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AVIWEST NAB Updates – New RACK Field Encoders & 5G Cellular Transmitters

 

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Our foremost experts in broadcast, sports, and news production are going to walk through exciting portfolio enhancements initially planned to be showcased at NAB by AVIWEST.

It will include an update on our 5G transmitters, the new rack-mount encoder RACK200 and RACK300, and much more.

Jim Jachetta (00:00:02):
Good morning everyone. I’m Jim Jachetta, CTO and founder of VidOvation. Today, I have my good friend, Florian Kolmer, who’s Sale Director for the US at AVIWEST. Florian is more than your typical salesperson. He’s a network engineer. He knows the AVIWEST product line inside and out. He knows IP networking, IP transport inside and out, and he’s going to tell us today about some new things that would’ve been announced at NAB this year, So this is… I’m really looking forward to your presentation today, Florian.

Florian Kolmer (00:00:39):
Thank you, Jim. I hope you’re all doing well and staying safe during this particular time.

Jim Jachetta (00:00:45):
Yes.

Florian Kolmer (00:00:47):
Today, we’re in part of our season of new webinars. We have been deciding to make a virtual NAB webinar to replace what we were looking to announce and showcase during the show. So if you have been missing some of the previous webinars, you can watch them online.

Florian Kolmer (00:01:08):
Some of them have been dedicated to remote production, some of them are dedicated to AVIWEST products, and there will be more coming. Another one coming next week will be about 5G technologies. We’ll speak about 5G today, but not as much in details as the next webinar is planned to.

Jim Jachetta (00:01:30):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (00:01:30):
So this one is more about the specific new products we are launching now, new technologies and how they will change workflows for broadcast production. [crosstalk 00:01:44]

Jim Jachetta (00:01:45):
Thank you, Florian, and you mentioned other webinars. VidOvation has been doing a webinar every Wednesday. There’s a series of four webinars from AVIWEST from Florian. This is the second in the series so please sign up for those. Florian and I would like to know where you folks are at in your bonded cellular usage.

Jim Jachetta (00:02:15):
Do you folks use bonded cellular right now? Is it something you’re considering? Is it already in your workflow? Is it planned for your workflow? Or you really don’t know? Or no one has a plan for it yet? Or you don’t have any future plans? So if you guys could take a quick second to let us know where you guys are at, that’d be great.

Jim Jachetta (00:02:44):
I could see now the votes are coming in and then I’ll close it, and then let me see. I’ll share it. So it seems like more than two thirds of you are using bonded already. So good for you. You’ve been using this technology for a while.

Jim Jachetta (00:03:06):
A third of you are not using have a plan to, and I guess everyone has some plan or is currently using bonded. So no one has eliminated bonded cellular as an option in their transmission and contribution and distribution plans. So let me hide this. You have control, Florian.

Florian Kolmer (00:03:34):
Yes, I do have.

Jim Jachetta (00:03:35):
Great.

Florian Kolmer (00:03:37):
[crosstalk 00:03:37] Thank you, Jim. And again thank you all of you to join today. So let’s start with this virtual NAB. So as you have been answering, most of you are already using bonded cellular technologies, some of you are planning to do so in the future. So I’m sure all of know already what’s bonded cellular is, so I won’t make an introduction to this well-known technology now.

Florian Kolmer (00:04:10):
What I want to start with is this Emmy Award story. So over the last two years, we have been very delighted to be awarded at NAB with an Emmy award for our bonding technology. So it’s the second year in a row we are getting this award. Unfortunately we missed the ceremonies this year, but still we got that Emmy.

Double Emmy Story

Florian Kolmer (00:04:36):
This Emmy Award is about our bonded cellular technology, which is called SST SafeStreams Transport. SST is our proprietary IP protocol being used in all of AVIWEST products, providing a very reliable and robust transmission paths over unmanaged IP networks. Unmanaged IP at first of course can be cellular, but it can be public wifi, public long-range internet, or best report satellite services.

Florian Kolmer (00:05:06):
So SST stands for Safe Stream Transport. As part of some other webinars, we have been talking more about this technology. So I really recommend you to have a look on this other webinar.

Jim Jachetta (00:05:22):
[crosstalk 00:05:22] Sorry to interrupt Florian. There is a very good webinar on SST. I believe it was back in October of last year. You can find it in our blog with Florian’s counterpart Samuel Fleischhacker, their product manager. That’s a very, very detailed webinar.

Florian Kolmer (00:05:40):
Right. We did another one recently as well, especially showing the new features we have been implementing in this SST protocol. But quickly, the SST protocol is not only bonding. It’s all the mechanisms for robust transmission doing two dimension for the audio collection, AHU [foreign language 00:06:03] that’s dedicated for at-home remote production frame-accurate look over IP.

Florian Kolmer (00:06:09):
And it’s also providing a more advanced use case making a Hotspot IP bridge and VPN so you can remotely control PTZ cameras or IP based equipment remotely from your master control. How is this protocol being used? Quickly, that’s showing the two parts of the AVIWEST ecosystem and workflow. So all our products can be used for live feed contribution, but also for content distribution and sharing.

Florian Kolmer (00:06:44):
So I guess all of you have already been using bonded cellular from the field back to the station. So that is being done using our SST technology, mostly over cellular networks and wifi on the move, but then it’s also being used more and more for content distribution and sharing over the public internet.

SST SafeStreams Transport Benefits

Florian Kolmer (00:07:06):
So here on this diagram, you can see an example about sharing your live program and can be 24/7 between your master control room and regional offices or affiliate stations for example here. So then it’s using the same as SST protocol between the AVIWEST receivers.
Jim Jachetta (00:07:30):
So Florian, if you hold on this slide a sec. So one of the challenges we see at VidOvation is maintaining that frame-accurate genlock between cameras and lip-sync. Now, when you say no genlock needed, what that means and you could correct me if I’m wrong Florian, it means you don’t need to send a genlock signal to each camera.
Jim Jachetta (00:07:54):
If you were doing a hard wired production at a ballpark, you would run a genlock to each of the stationary cameras. You send the camera feeds through the AVIWEST system without providing a reference to the camera. All you need to do is provide a reference signal to the receiver on the studio side, and everything is magically frame-accurate.

Jim Jachetta (00:08:20):
And I always… I tease Florian and his colleagues. They’re very modest about it. A matter of fact about it, no one else can do this. No one else can do this over an unmanaged network like cellular or the public internet.

Florian Kolmer (00:08:36):
Yeah, you’re perfectly right Jim. It’s key for remote production and all the other workflow you will need to physically genlock your encoders in the field, whereas here with the SST protocol and our technology, the genlock information is sent remotely from the receiving end to the encoders in the field. So no wires, nothing. Is a genlock of our IP feature working over cellular or wifi or whatever you are using.

Florian Kolmer (00:09:07):
It’s frame accurate. Another part which is key for remote production with this technology is that we are providing a guaranteed delay. So the delay is constant the latency is constant and all your cameras are perfectly genlock, so we can do remote switching in production.

