In the time since NAB Show’s last live event, cloud-based production has made almost incalculable strides.
Then a fascinating concept being discussed and experimented with at a fairly low level – the idea of live, or nearly live production being sent from studio or location, to the cloud and then switched and processed just like a full-fledged production, but remotely – certainly seemed like a natural application of the cloud’s potential, but in 2019 there was no major proof of concept to point to.
Since that time, companies such as Grass Valley and Matrox have introduced products and workflows designed to facilitate exactly this workflow and there are many successful examples in which truly elaborate event broadcasts have been shot remotely, without requirements of fiber connections and satellite hookups. Examples even include portions of this year’s Winter Olympics Games.
In this discussion, NAB Amplify content partner Jon Silberg brings together five experts who possess quite a bit of insight about the possibilities of this exciting new workflow:
- Chuck Meyer, Technology Fellow Emeritus at Grass Valley, who speaks about GV AMPP (Agile Media Processing Platform)
- Dan Maloney, Technical Marketing Manager at Matrox, who shares information about his company’s hardware and software products – including encoders, decoders, and its Cloud-based REMI Production platform
- Paul Calleja, CTO of GlobalIM, a company designed to offer tools and workflows to replace traditional satellite and fiber links with multi-distribution SRT (secure reliable transport) networks
- Andrew Riley, who will recount his journey from Technical Production Manager at FIFA Video Games to joining Grass Valley as a Solutions Architect very shortly after seeing what that company was doing with the cloud.
- Well-known media consultant and NAB Amplify content partner Skip Pizzi also joins in to offer a timely and interesting overview of this topic and some suggestions about what to look for next.
Matrox’s 2022 NAB Show Plans
At NAB 2022, Matrox Video technologies will be powering today’s most in-demand broadcast workflows. As the popularity of remote productions continues to rise, live event producers will discover how the Monarch EDGE encoder/decoder platform enables affordable, low-latency, multi-channel 4:2:2 10-bit-quality REMI productions while allowing them to cover more events using less equipment. In addition, the new ConvertIP standards-based converters will showcase how to monitor ST 2110 signals on SDI or HDMI displays. Extio 3 IP KVM extenders will also be featured at NAB, highlighting secure, zero-compromise 4Kp60/quad-HD 4:4:4 video extension and switching over LAN/WAN/internet to support remote operations for distributed workforces. Lastly, Matrox’s industry-renowned developer portfolio will show why its hardware is the de-facto choice for ST 2110- and SDI-based, on-premise solutions and how its software is helping broadcasters build towards a future of cloud-native live productions.
Grass Valley’s 2022 NAB Show Plans
Grass Valley is leading the way to the future of media and entertainment by transforming the business and operations of media companies across the entire production chain. Visitors to the show will see how to start their journey by connecting their existing systems to the Agile Media Processing Platform for cloud-based live content creation, asset management, and delivery. As AMPP is an open platform, visitors can also see solutions from GV Media Universe Alliance members that complement their production with contribution options, intercom, graphics, and much more.
Chuck Meyer, Technology Fellow, Grass Valley
Chuck Meyer was appointed Grass Valley technology fellow in 2020 and is responsible for advising on advanced research topics, corporate technology initiatives, and our intellectual property portfolio. Prior to joining Grass Valley, Chuck was president and CEO of NVISION Inc., where he led pioneering development of HD television routing and distribution equipment, as well as digital audio technologies. He holds more than 37 patents.
Dan Maloney, Technical Marketing Manager, Matrox
Dan Maloney is the technical marketing manager at Matrox Video. With 15 years of experience in sales, marketing and product development of digital video solutions, he is responsible for defining the end user product strategy. The product lines covered by the end user group include non linear editing, live streaming and recording solutions, and signal convertors. Dan speaks at technology conferences around the world including IBC in Amsterdam, BVE in London and NAB in Las Vegas. He is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Paul Calleja, CTO and Co-Founder, GlobalM
Paul Calleja graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a diploma of Audiovisual systems in 2003. Upon graduation, he worked in outside broadcast and at Sky Channel Australia as an engineer. In 2005, Paul relocated to the UK and after briefly working on contracts with Ascent Media and Technicolor network services in systems engineering roles, Paul joined in 2006 the BBC working as a senior broadcast systems engineer at BBC television centre London. In 2008, he joined the EBU, designing and project managing many different technical projects, for both sports and news applications. In 2019, Paul became the Co-Founder and CTO of GlobalM, a distributed SRT network technology that supports premium transmission services for news, sports and events.
Andrew Riley, Solutions Architect, Grass Valley
Andrew Riley, previously a Technical Production Manager at FIFA Video Games, joined Grass Valley as a Solutions Architect very shortly after seeing what that company was doing with the cloud.
About Grass Valley
We love live! Grass Valley is the leading technology provider for the live media and entertainment market. We work with 90% of the world’s major media brands, powering their media centers, mobile production units, 24-hour newsrooms, and sports streaming platforms. Whether it’s IP-native cameras or state-of-the-art cloud production platforms, we’re at the forefront of groundbreaking live media innovation. We continue to pioneer market-leading advances based on cloud and software efficiency to transform live content for the streaming era today and in the future.
Matrox® Video is a global leader in video technology. Featuring a complete portfolio of best-in-class hardware, software, APIs, and SDKs, Matrox Video enables OEMs, system integrators, value-added channel partners, and end users to push the boundaries of video innovation. Serving the AV/IT, broadcast, and emerging markets for 45 years, Matrox Video is synonymous with quality, performance, interoperability, and support. Matrox Video’s legal entity is Matrox Graphics Inc., part of the Matrox Group.
GlobalM is powerful in managing point to point and point to multi-point SRT transmissions over internet connections. Our patent pending cloud-based technology connects multiple gateways (pods) to the closest points of presence for both the encoder and recipients decoders all interconnected via our private IP backbone. This makes our technology easy to monitor, scale and distribute SRT video services, replacing the need for satellite and/or fibre distribution. The architecture also reduces the overall latency making it ideal for remote productions. With multiple sources and destinations available within GlobalM, users can switch streams in the cloud using our IP video matrix.