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At-home & Live Event Production NAB Interview with Jim Jachetta, CTO @Vidovation

Last updated Jun 29, 2023 | Published on May 25, 2023 | At-home Production - Live Remote Production, Podcast, Featured, Speaking Event, Bonded Cellular

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Transcript:

Simon Tillyer:

It’s NAB 2023. We’re here in the West Hall in Las Vegas, and I’m on the VidOvation stand. I’m joined by Jim. Hi, Jim. How you doing?

Jim Jachetta:

Hello, how are you?

Simon Tillyer:

Very good. Now, Jim, this is the first time we’ve spoken, I think on-

Jim:

I think, so.

Simon Tillyer:

For those watching who might not have heard of VidOvation before, heaven forbid, tell us a little bit about what you do, and where you’ve come from.

Jim:

Yeah. VidOvation, we’re based in Anaheim, California. We have offices in Phoenix and New York, and we work in the television industry. We work a lot with production. We work with enterprise corporations, media companies. And the two main focuses are business are at home, live production, and IPTV or television distribution over IP, and digital signage. Those are kind of the two areas we focus on.

Simon Tillyer:

Okay. So, we’ll catch up with the digital signage and IPTV in another video, but we’re stood right in front of your live at home banner.

Jim:

Yes.

Simon Tillyer:

Tell us what’s going on here.

Jim:

Yeah, yeah. So, at home production has been, it’s not a new concept, but it’s a workflow that has gotten more traction since COVID, since the lockdown. We’ve been doing for more than seven years the concept of bringing all your cameras home to your home master control, hence the term at-home production. So, the idea is to save costs on the venue site. You don’t have to have a production truck, or if you do have a truck, it’s a much smaller vehicle. So, you send camera operators, cameras and using bonded cellular or the public internet, you home run all those cameras back to your home. Then when the lockdown happened, home became your real home, not just your work home. So, people were doing their jobs from home and because it’s IP based technology and it’s already going through the public internet, it was a no-brainer to use this type of technology for operators doing their jobs from where they live, from their homes.

Simon Tillyer:

Yeah, yeah. And how did you find the transition and the support you were giving people? What were you doing to support those people?

Jim:

I mean, a lot of vendors say, “Oh, we have the best support,” but we really do. We’re very hands on with our customers. We get very involved in their workflow. We come fans of the content that they’re creating. So, it’s a very collaborative process. So, it really wasn’t that big of a shift for us. I think other vendors were not doing remote productions or at home, and we’d been doing it for years. We do golf, we do fishing tournaments, sports, it lends itself to. But also we like to say we’re the technology participants that helped the new category, live reality TV. So, shows like Border Live, Live PD, live reality TV where there’s cameras inside cop cars, ambulances, different things like that, bringing video back to home. There really was no other way to do it. You can’t have a satellite truck following a cop car, or they did do early concepts where they had Chase helicopters following police cars, but helicopters are expensive.

Simon Tillyer:

Absolutely, yeah. So, people coming to the booth today, what are the highlights that you’d like to show them?

Jim:

Yeah, the highlights, one of our flagship partners is Haivision. Haivision is known for very high quality, high end encoders. They invented the SRT Protocol, which is a defacto standard, it’s an open source standard. And about a year ago, they bought a partner that VidOvation was working with called Haivision. It’s a French bonded cellular provider. So, a year ago they bought the Haivision, and now that’s part of the Haivision portfolio. So, now we’re a partner with a 300 person company with support in all continents, and partnering with Haivision has taken our game to another level and then bundle that with, it’s all cellular based, or it’ll work for the public internet or cellular, but primarily our customers are using the cellular capability. Cellular can have its challenges. Is Verizon available right here in this venue? No, T-mobile’s better.

AT&T is better. VidOvation has developed a solution where we call them carrier agnostic sims. The sims are not tied to a given carrier, so if there’s no Verizon here in this hall, the sims will change the AT&T automatically. They work with the modem, they work with the cell tower, define the best signal, the best carrier. So, that has been a monumental leap forward, and we came out with these sims maybe about two years ago. So, combining all this together, it makes a better, a more reliable at-home production solution.

Simon Tillyer:

Yeah. Jim, where can people find you at NAB?

Jim:

So, we’re in the West Hall. We’re in W2113.

Simon Tillyer:

Fantastic.

Jim:

Please come on by. VidOvation, some customers want to put an E in the name, it’s VidOvation, V-I-D-O-V-A-T-I-O-N.It’s not video ovation.

Simon Tillyer:

No.

Jim:

So vidovation.com, visit us, talk to our sales team. We’d love to help you.

Simon Tillyer:

Fantastic, Jim, thank you very much indeed. Oh, and we’re talking about your IPTV in another video as well.

Jim:

Okay, great.

Simon Tillyer:

So, do check that other video as well. And for everything else we’re doing at NAB, you can check that out at kitplus.com.

 

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