Florian Kolmer (00:09:26):
Also, we are providing a low latency transmission, which is something key for live production. Another part, and that I will talk a bit more later on this new feature, is that we are now providing a low latency video return feed which can be used for monitoring. It can be used for remote tele-prompting as well and for production. So that’s a new feature we have been implementing a few months ago and we were planning to showcase at NIB so that will be done virtually here.

Florian Kolmer (00:10:04):
As you can guess here about the distribution part, it’s of course multi-destination distribution. And with our technology, you can not only distribute to your other offices or stations, but you can also broadcast on social media and any CDN online as well. And this can be done separately of course. The last point, maybe on this slide, I’ve been speaking about unmanaged networks, but of course you can use a managed network as well.

Jim Jachetta (00:10:38):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (00:10:38):
So if you have a dedicated fiber and a dedicated network infrastructure between your studios and offices, you can run the SST technology on those things as well, even if it’s a private network without a public internet connection, it’s working on any IP based network, not only public.

Jim Jachetta (00:10:59):
Well, you make a good point there Florian that some government agencies don’t want the signal going through the vendor’s gateway, et cetera. That you could run this securely on 100% closed or private network if that’s what you choose.

Florian Kolmer (00:11:18):
Right. And you’re anticipating a bit Jim, but that’s subject of one of the other slides during this webinar-

Jim Jachetta (00:11:28):
Oh, shoot. I blew it.

Florian Kolmer (00:11:29):
[crosstalk 00:11:29] because there are plans for 5G private networks.

Jim Jachetta (00:11:35):
Got you.

Florian Kolmer (00:11:39):
So our solution… Maybe some of you have been using bonded cellular mostly for news for now, but it’s a technology which is really developing and deploying quickly. And it’s not only for news, but it’s also for remote at-home production for sports entertainment, also for mobile journalism using smartphone as a camera for live distribution and content sharing as well.

AVIWEST Solutions

Florian Kolmer (00:12:10):
And the idea is really to have a full ecosystem based on the AVIWEST technology the SST protocol to have a unified workflow, single management interface to make it easy to use and efficient. And it’s working on the move, that’s why we’re launching this because it’s fully working on the move.

Jim Jachetta (00:12:34):
Well, to that point our production partner Big Fish Entertainment tried other cellular solutions for their live PD show with cop cars going 120 miles an hour. AVIWEST was the only technology that was robust enough or capable of such an aggressive application. I think traditional bonded was for a single camera operator on a tripod on the courthouse steps doing an interview without moving.

Jim Jachetta (00:13:10):
So it’s a Testament. Some of the applications we’ve done together with AVIWEST. VidOvation and AVIWEST is a Testament to how good and robust the technology really is from AVIWEST.
Florian Kolmer (00:13:21):
All right, you have been mentioning this remote production for live entertainment with the live PD show. It’s the same technology and same kind of workflow which is used for sports, and it has been used for sports and either kept, and to do remote production between the golf course in France, and the-

Jim Jachetta (00:13:42):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (00:13:43):
[crosstalk 00:13:43] using 16 live cameras.

Jim Jachetta (00:13:46):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (00:13:47):
This was a T1 show as post-production, having a genlock over IP was key and having frame accurate genlock key for this event in particular.

Jim Jachetta (00:14:03):
Turner was worried that they would have to have 16 frame synchronizers in master control. Also, AVIWEST a lot happens in the small details. And I’ll give you an example. A few days before the Ryder Cup, the production company was shooting the golf match in Paris, and the local production crews shot it in 50 frames per second.

Jim Jachetta (00:14:31):
At the last minute, the production people in master control at Turner were like, “Oh my God, we’re going to need a 16 scan converters to convert from 50 Hertz to 5994.” AVIWEST does it inside their box. So we just picked… Even though the source came at 50 Hertz, we just set the output to 5994, and the trans coding or the scan conversion actually happened in the AVIWEST platform saving the project. I mean, they wouldn’t have been able to get 16 in these scan converters in 24 hours, 48 hours.

Florian Kolmer (00:15:14):
Right. And quickly to explain this picture on this slide, that’s also a remote production show which usually was produced in a TV studio. And with the lockdown measures, they have been moving the show and they’re producing it from home. So you saw during this time a lot of home-based production for news, weather forecast, whatever.

Florian Kolmer (00:15:43):
Many of them are done with smartphones, but you can do a higher quality professional production like they are doing here. So they do have monitoring, they do have Magic Camera on tripods and all those you do based at home. At the foreground of the picture at the bottom you can see one of the AVIWEST bonded cellular unit, just being on the coach and doing the production

Jim Jachetta (00:16:11):
I can tell it has its battery on the side, and it sits a little crooked like that when it has the battery on it. You touched on it earlier and I apologize if I’m foreshadowing a future slide. We are getting a lot of requests for the bonded hotspot and the bonded VPN capability that…

Jim Jachetta (00:16:34):
Like this gentlemen producing a TV show from home, not only does he need video transmission, but he needs good internet connection for communications for other pieces of the workflow. So the bonded internet and the bonded VPN capability of AVIWEST has been in high demand the last couple of weeks here in the US.

Florian Kolmer (00:17:00):
Right. That wasn’t part of this webinar today, but it’s part of some other webinars, so you’re welcome to watch them online.

Jim Jachetta (00:17:09):
Awesome.

Florian Kolmer (00:17:09):
The first topic of today, and what we were planning to showcase at NIB is introduction of 5G technologies in our base encoders. So you’re probably aware about a series of products called PRO3 and the AIR series. The PRO3 on the left is designed to be mounted on temporary cameras, can be backpack as well. And the AIR product is a smaller one with an internal battery to carry on a belt or in a small pooch bag, or the small tripod as well.

Florian Kolmer (00:17:51):
Both products, they do have embedded modems inside. The PRO3 has four or eight cellular modems built in. The AIR you need up to four modems. The antennas are breaching as well, so both products should have high gain patented antennas we have been designing, which are making a big difference when you are in a crowded environment like in a stadium or a venue with a lot of smartphones users and cellular users.

New PRO3 5G and AIR 5G

Florian Kolmer (00:18:18):
But also when you are in a remote environment like covering a fishing event on a remote lake, for example, those high gain antennas are making a big difference and saving your day as well on these kinds of production. So here we are working for quite a long time with 5G modems manufacturers. We got the very first engineering samples from some manufacturers to integrate in our product.

Florian Kolmer (00:18:47):
And now we have some units available and we will be shipping in the coming months. The PRO3 and the AIR with 5G modems. So what will it do exactly? It’s not going to be a USB modem external 5G output, it’s embedded modules and antennas which are in the unit, supporting all 5G frequency bands being deployed in the US in Europe, in Asia and the sub six gigahertz bonds. And of course those models will support 3G 4G networks as well.

Florian Kolmer (00:19:26):
So they are compatible with old worldwide networks. What it will do? If you’re already familiar with the PRO3 series for now we have two models. One with four modems, one with eight modems. With the introduction of 5G, there will be six modems inside the units, and there will be an upgrade pass for our existing customers who want to upgrade their units to 5G.

