Tennessee’s Cleveland High School is home to a student-run broadcast program that live-streams football games to a tight-knit community. With a multicamera workflow that includes an unmanned aerial vehicle and wireless cameras, the students manage a polished production.
“In the past, we’ve had a digital output HDMI through a converter, encoded it in the laptop, and then streamed it out over a hotspot,” says Jon Souders, Cleveland High digital media instructor.
After doing some research, Souders decided to invest in Teradek’s VidiU Pro. As a turnkey streaming solution with enhanced Wi-Fi and built-in recording, the students could use the encoder to deliver live video in full HD.
“With the VidiU Pro, there’s no computer to boot up and there’s basically no footprint in our production trailer,” notes Souders. “We’ve gone from a 15-inch laptop to this tiny box. And with the ShareLink feature, you have multiple connections, so the stream still runs even if one connection is having issues.”
By using ShareLink, they were able to combine multiple Internet connections—Ethernet, Wi-Fi, USB modems—to maximize streaming quality and reliability during the games.
“We’re bringing our community together and generating interest in the game. For our students, ensuring a confident broadcast is important to them because it really showcases the hard work they’ve put into the production. It all comes down to our output, and with Teradek’s ShareLink technology, we know we’re pushing a really sharp HD stream that’s more reliable for all of our viewers.”