Big Red Fans Get in the Game with Live Streams Powered by AJA HELO
The HELOs support nearly every live sports production at Cornell, from basketball to gymnastics, with two units located in a central control room on campus and the third reserved for a flypack. Camera feeds at each sports venue are connected to a flypack that travels to each game and can receive up to eight feeds. The signals are transmitted via NDI across the network to the control room, and dependent upon the number of productions and timing, are fed through a video production system or a laptop running Wirecast, switched and distributed to HELO for delivery to ESPN+ for national viewers and to live sports streaming provider Stretch Internet for audiences outside the U.S.
Most weekends, the team is juggling multiple simultaneous streams, in which case it will reserve its HELOs for standalone RTMP streaming to ESPN+. “HELO gives us a ton of flexibility in setting up live streams, so even on busy weekends, we know that we’re always covered, regardless of the number of streams we have to produce. Being able to offload streams to HELO also reduces the strain on our video production systems and streaming software,” shared John Lukach, assistant director of athletics for multimedia and production, Cornell University Athletics. “Having the ability to stream RTMP is also huge and it’s crazy that such a little device can produce a feed that matches ESPN+ standards. It’s also incredibly easy to use; just call into transmission, as you would with a normal production, to get the RTMP address, type it into the HELO web UI, push a button, and you’re streaming; it’s that simple.”
AJA’s HELO allows users to simultaneously stream video signals to Web Content Delivery Networks while encoding and recording H.264 files to SD cards, USB storage or network-based storage with the push of a button. Supporting a range of professional workflows, the H.264 streaming, recording and encoding device includes 3G-SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs and the power to handle up to 1080p recording formats among other features.
About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
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 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.