Rexcel Nippon Launches Livestream-as-a-Service With Videon EdgeCaster

Videon’s EdgeCaster transcoding platform is at the core of a new Livestream-as-a-Service (LaaS) recently launched by Rexcel Nippon called Rexcel Simple LaaS, making history in the process. It was one of the first HD multi-stream productions from a theater environment.

The first event captured by the new service was a Taiwan premiere of “El amor brujo” (ballet) and “La vida breve” (opera) by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. The performance was held before an empty Taichung National Theater on March 21, 2020 due to the pandemic.

The event was cancelled due to Covid-19, but not before the performers were allowed to use the opera house to do a dress rehearsal the night before. Ren Egawa, CEO of Rexcel, realized Simple LaaS could enable a world-wide audience first time viewing of an event featuring multi-streaming of four live feeds from four different cameras. The problem was Rexcel members were not allowed in the theatre to set up the system due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The Rexcel team provisioned Simple LaaS and handed it to the theatre workers who had never set up a livestreaming system. Thanks to the ease of use with Simple LaaS, the system, using Videon’s EdgeCaster video encoder, gave a high-quality performance and worked seamlessly with other equipment in the opera house such as YouTube, Smartphones, PC’s, and TV’s. All pieces of the setup worked without fail even though the live performance was the first time the components had been used together to livestream.

Amidst a global pandemic, Rexcel allowed the opera to be viewed, live, by over 10,000 remote viewers. The performance has since amassed more than 50,000 views from people around the world after a month. Livestreaming a Taiwanese premiere of a Spanish music masterpiece brought in many viewers from Spain, as well as France, Italy, various countries in Latin America, and much more, to watch a performance held in Taiwan which, had it been performed live, would only have been viewed by several thousand people.

Videon’s EdgeCaster allowed the opera to be viewed live by over 10,000 online viewers.

Videon’s EdgeCaster allowed the opera to be viewed live by over 10,000 online viewers.

Implementing a high-quality livestream was challenging due to its perceived complexity and costly investment. Rexcel said its LaaS service is changing that dynamic. In the past, event organizers might have forgone a livestreaming opportunity or choose to use a smartphone to stream an event. While smartphones are easy to use and accessible solutions, they deliver a lower quality stream which directly impacts the audience’s experience.

Rexcel Simple LaaS with Videon’s EdgeCaster inside offers an unprecedented simple setup that reduces the complexity and cost associated with high-quality livestreaming. Rexcel Simple LaaS pre-configures and pre-tests multiple EdgeCaster encoders matched to the number of camera feeds that the organizer plans to use to multi-stream to a YouTube account. This setup allows each remote audience member to select their preferred camera view during the live event.

Setting up EdgeCaster is as easy as shipping the unit to the event site, connecting it to the Internet at one end, and pairing it with a quality 4K or HD video camera at the other end. Rexcel Simple LaaS then monitors and controls the streaming quality remotely throughout the duration of the event. Rexcel Simple LaaS is capable of supporting events throughout the world where YouTube, Facebook or other supported content delivery networks are accessible.

“We have been providing cutting-edge livestream technologies and solutions to broadcasters and telcos, and we recognize that it is the event organizer who creates an event,” said Ren Egawa, Rexcel’s CEO. “These organizers are experts when it comes to engaging live on-site audiences. Now with the simplicity of Rexcel’s LaaS, everyone can be an expert in engaging live, 'remote audiences.'” 

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