Audio Networking in TV Production: Why haven’t we been using this before?
BroadcastBeat.com reports that IT and broadcast convergence immediately summons visions of video and audio signals moving across the workflow and infrastructure of a TV facility. A quickly escalating number of facilities are transitioning from purely baseband distribution to audio over IP networking, efficiently routing multichannel signals between control rooms, production spaces and technical operations with a minimum of cables and connections.
The value of digital media networking in television extends beyond the traditional studio facility, however. Increasingly, production companies are relying on these networks to increase efficiencies across the production and post cycle, from set up to tear down – vastly reducing the labor associated with TV production.
This is extremely helpful for companies like Rush Street Productions, the producers of the TV show. Now in its second season on CBS Sports Network, Rush Street Productions travels around the country with two flypacks – one dedicated to video and the other to audio. The transition to digital media networking has simplified setup for multi-camera shoots, taking as little as 30 minutes. This efficiency is a big boost given their hectic shooting and post-production schedule. In addition to their travel schedule, the team also shoots a new episode every week.