Fast Video is a small television production company in Florence, Italy. For the most part, we produce news as ENG for Sky TG24, Mediaset and La7, three large Italian television networks. We’re also beginning to collaborate on a few talk show projects with La7 and Rai. Because of the nature of our programming, we are frequently in the field, and often conducting live remotes—our clients expect them to be engaging, with low delay and, most importantly, high broadcast quality.
Our remote equipment is an essential part of our toolkit. We use Comrex’s LiveShot every time we need to establish a remote link. We prefer to use 4G modems, usually two at a time, but in some cases we use KaSat with dedicated bandwidth. Because we like to keep our equipment load on the field as light as possible, we prefer LiveShot for field remotes. We also use LiveShot to support large video productions from field to studio using an intermediary hub. The latency on our LiveShot, especially with 4G modems, is always extremely low, and we know we can guarantee a good conversation between the field and the studio.
LiveShot has two-way audio and video capabilities, which is one of the major reasons we use it. This could be a major bandwidth concern, but even when broadcasting in two directions, latency remains low and quality stays high. We’ve found that having those tools in the field makes LiveShot irreplaceable!
Lapo Guidi is a cameraman and editor at Fast Video.