Store & Forward Recording: Your Best Defense Against Urban Legend Video

November 25, 2014

So you’re producing a live shot for a breaking news event and all is going well—until the microwave or satellite link degrades and takes the picture quality with it. Not only do you have to go live with a pixelated, poor-quality feed on the air, but the footage takes on a life of its own when it lands in the news pool. And now it still pops up online, on other networks' broadcasts, everywhere—pixel-poor quality and all.

This poor-quality video is the stuff that urban legends are built upon—and probably not the artistic touch you were looking for.  So what is your best bet for avoiding this scenario?

Blended wireless technology with Store & Forward capabilities can help you get out of some serious jams and help you avoid creating one of these “urban legend” videos. 

Store & Forward works using two encoders: one streams live and the other records the stream. Regardless of the available bandwidth, the stream is stored on the hard drive with the same pristine quality as the output of the camera.

Operating Modes Chart. Use Live Broadcasting for live broadcasts on-air and online. Use Store & Forward when a love feed is not required, or when bandwidth is limited or not available. Use Live and Store & Forward when network bandwidth is limited but you need to broadcast live.

Suppose you're doing a live shot or a pool feed and there's a glitch in the transmission… for later broadcasts, you don't have to rely on the live feed that was recorded on the server back in the studio. Instead, you have that beautiful, high-quality recording that was stored on the transmitter's hard drive. When the live shot is done, you can use the transmitter to send the recorded footage back to the station immediately via FTP for playout to air, maybe even while the newscast is still underway.

And voila! No more “urban legend” videos sullying the airways.

Get to know what Store & Forward can do and you’ll quickly realize that it can be a real lifesaver in your broadcasting toolbox. For example, maybe you're out in the field capturing big chunks of behind-the-scenes footage for a high-profile event and you don't want to max out your camcorder's hard drive cards. If the blended wireless transmitter has adequate hard disk storage, you can record the video there instead. At the same time, you can be live-transmitting the video back to the station where it can be logged and tracked by news personnel—a big timesaver that allows them to plan ahead for a later newscast and choose the segments from your recording to be edited and aired.

Or, if you have a limited feed back to the station (and you have ample time), you could store large blocks of video and then select the best clips and shorter lengths of footage on location to send back to the station.

Want to be a hero to your creative services team? Try using Store & Forward to record a teaser video. When you’re done, send the file to the team and you can move on with the rest of your day.

Regardless of the situation, there are plenty of ways Store & Forward can get you out of a jam or make life a whole lot easier.

The takeaway? In breaking news or pool feed situations make sure you never transmit a live shot without also simultaneously recording the video. Consider looking for a blended wireless solution with a transmitter that can store at least 20 hours of HD video.

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