Live production from multiple locations, on a budget

Live production from multiple locations, on a budget


Live from Sussex and Stockport (via. London)

Live Production has always had its own set of challenges, including managing a network of cameras and equipment for a show where there’s no option of a second take. Keeping up with the technology is hard enough, but what if all of this has to be done with presenters that are geographically separated, with an MCR operator that can’t get to the control room.

Comprehensive hardware options have existed for years. Portable production units (PPU) combine decoders, switchers, and encoders from manufacturers such as Blackmagic Design, Datavideo, Teradek, and many more into a transport ready solution. 

Software production is a real solution. It’s designed to give you most of the capabilities of a broadcast unit, in a package that’s installable on a laptop, or as a compact turnkey solution.

See the results

Take it away Telestream…

Telestream’s Wirecast is one such solution. Developed as a flexible and scalable software platform, Wirecast allows you to use a host of sources for building a live production. These can include local devices via capture cards, IP based encoders, and local media files. All of these can be combined with a powerful graphics platform and stock library.

Output options are equally numerous; all the major social networks are available, as well as enterprise-level platforms such as Wowza, Akamai, Azure Media Services, and more. Simultaneously you can record to disk, and/or output a program, preview, or multiviewer feed to a hardware encoder, recorder, or monitor.

The test…

Sounds great right? But does it actually work? Not content with theory, we put it into practice. Our setup consisted of a Wirecast Gear 320 setup in our ‘control room’ in a garden office in South London, Product Specialist Darth Vader in Sussex, and Product Specialist Yoda in Stockport.

Darth Vader used the Panasonic AW-UE4 PTZ, outputting an RTMP feed to Teradek’s Helios server, and Yoda used the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera outputting to a Teradek Cube. Both the sources were managed using Teradek’s Core cloud platform, which allows Wirecast to ingest the stream using the Streamreader plugin.

For more information on these products please call us or follow the links below.

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

4K Pocket size digital film camera

Panasonic AW-UE4K
Panasonic AW-UE4K

Wide-angle 4K PTZ with IP streaming - Black

Panasonic AW-UE4W
Panasonic AW-UE4W

Wide-angle 4K PTZ with IP streaming - White

Telestream Wirecast Gear 320
Telestream Wirecast Gear 320

Live video streaming production hardware perfect for sports broadcasts, live news shows or any production looking for that extra bit of professional polish

Telestream Wirecast Pro - Mac
Telestream Wirecast Pro - Mac

Live video streaming production software for Mac

Telestream Wirecast Pro - Windows
Telestream Wirecast Pro - Windows

Live video streaming production software for Windows

Telestream Wirecast Studio - Mac
Telestream Wirecast Studio - Mac

Live video streaming production software for Mac

Telestream Wirecast Studio - Windows
Telestream Wirecast Studio - Windows

Live video streaming production software for Windows

Teradek Cube 605
Teradek Cube 605

HD-SDI Encoder 10/100 USB

Teradek Cube 625
Teradek Cube 625

H.264 (AVC) Decoder SDI/HDMI GbE

Teradek Cube 655
Teradek Cube 655

HD-SDI Encoder 10/100 USB 2.4/5.8GHz

Teradek Cube 675
Teradek Cube 675

H.264 (AVC) Decoder SDI/HDMI GbE WiFi

Teradek Cube 705
Teradek Cube 705

H.265 (HEVC) and H.264(AVC) Camera Top Encoder - Ethernet Only

Teradek Cube 725
Teradek Cube 725

Real-Time H.265/H.264 (HEVC/AVC) Decoder

Teradek Cube 755
Teradek Cube 755

H.265 (HEVC) and H.264(AVC) Camera Top Encoder

Teradek Cube 775
Teradek Cube 775

Real-Time H.265/H.264 (HEVC/AVC) Decoder

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