TVU’s state-of-the-art remote production ecosystem powers live coverage of volleyball competition to global viewers
CUPERTINO, CA – September 28, 2023 – The FISU World University Games, recently held in Chengdu, China, brought together 6,500 college athletes from around the world for twelve days of competition, showcasing the power of youth and sports. The organizers turned to TVU Networks, a pioneer in cloud-based workflow solutions for live content production and distribution, to help with live coverage of the entire volleyball competition. It marked the first time FISU World University Games used a cloud-based REMI solution to transmit game play to a remote studio. The professional broadcast with high-quality video was transmitted from the arena to the International Broadcasting Center (IBC) for production and distribution to OTT platforms and linear channels.
Event organizers used the fully integrated remote production suite of TVU RPS Link, TVU RPS One, and TVU Producer. The onsite production team set up four separate camera positions around the venue to capture different angles of the competition. RPS Link and RPS One were deployed at the venue and used to provide synchronized primary and back up multi-camera transmission to the IBC. The live video was fully produced and distributed in the cloud at the IBC using Producer, a laptop, and a standard internet connection. The organizers used Producer to mix the audio, add scoreboard graphics, switch cameras and add slow-motion replay to the production.
“We are honored to have had the FISU World University Games place their trust in us to deliver a live remote viewing experience worthy of this well-respected major sports event,” remarked Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “Many sports organizations are using TVU’s solutions for cost-effective, high-quality, and professional production. Our REMI solutions in particular helps reduce the overall cost of live on-location event coverage by eliminating the need for extensive production infrastructure.”
The TVU RPS One is a compact, battery-powered portable unit that offers fully frame-synchronized multi-camera capture and transmission with sub-second latency. Weighing in at just around two pounds, it aggregates up to 12 data connections, ensuring HD transmission via 4G/LTE/5G, WiFi, Satellite, Ethernet, Starlink and more. The TVU RPS Link encoder facilitates the encoding of up to six synchronized SDI sources, ensuring high-quality, low-latency IP video transmission from the remote location to a studio-based TVU RPS receiver. TVU transmitters use patented Inverse StatMux technology for reliable transmission in even the most challenging environments. TVU Producer complements the workflow by allowing live video ingestion from any IP source or VOD content and enabling comprehensive production such as source switching, graphics overlays, and custom PIP configurations.
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TVU Networks is a global organization with more than 3,000 customers using its IP and cloud-based workflow solutions across multiple industries including news, entertainment media, sports, corporate, streaming, houses of worship and government. Through the use of AI and automation-driven technology, TVU helps broadcasters realize an efficient metadata and story-centric workflow through its TVU MediaMind platform for live video content acquisition, indexing, production, distribution and management. The company has been on the forefront of developing the tools needed to revolutionize and streamline the Media Supply Chain. TVU is a critical part of the operations of many major media companies worldwide and is a Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award winner.