Migration and Upgrade Path to 5G for Air and PRO3

Florian Kolmer (00:19:53):
So that will be a basic modem replacement. For the AIR units, as you may already know, we have two ranges of products. We have the AIR3 range H264 models and the higher hand HEVC models. Both are using two, 3G 4G modules four now, and they will be upgraded with two 5G modules.

Jim Jachetta (00:20:20):
So Florian, if somebody owns a PRO3, how do they get it upgraded? If I buy a 3G 4G unit today, how do I get it upgraded to 5G? What do I do?

Florian Kolmer (00:20:39):
You have just to ship back the unit for modems replacement, and we should get back to you.

Jim Jachetta (00:20:46):
Okay. And if a customer needs to borrow a unit from VidOvation during the swap out, we can make arrangements for that too during the transition, if we have inventory for a loaner or a rental.

Florian Kolmer (00:21:04):
Right. The units are already available, and we are going to ship in production very sooner on that. I wanted to explain a bit more about 5G because we’re going to do another webinar, but in case you are not available to attend quickly, 5G will be a big move for broadcast productions, sports production, not only by providing a higher bandwidth and a lower latency, but there are lot of different technologies included in the 5G which will make a big difference.

Florian Kolmer (00:21:43):
For example, we start testing with some of our customers a 5G NPN networks. What does NPN stands for here? It stands for Non-Public Networks, which means you will be able to make your own 5G networks in a closed environment like you could do with wifi or microwave. So we see that many of the existing technology, especially wifi and microwave may merge as well into 5G.

Florian Kolmer (00:22:15):
And there will be some licensed frequency bonds for public ones but some unlicensed bonds as well, to be able to make your own network in a venue or a stadium, for example. And you will be able to combine and use the same product for both public networks, long range and private networks. So that’s called NPN.

Florian Kolmer (00:22:38):
Also for now the first deployment using the 5G technology are still relying on the 4G core networks. So it’s only the radio part which is been updated for now, but in the coming years, and especially starting in 2022, but we are already working on that at AVIWEST with some technology labs and some development companies.

Florian Kolmer (00:23:02):
There will be a 5G call network as well. 5G call network will give you more advanced capabilities, like network slicing, and that we did already at IPC last year in Amsterdam, which would provide you a guaranteed service as well. [crosstalk 00:23:19]

Jim Jachetta (00:23:19):
So, basically that gives you… It’s a form of QOS on your 5G connection, correct?

Florian Kolmer (00:23:26):
Right.

Jim Jachetta (00:23:26):
Quality of service.

Florian Kolmer (00:23:28):
Right. Then in a nutshell to explain to you what those two encoders are doing, they are all capable of doing, of course live video transmission for many SGI and HDMI associates, they can record, of course they can forward recorded files. What’s key in those two products, you have two separate HEVC encoders built in, so you can do live and record simultaneously in two different qualities available for live and constant bit rate for record.

Florian Kolmer (00:24:07):
You can also do record and simultaneous forward. So is that so kind of a near life production if you want to get your record as soon as possible in your master control for fast production. It’s a near live workflow in which you are recording and simultaneously forwarding. The difference between both can be little, but the first one is live and record, which is live available quality.

Air and PRO3 in a Nutshell – Featuring Function Overview

Florian Kolmer (00:24:33):
The second one is near live, which means you have a guaranteed quality. It might take longer to send the file, but you have a guaranteed quantity. And then to the features of the data output Jim was mentioning before. So it’s not only sharing the internet connection in the feed using bonded cellular, but it’s also kind of a VPN connection over our bonded cellular technology over SST.

Florian Kolmer (00:24:57):
And it’s making an IP package, which means if you are connecting third party equipment in the field, you will have a secured private access through your studio environment and your third party workflows and equipment from the field. And the other way you will be able from the studio to remotely control PTZ camera any IP-based switch or equipment. So this [crosstalk 00:25:23]

Jim Jachetta (00:25:22):
Thank you. You were telling me Florian too that you can set it up where the assets in the field can be on the same sub-net as the master control-

Florian Kolmer (00:25:33):
Right.

Jim Jachetta (00:25:33):
… making the networking… Basically you’re extending your corporate or your enterprise or your master control network to the field. And it’s all secure of course.

Florian Kolmer (00:25:44):
Yeah. It’s both ways. It means with this technology in the field, you will be at home as well.

Jim Jachetta (00:25:50):
There you go. Okay. It takes that home to another level. Yes.

Florian Kolmer (00:25:56):
That’s right. And then the last major feature in those products which is new, and I will speak a bit more about this later in this webinar, is a video return feature. So we’ll be able to have a video return feed in the field. And that will come a bit later in this webinar. Not later, but now, sorry.

Jim Jachetta (00:26:24):
Later meaning two seconds from now.

Video Return Feature – New

Florian Kolmer (00:26:26):
Yeah. So how does it work? It’s quite advanced, and that’s why we have a dedicated slide to show you. It’s not necessarily a basic confidence feed single one. It’s a one-to-one and one to any video return. So let me show you the full slide here. It means you are covering here kind of in the field with three cameras. You are sending your live feeds, that’s the black arrows, to your master control room to your StreamHub receiver.

Florian Kolmer (00:27:02):
Then you can decode it over SGI, of course, for your production. And then using the red colored units, I will explain just after, you will be able to encode your program back to the field. So it’s getting through the StreamHub through the same SST Turner bonding technology, and you will be able to return multiple program feeds to different units.

Florian Kolmer (00:27:26):
So it means, for example, you have one program send through site number one and two in blue, and another program being returned by the same StreamHub server to the site number three.

Jim Jachetta (00:27:37):
Yeah. Now is this a… I think there’s systems out there where the return is, like you said, more of just for confidence, it’s not production quality or broadcast quality. Is this a full bandwidth return feed for full quality.

Florian Kolmer (00:27:55):
Yes, it’s a full bandwidth return feed. So of course it can be used for monitoring. It can be used for tele-prompting but it can be also used to get your program back in the venue to broadcast it on a large screen, for example.

Jim Jachetta (00:28:13):
Well, I think we’ve seen for some of the high school sports one of the shortcomings for sports when you’re doing an at home production, assuming we never have fans in the stadium again Florian, I don’t know, but hopefully we get fans in the stadium again.

Jim Jachetta (00:28:32):
So if you’re doing the whole production at home, how do you send instant replay feeds to the big screen in the venue? So this technology could be used to send a full bandwidth instant replay feed back to the venue for the fan experience.

Florian Kolmer (00:28:51):
Right. Yes. Exactly. And one of the feature you can do as well, we wIll show it a bit later, but you can return a multi-view with whole cameras as well for monitoring. That’s a bit later [crosstalk 00:29:06]

Jim Jachetta (00:29:07):
That’d be… Again for confidence, like in the case of Turner Sports, we had an HE-4,000 sending four program feeds back to the venue. I mean, they were doing interviews across the pond, but one of those feeds could have a multi-view of all 16 cameras, so back at the venue they can see did all the ISO cameras make it to Atlanta, and then they could see it back in Paris that the feeds actually got there.

