Case Studies

NEP Selects V-Station®HD Studio4 For Use On CBS TV Show “The Talk”

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APPLICATION
Multi-Channel line-cut proxy recording of network TV show.

PRINCIPAL SYSTEM COMPONENTS
FutureVideo V-Station HD Studio4 Multi-Channel DVR System.

USER EXPERIENCE
Broadcast engineering services behemoth NEP provides the production services for the television show “The Talk” airing daily on CBS. It’s shot in a sound stage on the CBS lot in Studio City, California (once the home of Republic Pictures).

The Workflow Bottleneck
As one of his daily tasks, NEP engineer Jason Celek burned and distributed low-resolution SD copies of show episodes on DVD to various production and network departments. He sought a way to replace the inefficient optical-based system with an advanced yet affordable file-based proxy HD recording solution.

V-Station HD Solution
Celek’s evaluation of FutureVideo’s V-Station HD Multi-Channel/Multi-Stream DVR Systems convinced him the Studio4 model would meet his needs and provide additional capabilities that would be quite useful.

With NEP’s newly acquired V-Station HD Studio4 system installed, Celek gained the ability to simultaneously record up to 4 video feeds, but uses 3 in the application at this time. He assigned Channel 1 to record the line-cut with a window-burn of LTC. Channel 2 records the same feed without the time code burn. Channel 3 was set to record the same “line-cut” signal at a low 6Mb/sec rate (for reduced file size) which is then shunted off to the network as the show’s “return feed.”

Though V-Station HD can record full 1080p 60fps HD at high bit rates, Celek opted to use its lower resolution and lower bit rate settings to make the proxies. These became immediately distributeable, without format conversion, thanks to V-Station HD’s H.264 MP4 file-based recording technology and its FTP site uploader. Studio4’s Project & Media Asset Management software enabled the entire process to be efficiently controlled and for desired content to be easily located.

The Bottom Line
NEP’s V-Station HD Studio4 system enabled them to save time and reduce workflow steps, while speeding up access to the show’s content. Plus, Studio4 provided them with a cost-effective way to record 4-cam HD rehearsals, which the show’s Producers can access at will through DropBox.

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SouthWest Dealer Services Achieves Dramatic Video Training Productivity Boost With V-Station®HD

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APPLICATION
Multi-Camera/multi-Room training.

PRINCIPAL SYSTEM COMPONENTS
V-Station HD Studio Multi-Channel Production DVR System, 4 x Canon camcorders, Video Projector

USER EXPERIENCE
Irvine, California-based SouthWest Dealer Services conducts specialized courses for retail automotive industry sales people. Role playing, an integral part of the week-long course, is captured on multiple video cameras in different training rooms.​ Upon completion, the students are each provided with a video of their course activity–including their individual practice sessions and critiques.

The Workflow Bottleneck
SouthWest needed a way to improve training results and overcome inefficiencies in their course-produced videos. Workflow was clearly a problem. A V-Station HD Studio Multi-Channel DVR System proved it could satisfy both needs. A test run convincingly demonstrated how unnecessarily convoluted their existing workflow of capturing, editing, and converting video truly was. Until then, Training Manager Peter Velau had been burning the footage taken from each of the 4 camcorders onto DVDs, then from the DVDs to a Window’s PC editing system (Microsoft Movie Maker and Roxio, each for different purposes), then converted the video back to DVD format, and finally burned the edited version onto a new DVD. He would then mail the DVD to the student. All this took about two days of Velau’s time and he was overdue for a more efficient solution.

The V-Station HD Solution
According to Peter, “We developed a top-notch training curriculum. But, I had to find a better way of handling the video observation & analysis aspect. It was tedious! V-Station HD seemed to provide the capabilities and features I sought–in one system. Once our V-Station HD Studio system was operational, I was amazed at how much time I saved. Now, I’m able to edit and process student performance during session breaks. When the course concludes, I’m able to place a USB thumb drive with the V-Station HD-produced content in the students’ hands as they exit our facility. We then send duplicates to our field support team to guide them with student follow-up.”

