IBC 2019: TVU Networks to debut all-in-one multi-camera production tool for audience participation via mobile

TVU Networks will use IBC 2019 to introduce a new all-in-one multi-camera production tool that allows sports TV producers to add real-time two-way audience participation components to their output using mobile phone video streams.

The cloud-based TVU Talkshow supports bi-directional audience participation, enabling viewers to engage with an event or hosted show using the TVU Talkshow smartphone app.

An integrated caller management system enables producers to pre-screen all callers. It supports IFB management to “ensure effective and seamless communication whether it’s hosts interacting with callers or the producers, production crew and camera operators coordinating with each other,” the company said.

Using a central GUI that can be operated from a web browser, TVU Talkshow can simultaneously deliver live content to multiple destinations including social media platforms, CDNs, web pages or to more than TV stations around the world via TVU Grid.

A traditional SDI output through a TVU receiver is also available while third-party integration is possible via the TVU Open API.

“There’s nothing like TVU Talkshow on the market right now,” said David Jorba, TVU Networks’ executive vice president and managing director for Europe. “It’s the first cloud-based multi-camera production solution to support and manage unlimited live audience participation with video.”

“TVU Talkshow was designed to be a highly flexible all-in-one solution, with modular video production components. Combining a number of patented technologies, such as frame-accurate synchronisation technology, TVU Talkshow enables producers to do a broadcast quality live production accessing TVU’s cloud-based platform from anywhere, with maximum scalability and an efficient pay-for-what-you-use business model.”

Making use of H.265 encoding and patented IS+ transmission algorithm, viewers can send live Full HD video from anywhere using their smartphone.

“By incorporating lower cost and proven remote and studio applications, we’re enabling broadcasters to extend their reach to niche markets by producing live shows and events with the frequency and resolution previously reserved for much larger productions,” added Jorba.

Sky Sports used the technology to incorporate pre and post-match football fan opinions into its YouTube and Facebook show The Football Social.

Also on show at IBC will be the cloud-based TVU Producer which allows producers to make quick cuts, insert graphic overlays, switch between multiple sources, manage audio, compile highlights and instant replays, capture slow-motion clips, and push finalised content to TV and the Internet.

Another product to see is the TVU Remote Production System (RPS) which enables synchronised multi-camera remote production using a broadcaster’s existing studio control room and a public Internet connection from the field. Al Kamel Systems, the motorsports live stats broadcast production specialist, uses TVU RPS to add racing graphics from remote sites.

The 2019 World Roller Games held in Barcelona, Spain, used TVU RPS to broadcast from various remote locations in five cities. Six synchronised signals were sent to La Xarxa for distribution.

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