Virtual Video Village

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Virtual Video Village

With HD Live Streaming, on-set video village can become a broadcast hub to any destination or server across the world. In short, you can be on-set from anywhere. We call it Virtual Video Village.

Never wait for dailies again

Since the advent of feature films, it has always been a struggle as to how fast the film canisters could make it to the lab and then off to the Studio executives for their evaluation. This allowed the studio to get a first look at the actor performances, the lighting the cameras etc. . This process was called “Viewing The Dailies” or simply, “Dailies”. In the early days of Hollywood, when the studios had back lots, this process although a time consuming and a little costly was not that difficult to manage.

Then came the era of the location shoot. Typically the film would’ve needed to be overnighted to the film lab, often by the time the studio reviewed the footage, the production had moved to a new location. Even if the Producers or Studio wanted to make a change after viewing the Dailies, it was simply to late.

Next came the digital delivery age. This was such a vast improvement over the sneaker net, or postal system, however it still took many hours to upload the footage. If there was no fast internet at the location it was simply impossible to get the digital dailies back to the executives. .

So now today we are thrilled to introduce you to the Virtual Video Village age powered by TVU Networks.

We caught up with Absolute Live Productions CEO Dave Rosen to discuss their recent use of the Virtual Video Village.

Tell us about this project?

Well unfortunately I’m still bound by an NDA, so I can only give you technical details without revealing the exact project name. We were contacted by a major Hollywood Studio that had a film shoot scheduled at a remote location. It was very important for the producer of this project to be able to watch the production in real-time. He wanted be able to watch the performances from his Hollywood base office.

How did you accomplish this?

We have been a long time supporter of the TVU workflow, we have used it on so many other projects successfully that we knew this would be the best solution for this gig. On location we supplied the client with the TVU 8200 utilizing seven International cell cards. We then installed a TVU receiver in the producers office and connected the HDSDI output connection to a 20 inch Broadcast Monitor. The picture & sound were awesome.

What kind of speeds were you getting?

We were getting up to 6 Mbps when using the Cell Cards and up to 10 Mbps when using the land line.

Did you use the cell cards as well as the wired internet?

Actually we did not, although the TVU pack allows you to load balance between the wired Internet and the cell cards, we had such good Internet speeds at certain locations, we simply turned off the cell cards when the pack was connected to the Internet.

How did you mange control of the cell cards?

That’s one of the best features of the TVU receiver. All of the cards are viewable and controllable on the receiver side. You can always see how much band width each card is utilizing. You can turn both the cards on and off without ever being near the pack. It’s remarkable how much control you actually have from 2000 miles away.

So if you have to sum up your experience, what would you say?

With the help of the TVU HD Cellular Pack, we are able to keep both the producer and editor virtually on set at the location from anywhere in the world. Traditional Internet is no longer needed at the film’s location. We were moving the video village 4 to 5 times a day, with every move the TVU worked flawlessly.

Final Word?

We have seen the future of feature film and television productions. That future is watching dailies, with the help of Absolute Live Productions, TVU and the Virtual Video Village workflow.