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SouthWest Dealer Services Training Facility

The Bottom Line
With V-Station HD Studio, Southwest Dealers Services was able to radically simplify their workflow. Tasks that had taken days now take hours. Plus, the finished video content is immediately available to their students.

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USC Selects V-Station®HD Pro4 Plus For Facebook Live Event

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APPLICATION
Multi-Cam recording and Facebook live streaming of presentation.

PRINCIPAL SYSTEM COMPONENTS
FutureVideo V-Station HD Pro4 Plus Multi-Channel Production DVR System (HDMI), Teradek VidiU broadcast streamer

USER EXPERIENCE
USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering planned to shoot their largest on-campus event—“Discover USC!”—with multiple camera angles and broadcast the production to Facebook Live.

The Workflow Bottleneck
USC needed a way to enable those not in the auditorium to instant message questions to Undergraduate Admissions Director Paul Ledesma through Facebook. With support from Louise Yates, Sr. Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at USC Viterbi, Producer Daniel Druhora took up the challenge. Druhora was confident FutureVideo’s V-Station HD Pro4 Plus Multi-Channel DVR System, combined with a Teradek VidiU broadcast streaming device, would accomplish the task.

The V-Station HD Solution
“V-Station HD made it possible to broadcast 4-channels simultaneously, including channels dedicated to sound and the presenter’s deck,” said Druhora. “Bringing all those elements together with the power to broadcast HD wirelessly was the magic formula.”

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Daniel Druhora operating the V-Station HD Pro4 Plus while monitoring the live stream on Facebook Live with his smart phone

With students Victoria Stein and Tiana Lowe on the Blackmagic pocket cinema, the Canon 7D, and the Canon Vixia; and Simone Attenni as audio engineer, Druhora directed the 90-minute production from the V-Station HD multi-view control panel.

The V-Station HD’s built-in multi-cam switcher provided Druhora with the artistic freedom to direct the event by switching between camera angles during the live presentation. In addition, V-Station HD created a “line-cut” recording that later was uploaded to a ftp site immediately after wrapping. All the camera angles were recorded synchronously—giving Druhora the option of re-creating the shoot and re-editing the camera angles in his NLE software.

The Bottom Line
“Getting personalized attention from Team FutureVideo made all the difference,” said Druhora.

NOTE
V-Station HD Pro series models now feature built-in live line-cut streaming; V-Station HD Studio series models now feature built-in live multiple streaming and live line-cut streaming. Costly external streaming devices are unnecessary. Learn more: VS-HD Multi-Streaming Tech Brief.

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City of Chino Hills Selects V-Station®HD Systems To Record Community Events

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APPLICATION
Multi-camera recording of City Council proceedings and community events for upload to the city’s website.

PRINCIPAL SYSTEM COMPONENTS
FutureVideo V-Station HD Studio Multi-Channel DVR System (HDMI), FutureVideo V-Station HD Field Multi-Channel DVR System (HDMI).

USER EXPERIENCE
The City of Chino Hills is a young, progressive community located in south-eastern Orange County, California.

The Workflow Bottleneck
Community Relations Manager Valerie McClung and Video Production Manager Robert Wells, needed an efficient means to do multi-camera recording of City Council sessions, interviews, and community events. Their single-cam capability was mostly limited to recording City Council sessions. They envisioned one system being hard-wired into the city’s new Community Events Center building. The other would be deployed in City Council chambers as needed and stored when not.

The V-Station HD Solution
McClung and Wells discovered V-Station HD while attending a Technology Showcase event put on by one of FutureVideo’s local pro video resellers. FutureVideo had been asked to conduct a presentation about multi-cam video production at the event and had a demo V-Station HD Studio System on hand to provide immersion into V-Station HD’s technology. It quickly became apparent to them that both V-Station HD systems’ capacity to quickly upload a production to the city’s website was a very important plus. After putting an evaluation system through its paces, the City of Chino Hills authorized the purchases.

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Robert Wells operating V-Station HD Studio during an interview in the City Council chamber.

The Bottom Line
V-Station HD Studio & Field Systems provided the range of event recording capabilities the city needed configured around V-Station HD technology.