D2 Productions Launches At-Home Production Service ‘Journey Connect’
D2 Productions has launched Journey Connect, its breakthrough at-home production service. Journey Connect is a comprehensive suite of technologies that integrates with the customer’s existing conventional production facilities to link together home and remote locations.
Journey Connect is built upon the success of Journey Transport, D2’s next-generation IP transmission protocol, which delivers multiple channels of perfectly synchronized video over the internet. It excels at high-motion, low-latency broadcast quality encoding and decoding.
Journey Transport’s performance is unequalled in the often troublesome first-mile connection. Requiring minimal on-site setup, it easily traverses firewalls and adapts to variable network conditions, without the need for special firewall rules or port forwarding.
Journey Connect is much more than video transmission, however. The system provides an internet “wormhole” for all essential production functions, including full audio embedding and mixing, intercom, IFB, talkback, return video, tally lights, scoreboard data, and more. Journey Connect is offered as a managed service; D2 actively configures and monitors all systems during every transmission, while the customer is free to focus on their production.
“The efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the at-home production model has transformed the sports production industry. However, until now, significant up-front development and implementation costs have limited the use of this leading-edge technology to only the largest networks and sports organizations,” says David Walzer, D2 Productions General Partner. “There’s simply nothing else on the market today that compares to Journey Connect in its ability to not only deliver video, but also provide all the behind-the-scenes functionality required by a typical sports production.”
As a full-service production company in its own right, D2 recently employed Journey Connect to successfully produce a series of Major League Lacrosse games airing on the Lax Sports Network. The games originated in Atlanta and Charlotte, and were produced at D2’s Hudson MA facilities.
“D2 has been a great partner for the Lax Sports Network, and when they came to us with their Journey Connect solution, we were excited to try it out. We were very happy with what they were able to accomplish,” says Chris Day, Director of Broadcast & Digital Media for LSN. “The quality of production was the same as if we had sent a full crew to the game but they were able to control the cost to meet our budget. We look forward to using Journey Connect on more of our remote broadcasts going forward.”
Now in its 20th year, D2 Productions offers a full line of live event video production and transmission services. Facilities and services include mobile units, flypacks, satellite uplink trucks, IP transmission services, event packaging, studio facilities, field production, and postproduction. D2 has a wide range of clientele from the worlds of sports, entertainment, business, and education. The company’s headquarters are located in Hudson, MA.