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Ross Video Team Oct 21, 2020 8:46:25 AM

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The Rise of Remote Production

Remote production has become the most important topic in broadcast and content delivery this year, so what better way to kick off our Ross Live Season 2 presentations than by exploring the subject that has been at the top of everyone’s minds. Led by our subject matter expert Les O’Reilly, The Rise of Remote Production webinar explored the various models of remote production that exist today. Les was also joined by Craig Rothberg, a freelance producer with ESPN, to discuss how the Ross Production Cloud supported the world feed broadcast of over 96 games within the WNBA bubble earlier this year.

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In case you missed the webinar, you can watch it on-demand.

Remote Production Overview

Historically, the term remote production has been used to describe a model where an Outside Broadcast (OB) van is deployed to a specific location to deliver the full end-to-end production of a broadcast. In this instance, however, the term remote production is used to describe a production outside of the traditional studio environment.

Historical example of remote production

As remote productions evolved, the Remote Integrated Model (REMI) was introduced with the goal of being able to scale-up existing production workflows while also eliminating the costs associated with dispatching crews to multiple locations. Through the REMI model, a production control room within a centralized studio can power multiple events.

Example of REMI Remote Production

With the onset of the global pandemic earlier this year and the implementation of physical distancing protocols, many production professionals were forced to adopt decentralized remote production models. As a result, the Ross team quickly responded to this accelerated change in remote production and supported many of its customers with the Ross Production Cloud. The Ross Production Cloud empowers the quick deployment of a distributed production solution and allows users to work anywhere while maintaining a consistent workflow. The distributed Ross Production Cloud model not only addresses a production scenario where operators and engineers need to access equipment remotely, but it also enables on-air talent to be brought into the production from home.

Diagram of Ross Production Cloud

Ross Production Services Inside the WNBA Bubble

Like all major sports leagues, the WNBA was dramatically impacted by the global pandemic earlier this year and as a result, the league completed an abbreviated regular season in a bubble format in Bradenton, FL. To support the world feed broadcast of all 96 games within the bubble, Ross Production Services was onsite to support a socially distanced workflow with the aid of the Ross Production Cloud and Ross Video’s Furio Live remote-controlled camera systems. Craig Rothberg, a freelance producer, spoke about his experience directing 52 of the 96 games within the bubble. He noted that there wasn’t a lot of time to prepare for the new workflow, but the Ross Production Cloud allowed his team to quickly easily connect with on-air talent from their homes and “we simply worked out our craft as we went along”.

Rothberg continued by detailing how he interacted with a number of different on-air presenters throughout his time in the bubble via the Ross Production Cloud (RPC), and explained that “we had full communication just like you would have at a regular game where the play-by-play announcers and analysts are sitting courtside. The communication was great and there were no delay issues whatsoever. From my perspective, it felt like a regular game”.

Home setup for WNBA Producer

When speaking about the ease of use of the Ross Production Cloud’s online portal, Rothberg highlighted a moment where they brought in a 9-year old junior reporter as a guest to the broadcast. “She jumped on to the broadcast with a simple login and even she commented on how quick and easy it was to go to air,” said Rothberg.

To learn more about how Ross Production Services supported the WNBA bubble broadcast, you can read this article published by the Sports Video Group: Inside WNBA Bubble, Ross Production Services’ Remote Commentary, Robo Cameras Come Up Big.

Ross Production Cloud as a Product - Coming Soon

Amanda Holtstrom, Product Manager for DashBoard, wrapped up the webinar by announcing that not only will Remote Production continued to be offered as a service, but that prior to January 2021 Ross will be announcing a new product that will allow our customers to bring in remote video and audio into their existing production infrastructure. To be the first to hear about this product development, email Solutions@rossvideo.com and use the subject line “Get me on the list”.

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