Florian Kolmer (00:29:40):
Yes. This feature wasn’t available two years ago. So yes, they have been reproducing [crosstalk 00:29:45]

Jim Jachetta (00:29:45):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (00:29:45):
… half of the equipment or most to do that.

Jim Jachetta (00:29:49):
Right. Right. Right.

Florian Kolmer (00:29:51):
[crosstalk 00:29:51] we can get live bandwidth to fully replace life transmission here. And then the last thing I didn’t mention on this slide, it’s a low latency video return feed. So it’s less than ones you’re going to subsequent end to end return video feed.

Jim Jachetta (00:30:14):
Well that’s important.

RACK2 and RACK3 series of rack-mounted field encoders with IP and cellular connectivity

Florian Kolmer (00:30:15):
As you saw on the previous slide in your master control you need a new product for that, which is called the RACK series. That’s a new product we are launching now, which is already shipping. It’s called the RACK200 and the RACK300. It’s a half 1-U RACK product. So we can put two side by side in the one 1-U RACK mounting closure and it’s providing a high video quality.

Florian Kolmer (00:30:48):
So we have two different models. RACK200 is H.264 AVC and the RACK300 is H.265 HEVC. They are compact local equipment. They have the same feature as the PRO3 units and AIR units, so you can do live record, forward, do live and record, record and forward. You have the full duplex intercom, like on the PRO3 and the AIR as well. And it can be used for video return. [crosstalk 00:31:17]

RACK2 and RACK3 series with support for H.265 HEVC or H.264 AVC

Jim Jachetta (00:31:19):
Sorry, Florian. I see one key feature to that that maybe we should concentrate on that, that no one else does is analog audio in on your products.

Florian Kolmer (00:31:31):
Yes.

Jim Jachetta (00:31:33):
One of the first sporting events that’s coming back in the US is PGA, is golf. So I assume there’ll be no fans on the fairway, but golfers can be spread out and keep social distancing. So we’re doing a PGA event next week and microphones on the talent feeding them into AVIWEST AIR or the PRO or the new RACK.

Jim Jachetta (00:32:08):
It’s says, you see right here there’s Mini-XLR (Intercom/IFB and Analog Audio) that has been a key feature. The PGA, even on some of the feeds wanted no video. So we put the transmitter in test pattern mode in order to carry the audio through, and then the analog audio inputs work for extra audio channels.

Florian Kolmer (00:32:35):
Right. I think all those encoders you can encode for all your channels embedded in SDI or HDMI signal, but you can add some analog audio as well. So you got those two mini LAN connectors for analog audio in.

Jim Jachetta (00:32:52):
That’s been very helpful for a lot of our customers, a workflow, the analog audio in.

Florian Kolmer (00:32:58):
Right. So on those RACK mount unit you have dual power supply as well, you got SDI and HDMI in, you got SDI out. That’s a loopback just for monitoring and you got HDMI out, that’s for the return video feed, because of course I mentioned before, that’s this RACK mount unit can be used to encode the video return, but you can also use this RACK mount unit in the field for contribution, and also receives a video return on the same unit.

Florian Kolmer (00:33:30):
They are sharing the same internal hardware as camera mounted devices PRO3 series in a RACK mounted closure. And then of course you got two LAN line connection to internet port so you can use wifi, ethernet and 3G 4G with external QUAD CellLink modems.

Jim Jachetta (00:33:50):
I see a very important feature here too. When you RACK Mount an encoder it’s very important to have two power supplies. People want the dual redundancy and a lot of times in a smaller encoder like this, that’s an oversight. So I think that’s very important. Samuel was doing his job very well when he put two power supply ports on the RACK series. You agree?

Florian Kolmer (00:34:19):
Yeah, definitely. So it is integrating in the workflow. If you are very aware about the AVIWEST workflow, that’s very easy to understand, like all the other AVIWEST it’s using the SST protocol using all bonded internet connection or IP connections to send your live feed to the StreamHub in the master control. So you can use LAN line, you can use wifi, can use satellite services and it can use cellular using QUAD CellLink antennas.

Florian Kolmer (00:34:54):
So quickly for those who are not aware about the QUAD CellLink, it’s a small magnetic box you can put on the roof of a truck, you can put on an helicopter even. We have some customers doing live from helicopters using this or outside of a building or venue. And it has four cellular antennas on modems inside. You just plug it at the back of the RACK and it’s giving four cellular connections to the RACK mount unit. If you want, you can connect two of those to get eight modems, similar to the [crosstalk 00:35:26]

RACK2 and RACK3 series of rack-mounted field encoders with IP and cellular connectivity

Jim Jachetta (00:35:26):
Well, maybe we should clarify a little bit. So the pro series, the camera mount unit, or the backpack unit, or the air all have modems. You mentioned that the RACK2 and the RACK3 has the same boards as the pro, but it has no cellular modems in it, correct? So you need the external QUAD CellLink which each add four modems, you can use one or two of them to add four or eight modems to the RACK or the HE. For any of the RACK mounted encoders you have to use the external modems with the QUAD CellLink. Correct?

Florian Kolmer (00:36:07):
That’s right. It’s making sense because the RACK mount product is not designed to be mobile outside. It’s designed to be more in a truck, in a venue, in a studio environment. So I think the [inaudible 00:36:18] outside is definitely making more sense to have a better signal on performances.

Jim Jachetta (00:36:23):
So some customers would use the RACK or the HE in a flyaway RACK or a flyaway kit, and then have the quad CellLink antennas maybe mounted on the top of the RACK and bring the RACK into the venue. And there’s other equipment in this RACK for the production.

Jim Jachetta (00:36:40):
So it depends on your workflow, and Florian and I, and VidOvation and AVIWEST will help you design a system, make the proper recommendation for your workflow, which configuration makes the most sense for you.

Florian Kolmer (00:36:56):
Right? We are always available to fine tune that and match your workflow requirements. So that’s about the new RACK series we are launching now. So next subject is about our MOJOPRO product. Some of you might already be aware about this. We did a webinar about this last week. That’s a software based solution encoder for smartphones.

Florian Kolmer (00:37:26):
So we launched that years ago, but we have been releasing a new major release with version three of the MOJOPRO Mobile Journalism Phone App. which is supporting the latest iOS 13 version, the iPhone 11. We have been adding new camera setting, so in this app, you can do of course already white balance, manual focus, ISO, but we have been adding some other capabilities like supporting the latest cameras you got on the iPhone 11 for example.

