Mobile Viewpoint launches Trolly Live camera in a box for remote live streaming

Mobile Viewpoint has announced the launch of an new all-on-one mobile camera system for live streaming, Trolly Live.

As a response to many of its customer requests where journalists, reporters and presenters are being forced to work from home, the Trolly Live solution is designed to be a self contained camera unit with all the functionality required to present a professional live stream from any remote location.

With many global clients including broadcasters, news and sports production companies, Mobile Viewpoint has made its reputation designing and selling its WMT mobile transmitters for use in a range of professional live streaming scenarios. It was the first company in 2018 to demonstrate live streaming over 5G in conjunction with BT Sport and EE.

Trolly Live is a new concept where the camera and encoder are self contained in a mobile unit and is very easy to set up and operate. As a professional all-in-one studio mobile system, the unit comes complete with a screen that can be used for return video or for an autocue presentation. It also includes an IFB feature for audio return from a remote director. An off-the-shelf microphone can be used or can be supplied as an option.

The unit can live stream either directly as a web cast, for example directly to social media, or with a decoder unit installed in the broadcast centre, it is possible to support live broadcast workflows where HD-SDI is required at the receiving end, which is normally required for news or other programmes requiring a remote presenter to go live to air on broadcast TV.

The inbuilt H.265 encoder can live stream from the camera either via a direct wired LAN connection, Wi-Fi and there is an option to support multiple 4G networks via built-in modems. It supports bonding where all connections can be bonded as a single connection for reliability and bandwidth.

The unit can be remotely managed via Mobile Viewpoint’s management portal Linkmatrix, which is available free of charge to users. With Linkmatrix it is possible to configure the unit and set up destinations which can be operated from anywhere in the world. The camera is a PTZ camera meaning it can be controlled remotely as needed.

Michel Bais, managing director at Mobile Viewpoint, commented: “The Trolly Live is the result of an urgent collaboration between our broadcast and media customers who wanted a self contained live streaming unit for their remote workers, especially as many of them are now confined to home. They needed it to be easy to operate and set up, but required that the management and control to be done remotely. But once the current corona situation has past, these units have a long term future with broadcasters where they can ship the units quickly to anywhere in the world where an all-in-one production OB studio is required for live streaming. It is agile, feature rich and totally reliable.”

Mobile Viewpoint is currently hosting a series of ‘soundbite’ webinars on their technology including one on 14 April 2020 entitled, Best Practices and opportunities of remote production and live streaming in current COVID-19 times, that will include an overview of Trolly Live as well as a discussion of its mobile app for smartphones.

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