What is Remote Production?

Remote production—also referred to as REMI, REMote Integration, or at-home production—is a workflow in which live event content is captured and sent via IP links to a centralized production facility where the final program is produced and distributed.

While some live events may reign supreme among traditional TV audiences, advances in broadcast technology are paving the way for more diversified live online content. As the demand for live events continues to grow, so does the need for broadcasters to produce content that’s as thrilling and action-packed as the concert, game, or competition itself—all while minimizing costs and maximizing resources.

REMI workflows

Remote production (REMI) for live, multi-camera events is gaining momentum, with workflow approaches including in-studio and cloud-based production.

In-studio production

In-studio live production involves encoding Serial Digital Interface (SDI) feeds in the field, transporting them to the studio over IP, and converting them back to SDI feeds. Traditional SDI-based systems manage and produce content as if the cameras were within the same facility as the production crew. With REMI, broadcasters can leverage a single production system to work on multiple events in different venues rather than sending an OB truck, crew, and equipment to each event.

Cloud-based production

Cloud-based production involves live production migration from systems on-premises to cloud-based platforms where they can be offered as Software as a service (SaaS). The SDI feeds in the field are encoded and streamed to platforms where produced feeds are fed to cloud-based Over-the-Top (OTT) delivery platforms. 

Top 5 benefits of remote production

Remote production can improve how broadcasters work, allocate resources, and manage teams. Here are five reasons why broadcasters should consider REMI. 

Reduce costs

With less headcount and equipment travelling back and forth, you can keep your resources in-house to reduce costly travel and shipping expenses. 

Leverage existing infrastructure

Use existing infrastructure to produce live events by transmitting data to your control centers and thus scale back on the infrastructure needed on premise. 

Improve agility and flexibility

Create unique workflows by accessing a deeper pool of talent and capabilities, allocating resources more efficiently, and enabling more people to work remotely. 

Remove geographic barriers

Remove geographic limitations and improve remote collaboration, so hosts, guests, correspondents, and staff can be located anywhere.

Deliver more live content

Reuse equipment across venues to cover multiple events within the same day, increase coverage of live events, and reach a wider audience.