The Rugby World Cup 2015 is at its peak, gathering one of the largest TV audiences.  This year, eNCA (eNews Channel Africa) are covering the Rugby 2015 World Cup, broadcasting live from the UK to their South African audience.  The eNCA crew have been using the Quicklink Midi Backpack, a portable uplink transmission system, to send live interviews from both team players and fans back to their studio in Cape Town.

Their recent broadcast involved reporting live before, during and after the Wales vs South Africa quarter final match. Reporters Percivale Young and Natalie Powell (below) sent live footage using the Quicklink Midi Backpack outside the Twickenham stadium following Wales’s heartbreak defeat to South Africa.

   

Sean Thomas, Broadcast Deliveries Manager for eNCA explains why they have been using the Midi Backpack to cover the Rugby World Cup

“We have come to rely heavily on the Quicklink solutions for fast news coverage. Using the Quicklink Midi Backpack at the UK Stadiums have given us the opportunity to become more mobile and get fan reactions from just about anywhere. Our correspondent, Natalie Powell, was making use of public transport, and the Midi was the obvious choice for quick effective live crossings.”

 Sean added:

Excellent quality has been achieved averaging between 4 and 10mbps upload speeds, many of which are comparable to SNG van crossings.”

Designed to be the most lightweight, portable uplink encoder, with 8 integrated high gain modems and a large touchscreen, the highly resilient Midi Backpack has enabled broadcasters such as eNCA to deliver high-quality live video from anywhere, at any time. eNCA used Sony EX3 cameras for lives, previews, fan interviews and post-match crossings outside the stadiums.

Quicklink Sales Manager, Luke Griffiths comments on the broadcasters use of the unit;

eNCA have been using Quicklink bonded cellular backpacks for a number of years. They can be easily deployed and the bandwidth achieved by joining the 8 cellular connections, haVE given them a stable and reliable platform for transmitting a live video feed to their production studio in Cape Town.

The encoder has also been upgraded to the HEVC/H.265 codec, which further benefits users with reduced bandwidth costs and the ability to deliver HD content over limited bitrate connections.

Reflecting on the transmission Sean Thomas explains:

“The result of the live transmissions meant that we have international and immediate presence at the rugby world cup, following the South African fans and team.”

The Quicklink Midi Backpack is part of a live broadcasting workflow and selection of other Quicklink live encoders. For more information visit the Quicklink website: http://quicklink.tv/products/the-quicklink-midi-backpack/

 

 

Early this month Quicklink reseller DPSJ demonstrated the Quicklink TX as part of a private show. Clients, industry partners and some media journalists visited the company at their headquarters in Tokyo Japan.
DPSJ hosted the 2-day event in order to provide an opportunity to potential customers “to touch and work the solutions, check functions, performance of the product and ease of use” comments DPSJ sales and customer officer Koji Inoue.
One of the products on demonstration was the Quicklink TX, a broadcast ready, video call management system, which enables professional reception and transmission of Skype video calls through an SDI and HDMI interface. For the purpose of the demonstration, “we used Microsoft’s Surface Pro’s internal web cam as a source and the SDI output was previewed on the Blackmagic Smart View HD”, saids Koji, “Return signal came from Microsoft’s HD quality web cam that was connected to the Quicklink TX with USB or SDI signal from a video router.”
“The Quicklink TX, along with the Skype TX controller software demonstrated a professional broadcasting solution”, remarks Koji, “Our customers were taken aback by how easy it was to monitor the incoming and outgoing video and audio quality and were able to see many options of integration into their current environment including talk shows and conferences.”
Quicklink Sales Manager Sharon Howells comments on the Quicklink TX: “As the unit receives from any video-enabled skype device this can give broadcasters unrivalled access to millions of connected skype users. By opening up the demo room DPSJ were able to show the product in its full workflow and show off the many features that makes the TX so special.”
Quicklink has also released Bondio which can be used with the Quicklink TX. Bondio improves the bandwidth by bonding several Internet connections together to create one super connection. This allows the solution to be optimised even with lossy networks in order to produce a single stable, high quality transmission. This innovative software is available free of charge for a limited period with the purchase of the Quicklink Skype TX.
For more information regarding the Quicklink TX and Bondio go to: http://quicklink.tv/products/quicklinktx/ or contact reseller DPSJ at inoue@dpsj.co.jp

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DPSJ with Skype TX

The Quicklink TX has been used with great success at numerous high profile events within Tokyo.

