IBC 2016

IBC 2016: Red Hot Elemental takes virtual route to the show

Elemental has announced at IBC that it provided the encoding solution for a live streamed, 360˚ video concert. The event held in Berlin on Tuesday captured the Red Hot Chili Peppers live in concert at the Kraftwerk Berlin and gave fans at the venue and across Germany, Austria, and Switzerland an unprecedented view of the band and the event. The show was the first live concert in Germany to be delivered as a 360˚ virtual-reality streaming experience.

The concert was captured by four Nokia OZO 360˚ virtual-reality cameras, each of which included eight 2K x 2K video sensors to produce a full spherical output. An Elemental Live 4K encoder produced the live HD stream for delivery to YouTube. Viewers were able to experience the 360˚ stream on devices like the Samsung Gear VR or iOS and Android phones using Google Cardboard and the YouTube app. Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Edge browsers supported viewing in 360˚. The cameras were placed on stage with the band, in the first row, and above the audience to provide unique panoramic views of the show.

The event was staged as part of Deutsche Telekom’s Street Gigs concert series and coincided with IFA, Germany’s leading technology trade fair. Google Cardboard VR rigs were available at IFA, which increased demand for the VR content.

“The staging and the VR capture were set, but the producers were concerned that their existing solution could not encode the output to get a solid, reliable stream at a reasonable bit budget,” said Keith Wymbs, chief marketing officer, Elemental. “We have proven VR encoding solutions, running in software on standard appliances, and with just a week to go to the event we were called in.

“We shipped in equipment, proved we could deliver what we promised, and were ready to go for the gig,” Horchler added. “Providing acceptable encoding of VR content is demanding, because of the need to provide an absolutely consistent, perfectly synchronised image wherever you turn your head, but we have proven technology ready to go.”

Video production for the concert was provided by tv square together with IKARUS in cooperation with Cologne-based veedel Media. The four OZO cameras were switched live, with the output fed to an Elemental Live encoder.

Elemental at IBC 2016

At IBC, Elemental is demonstrating its full product suite as well as a host of Amazon Web Services’ offerings for media and entertainment broadcast and OTT applications at stand 5.C80. Elemental highlighting powerful encoding that allows for creation and delivery of UHD HEVC outputs in real time for immersive virtual reality applications.

Unified Video Infrastructure:

  • High Bitrate Encoding – Support for high-quality HEVC 4:2:2 10-bit encoding at up to 80 Mbps or AVC 
High 4:2:2 Intra Profile 10-bit encoding to enable content origination workflows.
  • DVB/DTH Linear Solution – Reference architecture demonstrates end-to-end linear DVB-S/S2 broadcast to set-top boxes paired with multiscreen distribution. A unified headend solution enables customers to deploy 24/7 linear services quickly and with reduced risk.
  • Live Channel Playout – A software-based approach to linear 24/7 broadcast channel creation with dynamic content control and motion graphic overlay reduces video workflow complexity, improves resiliency and lowers operational costs.

o Dynamic Content Control – Seamless input switching between real-time inputs and file-based assets, regardless of resolution or frame rate eases the path to linear 24/7 channel creation, including s