CP Communications Launches Virtual Media Center and FastReturn Remote Production Platform

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida.— CP Communications, a provider of solutions and services for live event production, launched two new products for live production, the Virtual Media Center and the secure video management platform FastReturn.

Both solutions are built around WebRTC – the cloud-based technology used by Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other popular video conferencing platforms – and have been successfully used in the field at high profile events during years, including the fall 2021 editions of the TCS New York Marathon and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, CP Communications reported.

“People struggle with live video latency in remote production workflows,” explained Kurt Heitmann, CEO of CP Communications. “Advertisers can’t be far behind the action with play-by-play or analytics. With FastReturn, we use the power of the cloud to deliver streaming return video with ultra-low latency, so you can view your live production from anywhere on any device in real time.

FastReturn’s base package includes five streams and supports up to 100 users, but can be scaled to accommodate additional sources and larger teams, the company said.

Users access FastReturn content through a web browser on smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers, as well as through Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire Stick digital media players. Content is accessible through a secure customer portal (optional user pages and custom templates are also available).

The platform can ingest any H.264 Base Profile RTMP stream, supporting HD resolution and 128kbit stereo audio with bitrates up to 10Mbps with less than 400ms latency . FastReturn can also spin up edge servers around the world that are geographically closer to production to deliver even lower latency and better reliability, the company said.

Available as an ad-hoc service, the Virtual Media Center is a browser-based multi-viewer for monitoring, not retransmitting, live video signals.

Designed for use by remote journalists, it offers a variety of multi-viewer designs, ranging from simple 2- and 4-box displays to more extensive layouts based on the number of shared signals. Through a browser-based interface, media personnel can select which video streams to monitor. All models deliver video streams with secure two-step authentication and less than 400ms latency, the company said.

Beyond event coverage, the Virtual Media Center can also help with multi-camera remote production.

“For members of the media who are unable to travel to an event, or for members of the video production team who cannot be on site, the Virtual Media Center provides an effective and efficient way to monitor live action from multiple cameras,” Heitmann explained.

FastReturn is available as a monthly service or can be licensed for specific events. CP can also provide RHS CamSTREAM units and RTMP encoders for hire.

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