IBC 2018: TVU Networks Unveils Innovative Cloud-based, Multi-Camera Production Solution

TVU Producer enables anyone, anywhere to produce professional multi-camera video for output to web and social media platforms

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA– August 29, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, today announced that it will debut TVU Producer , its powerful cloud-based video production solution at IBC 2018 (Stand: 2.B28). Part of TVU Network’s range of innovative remote production solutions, TVU Producer enables anyone to produce professional, multi-camera video, eliminating the need for expensive hardware and software or prior training.

Covering a wide range of applications, from live sports events and egames competitions, through to house of worship services and concerts, the simple web-browser interface of TVU Producer enables it to handle any multi-camera production from virtually any location. Producer supports simultaneously output directly to major social media platforms (Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Periscope, etc.), as well as to virtually any CDN platform. SDI delivery is supported through a TVU transceiver and the solution also offers a multi-channel IP video switcher, graphics and slow motion replay capabilities.

Producer’s patent-pending frame-accurate switch technology overcomes the issue of Internet delay, which can impact processes such as switching, enabling frame accurate previews in the web-based interface. Producer also supports multi-user operation enabling a number of production teams to collaborate.

“The consumer appetite for live content is strong, however, the cost and complexity involved in covering live, multi-camera events is often a barrier for content producers; as a result, multi-camera productions are often confined to large premium events,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “With Producer TVU is providing a flexible, economical and simple to use alternative that can be used by any operator – regardless of training – removing the need for expensive equipment rentals or large headcounts. This is the perfect solution for broadcasters who are under pressure to deliver more and better content with less resources.”

Non-professionals can easily manipulate graphics, scoring and text overlays during production, thanks to the simple WYSIWYG interface design. Producer integrates with existing TVU transmitters, including TVU Anywhere , TVU One and TVU MLink , as well as with any IP video source or any standard IP video stream (HTTP, RTP, RTSP, UDP, etc.). Up to six live streams an easily be added at any time directly from the Producer interface and any user of an iOS, Android or MacOS device can be added as a live video source within seconds by downloading the TVU Anywhere application.

Producer will be demonstrated at IBC 2018 alongside the innovative Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven TVU MediaMind Platform. At the core of the MediaMind is TVU’s unique metadata-driven workflow engine, which potentially changes how content can be produced and consumed.

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. The TVU Networks family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events.

TVU Networks Expands Sales and Support Presence throughout Latin America

TVU MediaMind Platform to Make Latin American Debut at SET Expo in Sao Paulo

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA– August 21, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, today announced the company is expanding its team in Latin America following the appointment of Rafael Castillo as General Manager, Latin America, last May.

Castillo will lead the new team, comprised of: Edgar Chavez, Regional Manager, Mexico and Central America; Ludwyng Cuervo, Regional Manager, Andean Region and Caribbean; and Mateus Domingues, Solutions Architect, Latin America. All three are experienced engineers. Together they will offer sales and local area support for the entire TVU product portfolio to Latin American broadcasters.

“Latin America provides significant opportunities for our company,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “We’ve always been very active in this region. Now, we’ve got an excellent team in place, with local focus, who know the technology and the needs of our customers. They will elevate the level of communication with our current customers as well as outreach to those considering TVU. This new regional support is a further reflection of our commitment to meeting the needs of our customers wherever they may be – today and into the future.”

Chavez, who has a specialization in Telecommunications, began his career as a support engineer for various resellers, focusing on brands such as Miranda, FOR-A, and Volicon. He’s worked in sales and business development for companies such as: Excelencia en Comunicaciones y Tecnología, Telefonica Media Networks and Bitcentral.

Cuervo joins TVU with over 15 years in the broadcast market. He participated in the development and implementation of projects associated with the digital TV transition in Colombia. Most recently, Cuervo led the technical and sales departments at Istronyc Comunicaciones. Before that, he worked for RCN and Caracol Television.

