Dejero CuePoint 50
IP Broadcast Solutions - Remote Production
CuePoint 50 is the new, more compact version of the Dejero CuePoint return server. It boosts talent cueing, production and confidence monitoring and real-time teleprompting in the field, delivering low latency return feeds and teleprompting to remote production teams and broadcast-from-home presenters using tablets, smartphones or monitors.
With as little as 250 milliseconds of latency, CuePoint 50 keeps live production and remote teams synchronised: they can simply manage and receive the feeds on any device with a web browser without needing to depend on specialty equipment in the field.
CuePoint played a role in the recent production of financial services group Desjardins’ online 'Send a Virtual Solo' campaign, connecting remote teams and talent across Canada that couldn’t physically meet on set to collaborate due to social distancing and travel limitations. Instead, the production company Radke Film delivered gear packages to the artists at home containing a Dejero EnGo mobile transmitter and a small connectivity kit including three 4K-enabled iPhones. Radke Film installed CuePoint at their base in Vancouver, so that its producers and other creative collaborators could see what the musicians were filming in real time on their chosen screens, from their homes in order to provide efficient direction.
News presenters, journalists and weather reporters working from home during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have been relying on Dejero CuePoint to view return video and teleprompting feeds from the broadcast facility. WUSA9 TV news anchor and reporter Adam Longo for example has used the Dejero LivePlus Mobile App and a Dejero CuePoint to broadcast successfully from home. CuePoint’s low latency has been allowing on-screen talent to read updated text as it flows, and to receive real-time updates during live news and events coverage. It allows them to see their colleagues in the studio or in other remote locations, for genuine interactions during in-programme conversation.
Talent in the field can also use a return feed to visually position themselves on screen, and weather reporters can use CuePoint 50 to see what viewers see when pointing to virtual maps as they stand in front of green screens. Camera operators use CuePoint to confirm that a remote feed is on air and adjust framing to account for graphics, overlays, and split screens, and to avoid duplicating shots.
US production company, AVS (Audio Visual Studios), achieved an ‘enterprise-level’ live production of ‘Ms. Opal’s Walk to DC’ in June, which followed the ‘Juneteenth’ petition march to congress; Dejero’s CuePoint played a huge part in the coverage of this momentous occasion’s success. To enable AVS camera operators on the route of the march to identify when they are live in real-time, a Dejero CuePoint made low latency return feeds accessible to field crews through their smartphones so they could see, in real-time, when they were live and how the shots looked on screen.
CuePoint 50 is an ideal size for integration into portable flyaway kits and production vehicles where space is at a premium. Installing CuePoint 50 into vehicles also enables rapid deployment for business continuity should the broadcast facility itself be struck by disaster. Combined with a Dejero GateWay network aggregation device, which provides reliable connectivity using multiple connection paths, a Dejero PathWay encoder, and a WayPoint 50 receiver, the CuePoint 50 is ideal for a quick response to disaster recovery scenarios like this. Recently, Dejero deployed an advanced release version of its CuePoint 50 as part of a portable kit that supported a facility with its complete evacuation in response to social distancing regulations during the pandemic.
In summary, the easy-to-use and compact CuePoint 50 server makes talent cueing and production monitoring easier to manage in the field, as remote talent, weather presenters, field directors, and technicians can see when live shots are about to start and what is currently on air. The server’s ability to send low-latency video and audio, alongside teleprompting feeds, to live broadcast production teams in the field helps them create compelling live content, as well as playing a key role in portable kits for the purposes of business continuity.