Recent events include a private seminar hosted by DPSJ where guests from Wowza Media Systems LLC and a guest from Fukuoka were able to join the trade discussions. Koji Inoue from DPSJ explains;

The presenter from Fukuoka was unable to visit Tokyo on the day of the seminar because of his schedule, so we decided to use the Quicklink TX in order to connect him. He was able to appear in front of the audience from his home town and was able to join the live discussion in real time. It was very successful and the audience really enjoyed it.”

Koji further explains the setup for the seminar;

The remote guest presenter used his Mac laptop with the inbuilt web camera and a headset. The output from the TX unit was viewed via HDMI on a 42” HD TV at the seminar. It was really easy to set up and operate”.

The Quicklink TX is a simple plug and play machine enabling professional reception or transmission of Skype calls through the SDI/HDMI interface. As the Quicklink TX receives from any Skype video-enabled device this can give broadcasters unrivalled access to 300 million monthly connected skype users.

During the seminar, DPSJ also utilised Quicklink’s software solution called Bondio™.  Bondio™ improves the bandwidth by bonding a combination of internet connections together to create one super connection. This allows the solution to be optimised even with lossy networks in order to produce a single stable, high quality transmission. This revolutionary software is available free of charge for a limited period with the purchase of the Quicklink TX.

The Quicklink TX has also been presented recently at the Qshu Broadcasting Equipment Exhibition – QBee 2015 by DPSJ.

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eNCA (also referred to as eNews Channel Africa) is a 24-hour television news broadcaster focusing on South African and African stories. The broadcaster made history when it launched on 1 June 2008, becoming South Africa’s first 24-hour news service. eNCA have been recently reporting on Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s deteriorating health after he was admitted to a Cape Town hospital for treatment to a “persistent infection”.
Last week Tutu’s daughter Mpho held a press conference to talk about her father’s recent health developments. eNCA were given very short notice of this press conference so an SNG truck was unavailable in such a short space of time. It was decided to film and broadcast the live conference using the Quicklink Backpack in order to stream the footage onto the eNCA website.
Broadcast Deliveries Manager Sean Thomas, describes his experience on using the Quicklink Backpack

“Using the Quicklink Backpack is quick and easy . It has a fast-setup making it the best option for fast deployable news coverage.”

The Quicklink Backpack is one of the most advanced compact broadcasting solutions on the market. It allows users to bond together multiple available networks such as 3G/4G/Wi-Fi, Satellite and ADSL, in order to improve the speed and reliability of the internet network. The software automatically detects and seamlessly adjusts to suit the available network conditions whilst maintaining optimum broadcast quality.
Reflecting on the result of the transmission: Sean explains,

“We have come to rely heavily on the Quicklink solutions for fast, effective and mobile news coverage, and we have recently purchased an additional 4 units to compliment our existing Quicklink fleet.”

eNCA’s will deploy the additional units to additional bureaus in order to expand live contributions from further parts of the country.

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Friday (24th July) saw the official visit of the American President Barack Obama to the city of Nairobi in Kenya. Obama is to address the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and views on Kenya as a strategic economic and security partner for the United States. This will be Obamas fourth appointment to Africa since becoming US president, but his first to Kenya, his father’s birthplace, since taking office in 2009.

To capture the event live KTN has dispatched 4 Quicklink cellular bonding backpacks and Indigo Telecom Limited have just installed The Quicklink TX in KTN’s television broadcast studio in Nairobi.

Collins M’mudi, Broadcast Systems Manager for KTN explains why they have chosen to use the Quicklink Backpacks for the event:

“We have been using Quicklink bonded cellular backpacks for a number of years. The backpacks can be easily deployed and the bandwidth achieved by joining the 8 cellular connections gives a stable and reliable platform for transmitting a live video feed to our production studio for broadcast. This is a very efficient and cost effective way of receiving good quality live content.”

Quicklink Technical Sales Manager Luke Griffiths explains the success KTN have had in using the Quicklink equipment and what to expect from ‘The Quicklink TX’:

“KTN have always been able to produce quality live broadcasts whilst using our technology. The Quicklink Backpack is the perfect solution for capturing live breaking news. The recent installation of the Quicklink TX designed in partnership with Microsoft will now give KTN access to any video-enabled Skype device giving unrivaled access to live content. I expect to see some very engaging live interviews as of the ease this software will bring a remote guests into a live production.”

The Quicklink Backpack and the Quicklink TX is a “must have” for any broadcaster. For more information please visit www.quicklink.tv or contact local Kenyan Quicklink partner Indigo Telecom Limited.

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