Red Bee Media helps Canal+ deliver remote production from Cannes

Red Bee Media along with V-Nova have been instrumental in helping Canal+ use remote production during the Cannes Film Festival this year.

Canal+ was keen to use remote production in its operations during the Cannes Film Festival 2019, broadcasting shows from the ‘TV Festival’, managing all post production for the Canal+ Group in Cannes, and providing all opening and closing ceremonies at the festival to international broadcasters.

Red Bee Media facilitated and supported higher quality workflows for a 32 feed remote production with an optimised contribution network platform in order to remotely produce Canal+’ coverage of the Cannes Film Festival from 14 to 25 May 2019, using V-Nova’s P.Link equipment.

V-Nova P.Link, powered by Perseus Pro, enabled low latency, frame synchronised HD feeds at significantly lower bit rates compared to JPEG-2000 solutions. The solution from Red Bee Media and V-Nova enabled Canal+ to send higher quality video at a reduced bandwidth and achieved feeds with frame-accurate sync. In reducing the bandwidth required for linear feeds, Canal+ was also able to transfer edit packages between Cannes and Paris significantly faster than in previous years.

“Reliable transmissions are mandatory to properly operate remote production from Paris; latency compression is key,” said Ralph Atlan, Broadcast CTO at Canal+. “We delegated this part of the workflow to the V-Nova solution delivered and supported by Red Bee Media.“

“Remote production is becoming increasingly important for broadcasters and media companies in order to provide high-quality coverage of live events,” added David Travis, chief portfolio officer, video services at Red Bee Media. “Through the solution we deployed together with V-Nova, we were able to provide Canal+ with a more efficient and higher quality remote production workflow and we are proud of having taken part in delivering this high profile event to their audiences.”

Red Bee Media offered on-site support to setup and commission the platform and provided 24/7 support for Canal+ throughout the festival.

During the 11-day festival, Canal+ distributed a total of 32 live video feeds, with 20 of those feeds delivered from the Cannes red carpet to the Canal+ central facility in Paris, and 12 feeds were operated from Paris directly back to Cannes.

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