New MOJOPRO version 3.0

Florian Kolmer (00:37:58):
It’s using the same SST protocol for the live transmission to the StreamHub receiver, so it’s doing bonding as well. So we have been doing low level development on the iOS to be able to bond your wifi and your cellular modems, which means you can have an internal SIM cards from AT&T in your phone and an external Verizon or two mobile hotspots in your pocket to bond two 4G connections together. Then it’s doing the same viable bitrate encoding for encoding AIQ as the other web based encoders. So that’s-

Jim Jachetta (00:38:36):
So Florian and I did a full hour presentation on MOJOPRO and mobile journalism last week. I just put the transcript and you can watch the video. Visit our blog, you’ll be able to find it. So that’s a very, very… If you’re interested in mobile journalism, look for that in our blog, you can find that recording.
Florian Kolmer (00:39:07):

Right? And the MOJOPRO can do the same kind of features live record, forward live and record, so then you have an Intercom feature as well. And what’s unique on smartphones is that you can do video editing as well. So you can record some clips, you can crop them, you can add some voice over, add some audio track [inaudible 00:39:28] put some graphics like logo and banners add some metadata and pass your production to the TV station.

Florian Kolmer (00:39:38):
That’s new, and we have been adding two features. So first one is being able to deploy a fleet of smartphone using Media Mobile Manager. So it’s called MGM technology. On a standard use case, you’re just downloading the app on Apple store, configuring it to connect to your StreamHub receiver and start using it.

Florian Kolmer (00:40:03):
But if you’re a major organization and you are deploying a fleet of hundreds of smartphones, they are probably connected to your company mobile manager system to deploy software’s apps and to deploy configuration. And that’s now compatible with our MOJOPRO as well. So you can easily deploy the app with all the parameters of live video profile as the StreamHub destination servers as well in the MOJOPRO here. So that’s-

Jim Jachetta (00:40:35):
Yeah. It’s not difficult to set up, but you might be sending low tech people into the field. And as Florian said, the software just appears on their phone already configured. Everything’s all set up. All they have to do is hit live, but if you have to do it manually, AVIWEST documentation is very clear or VidOvation or AVIWEST support will step you through the process to get your MOJO app set up properly.

Florian Kolmer (00:41:08):
Yes. And there’s a major new feature we have been implementing in our MOJOPRO software as well, which is also available in the PRO3 and AIR series and RACK series, but RACK series is less useful here. It’s a mission-centric workflow.

Jim Jachetta (00:41:26):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (00:41:26):
So what is… If you are using an End-to-End, Story-Centric and Multiplatform News Production, Distribution, and Media Asset Management MAM systems like AVID, or Dalet or EVS, you can create mission stories to send to your crew. So all it is working here you and the whole system will be connected to the AVIWESTmanager.product.

Digital Story and Metadata – Media Asset Management – Story Centric Workflow

Florian Kolmer (00:41:47):
It will gather the list of encoders from the AVIWEST Manager, then you can create a mission into your EVS heavy environment by signing to a feed unit, which can be your MOJOPRO smartphone here in this example, but it can be your PRO3 or AIR-series as well. And then when your team in the field, just turn on the device, they will see a list of the mission.

Florian Kolmer (00:42:13):
They can pick a mission and then all the live and recorded content they will produce will be pushed through the AVIWEST StreamHub receiver into your media asset management environment, along with the metadata. So it’s really easing the workflow as a production. It’s doing it automatically basically, and it’s providing all the metadata and enriching your content for indexing, for production and so.

Florian Kolmer (00:42:45):
So this is making the workflow easier, and it’s making, depending on your work flow, the StreamHub manager fully transparent and integrated in third party solutions. So is that [crosstalk 00:42:58]

Jim Jachetta (00:42:59):
Well, let me ask you Florian. I think I know the answer to this, but this slide shows the media centric workflow for the MOJOPRO, but the media centric workflow works with the AIR and the PRO as well, right?

Florian Kolmer (00:43:15):
Yes. It’s exactly the same feature. When you will turn on your PRO or you AIR products, you will see a list of mission on the touch screen. You can just click on the mission and it’s similar to the smartphone here.

Jim Jachetta (00:43:29):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (00:43:33):
That’s what you can see on this slide here. So you will see a list of mission being displayed. You can unreach add in some description and metadata, and then all the content you are producing, you can see here a screenshot of our MOJOPRO main interface main UI here. Everything will be followed with metadata and information.

Digital Story and Metadata with Mojo Pro for Mobile Journalism

Florian Kolmer (00:43:57):
So that’s the small icon you can see on top of the screen here. It means you are part of the mission centric workflow integrated. And as you can see quickly on this screenshot, you can see that it’s bonding wifi and cellular, and you have some advanced color control, like azure, white balance, you can display your grid, choose your camera, adjust your light here, but that’s part of the webinar of last week.

Jim Jachetta (00:44:25):
Well, I see this as a very powerful tool Florian. Everyone now, they want to send a minimal people in the field. We have to keep social distancing so sending a camera operator with the talent, sending a technician, using something like the MOJOPRO app, you could produce a whole show.

Jim Jachetta (00:44:51):
You could go live or you could capture your content, do some quick edits, do some voiceover, add some graphics and then push your producer a fully produced segment, right from your phone, right in the field, right?

New StreamHub version 3.3

Florian Kolmer (00:45:06):
Right. And you can produce your rights and magic camera live show entirely based on smartphones.

Jim Jachetta (00:45:12):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (00:45:13):
So remote environment and the lockdown from home, but also in a studio or in a room or wherever you can put multiple smartphones on tripods with different point of views, all the feeds you’re receiving remotely are perfectly genlocked as well using our MOJOPRO solution.

Jim Jachetta (00:45:33):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (00:45:34):
So you can do [crosstalk 00:45:35] live with this app.

Jim Jachetta (00:45:38):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (00:45:39):
The next subjects of this webinar is improvements of our StreamHub product. So the StreamHub product, to refresh your memory, in our workflow is our receiver decoder and distribution product, all in one box. Box meaning physical box or virtual box in the cloud of course. So this version 333 we are launching now and it’s providing new features, but just to remind you about the existing one, it’s a gateway between all the IP streaming technology and SDI.

Florian Kolmer (00:46:23):
So in a single stream of appliance, you can receive up to 16 live feeds coming from any AVIWEST encoders, but also third party IP inputs. So we are supporting all standard IP based protocol like RTMP, HLS, SRT, and [MGTS 00:46:40] as well both in push and pull in modes. And then we have SDI outputs in the StreamHub if you have a physical appliance and we do have IP streaming outputs as well supporting the same mode of protocols.

Benefits of the StreamHub

Florian Kolmer (00:46:55):
So it’s a gateway from different IP protocols together and from IP to SDI as well. The new RACK mount unit is a good product as well if you want to ingest an SDI program into these workflow as well. So for the video return feed or for streaming as well. Online Streaming.

Jim Jachetta (00:47:18):
Well, I think you’ve mentioned it Florian, the live transcode that that is a very powerful feature and some of the new encode and transcode in there. Why are they important? If you’re using, say the RACK3 or the PRO380 in HEVC, not everyone has the ability to decode HEVC yet.

Jim Jachetta (00:47:50):
And many of the social media networks, many of the CDNs will not accept an HEVC signal yet, so you need to… We want to bring it from the field to the AVIWEST StreamHub efficiently as possible with the highest possible quality at the lowest possible bit rate with HEVC. But then we got to come out IPH.264 and you can transcode that.

