IBC 2019: Grabyo to introduce frame-accurate camera switching and ad replacement to live cloud production
At IBC 2019, Grabyo will be demonstrating the latest in live cloud-production across public internet, with the addition of frame-accurate video switching and remote camera synchronisation.
Grabyo Producer, its cloud-based live video production suite, now enables broadcasters and publishers to produce a seamless multi-camera, multi-source live broadcast from anywhere through a laptop, web browser and an internet connection.
As live production technology moves to the cloud, publishers need the ability to synchronize multiple camera angles in a live broadcast, to ensure transitions are smooth with no noticeable skip or delay in broadcast.
Grabyo Producer is able to automatically sync multiple video sources using timestamps inserted in the encoding process. This allows publishers to create a sharp, broadcast quality live stream with frame-accurate switching between multiple camera angles, locations or sources.
This provides broadcasters and publishers with a flexible way to produce live content with a mixed output over the internet from a remote location. Reducing the cost and complexity of live production, and removing the need for on-site broadcast equipment and technicians.
Earlier this year, Grabyo added support for WebRTC; this update dramatically reduced delays in responses to user inputs, enabling the user experience of Producer to match that of a local desktop application.
The addition of WebRTC now enables Grabyo Producer to support contribution from local camera and audio sources such as web cameras, USB cameras, microphones and external audio inputs directly from a laptop.
This has led to the launch of ‘Producer Guest’, Grabyo’s new remote contribution app that allows external guests to appear in a live broadcast. Guests need to only run the Producer Guest app on a browser on their device to contribute their audio and video to a live broadcast.
Publishers can add remote guests for a multi-location broadcast, or tailor distribution with local commentary or voiceover, sent to multiple markets simultaneously without the need for additional hardware – providing users with greater flexibility when creating a show optimized for digital audiences.
Additionally, Grabyo Producer is now able to detect ‘ad markers’ such as onCue for RTMP or SCTE-35 for MPEG-TS streams. This allows users to remove in-stream advertisements from a live broadcast and replace with VOD content to create additional sponsor revenue or adhere to social platforms’ Advertising Policies.
Gareth Capon, Grabyo CEO, commented: “Digital audiences are streaming more live video than ever before. As a result, their demands are increasing. Gone are the days where live streams could be lower quality than what we see on linear TV. Publishers need to create broadcast-quality live shows to capture growing social and mobile audiences. These broadcasts must be tailored to each market, device and platform in order to succeed. The tools available in Grabyo Producer allow digital teams to achieve this, and there is much more to come.”