NAB NY 2019: CP Communications To Emphasize Automated News Production, Live Content Acquisition

CP Communications will emphasize key AI, bonded cellular, and content acquisition solutions from its Red House Streaming (RHS) family at NAB New York this month. CP Communications exhibits at Booth N910 at NAB New York, which takes place from October 16-17 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan.

CP Communications last year launched its RHS brand to accommodate the convergence of IP, cloud and bonded cellular technologies in live broadcast and production. The family is anchored by the company’s homegrown range of RHS STREAM production packages, which comprise four options to cover single-camera shoots and multi-camera productions, and stream this content in real-time to multiple viewing platforms. All STREAM production and streaming packages feature encoding and decoding technology from Mobile Viewpoint, a Netherlands-based developer of IP solutions for Media & Entertainment companies. CP Communications is the exclusive distributor of Mobile Viewpoint products in the United States.

At NAB New York, CP Communications’ booth will showcase Mobile Viewpoint’s now-shipping VPilot automated studio production solution. CP Communications’ Production STREAM, a multi-camera content acquisition and live streaming system from the RHS STREAM family, will be highlighted in a production van in the MultiDyne booth. VPilot will capture automated production on a live set at the booth, with news and sports content streamed to and from the Production STREAM system. Mobile Viewpoint’s LinkMatrix web-based control and management software will enable connectivity between the two systems, using cloud-based transcoding to ensure compliance between the sources and streaming destinations.

“CP Communications has led the industry in RF-based live content acquisition for almost three decades, specializing in video and audio coverage for many of the world’s largest sports events,” said Kurt Heitmann, CEO, CP Communications. “In alignment with the industry’s shift toward IP and cloud-based workflows, we have aggressively adopted IP and bonded cellular technologies for our own projects and innovated new solutions that our broader customer base can benefit from. At NAB New York, we will focus on cost-effective, networked solutions to benefit news production workflows, at-home productions, and other remote content acquisition and live broadcast needs.”

Automated News and Live Content Acquisition
The VPilot automated studio solution provides broadcasters with an intelligent, cost-effective solution to automate live news and sports desk programming. The VPilot platform integrates Mobile Viewpoint’s Virtual Director software, which employs AI technology to autonomously and accurately capture news and sports anchors in the studio, and then automatically switch between this content and live interviews from the field. CP Communications will equip the VPilot set with four PTZ cameras and a Dante audio network, with VPilot’s voice and facial recognition technologies automatically switching, controlling and analyzing video and audio signals captured through Production STREAM.

Production STREAM is the largest of four packages comprising CP Communications’ RHS STREAM production solutions, and can accommodate productions with up to seven cameras and live streaming support. Introduced at the 2019 NAB Show, the compact studio-in-a-box system integrates Mobile Viewpoint encoding and decoding, Simplylive video switching, bi-directional Dante audio networking, and Dante-enabled stageboxes and audio mixers. Production STREAM provides the flexibility for local or remote camera control, both enabled through a browser-based interface and accessible through Mobile Viewpoint’s TerraLink-M encoder.

The RHS brand represents CP Communications’ strategic direction as both a supplier and service provider, with options to rent or purchase any of the four RHS STREAM packages. All RHS STREAM packages are simple to deploy and control, with set up completed in a matter of minutes. The result is a range of scalable, cost-effective solutions for remote and at-home productions that eliminates expensive system design and specification, integration and commissioning requirements.