To make seamless bidirectional streaming a reality, The Bridge installed a VITEC MGW Nano HD encoder and MGW Premium HD decoder at each location. VITEC offered a balanced combination of high quality and low latency that is ideal for both point-to-point streaming and two-way, interactive streaming, both of which The Bridge does regularly.
The Bridge uses the VITEC solution most often for point-to-point streaming, whereby the output of the TriCaster system at the main campus is fed into the MGW Nano HD encoder for streaming to the MGW Premium decoder at the satellite campus. In this way, The Bridge congregants at both campuses experience the Sunday service in parallel.
About twice per month, The Bridge uses both sets of VITEC encoders and decoders for two-way communication between the two campuses - an important way to bring worshippers closer together during services, Bible studies, and other events. In this scenario, an easy signal-switch allows the main sanctuary to accept the feed from the satellite campus and vice versa so that people can communicate with each other. It’s as simple as selecting an input.
In fact, the simplicity of the solution was an important selling point for The Bridge. The technical team appreciated that it was easy to set up and use. Once a signal is present and the settings are adjusted using VITEC’s intuitive interface, the encoder and decoder handle the job automatically, so it’s easy to set it and forget it.
Even more critical was, of course, the ultra-low latency, a key component in seamless bidirectional streaming between the campuses. With VITEC, The Bridge experiences minimal video streaming delays. Furthermore, the pristine quality of the live HD video looks flawless on The Bridge’s IMAG screens.
What was most impressive to The Bridge’s technical team was that those high-quality, low-latency streams could be achieved over the public Internet, which can be notoriously unstable. This benefit is due in large part to VITEC’s cutting-edge hardware - which uses advanced video compression technology to encode and stream up to 1080p60 video - coupled with Zixi™ Stream Protection for zero-error delivery over unmanaged networks. Being able to use the Internet rather than a costly satellite transmission service makes the VITEC solution a much more affordable streaming option.