The BBC will be using Stagebox High Definition production technology for its broadcasts from Glastonbury Festival, over the coming days. The technology, developed by BBC Research and Development and licensable from L2Tek, is suited to outdoor events.
Stagebox is a compact unit that takes HD video and audio from a camera or other SDI sources, together with Genlock, timecode, tally, talkback and camera control information, and transmits it over a time-synchronised network using standard IP protocols.
“StageBox has been described by the BBC as a significant milestone in broadcasting technology”, said Mark Scott-South, managing director at L2Tek. “This innovative IP-based technology can bring significant time and cost savings for large outside broadcast operations, and not only of arts-based festivals such as Glastonbury, but also major sporting events and many other important social and cultural occasions.”
The technology uses Cat6 wiring, switches and routers, and means that Stagebox can be used to realise virtual OB productions using multiple cameras controlled remotely from anywhere with an internet connection. For the Glastonbury coverage, the BBC will be able to edit and produce the broadcast video and audio from the various stages at Glastonbury remotely from BBC offices in London. As such, a smaller BBC team will be on site at the event this year, when compared to previous years.