Twice a week, the realitity TV show “Live PD” offers viewers a live, unfettered and unfiltered look inside America’s busiest police departments and the communities they patrol. The three-hour show covers officers in seven cities, with as many as 40 live video feeds coming into a New York-based control room at A&E headquarters.
“Live PD” is the first show of its kind to capture and stream live video of police officers on patrol, using bonded cellular technology with dash cams as well as fixed-rig and handheld cameras. With this large quantity of feeds, traditional satellite or microwave links were not only cost-prohibitive, but did not give the production team the mobility and flexibility needed to execute the show’s vision. Also, one of the biggest problems was getting the multicams in each location to sync up without delays and lip-sync problems. “Live PD” is the first prime-time entertainment television program to push the capabilities of this technology well beyond that of a typical stationary news report.
PRO180 & QUAD: the best option
With this large quantity of feeds, the solution was bonded cellular technology, which bonds any available combination of network interfaces including local cellular for high-quality and reliable video transmission links. Several bonded cellular systems were tested, but none of them could handle the multi camera and multi-location format of the show, except AVIWEST. The PRO180 uplink system emerged as the best option.
After a battery of testing, the AVIWEST DMNG system proved its ability to transmit video and audio from up to five cameras in close proximity with perfect lip-sync and video synchronization between all cameras.
Perfect video & lip-synchronization
The series deploys 42 PRO180-RA bonded cellular transmitters, including one for each of the three HD cameras in every patrol car, two additional camera operators and an over-head drone that covers action outside the vehicle.
Additionally, the team has installed AVIWEST QUAD External Antenna units to each patrol car for even faster network acquisition and greater signal resilience.
Throughout the show, the PROs feed up to four video channels and eight audio channels of live, high-quality video back to the control room in New York from every patrol car in all seven cities. In the control room, 9 StreamHub Transceivers receive the live video feeds and delivers them to air for the live broadcast.
AVIWEST was the only one solution that could really help us accomplish our creative goals for the show.
Dan Cesareo, Founder and owner of Big Fish Entertainment
LAKE FOREST, California — February 14, 2017