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Grass Valley, IMG and Telstra deploy IP link over 20,000km

Reportedly the longest true remote IP production connection to date

Grass Valley has successfully deployed its DirectIP connectivity solution to establish a remote link between cameras based in Telstra’s Tokyo office with an XCU base station in IMG Studios’ London headquarters, delivering uncompressed, ultra-low latency video over 20,000km. 

The longest true remote IP production connection on record, the Tokyo-London link is said by Grass Valley to demonstrate a robust IP workflow between camera, IP switches and XCU that supports HD, 3G, UHD and SlowMotion feeds over large distances.

Using a centralised control room to ensure high performance levels and easy set-up/maintenance, DirectIP ensures that signal availability is unaffected, allowing the remote site to integrate seamlessly with the production, regardless of distance.

Trevor Boal, head of Telstra broadcast services, said: “This trial confirms that resolution and speed are not a barrier to remote production.  Getting signals from one side of the world to the other with low latency and assured quality over the Telstra network is now a reality.  The transmission of remote signals via the Telstra network over such long distances between Grass Valley’s cameras and the production centre is a real gamechanger that will enable productions and workflows that were not previously possible.”

Grass Valley live production VP Mark Hilton added: “IP-based remote production is a great way to address the cost pressures  of live productions as they strive to meet the growing demand for first-class content and immersive viewing experiences.

“This unique real-life field test strongly underscores the unmatched capability of Grass Valley’s DirectIP workflow. As the only camera manufacturer that delivers all-IP communication between a camera head and its base station, our customers can achieve enormous savings on time, budget and resources by only sending camera heads to on-site production venues. This model maximises equipment usage at their production facilities for a higher return on investment  while still supporting high-end productions – it really is a major win for them and with that, a win for the whole industry.”