NewTek Gets International Java Jazz Festival Swinging Live In HD


Festival uses six TriCasters with goal of increasing online audience to 100,000 viewers per day

Last Updated: January 25, 2014 8:26 pm GMT
(San Antonio, Texas--January 25, 2014) NewTek today announced that organizers of the 10th Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival are using six TriCaster multi-camera video production systems to live stream the three-day musical event in HD on three YouTube channels. By using a trio of TriCaster 8000’s and three more TriCaster 460’s, online audiences will be able to watch whatever live performances they choose from four main stages at the Jakarta International Expo in Indonesia. For the first time they will also get to experience impromptu after-hours jam sessions live from the lounge at the nearby Hotel Borobudur. All cameras will record direct to the TriCasters for simple archival and video on demand purposes. Portions of the event will also be simulcast over three national Indonesian TV channels including FirstMedia HD, BigTV, and TelkomVision. The event runs Friday through Sunday, February 28 to March 2, 2014. More than 120,000 jazz aficionados are expected to attend plus an estimated 100,000 viewers per day over the Internet.

Last year, organizers could only stream one channel, were limited in the amount of content they could capture, and needed to manually copy content from a variety of devices to hard disks for archival purposes. Viewing audiences were limited to what organizers chose to air. Live streaming of some performances were forced to terminate early while others started late. Using multiple TriCasters at this year’s event removes those limitations, simplifies archiving, and provides audiences the option to enjoy any performance they choose in its entirety.

"We’re excited to be using the six TriCaster setup because it will help us reach our goal of 100,000 online viewers a day. It is by far our most ambitious live streaming event ever,” said Djundi Karjadi, technical director of Java Jazz Festival. “Covering twelve bands a day from four stages, streaming live and simulcasting on three Indonesia TV outlets is a real challenge from both production and cost perspectives. TriCaster gives us price/performance capabilities that not only makes the impossible possible, but keeps things easy to manage and provides our audiences with far more choice."

Java Jazz Festival is one of the world’s largest jazz music festivals featuring more than 100 of the top touring jazz acts of today including Jamie Cullum, Natalie Cole, Dave Koz and the Summer Horns, Allen Stone, Snarky Puppy, Dirty Loops, and many others.

"To cover four stages from the main venue, we will use a TriCaster 8000 to alternate between stage D1 and D2 and another between stages A2 and A3. That way we can have two continuous channels with content streaming nonstop throughout the festival,” Karjadi continued. “Each stage will have six to seven cameras. We will record every camera feed plus each program output using the TriCaster 8000’s. One stage is located at some distance from the main control room and getting enough cable for every camera feed is problematic. So the third TriCaster 8000 will be at that stage to send the program output via one feed to the main control room. That’s where we will insert the event logos and lower third graphics for band and song titles, as well as live tweets using the TriCasters."

The output of each stage will be fed to either of two TriCaster 460’s acting as a “master control” for each TV network receivingthe live broadcast. This gives each network the freedom to choose which performances they want to air plus the capability to insert their own station ID, logo, and lower third graphics.

The third TriCaster 460 will be used at the Hotel Borobudur where jazz magic is known to happen. In the past, impromptu jamming between various artists who meet at the lounge for this purpose was limited to a very small audience lucky enough to be at the hotel at the right time. With a full production TriCaster 460, this content will be streamed. Jazz aficionados can tune in and subscribe to Java Jazz Festival live streams on YouTube. Performances from past Java Jazz Festivals are also archived there.


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