TVU Adds Support For Remote Addition Of Live Commentary

TVU Networks has developed cloud-based software allowing sports or other events broadcasters to add synchronized, real-time audio commentary remotely from any location over a public internet connection.

Called TVU Remote Commentator, the package works even when the event and commentators are in different parts of the world.

All sessions are created and managed in the cloud, which eliminates the need for dedicated hardware or software. Using a browser-based interface on a laptop or smart device, TVU Remote Commentator allows commentators to join the production from home or virtually anywhere over the internet. The interface provides a low-latency, high-quality preview of the event, which allows commentary to be synchronized with the video.

A user interface allows events to be created with predetermined start and end times. The event organizer can select any feed (SDI IN, IP source, recorded clip, etc.) and use it as the return video feedback (VFB) source and channel output, so commentators receive a high-quality video feed to follow the action. Pricing is based on usage, not annual contracts, with organizers paying for the hours used for each event.

The product allows multiple commentators in multiple remote locations to collaborate on a single production. A private back channel allows commentators to maintain visual contact.

An audio operator can manage all commentator feeds using TVU’s web-based audio mixer, which offers level control, recording, mute/unmute, and audio channel mapping for outputs. Localized commentary feeds can be routed to separate audio channels, or completely separate outputs can be created for each channel. Beyond live productions, TVU Remote Commentator can also be used to upload files for voiceovers for recorded content.

“The COVID-19 pandemic forced broadcasters and other content creators to embrace remote technologies. As a result, cloud-based workflows have become permanent, viable solutions for live production,” says Mateus Domingues, product manager, TVU Networks. 

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