Florian Kolmer (00:48:18):
Yeah, you have been faster than me, I was going to speak about those transcode [crosstalk 00:48:22]

Jim Jachetta (00:48:22):
I blew it again. See. [crosstalk 00:48:27] Sorry.

Florian Kolmer (00:48:29):
That’s part of the StreamHub platform as well. So apart from the streaming in and outputs we added a few months ago. That’s not new, but we have been improving it. We have been adding some transcoding capabilities, so it’s not just on the output, but it’s in the middle between inputs and outputs.

Florian Kolmer (00:48:49):
You can now transcode from HEVC to H264, from a valuable bitrate to a constant bitrate. From a dynamic resolution of a cellular to a constant resolution. And that’s key because you still have some social media supporting H264 [crosstalk 00:49:06]

Jim Jachetta (00:49:06):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (00:49:06):
You will have some of your customers decoders or third party products reporting only constant bitrate. So with the same live feed, you can create multiple transcoding profiles to multiple destinations. And what has changed quickly, but I think you’re aware about that Jim, now you can do a single transcoding to multiple IP destinations, if all your customers needs the same kind of format.

Jim Jachetta (00:49:34):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (00:49:35):
You can do that single transcode.

Jim Jachetta (00:49:39):
Florian and I have deployed a beta of the… The new software’s coming out Friday, I believe, right? We’re working with, during this COVID crisis, a state police I don’t want to mention the names for privacy purposes, but some of the local broadcasters don’t have an IRD available with HEVC, or they want to go to social media and you route the signal.

Jim Jachetta (00:50:10):
So the IP signals come in and the IP signals come out. And instead of picking an input for output, you pick an internal transcoder or encode, and you make your profiles. I really like how the new infrastructure, the new routing within the StreamHub, the workflow, right? It’s… Maybe you probably can do a better job describing it than I can, but it’s very nice, very intuitive, I think.

Florian Kolmer (00:50:38):
Okay. You have been describing it well, and I know we will have some future news in the coming months about the interface as well, but that’s a bit early, but… And yes, I know the point is that on the StreamHub interface, which is web based, you can manage all your transmission. You can remotely control all your equipment, including your smartphones in the field.

Florian Kolmer (00:51:07):
We are always speaking a lot about live production and live transmission, but this technology is also designed for file based workflow as well. So we can automate file transfer to sub-optimum external solutions. You can push or pick files as well, automatically ingests them with ingest script as well. Another feature we have been launching sometime ago, a few months last year already.

Florian Kolmer (00:51:36):
You can also generate a full frame rate multi-view if you’re doing a special production with many cameras, for monitoring purposes you might be for now plugging all the SDI output into a mosaic generator. This feature now is built in the StreamHub.

Florian Kolmer (00:51:56):
So with the 16 input channels, including third party IP input feeds, you can generate a four by four multi-view, and of course you can decode it into your master control over SDI, but you can also distribute it over IP for monitoring purposes. So that’s a new feature as well. And of course you can have some overlay information with the name of the location or feed or whatsoever, and you can pick which audio you want to listen to as well, these kind of features.

Florian Kolmer (00:52:29):
So the StreamHub I’ve been speaking about your clients. It can be another [1-IU 00:52:35] server you host in your server room, but it can be virtualized in the cloud as well. So it can be installed in any cloud based environment like AWS, Google, Microsoft, Azure, or so on. What’s new? And that’s something we are introducing for a few months, that’s more to integrate with other manufacturers.

Florian Kolmer (00:52:56):
We are also delivering this StreamHub piece of software as a Docker container. So if you’re aware about Docker technology it’s allowing you to integrate piece of software into cloud based solutions. So that’s typically what companies like EVS or, [DERET 00:53:17] or… We are working with now some cloud based production platforms that can do.

Florian Kolmer (00:53:24):
They can integrate the StreamHub as a Docker container. So our feed unit encoders can directly stream into the production environment. So that’s using our Docker technology. So we have been mentioning here, you have a list of all the protocols we are supporting on the StreamHub platforms. Basically all of them are supported both on input side and an output side.

Versatile IP to IP and IP to SDI Platform – StreamHub

Florian Kolmer (00:53:51):
So the SST if you now remember that it’s our bonding technology can be received, but can be also distributed to other StreamHub appliances you might have in your regional offices for example, or affiliates. And then you’ve got all the standard IP based protocols.

Florian Kolmer (00:54:08):
What’s new? And we were going to showcase and announce that in a bit is the NDI support. So we are going to integrate, and by the end of the year support NDI inputs and NDI output well on the StreamHub platform. So that’s key for production. And we are going to integrate 2110 antenna as well.

Florian Kolmer (00:54:31):
Many broadcasters are looking at 2110 to move away from SDI. It’s taking time having a cost a bit difficult to deploy on a large scale environment in your studio, but some of our customers start moving through 2110 in the studio.

Florian Kolmer (00:54:48):
So we are going to support that as well. And in this case, the AVIWEST technology will be a perfect gateway between the local environment over contrast IP using 2110 and longer range over unmanaged public networks using CSST protocol. That’s why we’re integrating 2110 as well.

Jim Jachetta (00:55:13):
So a customer could have two studios with infrastructure with 2110 and then use two stream hubs to bridge those two studios together through the public internet using SST in between obviously the SST would have to compress it in order to get it through the public internet, but it would be a way to bridge the two facilities together.

Florian Kolmer (00:55:39):
Right. It is really dedicated to connect the two worlds of uncompressed [crosstalk 00:55:45]

Jim Jachetta (00:55:46):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (00:55:46):
So this way, it’s probably one of the most versatile solution and platform you can find on the market supporting all kinds of technology and protocols here. This is also a key to make use of that. If you are mixing unmanaged and managed networks. So we got more and more customers. The SST protocol and AVIWEST is giving them a solution for the first mile distance over public networks and managed networks, especially if you’re on the move.

Florian Kolmer (00:56:24):
And then having a gateway into the managed environment over fiber or whatever. So I’ve been quickly mentioning the multi-view generator so that’s bridges the StreamHub. You can have all kinds of video sources, including files as well. So you can play back files as an input into the StreamHub and integrate that player into the Multiview as well. And this Multiview can be decoded and distributed over IP, as I mentioned before.

Florian Kolmer (00:57:01):
You got up to 16 in and 16 out in the StreamHub and you can see that you can have a Multiview with up to 16 feeds four by four. But of course, you’re on the top picture. It’s a two by two Multiview, if you noticed it.

4 X 4 Multiview Output

Jim Jachetta (00:57:15):
That’d be hard to see.

Florian Kolmer (00:57:16):
Yeah. And then you can pass as usual just by choosing which source you want to send as an audio source. So that’s to show, and it’s an interesting side because for many years now, we have been promoting the StreamHub technology as a live distribution and content sharing platform and workflow. That’s the reason, by the way, we have been renaming the StreamHub products a few years ago, being stream and hub, because it’s really what it is.

