Skype TX Now Available at the Vegas Video Network and Vegas Video Co-op

New Stuff at VVN/VVC

Because we spend a lot of time creating content that is interview based, we aim to ensure our interviews are top-notch, regardless of the guest’s location. And while satellite feeds or microwave relays used to be the only truly broadcast-quality option for remote interviews, that has changed.

Many folks don’t know this, but Microsoft makes a very special version of Skype, called “Skype TX”. It’s the company’s high-end, broadcast quality version of the software.

Skype TX cannot be bought by itself. It must be pre-configured on a small number of specially-configured hardware platforms. We just installed such a system.

We reconfigured our production cockpit to accommodate this new capability. The photo above give a director’s view of what we’re capable of doing:

  1. The Skype TX dedicated system with a Skype connection in progress.
  2. Via a dedicated HD-SDI cable, we receive the Skype callers signal and assign it as a camera into our Tricaster. (In the example above, we assigned it to camera 8 (and 7 for fun).)
  3. This area shows the live stream being broadcast/recorded. On the left is the in-studio camera, on the right is the Skype caller.
  4. Unlike typical remote guests, the Skype caller into our studios can SEE and HEAR the actual broadcast IN REAL TIME. They’ll know exactly when they are “on the air”, see all camera changes, and hear all music/sound effects/videos.

If you’re interested in being able to interview folks with this amazing new capability, and you’re not already a VEGAS VIDEO CO-OP Member or Vegas Video Network content provider, give us a shout. This is very cool stuff.

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