WATERLOO, Ontario—Dejero has announced that award-winning production company, i&u TV Produktion is relying on Dejero EnGo mobile video transmitters and Dejero’s LivePlus mobile apps to deliver breaking news to some of Germany’s largest TV stations and digital platforms from extremely remote and hostile environments, including from war-torn Ukraine and the Kalahari Desert in Botswana.
“We can work much faster remotely than previously possible and in limitless locations,” said Tobias Schütz, DoP and coordinator camera department at i&u TV Produktion. “Dejero’s connectivity has opened new doors for us to be able to go live, even from the remotest parts of the world, and to immediately edit received material in our studios in Cologne. A second plus point is to watch the recorded content directly in the edit and, if any shots are missing, we can get those missing shots in just minutes.”
For its news coverage in Ukraine, the i&u TV field crew uses Dejero EnGo mobile video transmitters fitted with six international SIM cards to blend connectivity paths from diverse cellular networks that create a mobile hotspot for reliable video transmission. If an LTE network is not available, the EnGo can also access satellite networks, such as Starlink, the production company reported.
Dejero Smart Blending Technology powers the EnGo mobile video transmitter by simultaneously blending together multiple wired (broadband/fiber) and wireless (3G/4G/5G, Wi-Fi, satellite) connectivity from multiple providers to form a ‘network of networks’, Dejero explained.
In the case of i&u TV, a blend of six cellular networks creates a secure and reliable transmission path with considerable bandwidth in order to send video, in real-time, to a Dejero WayPoint receiver located at the ingest center in i&u TV’s post production facility. The content is then quickly packaged and distributed to the production company’s broadcast and OTT clients.
In addition, i&u TV uses Dejero’s Control cloud-based management system to remotely configure and control the EnGos should the news crew need to focus on relocating or staying out of harm's way.
Dejero EnGo mobile video transmitters are also used to send live feeds from roaming reporters to i&u’s weekly live magazine show, stern TV. A Dejero CuePoint return video server provides low-latency, live program video to stern TV’s on-air presenters, camera operators, and other production personnel in the field to help them stay synchronized with central production while live, the companies said.
The EnGo’s Store & Forward feature is also utilized in the field to effectively transmit high-quality recorded material for all of i&u TV’s feature films directly to its post production facility. With Store & Forward i&u TV news gatherers do not have to rely on the live feed recorded on the server back at HQ; up to 60 hours of high quality recordings can be stored on the video transmitter's internal drive.
“The EnGo has many advantages like the compact size, the strong and safe Internet connection and the very easy to use user interface,” adds Schütz. “A good price, great performance and 24/7 support were also key to our purchasing decision.”
Journalists at i&u TV also use Dejero LivePlus mobile apps to capture live content on their smartphones. The LivePlus app, available on iOS and Android devices, enables them to go live with broadcast-quality video from virtually anywhere, with minimal equipment. To optimise this content, i&u TV reporters are equipped with custom-built smartphone rigs so that lights, microphones and headphones can be attached.
“I would recommend Dejero because it’s super easy to use, the quality is great and the support is first-class. I couldn’t ask for more!” concluded Schütz.
Find out more at www.dejero.com or visit our IBC 2023 stand 2.B51, Rai Amsterdam 15-18 September.
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