LinkedIn Learning upgrades with Rohde & Schwarz VENICE 4K and HD/SD video servers; LinkedIn Proper employs VENICE for ingest and playout

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Columbia, Md. — For more than 20 years, LinkedIn Learning (formerly known as Lynda.com) has produced thousands of hours of high-resolution video tutorials for it’s more than 7,000 courses for business, software, technology and creative skills. To keep up with the ever-increasing demand, producers with the LinkedIn Live Action Production team knew they needed to streamline and upgrade their workflow to record and distribute such copious quantities of content in 4K and HD video.

They selected R&S VENICE 4K and VENICE 2U ingest and playout platforms for live capture and delivery of the network’s instructional programming to its internal SAN (storage area network) for editorial and distribution. LinkedIn Learning has 12 channels of R&S VENICE 4K and 12 channels of R&S VENICE 2U in-studio recording from its 12 stages in Carpinteria, CA and newly added stage in New York City. Green screen and live video capture are produced daily within the LinkedIn Learning stages.

LinkedIn Learning studio during production

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The Live Action Recording team of LinkedIn Learning captures the content of instructors and their instructional material via HD and 4K cameras and recording gear. LinkedIn Learning provides video instruction on a subscription basis in the areas of business, creative and technology, as taught by expert instructors.

“When we were first looking for a solution, Rohde & Schwarz was the first to come out with a live, 4K ingestsystem,” said Bob Bender, Senior Manager of Live Action Production, LinkedIn. “We knew of the company’s reputation for top-notch support and technology, particularly for live encoding. We couldn’t be happier with their performance. They’ve extended our production capabilities and made the overall flow of our operation much smoother.”

The particular day-to-day benefits of R&S VENICE that Bender points out is the ease of use of the system’s GUI and the server functionality: “It’s very easy to navigate and efficient. We appreciate that the complete R&S VENICE as a system a great deal, especially when you’re on the platform as much as we are.”

The LinkedIn Learning division is not the only part of LinkedIn using R&S VENICE. The LinkedIn Media Production team, who support live broadcast and studio based video production within the company, has 14 channels of R&S VENICE 2U units for studio, live ingest and playout from its multiple locations including mobile systems. Triggered by a Grass Valley production switcher, 14 channels of HD video from the R&S VENICE systems, store, playout and transcode content that includes live content, corporate training, internal & public facing video production initiatives.

LinkedIn studio

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R&S VENICE 4K is a future-ready, versatile ingest and playout platform for highly efficient TV production workflows up to 4K UHD-1. It manages classic video server tasks such as HD-SDI ingest, studio and channel playout as well as file-based tasks such as file import, transcoding and media transfer operations. R&S VENICE 4K was specifically designed to meet the challenges posed by high-resolution live production, content creation and distribution applications.

R&S VENICE 2U is a future-ready video server for highly optimized file-based TV production workflows. It manages classic video server tasks such as HD-SDI ingest and studio playout combined with intelligent file-based features like file ingest, transcoding and media transfer operations.

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