Mar 25, 2021
Steaming Capabilities Meet Growing Need for Remote Production
With remote production rapidly becoming a requirement more than an option, KMH Audio-Video Integration has added live IP streaming to its list of services. KMH recently conducted the first tests of its new NDI streaming lab from its central hub in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The team managed live web feeds among its Brooklyn and Hauppauge, N.Y. locations, plus an additional remote site.
Public health guidelines and travel restrictions often limit the number of technical engineers allowed on-site during an event or broadcast. As a result, sports teams, schools and production companies are increasingly turning to streaming content and remote production as viable – and cost-effective – methods for communicating, collaborating and keeping their operations running smoothly, regardless of where people are located.
“By installing just a minimal amount of easy-to-use gear at each location, you’re live and ready to produce high-quality webcasts, with minimal to no latency suitable for a range of applications,” said Kevin Henneman, president of KMH Audio-Video Integration. “A director or producer working from their homes can interact with a TD and talent on set as easily as if they were all together, or a team can produce pre- or post-game shows and player interviews from anywhere.”
The KMH streaming lab is based around Vizrt’s Vectar Plus live production software solution, and a switcher with multiple (4) digital disk recorders and M/E busses. Each location participating in the live-stream used BirdDog P100 NDI cameras. All equipment was supported by virtual LANs and communicated via NDI and Dante audio, with the Dante signals multiplexed with NDI video sources over NDI-Dante Bridge software.
The successful streaming demos proved the system is ready for prime time, and the next step is scheduling tests with current KMH customers.
The KMH office is in the heart of Brooklyn’s Industry City, a creative and commercial hub that’s home to a diverse range of businesses from restaurants to retail shops to technology developers. The new streaming lab is also planned to be available for use by Industry City and other companies based in the vibrant community.