With all the hardware and software solutions available on the market today, broadcasters are facing an explosion of equipment required to be shipped to a live venue.

In the planning and testing phase, many broadcasters will build a studio at home, then pack up a duplicate of the same equipment into a shipping container for use at the venue. The space required to bring all the equipment to an event is not free, of course; and let’s not even talk about the tonnage!

While the hardware for live TV production is shrinking in size, the variety of hardware and software solutions for live broadcast is growing at a phenomenal rate. To maintain interoperability and stay at the cutting edge of new technologies, should studios expect to continue carting all of this kit to each venue? Definitely not for those catching on to the “growth at home” concept. From a recent sportsvideo.org article:

The Olympic Games provide an example of the growth of “at home” efforts: A centralized production team like OBS does much of the camera and event production work, allowing the rightsholders to concentrate on editing and building story packages….You certainly want a presence on-site, but you can often do just as good of a job from far away.

–Jefferson, NBC Olympics breaks new ground in workflow for Sochi Games

Our planet is very well connected; you can provision a fast network connection to almost any venue around the world. This high capacity link can then be used to transfer video and all other data really fast back to the studio at home. Having file based video available to you in a central studio in real time will help you to minimize the amount of gear required at a venue. You will no longer need to replicate your home studio and container, reducing the cost of your next production. In the near future, it seems likely that broadcasters will need to ship only the basics to the venue, utilizing their fast network connectivity to do everything back in their home studio.

The only hiccup is that even the fastest connections cannot reach full line speed with traditional file transfers using HTTP or FTP. Just as we did in Sochi, FileCatalyst helps broadcasters in live sports/event production by providing fast, robust and highly concurrent file transfers that can utilize all available bandwidth to remote locations. Camera files can be moved in real time–during capture–from the venue to the main studio, where the staff in the comfort and familiarity of their own office can produce a top notch live event such as F1 racing, Olympic games, and World Cup matches.