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Los Angeles-based live entertainment and media company De Tune has chosen Grass Valley’s GV AMPP cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform to support completely virtual, live event broadcasts.
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De Tune first deployed GV’s Agile Media Processing Platform to help Public School, the creative agency owned by Czarnowski Collective, to pivot to corporate theatre-style events it runs for clients in the virtual world as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In its first project with Public School, De Tune used the GV AMPP Master Control application to create a master control room in the cloud with full redundancy, accessible globally. The workflow supported three hour-long events, delivered to six countries across EMEA, the Americas, and Asia, featuring 40 presenters around the world, located in their respective homes with no on-site tech support.

Live feeds, with translations and closed captioning, were delivered to a global audience of 5000 over CDNs. Using GV AMPP Master Control, a 24-strong De Tune team, located remotely, was able to  manage 37 terabytes of live video and data in the cloud. All aspects of the continuous 24-hour broadcast were based on the Microsoft Azure and AWS platforms, bringing in live presentation streams from the UK, France, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and China.

“We wanted a truly decentralised production approach with a true engineering centrepiece that you can count on to be consistent while driving multiple outputs from a single user interface,” explained De Tune founder and CEO, Michael Thuney. “GV AMPP does that. We can use it to look at all the other aspects of the workflow to ensure they are behaving as we expect and keep pushing out content even with the inconsistencies of the internet This type of cloud-based approach is truly globalised, meets our clients’ needs even beyond the restrictions of Covid-19 and gives us more utilisation on the people and equipment; now I can have my team at home and available to work on more shows during the week.”

Johnathan Barhite, executive producer at Public School, added: “Due to Covid-19, we doubled down on our virtual events and needed the right cloud SaaS partner to come on board with us to supply the right tools to make that happen. Thanks to the combined experience of our production partners and the capability of the Grass Valley solution, we’re able to give our clients new opportunities and access to HD livestreams with full broadcast switching and graphics tied to our CDNs all via the cloud.”