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JPEG XS to help the deployment of remote video review solutions for Video Assistant Referees (VAR)

Article from intoPIX

Fri 25, 06 2021

VAR match officials can now work remotely from any location, with no latency thanks to JPEG XS !

Spurred on by the COVID-19 pandemic, intoPIX with all its customers and partners have devoted time and energy to develop and deploy a remote video access and cloud-based solution with zero latency and very high image quality.

With intoPIX JPEG XS software-based or hardware-based solutions, it is possible to import or export remotely high-quality live video streams without any latency to your TV facility, the public cloud (like AWS) with high reliability and near-zero latency, with manageable bandwidth requirements. It enables to reinvent VAR. This new way of working will have a significant impact on the required size of the broadcast infrastructure and will thus allow significant cost reductions.

When using VAR at sporting events such as premium football, an OB van is usually assigned to the stadium with several people inside. Existing remote VAR rooms are also available but expensive to connect to the stadium. With very low-complexity compression technologies such as intoPIX’s JPEG XS solutions and the ability to send many streams over the network, VAR is becoming cheaper to set up remotely and is now accessible to federations that could not afford to use VAR previously.

Remote Production with JPEG XS offers many additional benefits : Staff, Equipment, Transport, …

Let’s focus on a standard weekend, where there are usually about ten football matches played! With remote production, it is no longer necessary to send as many teams to each of the match cities with all their own equipment. With this new way of working, it is only necessary to send one team to a fixed office pre-equipped with all the necessary material. This single team can then manage several matches over the weekend.

In addition to limiting the number of people and equipment needed, the number of travels is drastically reduced. This results in huge cost and environmental reductions.

People did not wait for the current pandemic to start working on remote production concepts, but COVID-19 has changed people’s mindset irrevocably. More and more of broadcasters are actively looking for remote solutions to reduce the need for their staff to travel. Overall COVID-19 has been a trigger for most organizations to seriously consider remote-based or cloud-based workflows for the future.

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