Overview

Overview

For the past two decades, Paul Wood has been broadcasting live productions and working for clients ranging from the Oklahoma City Thunder and Bass Pro, to local high schools and churches. Learn how Teradek helps him produce live streams with 100% confidence using Teradek Prism Mobile and Teradek Core Cloud.

Challenge

Challenge

Paul Wood, owner and CEO of Paul Wood Tech (PWoodTech.com), streams live sports,  memorial services, corporate events, church events, and special events. For Paul, a reliable internet connection is critical to his business. Before he was introduced to network bonding, the encoder feature that allows users to combine the bandwidth of multiple internet connections simultaneously, Paul understood the stress of live streaming with only a single source of connection – and what happens when that one line gets cut. He needed an encoder that could bond together multiple network connections without draining his battery – while being able to withstand difficulties such as:

🚫 Local Internet Outages / Slow LTE Speeds
🚫 Unreliable Venue Internet
🚫 Lengthy Productions Without Stoppage
🚫 Run-And-Gun Camerawork
🚫 Tough Terrain In Remote Productions

In the past, Paul experienced first-hand what happens when you have a single point of failure without a backup plan – recalling an event that he still thinks about almost a decade later.

Field-ready durability makes Prism Mobile ideal for any streaming location

Field-ready durability makes Prism Mobile ideal for any streaming location

Prism Mobile's low power consumption lets Paul stream for hours without changing the battery

Prism Mobile's low power consumption lets Paul stream for hours without changing the battery

Solution

Solution

Paul switched to Prism Mobile, a camera-back encoder that enables network bonding of up to nine network connections – including Ethernet, WiFi 6, three LTE modems, and four cellphone hotspots. Its low-SWaP (Size Weight and Power) design allows him to stream for several hours without changing batteries. And with Core Cloud, Teradek’s cloud-based IP video management platform, Paul quickly routes his streams to multiple destinations, checks on the stream health of his modems, and bonds together multiple network connections for rock-solid reliability from even the most challenging of streaming locations.

Technical Requirements:


✅ HD-SDI 1080i60 Input and 1080p29.97 H.264 Output
✅ Dual Ethernet for Bonding
✅ LTE/Hotspot for Bonding
✅ SRT Encoding
✅ Low Latency
✅ Mountable to Anton/Bauer Gold & V-Mount Batteries
✅ QoS for Stream Health Monitoring 
✅ Phone App Functionality
✅ File Storage/Distribution
✅ Local Recording 
✅ Cloud Archiving

Outcome

Outcome

With Prism Mobile and Core, Paul saw improvements in battery consumption, mobility, reliability, stream health visibility, and audio equipment performance. Here are 9 ways Teradek helps Paul Wood take on new and repeat gigs with full confidence.


#1: Tech Support:

  • “I enjoy knowing that I can take a solid piece of gear with me on the field. I’m looking for reliability, and if there’s ever an issue, your tech support has always been good with getting back to us.”

#2: Cloud Footage Quality:

  • “The footage that we recorded looked good and sounded great. The quality was where I could pull it off the cloud with Core, and edit that footage…and I didn’t need an SD card in the camera.”

#3: Remote Monitoring:

  • “When filming interviews, or just getting footage out in the field, you can let your client / decision-maker view what you're doing in real-time with Prism Mobile and Core. That way, if you need to do the shot differently, or need to get one more take, you’re already getting their approval before the SD card is back in the computer.”

#4: Minimal Gear Needed:

  • “We used the Prism Mobile recently at a live event for a high school concert. It’s easy to use. I brought the camera, battery, encoder, and my phone. That’s it—barebones, run and gun. I made sure the audio was good, put the phone in my pocket, and I just focused on filming and recording.”

#5 Bonding:

  • “Now that I have bonding, I don't have to log out and log back in. Everything is seamless, my connection is stable, and my shows are excellent.”
  • “Once we’ve tested bonding, and I know it works, my streaming connection is now the least of my worries. I’m trusting my gear and keeping an eye on things, but I can just focus on the show at-hand.”

#6: Metrics Visibility:

  • “With Core, I get more metrics than I did from my previous encoder solution, telling me Card 1 is doing this, Card 2 is doing that – all in one nice graph.”

#7: Field-Ready Durability:

  • “Some of the encoders I’ve used in the past have cheap plastic. I have a feeling they’re gonna break, so I’d never take those out on the field. That’s not the case with this device. Prism Mobile is a solid product that’s made well.”

#8: Low-SWaP Design:

  • “The low-power consumption is great. Prism Mobile is very low-power, especially while using two modems. I could go for 2-3 hours without having to change batteries. For a comparison, with my previous encoder, I was lucky to get 45 minutes to an hour. And when I used a bigger battery that lasted longer, the camera became very off-balance.”
  • “We always have to have power on-hand. Low power consumption means we can go further in the field and be mobile for longer without having to worry about battery. It’s just one less thing we have to worry about.”

#9: Restreaming and Graphics:

  • “I like to use Core to restream out to Youtube, Facebook, and Custom CDN Servers, as well as adding simple graphics.”

Find out how Teradek can help your organization

Find out how Teradek can help your organization

Teradek works with organizations to help them improve their broadcast operations. To find a custom solution for you, get in touch with one of our workflow experts. Or, head over to our Prism Series page to learn more about our flagship encoder/decoder solution.


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