Domingues comes to TVU after 10 years in the broadcast industry, largely in support and pre-sales. While at Brazilian resellers AVICOM and Alliance Technologies, he supported companies such as Ericsson, Bridge Technologies, Ross Video and Riedel Communications.

The three join Castillo and Claudio Frugus, TVU sales director for Brazil, just in time for TVU’s participation at the 2018 SET Expo in Sao Paulo from August 28-30.  TVU Networks will showcase its innovative video-over-IP technology offerings at SET, including the new MediaMind platform being shown for the first time in Brazil. TVU Networks will exhibit in booth #18 during SET Expo, held at the Expo Center Norte Red Pavilion and Convention Center.

“SET Expo is the largest event in the Latin American market, and it attracts top-quality creatives and technical personnel involved in each aspect of the production chain,” said Rafael Castillo, VP and General Manager, TVU Networks Latin America. “SET Expo is a key show for us because we have a solid and growing base of customers throughout Latin America. I’m particularly eager to show our current and prospective broadcast customers what our new MediaMind and remote production solutions can do for them.”

TVU Networks products will have its full portfolio on display at SET Expo, including its cloud-based in-studio and intuitive remote production systems.

For broadcast video workflows:

TVU MediaMind enables the customization of content for individual audiences for TV news broadcasters by automating video production and distribution.  MediaMind allows media companies to tailor raw video to viewers on specific social media platforms, cell phones, streaming channels, and TV. Archived footage can be repurposed as an asset, complete with searchable metadata. Existing TVU customers can quickly utilize the benefits of TVU MediaMind, such as a real-time search engine for all media assets.

TVU MediaMind consists of TVU Contribution Automation, TVU AI Engine, TVU Real Time Search Engine, TVU Workflow Engine and TVU Producer. From the start of the video production process, all video is immediately indexed based on its metadata by TVU MediaMind’s AI real-time search engine. Using an entirely cloud-based model complete with voice and object recognition, live and pre-produced video clips are located and indexed down to the exact frame and can be shared instantly. MediaMind automates the ability for different production groups to find the content.

The TVU AI Engine can be enabled with tens of thousands of TVU Transceivers deployed around the world.

A real-time speech-to-text transcribing service, TVU Transcribercan be used by broadcasters worldwide to help meet full legal compliance requirements and prevent profanity with audio muting. The service also provides the option to output text to a file format from an audio input source or embed text into a video stream for closed or open captioning. TVU Transcriber has a high degree of accuracy and supports multiple languages.

TVU Grid provides stations with the ability to route live video streams with as low as a half-second delay over IP networks to one or more Grid-enabled news stations anywhere in the world. Stations can take any video source, whether it be an SDI feed, IP video camera, Internet video, or a TVU transmitter and distribute the live video stream to any number of locations with sub-second latency. TVU Grid’s simple to use interface gives users control over the switching and routing of video streams from anywhere on a network of Grid-enabled locations.

TVU transmitters are the primary hardware component of TVU Grid, enabling stations to share video in real-time. The TVU Transceiver is a custom-built appliance that sits in each station and connects to Grid via a standard broadband internet connection. Stations can input video from any source to the Transceiver, whether it be from other stations connected to the Grid, from a TVU transmitter, from any online video feed or from another SDI source in the station.

Video demo of TVU Grid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3djQD_0Hi4c

Working within the TVU Grid ecosystem, the TVU Grid Market gives users the ability to exchange, share, and sell video content using the Grid infrastructure. Participants view video sources that are available globally, and then request to take a stream and make it available for their own viewing audience. The entire process of transferring a selected video source is automated with minimal delay from source to destination.

In the field:

TVU Remote Production Systems include: TVU RPS, TVU Producer and TVU Timelock. Offering frame-accurate synchronization over the public internet, TVU’s remote production solutions remove the requirement for an OB truck and dedicated circuits, making coverage simpler and more cost-effective for live event broadcasters, such as news and sports producers.

