NiTRo bases its eSports products on AJA technology

Japanese production company NTV Technical Resources (NiTRo) combined his broadcasting experience with skills in television production, post-production and CGI to launch M-CUBE Studio with the help of technology. AJA.

Sports are growing in popularity due to many factors, from technological advancements that have improved the quality of modern gaming experiences to the proliferation of streaming platforms.

Located in NiTRo's Tokyo facility, the virtual production studio now supplies state-of-the-art esports products to some of Japan's biggest gaming leagues. The NiTRo team is integrated to support the coding and routing needs of growing products recorders/streamers H.264 Aja Hello Plus Y Routers 3G-SDI AJA KUMO 6464 en su tube M-CUBE.

To introduce the M-CUBE, NiTRo initially used an old online editing room that was renovated and renovated using existing equipment. Since its opening, the studio has been used for several sports league productions and broadcasts of international motorsport events, small-scale events and corporate online seminars.

NTV Technical Resources (NiTro)

Improvement of facilities

In order to improve his facilities and increase the number of users he could support, he started planning to upgrade. Their main goal with the update was to create an optimized environment for sports streaming that was accessible to even the most novice user. Also taken into account Signal stability And this Ability to display content from remote participants (including on-screen graphics) allows streaming to multiple Content Delivery Networks (CTNs) in real-time.

After the renovation, the M-CUBE studio now has a sub-control room, an equipment room, a writing room, two changing rooms and three production backdrops (white, dark blue and simple green chroma); This system makes it easy for the announcer and commentator to be in the studio while players participate online. If required, NiTRo's CG department is also available for M-CUBE products.

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NTV Technical Resources (NiTro)M-CUBE Workflow Center includes Telestream Wirecast Pro streaming software, which is used throughout NiTRo Studio. A group-selected backup encoder Aja Hello Plus, it supports SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs and can simultaneously record and transmit signals up to 1080 60p to a CDN. This has allowed NiTRo Sends to two destinations at once With individual settings for each target and provided a fail-safe system, the team configured it to run immediately if the production system fails.

Masaki Iwahara, NiTRo's Technical Director and Video Engineer commented, “While purchasing the equipment, our main objective was to meet the broadcasting needs of the sports leagues organized by NiTRo. Additionally, different operators use the system for different projects and therefore need to be intuitive to use it, which made HELO Plus the perfect choice. While developing the system, we carefully tested the equipment and were impressed by its stability and reliability.

„A deciding factor is that Hello Plus allows simultaneous broadcasting at two bit rates,” he added. Ryuichi KoyamaVideo Engineer at NiTRo.

NTV Technical Resources (NiTro)

Countless E/S

NiTRo sports products typically include multiple audio and video inputs and outputs that require the connection of multiple coaxial cables. Managing all these signals can be tiring, therefore Router KUMO 6464 de AJA The M-CUBE has proven indispensable; Packed in a slim 4RU body with 3G-SDI connectivity, it includes 64 inputs and outputs that the studio often pushes to the max. „For sports broadcasts, we use all available inputs and outputs,” explains Iwahara. „But for smaller broadcasts, we use only what is needed. With KUMO, we can easily scale as needed.

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The M-CUBE also has a workflow camera Panasonic And two Canonof KUMO CP2 control panelsA converter and five subcontroladores SKAARHOJ Touch control. As NiTRo continues to grow its business in the coming years, it plans to expand the M-CUBE's use for eSports and live event production to other entertainment productions and corporate events, and its AJA team will continue to provide pipeline stability. .

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