Florian Kolmer (00:57:53):
And over the few years, we have been adding many features to make it even a standalone product. And here on this slide, you can see a workflow in which the StreamHub can be used as a standalone product. So here’s, for example, a workflow, you have multiple stations or affiliates and headquarters, you ingest feeds.

Live Distribution Content Sharing with StreamHub

Florian Kolmer (00:58:17):
So here it’s being ingested with RACK mount units to show, but it could be a standout RMPTS or standout SRT feed. And then you can have a cloud based StreamHub, which is generating a mosaic and which is distributing content and mosaic. So here’s the id. You only have three studios here, but you could have 16 of them for example, generate a 16 frame mosaic in the cloud, distributed to all the affiliates.

Florian Kolmer (00:58:52):
And then through the web based interface you saw before, each affiliate can choose, “Okay, I want feed number five, full screen on my second channel,” and this is done through a web based interface with a single log in log. It’s also really agnostic. So it means you can ingest other live feeds, coming from other sources, even from other bonded cellular solutions, for example.

Florian Kolmer (00:59:21):
And that’s, for example, what those customers have been doing so it’s… You have a button in French because the name is in French. [crosstalk 00:59:33] It’s a group of public French speaking broadcasters like the public French television. RTBF is the one in Belgium. RTS is a French speaking Swiss broadcaster in Switzerland and the Radio Canada in Montreal doing French content as well.

Florian Kolmer (00:59:55):
And they wanted to be able to share 24/7 live content in French, in that case leveraging the public internet connectivity and the cloud. So as you saw in the previous slides, they do have a StreamHub in each of the facilities, and then they do have a cloud based StreamHub, which is generating and a Multiview and redistributing content.

France 24, RTS, TV5and Radio Canada AVIWEST Application

Florian Kolmer (01:00:21):
It’s much more cost effective than providing satellite feeds, and it’s much easier to deploy as well. Deploying this technology is just plugging a 1-IU one or you server into your studio with internet connection and SDI out and power. And then you have a cloud-based StreamHub doing the distribution, which is managed with a web based interface in any order. Plus you’re saving a lot on the connectivity because you are using your already available public internet connection fiber or whatsoever.

Jim Jachetta (01:00:57):
Florian one of the fears is that how could this be as reliable as satellite? And if we use the Turner Sports, the Ryder Cup as an example, we had the 16 camera feeds coming into Atlanta and four feeds going out. It was a four day event, the tournament during the day, interviews at night, interviews during warmups in the morning. So it was around the clock. I don’t think we dropped a single packet. I think that the video just streamed. So this technology-

Florian Kolmer (01:01:35):
Your question is perfect about all robust and redundancies. It’s a bit out of the scope of this webinar but I think we didn’t plan any webinar on this particular question for now, but that’s part of the new features and improvement we have been implementing very recently, let me switch back to the previous slide.

Florian Kolmer (01:02:00):
Here in this workflow you don’t see any redundancy, but of course it’s designed for that. And in each of the location, and especially in the cloud, you could have two redundant StreamHub. Oh, here they do have four, but those could be redundant. And if you remember the manager product from AVIWEST, which is a centralized management interface if you have multiple StreamHubs, it can also be redundant, and now you have some automatic configuration synchronization and fail-over as well.

Jim Jachetta (01:02:34):
Very good.

Florian Kolmer (01:02:36):
So that’s becoming way more robust than satellites. First, you are not depending on the weather. That’s another point. [crosstalk 01:02:47]

Jim Jachetta (01:02:49):
Satellite is not infallible, rain fade, weather problems, right?

Florian Kolmer (01:02:54):
Yeah. I’ve been mentioning this today because I was speaking with a customer earlier today and in that country it’s raining a lot and they are facing some issues with satellite sometimes. Apart from the link itself here you have a full network redundancy as well, because you can set it up on your fiber internet in your studio.

Live Distribution Content Sharing with StreamHub

Florian Kolmer (01:03:17):
But you can have two separate LAN line internet connection from two carriers as well, if you want. And not only will it be failed over, it will be bonding together. So it means it will not fail over with some freezies or few seconds to switch. It will be fully bonded. So if you-

Jim Jachetta (01:03:36):
So dynamically balancing and switching the load like the encoders do out in the field, the StreamHub will do that with its broadband connection.

Florian Kolmer (01:03:48):
Yes.

Jim Jachetta (01:03:49):
That’s awesome.

Florian Kolmer (01:03:51):
Yeah. So that’s a point here. And as you can see, it’s both ways. So you have contribution and distribution, it’s relying on the same kind of features as live contribution and the video return feed. So that’s about the StreamHub. Now I have a less slide about 5G. I’ve been already talking quite a bit about 5G in the introduction, but I want to tell you a bit more about the impact of 5G.

Florian Kolmer (01:04:26):
I won’t be speaking too much on this because we are doing another webinar next week on that. So for now it’s a key subject and big subject, and we are working a lot with modems manufacturers, network carriers as well, and broadcasters. There are big talks between all of those players to see how 5G could be used in a broadcasting environment.

5G Bonded Cellular Technology

Florian Kolmer (01:04:52):
So there are multiple subjects, like latency is a subject, but constantly this is key even more than a lower one. Having a quality of service is key because of course, it’s great to have one gigabit per signal gave it best you can, but if you are in the football stadium and you go only 400K during the game, that’s bad. And you don’t care about having one gig exactly.

Florian Kolmer (01:05:18):
So the benefits of 5G completely disrupting compared to 3G or 4G technologies, maybe some of you remember 10 years ago when some carriers mentioned 4G will bring quality of service. It really never happened here, and here it’s a big difference with 5G. And when I’m mentioning 5G, it’s not the actual 5G you got now already, which is for now only internet but other radio part, but it says a core network.

Impact of 5G on live broadcasting

Florian Kolmer (01:05:48):
So with 5G you we have some networks slicing, so you can book a dedicated slice of the Verizon network or [DHS 01:05:56] network, for example. And then you can also deploy NPN networks I was mentioning before. Non-public networks. And then you have a better efficiency as well, lower latency, higher bandwidth. But for now it’s the beginning of 5G.

Florian Kolmer (01:06:15):
Deployment will take time. First because of course you need to cover the entire country all the venues. But also because for now it’s only a 5G non-standalone networks, which are being deployed meanings that are relying on the 4G core network and those for now won’t improve the upping per cellular. And you probably heard about huge bandwidth using 5G networks, but that’s mostly on the [inaudible 01:06:44] for now, right?

Jim Jachetta (01:06:45):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (01:06:45):
Which is [crosstalk 01:06:46] by broadcasters. For now, we are still on the way to the true 5G, which will make a big change, but this 5G standalone will be launched in the coming years. We really believe that’s all broadcasters’ production company should be ready.

