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    Using Teradek for remote video

    Currently, when I am not in my studio, I skype into my studio's tricaster through the skypetx. It works okay, but obviously the audio and video quality aren't great.

    I am considering other options for sending better video to my tricaster so that I can still be "in HD" when I am remote and my producer is running the tricaster in studio

    I looked at the Comrex live shot, which is about $15,000 for the encoder and receiver, but then I was told about the Teradek systems, which seem to run closer to $3-5k.

    Does anyone have experience with these in conjunction with a Tricaster? Curious about feedback, tips, warnings, etc. Will it achieve what I want, which is to be able to integrate my remote shot in actual high definition into our multicamera production with our graphics, etc?

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    Thank you, very interesting! I have tech knowledge but not an expert in this particular area. Are these software tools that send video from a camera connected to a laptop, or are these hardware (alone or in combination with software) that connect directly to a camera? I am trying to understand the general logistics and signal flow of it

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    I haven't used any of these solutions, have just read blog posts and FAQs about them over recent months, would suggest the same to learn more, just read up on them on their websites and such

    Thanks

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    dpakman,
    Which Teradek system are you looking at? The Bond units or the Cubes?
    What is your intended goal? Send one camera feed or to send an entire production back to the studio? Remote camera operators?

    I have used many of their products before on different productions.

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    I am also quite familiar with the Teradek Bond 2 and Teradek Core. LMK if I can help

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    I have spoken to Teradek and it seems that the Cube encoder and decoder setup would work very well for what I want to do.

    The issue I'm having now is that of getting return audio from my studio/tricaster. Since there will be other people participating in the programs when I am remote with a Teradek, I need a way to hear who is talking in my studio. Unfortunately, Teradek does not currently support this. The only option that they proposed was being on a phone call with an earpiece back to my studio when I'm remote and transmitting through the Teradek, but that is not a good solution, both for tech reasons (different latency on phone vs through teradek/tricaster/internet connectio) and because when I'm outside of the US I can't be on a phone call the entire time.

    A skype call is another option, but I need to keep the Skype TX free when I'm remote with a Teradek in order to do an interview with a guest who would be connected to the SkypeTX.

    What ideas do people have about this return audio issue?

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    It sounds like Unity Intercom would work for your situation. You can use your phone as your comm device (so it's inexpensive) and usable anywhere through wifi or cell service. Check them out.

    http://www.unityintercom.com/
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