TVU RPS is a frame-accurate, cost-effective alternative for live synchronized multi-camera remote television coverage, using a broadcaster’s existing studio control room staff and equipment and a public Internet connection from the field. Mostly used to cover sport events globally, it also benefits news broadcasters who have used it to cover national elections. The TVU RPS transmitter encodes up to six synchronized SDI sources and transmits high quality and low latency IP video to a remote studio based TVU RPS receiver.

TVU Producer is a cloud-based multi-camera remote production solution with seamless switch and features such as graphics and video replay. Capable of professional quality production, no hardware or software installation, and yet thanks to its simple WYSIWYG user interface it can be used by operators with virtually no experience or training. The minimum solution requirement is internet access and a smartphone. With a multi-channel IP video switcher and simultaneous output to social media, including Facebook Live, Periscope Producer and YouTube Live as well as most CDNs.

TVU Timelock provides wireless remote production for broadcasters that already own multiple TVU Transmitters such as a TVU One, synchronizing their signal. As a cost-effective alternative to traditional on-location multi-camera video production, TVU Timelock allows broadcasters to cover many more live events.

TVU Router provides high speed wireless Internet access up to 200Mbps and acts as a network accelerator to deliver incredible Internet anywhere. Featuring the company’s proprietary Inverse StatMux Plus (IS+) and data transmission technology, TVU Router delivers highly reliable best-in-class high-speed Internet connectivity from any location. When traditional wired access is unavailable, TVU Router solves this challenge by providing access.

For a single camera shoot:

With the compact TVU One, large and small broadcasters of live video can fully leverage the versatility of a lightweight, IP-based high-definition video field transmitter without sacrificing performance, features or picture quality. It uses the newer HEVC/H.265 video compression standard for greater efficiency in data management, resulting in less overhead and data use. Combined with TVU’s proprietary Inverse StatMux Plus technology, unsurpassed HD picture quality is delivered at sub-second latency over cellular 3G/4G/LTE modems even when transmitting in a moving vehicle traveling at over 60mph/100kph. TVU One integrates with major social media platforms, allowing broadcasters to transmit live video directly via Facebook, YouTube and others.

TVU Anywhere is an app for Apple iOS and Android that instantly turns a smart device into a live video transmitter by using the device’s cellular and WiFi connections to transmit live to the studio. TVU Anywhere is frequently used by sports production companies to film athlete interviews with just a tripod and a smartphone, with the capability of remote controlling pan, tilt, zoom and exposure functions from the studio – avoiding the need for on-site crew.

Powered by IS+, TVU’s innovative proprietary transmission algorithm, TVU transmitters can simultaneously aggregate any combination of bandwidth mediums including cellular 3G/4G LTE, WiFi, Ethernet, Ka-band and Ku-band satellite, microwave, microwave mesh and BGAN to deliver a reliable broadcast picture with sub-second latency.

About TVU Networks®

TVU Networks® is a technology and market leader in IP-based live video solutions. TVU’s solutions help transform broadcasters’ SDI-based operations – which include acquisition, transmission, routing, distribution and management – to an IP-based infrastructure. TVU® serves customers of all sizes in more than 85 countries from industries that include news broadcast, web streaming, law enforcement, sports, corporate and government. In broadcast markets around the world including the USA, China and other major economic powers, TVU® is the dominant market leader with a large majority of all news broadcast stations using its IP video solutions. Using its proprietary IS+ technology, TVU’s uplink solutions use any combination of cellular, satellite, microwave, WiFi and Ethernet IP connections to deliver live HD video from practically any location.

TVU Networks to provide Georgia Lottery Corp. with IP-based distribution for statewide lottery drawing broadcasts

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – August 15, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, today announced that the Georgia Lottery Corp. switched from a satellite model to an IP-based distribution system from TVU.

TVU Grid is in use three to four times a day, seven days a week, to distribute the Georgia Lottery drawings to affiliates across the state. Drawings are televised live on WSB-TV, Channel 2 in Atlanta; WALB-TV, Channel 10 in Albany; WJBF-TV, Channel 6 in Augusta; WRBL-TV, Channel 3 in Columbus; WMAZ-TV, Channel 13 in Macon; and WSAV-TV, Channel 3 in Savannah.

