The production company BC Live Productions has trusted AJA to develop its remote production kits
BC Live Productions is a company that provide production solutions from star-studded Hollywood film premieres and concerts to esports tournaments and reality shows. BC Live CEO Brett Collins founded the company out of his living room and has since grown it to include four locations in and around Los Angeles. Collins has made AJA gear a go-to in the company.
“We rely on a lot of AJA products that we source from Key Code Media, both in production and our rental pool. We use Fiber on a lot of projects so that we can transmit audio and video across longer distances, so FiDO Mini-Converters have been great for video transport; the four-channel throw down is super convenient,” noted Collins. “We also do a lot with KUMO routers, and the Ki Pro GO multi-channel H.264 HD recorders are fantastic for when clients want files right away – they can just grab the USB drive and go as soon as the program wraps.”
While the BC Live team initially developed remote workflows for its international corporate clients pre-pandemic, after that situation demand for the remote kits skyrocketed, and the company’s solutions helped productions get back on air safely, from talk shows, game shows, and reality competitions, like “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” to content for the NBA and NFL.
“The pandemic challenged many production outfits, BC Live included, to embrace distributed ways of working, and now that people have realized that everyone doesn’t have to be in the same place to create content, it’s becoming easier to keep pace with consumer demand for content,” Collins explained. “As clients become more aware of new possibilities, however, the requests become a little more adventurous. We try to stay ahead of the curve and anticipate their asks, so that we’re always providing the best solutions possible. Part of that is evaluating new technologies and implementing them where it makes sense, like video over IP, which is now totally ubiquitous.”
As Collins looks to the future of live production, he’s keeping an eye on video over IP technology. He concluded, “Plugging in BNC is great for reliability, but with IP video, you can also include a lot of ancillary data, and it’s incredibly scalable. Fortunately, we have exceptional network engineers so adding IP capabilities has been relatively smooth and we’ve been able to thrive in the remote world. Each new venue or OB truck we interface with has their own set of connectivity protocols, so we need to be nimble and make sure we’re able to work with all kinds of formats. With gear from manufacturers like AJA, we’re well situated to navigate between protocols, platforms and codecs.”