers throughout the world leading edge technology, enabling them to economically convert and move the complete suite of broadcast signals - whether video, audio or data - onto their multi-service networks. Operating as a pioneer at the forefront of technological innovations and advancements, Media Links provides the only standards based product suite in the market that enables the adoption of media signal types to Telecommunication standards like Ethernet, IP, SDH and SONET.
Media Links solutions have proven themselves in the field and in the studio. Leading broadcasters and network service providers throughout the globe depend on Media Links technology. Media Links solutions and services have also been used in the most watched major sporting events throughout the world, like Super Bowl, Euro Cup and World Cup. Media Global Links is the parent company of Media Links.