Remote production gives broadcasters the ability to capture a wider range of live events, such as regional sports, news or music festivals, and mix them in a remote facility hundreds or thousands of miles away.
Many of these events might be of restricted interest, and may be broadcast to a narrow audience demographic. They may be regional news events which require a lot of content generation in a short space of time. They may require temporary infrastructures which need to be highly portable.
Remote production technology provides a realistic alternative for these events – the production of high quality content with fewer resources.
The barriers to effective remote broadcasting are speed (or latency), control and infrastructure.
1. Speed; the single biggest issue. Broadcast audio workflows rely on effective monitor mixes with no latency. This can be difficult to achieve when your studio is hundreds or even thousands of miles away.
2. Control; operators need real-time control over mic gains, fader levels and monitor mix levels.
3. Infrastructure; transport is always an issue. Multiple synced signals need to be moved in real time, and all down the same physical infrastructure. Audio, data and video all need to be considered, as well as multiple control protocols.
Calrec’s RP1 Remote Broadcast unit addresses all these challenges.
RP1 is a broadcast mixing system in a 2U rackmount box, containing Calrec’s award-winning Bluefin2 processing.
Calrec’s RP1 provides local DSP to enable the generation of monitor mixes and IFBs with no latency. It gives an operator in a remote studio direct control over channel functions such as mic gains, aux send/monitor mix levels and fader levels. It also provides a mechanism to embed audio into existing backhaul technologies, such as SDI.
All DSP and bus configuration can be carried out on-site using Assist, Calrec’s web-based configuration tool. Assist makes it simple for on-site engineers to set-up all IFB routing and remote monitor mix levels at the venue.