The Stagebox unit

Stagebox combines all professional broadcast feeds and cabling – including video, audio, talkback, tally lights, timecode and Genlock – and distributes them over standard IP technologies.

It allows professional quality footage to be streamed remotely to any gallery or post-production team with an internet connection, in real-time, wherever they may be.

By combining multiple cables into one small box, Stagebox can simplify rigging and production workflows.

It also allows programme makers to replace broadcast-specific equipment with standard IT hardware, such as wireless routers, switches and network cabling.

Stagebox unit attached to a camera

It is licensed internationally through official distributor L2Tek.

It removes the need for expensive temporary broadcast centres, as all cameras can be linked and their feeds sent to a remote production base, and eliminates traditional delays from long-form productions, such as documentaries, as Stagebox allows post-production to begin immediately alongside filming, even when the camera crews are filming on different continents.

Stagebox has already achieved industry recognition for its technical achievements, having won the InTECH Technical Developments Award at NAB 2012, when the product was a prototype.

Matthew Postgate, controller, BBC R&D, said: “By enabling end-to-end broadcast production over standard IP technologies for the first time, programme makers around the globe can start to reap the benefits of IP, reducing cost, complexity and time-to-air for a wide range of productions. We also hope that Stagebox will be a catalyst for future innovation in broadcast production, having designed it around open standards for others to build on, as only BBC R&D can do.”

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