The use of file-based workflows has become a standard at remote-production compounds across North America and all over the world, allowing remote sites to exchange files among multiple trucks at a time or even with a home broadcast facility thousands of miles away. Nowhere is this workflow more prevalent than in the International Broadcast Centers (IBCs) that pop up every two years at the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
“One of our goals at the Olympics this year was to be able to do more for less,” said Mike Jackman, VP, business development, Brevity. “With that in mind, we were able to maintain a very high resolution in the file as we moved it. We were compressing it down, but that high visual quality was then re-created on the other end — either as a transcoded [file] or in its original format.
“For NBC, that allowed them to save about 50% of the bandwidth,” he added. “There were days where 300-400 GBs or more were moved, but the actual bandwidth that we needed was equivalent to about 150 GB. That allowed them to use that [extra] bandwidth to do more elsewhere.”