TVU Grid enables broadcasters to acquire live video from different sources and distribute it to other Grid-enabled locations. TVU Grid provides the ability to route live video streams with as low as a half-second delay over IP networks to one or more Grid-enabled news stations anywhere in the world. Stations can take any video source, whether it be an SDI feed, IP video camera, Internet video, or a TVU transmitter and distribute the live video stream to any number of locations with sub-second latency. TVU Grid’s simple to use interface gives users control over the switching and routing of video streams from anywhere on a network of Grid-enabled locations.

TVU transmitters are the primary hardware component of TVU Grid, enabling stations to share video in real-time. The TVU Transceiver is a custom-built appliance that sits in each station and connects to Grid via a standard broadband internet connection. Stations can input video from any source to the Transceiver, whether it be from other stations connected to the Grid, from a TVU transmitter, from any online video feed or from another SDI source in the station.

IBC sees TVU Networks expand its Live Media Acquisition Leadership

The extensive TVU Networks media acquisition portfolio enables live video to be contributed from any location over any network

BARCELONA – August 13, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solution, launches new premium functionality at IBC (stand: 2.B28) to enable operators increased flexibility and to robustly contribute the highest video quality from any location over any network. On stand demonstrations will show how and why the TVU Networks portofolio of media acquisition products provide a solution for every use case, such as contributing thousands of hours of uninterrupted live video for many of the world’s largest broadcasters during this summers World Cup as well as enabling France Télévisions to provide live coverage of May’s UK Royal Wedding from a moving vehicle.

“At IBC we will demonstrate how ifyou are a broadcaster covering a major event with multiple camera crews, a journalist with just a mobile and a tripod, and everyone in between, we have the solutions and infrastructure to make your live coverage stand out both now and in the future,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks.

The TVU Networks media acquisition solutions demonstrated at IBC include: TVU Anywhere, TVU MediaMind, TVU MLink, TVU One and TVU Router / TVU Nano Router.

For video journalists and vloggers alone in the field, TVU solutions include TVU Anywhere, an app for Apple iOS and Android which instantly turns a smart device into a live video transmitter through using the devices cellular and WiFi connections to transmit live to the studio. TVU Anywhere is frequentlyused by sport production companies to film at-home athlete interviews with just a tripod and a smartphone, with the capability of remotely control pan, tilt, zoom and exposure functions from the studio, avoiding the need for on-site crew. In addition, journalists can use the TVU Nano Router to deliver reliable, low latency and high speed connectivity critical to covering live events in full HD from an incredibly small form factor.This solution is perfect for capturing breaking, developing, and fast moving events.

For a single camera shoot, TVU provides TVU One, a multiple award-winning small, lightweight, IP-based high-definitionfield transmitter, to enable cameramen to contribute live video without sacrificing performance, features or picture quality. With less than 0.5 second latency at 3Mbp, using HEVC or H.265 compression standard to deliver greater efficiency in data use as well as increased transmission stability, it is in use by cameramen at thousands of TV stations worldwide. New functionality at IBC includes the option for embedded modems to deliver world-wide wireless transmission.

Cameramen can also utilizeintegration of TVU solutions with Panasonic’s P2 cameras, to stream directly from the field back to the studio for decoding and processing using a TVU Transceiver or use TVU Grid to distribute to multiple outlets.Finally, TVU Router / TVU Nano Router enables cameramen to access the Internet in the field and to cover fast breaking events by enabling live streaming and large video file transfers from any location.

For multi-camera shoots, in addition to TVU One, TVU Router / TVU Nano Router and the integration with Panasonic P2 and PTZ (Pan, Tilt and Zoom) cameras, TVU also provides TVU CAS (Contribution Automation System) , which automates the acquisition workflow by integrating all discrete equipment and functions in the acquisition process. Furthermore, TVU CAS aggregates all the metadata throughout the acquisition process. With the AI object, face and speech recognition module, all content will be tagged and automatically presented to the relevant production group for each story.

