AJA provides SDI signal routing for Invictus Entertainment’s comedy shows
AJA has provided its AJA Kumo 1616-12G as a signal routing solution to Invictus Entertainment at the live production workflow of “The Tony Baker Show” and “Keep Your Distance, Presented by KevOnStage”. Both shows were two of the most popular comedy specials during Covid-19 shutdown.
Under the direction of Transit Pictures, with the involvement of Invictus Entertainment and Technical Director Arthur Khoshaba, both series were filmed on an outdoor stage at Transit Pictures in Los Angeles, CA and live streamed to remote audiences in 1080p, with the support in the field of signal routing of AJA’s technology.
To bring live comedic performances to fans at home, the show workflow entailed a custom vMix rig developed by Khoshaba for live switching between five Canon C300 Mark II cameras. The vMix rig featured eight 12G-SDI inputs for incoming high-bandwidth video and audio signals. During development of the show workflow, Khoshaba required a routing solution to enable multi-views of all five cameras for the DP as well as the lighting and sound teams. Because the shows were filmed in the evening on an outdoor stage, the DP and director had fine-tuned the cameras and exposure settings to follow the sun and amplify lighting at nightfall. To unify the look across cameras under changing lighting conditions, a router would allow the DP and crew members to flip through each look and view cameras on-the-fly during live shoots to maintain color and consistency. Khoshaba selected an AJA Kumo 1616-12G to perform live routing for camera multi-view purposes.
“In my opinion AJA offers the best 12G routing on the market, and I’ve always been a huge fan of AJA gear,” shared Khoshaba. “When I first got started in the industry over a decade ago, the first piece of equipment I ever used on a show was an AJA Ki Pro recorder. To this day, that Ki Pro is still in use, and it’s been used on thousands of shows throughout the past 10 years.”
Khoshaba added in closing, “Before COVID-19 hit, not many small or indie productions were delivering 4K content. We saw this coming for years, as 4K had been widely adopted by higher end studio productions, but COVID-19 triggered a leap forward in technology. The great thing about it is with KUMO 1616-12G, my workflow is future-proof and I’m ready to take on bigger projects. During live shows I can also rest assured knowing trusted and reliable AJA gear is handling routing.”