Quality’s innovative multi-camera remote productions for Tigo Sports use Dejero EnGo mobile transmitters, CuePoint return video server and WayPoint receivers to significantly save on set-up time and costs and simplify logistics
Waterloo, Ontario, August 22, 2022 — Dejero is supporting leading Spanish production company, Quality, with its innovative and highly efficient remote production workflow for the live broadcast of eight soccer matches per week for Tigo Sports’ coverage of El Salvador’s brand new national soccer league, Liga Nacional de Fútbol de El Salvador.
Quality uses Dejero’s solutions at all the soccer stadiums and creates a remote production workflow that saves a significant amount of time, resources and money.
Dejero EnGo mobile transmitters, WayPoint receivers and CuePoint return servers with built-in Smart Blending Technology are at the heart of Quality’s remote multi-camera productions, enabling uninterrupted connectivity between the stadia and their Buenos Aires production hub. Quality was awarded a three-year production contract by the leading Latin American sports subscription television channel, Tigo Sports.
“By using Dejero solutions at all the soccer stadiums across El Salvador as well as our Buenos Aires hub, we have created a remote production workflow that saves a significant amount of time, resources and money,” explains Pablo Reyes, chief production officer and partner at Quality.
With a traditional workflow, an outside broadcast truck and almost all of the production crew would need to physically be touring stadiums across El Salvador for ten months of the year to cover the soccer league matches. Reyes explains why this is no longer the case: “Thanks to Dejero technology, all of the production facilities and resources remain in Quality’s Buenos Aires hub. This saves between 65% and 70% on setup time and costs, including cable installation, production crew time, travel and other expenses, as well as overall logistics.”
The new remote production model that Quality has implemented with the EnGo transmitters are easy to operate and don’t require complex set up. This enables camera operators and crews to be ready to go live within minutes of arriving on location.
Ten EnGo mobile transmitters, which have a sub-second glass-to-glass latency, are reliably transporting primary and secondary feeds from seven cameras, with two more dedicated cameras for pre- and post- match interviews, and another camera feed from a drone for aerial shots in any given stadium.
Using this new remote production model, Quality only sends the EnGo transmitters, camera operators and talent to the stadiums. And, because the devices are easy to operate and don’t require a complex setup, the camera operators and crew are ready to go live within minutes. As the EnGo provides reliable uninterrupted connectivity from any location, the producers, directors, graphics operators and technicians remain in Buenos Aires to package content for distribution from the hub.
The EnGo devices feature Dejero’s Smart Blending Technology, which aggregates multiple IP connections, including wired (broadband, fiber) and wireless (3G/4G/5G, Wi-Fi, satellite) networks. For Nacional de Fútbol de El Salvador, Quality is using six local SIM cards from multiple network carriers in each EnGo. The result is high-speed, reliable and uninterrupted connectivity, which allows the seamless transmission of broadcast-quality live video while reducing costs with production logistics. Furthermore, the EnGo has a rugged design that is robust enough to handle the inevitable heavy rainfall El Salvador’s tropical climate is renowned for.
Set up time and costs are reduced between 65%-70% when using Dejero’s technology on location at live productions.
Six Waypoint receivers, located at the Buenos Aires hub, reconstruct and decode the video feeds from Dejero transmitters. The decoded video enters a matrix to be shared with the switcher and replay systems; the packaged content is then uplinked via satellite for distribution across the Tigo Sports network.
A microphone at the hub is also connected by an XLR audio cable to a WayPoint receiver, so the director can communicate with camera operators using the EnGo IFB voice communication feature.
A CuePoint return video server sends low-latency, live program video to camera operators at the stadium to help them stay synchronized with central production during the live broadcasts.
Quality uses Dejero connectivity solutions to support top quality remote productions for over 50 broadcasters and sports federation customers worldwide, including International Federations, such as FIFA, FIBA, FINA, IWF, Rugby Europe and various world sports committees, plus many private sports promoters such as Grises Humacao and Peter Auto, on top of 35 Spanish Federations.
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Quality is an international broadcast production company based in Madrid, that provides high-tech services and solutions to a range of broadcast organizations, including sports broadcasters, media service providers and more. Since its inception, Quality has worked with and facilitated the audiovisual conversion for the ad-hoc production arm of PRISA, the world’s leading Spanish and Portuguese-language media group in the creation and distribution of content in the fields of culture, education, news and information, and entertainment. Quality has developed a solid reputation for developing different innovations for sports production especially in the field of remote production.
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