Florian Kolmer (01:07:09):
Not ready to throw away their 4G equipment to replace with 5G, but be ready with a completely fully new workflow introducing those remote at-home production, those IP bridge capabilities, IP-based remote control, multi-view distribution and all this and then when you will be ready for that, maybe starting with smaller sport production, then it will definitely move to 5G even for Tier Sport or the Ryder cup for example, but also whatever events you have.

Jim Jachetta (01:07:52):
Well, a common question I get Florian is, will 5G eliminate the need for bonding? I’ll just stick a 5G modem on my Sony camera and I’ll be fine. I don’t need bonding.

Florian Kolmer (01:08:12):
Okay. That’s exactly the last point here. You said it before.

Jim Jachetta (01:08:18):
I did it again. I’m sorry.

Florian Kolmer (01:08:21):
That’s a common question we are having all the time, is we need GSS protocol and bonding while moving to 5G. Yes. Because even if you are alone on the 5G network, or even if you have your slides on the network, it’s still a cellular technology. It’s still a wireless technology. It can still disconnect. It can still be overloaded by a lot of users, and keep in mind that in the coming years, you will have a lot of equipment using cellular networks-

Jim Jachetta (01:08:55):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (01:08:56):
… and a lot of projects being connected. So you might not need eight modems, like we do have our existing PRO380 units, but you would need at least a few modems two, four, six depending on what you are achieving.

Jim Jachetta (01:09:13):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (01:09:13):
And we are also… That’s not the point here, but we are having some folks doing a 4K UHD as the H.4,000, which would be able to use much more data, as well much more bandwidth.

Jim Jachetta (01:09:26):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (01:09:27):
Those robust transmission protocol IP will still be needed. SSG is really designed for that. Keeping in mind that all the other IP based protocols are designed to be used on a wired IP-based robust connection like fiber, for example.

Jim Jachetta (01:09:46):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (01:09:46):
But they are not designed to be used over cellular and they are not providing bonding. So that’s why the SSG protocol is key. And the SSG protocol is not competing with SRT or RTMP, but more providing a gateway and an access when you are using cellular and unmanaged networks.

Jim Jachetta (01:10:10):
Well, another point that I feel too is that I don’t think 5G is going to help a show like live PD. In my opinion, 5G an element of it is… The way we’ll get more throughput is through beam steering, and it’s a higher frequency. It’s going to be a more directional transmission.

Jim Jachetta (01:10:36):
So that’s how they get the higher bandwidth. So if I’m stationary and I want to take a video, the tower will beam steer a five Gig signal to me. Now I’m in a police vehicle moving 120 miles an hour. I don’t think the 5G is going to be practical in those applications. And as you said they’ll make more bandwidth. Consumer’s machinery will suck that bandwidth up, and we’ll be back again with not enough bandwidth, right?

Florian Kolmer (01:11:11):
Yeah. You’re fully right on that. Very soon, and it’s started already, and we did some experiments with some of our customer. 5G will be used, but in fixed location, like in the stadium for game-

Jim Jachetta (01:11:27):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (01:11:27):
… or in a studio or in a venue. But then if you are producing a show like the live PD shows they are chasing cars in the countryside, or the major lake fishing producing a live fishing shows in remote lakes. Then those kind of production are quite far way of using 5G technologies-

Jim Jachetta (01:11:50):
Right.

Florian Kolmer (01:11:50):
… because they won’t be widespread across the country for may users.

Jim Jachetta (01:11:57):
Right. Or as you mentioned we as production people we’ll suck up… We’ll need more bandwidth because we’re going to migrate the 4K and then 8K. So it’s kind of like… See I’m in Southern California, they’re always adding more lanes to the freeway and it never seems to help. It’s like they find more cars to fill up those extra lanes.

Jim Jachetta (01:12:21):
So they make more bandwidth. We will find the way to fill that pipe up. In my opinion, I don’t think bonded will ever go away, that some form of bonding will be needed in the future. Do you agree?

Florian Kolmer (01:12:36):
Yes. Definitely. That’s the end. If you want more information of course you can get in touch with Jim at VidOvation or myself. But you can also get in touch with our marketing team. By the way they are the one making those slides and those series of webinars. But we are making other sessions with VidOvation, especially for the US market in different time zones.

Florian Kolmer (01:13:12):
But if you want to get you in touch with our CTO Ronan, you’re definitely welcome to do so. And you can also contact Samuel, who is our senior product manager, who is a specialist in charge of all the transmitters and he’ll respond.

Ronan Poullaouec, CTO and Samuel Fleischacker, senior product manager of AVIWEST

Jim Jachetta (01:13:29):
Yes. And on that note Florian, I will be speaking on a panel, a virtual panel, for sports video group on May 28th. I believe it’s in the afternoon on at-home production technology. And a big part of my discussion, I’m sure it’ll be a panel debate, but I will be talking about AVIWEST technology quite a bit on that panel discussion.

Jim Jachetta (01:13:58):
So if you’re a member of sports video group go to sportsvideo.org and you should be able to register to virtually attend that session. Also, go to our website and register for additional webinars that we’re doing. We’re adding… We have two more on AVIWEST. We have one coming up on ABonAir, our wireless partner, a microwave wireless solution.

Jim Jachetta (01:14:27):
I’m doing another one myself on at-home production. [VINova 01:14:35] is another partner. They do transport more over a managed network. So we have a lot of content in the pipeline for you folks to learn more about at-home production, remote production et cetera.

Florian Kolmer (01:14:54):
Yes. If you have any question, you can still write down question. For this webinar we will stay online a little bit if there are some questions coming in. But otherwise you will find here our contact information. You can just drop me a line or just give us a call.

Jim Jachetta (01:15:15):
Yeah. I think your presentation was so good Florian. There’s no question. You were too thorough.

Florian Kolmer (01:15:22):
No, I hope that will be questions because it means that there are some projects moving through that, and it’s really key to ask questions because this is a generic presentation, but all our customers’ workflow are slightly different or completely different from one to another.

Florian Kolmer (01:15:45):
And we are really willing and dedicated to adjust and provide you the best products, the best features in our products to match your requirements. So just feel free to contact us if you have any kind of questions.

Jim Jachetta (01:16:01):
I don’t see any questions now, but we can set up a virtual GoToMeeting with myself and Florian to privately discuss some of your workflow challenges and how we might be able to help. If you go to vidovation.com in the contact us button, you can fill out a form there to start the discussion on some of your active projects.

Jim Jachetta (01:16:32):
I think that’s it. Florian, thank you so much. I hope you stay healthy and safe in France. I hope all your family and colleagues are all doing well. It seems like on both sides of the pond we’re starting to open things up a little bit, getting back to normal. So thank you so much. And we’ll look forward to seeing you a week from today and have a good evening. [foreign language 01:17:04]

Florian Kolmer (01:17:04):
Yes. Thank you Jim. Thank you everybody to attend and I wish all of you a good day.

Jim Jachetta (01:17:13):
Thank you.

Florian Kolmer (01:17:13):
See you next week. Bye-bye.

Jim Jachetta (01:17:15):
Thanks everyone. Be safe. Be healthy. Bye-bye.