Additionally, TVU MLink enables satellite and microwave vehicle operators to add cellular 3G/4G LTE uplink to the vehicle’s transmission capabilities. The 1RU rack mount TVU MLink aggregates all available connections – cellular, satellite, microwave, WiFi and Ethernet – to broadcast live video with low latency. TVU MLink is also available in a HEVC and 4K encoding model. With its built-in cost control function, this solution is able to dynamically allocate bandwidth to the lowest cost link, to simultaneously increase the reliability of the transmission and save OPEX.

A recent application of TVU Router was enabling sailing fans all over the world to view the 2018 Congressional Cup regatta as it has never been seen before, courtesy of a partnership between the Long Beach Yacht Club’s (LBYC) media team and several technology firms, includingTVU Networks.Two TVU Routers supplied the connection needed for 360 Round VR cameras to provide live distribution to the Samsung VR Video website, Congressional Cup web site and the Tribeca Film Festival’s website.

Powered by IS+, TVU’s innovative proprietary transmission algorithm, TVU transmitters can simultaneously aggregate any combination of bandwidth mediums including cellular 3G/4G LTE, WiFi, Ethernet, Ka-band and Ku-band satellite, microwave, microwave mesh and BGAN to deliver a reliable broadcast picture with sub-second latency.

IBC sees TVU Networks demonstrate Remote Production Solutions that greatly minimize complexity and cost for live event coverage

TVU Networks’ live remote production solutions remove the requirement for OB trucks and dedicated circuits by maintaining perfectly synchronized signals from multiple HD cameras over the public Internet and the cloud

BARCELONA– August 06, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, today announced that it will demonstrate its portfolio of intuitive remote productions solutions on its IBC 2018 stand (2.B28), including TVU Producer, it’s latest cloud based solution with game changing features, already popular within eSports and third leagues European football championship.

Offering frame-accurate synchronization over the public internet, these solutions remove the requirement for an OB truck and dedicated circuits, making live events much simpler and more cost-effective to broadcast.

“We reduce cost and complexity in a number of ways,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “TVU RPS removes the requirement for dedicated circuits and OB trucks by editing at the broadcaster’s studio; TVU Producer provides the highest level of flexibility, enabling virtually any organization to produce live events from any location in a matter of minutes. TVU Timelock enables the hundreds of broadcasters with TVU One solutions to elegantly and cost-effectively move to wireless remote production, ideal for navigating through concerts and other crowded events. By providing these three routes to remote production, we enable all operators to make the most of live-event programming, an incredibly important weapon in today’s highly competitive video marketplace,” concluded Paul Shen.

The solutions demonstrated include:

TVU Producer: a cloud-based multi-camera remote production solution including features such as graphics and video replay. Capable of professional quality production, no hardware or software installation, and yet thanks to its simple WYSIWYG user interface it can be used by operators with virtually no experience or training. The minimum solution requirement is internet access and a smartphone. With a multi-channel IP video switcher and simultaneous output to social media, including Facebook Live, Periscope Producer and YouTube Live as well as most CDNs, TVU Producer is the easiest way to produce professional quality multi-camera live events with perfectly synchronized switching.

TVU RPS: This frame accurate solution delivers a cost-effective alternative for live multi-camera remote television coverage, using a broadcaster’s existing studio control room staff and equipment and a public Internet connection from the field. Mostly used to cover sport events globally, it also benefits news broadcasters who have used it to cover a wide range of events such as the last Catalonia presidential election. The TVU RPS transmitter encodes up to six synchronized SDI sources and transmits high quality and low latency IP video to a remote studio based TVU RPS receiver. It also features individual bit-rate configuration per channel and optional channel priority to guarantee a constant signal for the most important live footage.

TVU Timelock: This solution enables wireless remote production for broadcasters that already own multiple TVU Transmitters such as a TVU One, synchronizing their signal. As a cost-effective alternative to traditional on-location multi-camera video production, TVU Timelock allows broadcasters to cover many more live events.

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. Its family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies, to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events. For more information about TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.