TVU Networks, the provider of cloud and IP-based live video solutions, has announced the first high-profile deployment of its TVU Remote Commentator cloud-based remote commentary platform in the Asia Pacific region. As the official sponsor of the 31st Southeast Asian Games and the technical partner of Mediacorp, Singapore’s largest national media group, TVU provided the solution,TVU Remote Commentator, to enable live, remote commentary with announcers in different countries, synchronised to furnish a natural, conversational affect.
At the SEA Games, the TVU Remote Commentator proved the ideal cloud platform for collaboration of multiple commentators in multiple remote locations on a single production.
For the Philippines vs. Timor-Leste men’s football match, for instance, Mediacorp created a live conversation between commentators at the IBC in Hanoi and at Mediacorp TV headquarters in Singapore. Using TVU Remote Commentator, each announcer was able to see the live game video, hear each other’s commentary, and hear audio from the stadium – all live and in sync. The result was a discussion that was as easy and natural as if they’d been together at the event.
Commentators conducted remote commentator from Sydney using TVU Remote Commentator for several events, including the Women’s Synchro 10m Platform (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJGq548LxxU) and Men’s Tanding (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLAgac0v9fY).
“This is our first time using TVU Remote Commentator,” said JunJie Lee, Technical Head for SEA Games of Mediacorp. “It’s quite stable and user friendly. We foresee using it again soon.”
TVU TimeLock auto sync technology ensured that the audio and video of all commentators were synced with the main video feed, regardless of network latency or distance from the event. TVU Timelock provides wireless, untethered remote production.
TVU’s web-based audio mixer allowed audio operators to manage all commentator feeds with level control, recording, mute/unmute, and audio channel mapping for outputs. Localized commentary feeds could be routed to separate audio channels, or separate outputs could be created for each channel. Beyond live productions, TVU Remote Commentator can also be used to upload files for recorded voice overs.
“TVU’s deployment of IP media infrastructure at the Southeast Asia Games proves that cloud-based workflows are the new standard for large-scale, global live events, “ said Liming Fu, VP for APAC Sales of TVU Networks. “The TVU ecosystem provides the high quality of traditional broadcast, with the flexibility of infrastructure-free, cloud-based broadcasting over the public internet. Our easy-to-deploy, SaaS modular solutions like TVU Remote Commentator create additional enhancements, delivering not just broadcast-quality audio but also language-independent channels for localized coverage – even when the event and commentators are in different places of the world.”