Bob's Adventures in Wireless and Video Headline Animator

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Poor Man's ENG

ENG, Electronic News Gathering, Remote Broadcasting, Live to Air...call it what you will, it all means the same thing...Get video from a camera at a remote site back to a network so that it can be broadcast live.

Most TV broadcasters use COFDM licensed systems for their ENG. This technology, while highly reliable, generally has a short range between the camera and a truck, and a high price. If you are billing at $1 million a minute for Superbowl ads, this solution makes a lot of sense. But if you are a dad trying to broadcast the local high school football game over the Internet with a very limited budget, then you are out of luck.


Sounds easy, right? Well it is not as easy as it sounds. For over 5 years we have been working on a way to do this using low cost unlicensed wireless IP systems. HauteSpot has built video encoders that are integrated with wireless transmitters starting with our first HauteSHOT system that used MPEG-2 and 802.11 which were low resolution, jittery, and did not offer great range and continuing with our most recent systems. We have learned a lot and improved a lot.

With the advent of our new H.264 HD encoders, which support HD-SDI or HDMI input from consumer grade to professional quality cameras, we can compress video down to a stream that is small enough to squeeze through even 3G wireless links yet retain their quality. Combine this with the jitter free performance of our second generation TDMA Like Protocol (TLP), we can deliver long range, low cost, high quality video streaming from almost any location.

We are now working on combining the solutions into one compact size platform that can be camera back mounted. The end result is a system that will deliver near professional quality live to air video broadcasting at a fraction of the cost of COFDM.

So my question to you is: "What new applications for live to air video production will a low cost system like this enable?" and "Where is the best place to focus our marketing efforts for a product like this?"

Give us your feedback.

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