The FISU World University Games, recently held in Chengdu, China, brought together 6500 college athletes from around the world for twelve days of competition, showcasing the power of youth and sports. The organisers turned to TVU Networks, a pioneer in cloud-based workflow solutions for live content production and distribution, to help with live coverage of the entire volleyball competition. It marked the first time FISU World University Games used a cloud-based REMI solution to transmit gameplay to a remote studio. The professional broadcast with high-quality video was transmitted from the arena to the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) for production and distribution to OTT platforms and linear channels.
Event organisers used the fully integrated remote production suite of TVU RPS Link, TVU RPS One, and TVU Producer. The onsite production team set up four separate camera positions around the venue to capture different angles of the competition. RPS Link and RPS One were deployed at the venue and used to provide synchronised primary and backup multi-camera transmission to the IBC. The live video was fully produced and distributed in the cloud at the IBC using Producer, a laptop, and a standard internet connection. The organisers used Producer to mix the audio, add scoreboard graphics, switch cameras and add slow-motion replay to the production.
“We are honoured to have had the FISU World University Games place their trust in us to deliver a live remote viewing experience worthy of this well-respected major sports event,” remarked Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “Many sports organisations are using TVU’s solutions for cost-effective, high-quality, and professional production. Our REMI solutions in particular help reduce the overall cost of live on-location event coverage by eliminating the need for extensive production infrastructure.”
The TVU RPS One is a compact, battery-powered portable unit that offers fully frame-synchronised multi-camera capture and transmission with sub-second latency. Weighing in at just around two pounds, it aggregates up to 12 data connections, ensuring HD transmission via 4G/LTE/5G, WiFi, Satellite, Ethernet, Starlink and more. The TVU RPS Link encoder facilitates the encoding of up to six synchronised SDI sources, ensuring high-quality, low-latency IP video transmission from the remote location to a studio-based TVU RPS receiver. TVU transmitters use patented Inverse StatMux technology for reliable transmission in even the most challenging environments. TVU Producer complements the workflow by allowing live video ingestion from any IP source or VOD content and enabling comprehensive production such as source switching, graphics overlays, and custom PIP configurations.