Top 5 Benefits of REMI Production

Aug 4, 2020

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REMI – short for Remote Integration Model – is a production workflow that allows live content to be captured from a remote location and managed from a central control room. REMI production workflows have been utilized for years, but have seen a recent surge in popularity.

While REMI workflows may be a new concept for some content creators, they can come with specific advantages.

Let’s dig into the top 5 benefits of REMI production.

1. REMI productions can be more cost-effective

Benefits of REMI Production
We miss OB productions. But REMI workflows can prove to be cost-effective.

A primary benefit of REMI productions is that they can be more cost-effective than traditional OB productions.

With any REMI production, video and audio must be captured locally. This means that regardless of the content you’re producing, you’ll need a mechanism for capturing high-quality video and audio at a source location. For a sports production, this means having broadcast cameras and audio infrastructure at a local stadium. With live news or entertainment productions, this might entail shipping camera kits to talent and guests.

Each video and audio signal is then transmitted to a central control room where the program is switched, mixed, and broadcast.

Regardless of the content, a remote workflow can provide cost savings in two ways:

REMI productions allow you to streamline your technical approach and take advantage of existing infrastructures. This allows for reduced technical facilities on-site and slightly lower headcounts, which can lower your overall production budget.

While a lower headcount and infrastructure may shrink your production budget, it’s important to note that REMI productions require robust transmission capabilities. If this isn’t already available at your venue, this may add costs.

2. Leverage existing infrastructure

Benefits of REMI Production
REMI workflows allow you to leverage existing facilities and personnel.

REMI productions can benefit organizations with existing production infrastructure.

Let’s use ESPN as a hypothetical example. They have many control rooms at their campus in Bristol, CT. If ESPN wanted to produce a college basketball game using a REMI workflow, they could easily utilize an existing control room. And that control room could be operated entirely by ESPN staff.

This would allow ESPN to utilize (thus, monetize) an existing technical facility. They’re then able to operate that facility with current ESPN staff, which saves on production labor.

This hypothetical example would allow ESPN to scale back on the local infrastructure needed to support the game. And, by using existing staff, it would allow them to reduce the number of contractors required to execute the production.

Of course, this is a very basic and broad example. ESPN would need to invest in adequate transmission infrastructure to ensure they have a reliable REMI solution. But this helps to illustrate how existing infrastructure can be leveraged to support a REMI workflow.

3. Reduced travel expenses

The consolidated nature of a REMI production provides additional cost-saving benefits.

By keeping your control room in a central location and condensing the number of people needed on-site, REMI production can significantly reduce travel costs. Airfare, lodging, and per diems are likely to be drastically reduced with a REMI production.

And with many REMI workflows, certain technical functions can be performed remotely. With proper infrastructure, graphics, encoding, directing, and playback are just some of the positions that can be remote.

4. REMI productions have no geographic limitations

Benefits of REMI production
A REMI workflow can open you up to an international pool of talent.

A significant benefit to REMI productions is that they have no geographic limitations.

You’re tied to a physical location or venue with an on-location production. This means that your talent and guests all need to report to a central location.

With a REMI production, your hosts, guests, and correspondents can be located anywhere in the world.

There are technical considerations for each remote location, as well as time zone differences to account for. But from a purely technical perspective, REMI productions know no geographic limitations.

Without needing to bring your guests into a single studio location, you can book correspondents from anywhere in the world who can contribute to your program.

5. Easy for talent

One final benefit of REMI productions: they are extremely easy for talent.

With a REMI production, your host and guests no longer have to leave their homes. The technology comes directly to them and they can work from the safety of their own home. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Not only are REMI productions easier for talent, but the remote nature of REMI workflows allows you to book talent anywhere in the world.

So let’s quickly recap the benefits of REMI production workflows:

  1. They can, in some cases, be more cost-effective.
  2. They allow you to leverage existing infrastructure.
  3. The streamlined nature of a REMI workflow allows for additional cost savings (typically through reduced travel expenses).
  4. A REMI workflow has no geographic limitations. This applies to talent, producers, and some technical crew.
  5. Finally, REMI workflows are very easy for your talent.

Many content producers have had REMI productions thrust upon them in our current reality of social distancing. Despite adapting to a new way of producing live content, there are some specific long-term benefits to REMI productions.

If you have a question about REMI production or are looking for support for an upcoming live remote, contact us anytime.

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  • Andrew Ryback Reply
    2018-03-07 21:55:41

    We're glad you found this to be useful, Margaux. Let us know if there's anything we can help with.

  • Margaux Ford Reply
    2018-03-07 05:57:06

    I appreciate the tips on hiring a production staffing company to have more time to focus on the creative aspects of the project. Hiring a production crew is a tedious task, and can take up much of your time. We're currently working on a huge production, and I'll share this article with my boss so he'll consider on delegating the recruitment to a staffing company. I like that you mentioned that staffing company can ensure to have the right team onboard for the project. Thanks!

  • Robert McWilliams Reply
    2017-10-31 19:05:18

    Todd:I have an ad agency in addition to our production company. We put one of our clients on OTT two months ago up in Nevada. Seems to be working!Thanks again for the work earlier this month.Rob

  • Nicole Rohde Reply
    2017-05-27 22:28:45

    Hey Andrew, Any word as to whether or not the Jokers will be back for Comic Con this year? Please let me know. Thanks!!!

  • Aaron Estabrook Reply
    2017-02-23 16:26:57

    I'll be tuning in for sure!

  • David Patton Reply
    2015-01-16 13:16:02

    Interesting blog post Andrew. For those who are nearly ready to cut the cord, but still want access to key channels such as ESPN, I'd recommend checking out Dish Network's new service, Sling TV. It provides access to a handful of channels for $20/month.https://gigaom.com/2015/01/15/sling-tv-details-price-devices-networks-resolution-bandwidth/

  • Andrew Ryback Reply
    2015-01-13 14:44:19

    Go for it! I'll admit that I was a little apprehensive about pulling the plug at first, but honestly, the transition away from DirecTV has been seamless. The only missing link is live sports, but there are a few work arounds depending on what sports you watch. Good luck!

  • Gregory Hart Reply
    2015-01-13 06:35:00

    While I am part of the 55 year old demographic that still has TV boxes and does TV viewing, I do my viewing using DVRs and networked PCs playing video files from an in-home server. I too have noticed that I view a handful of shows on a regular basis and have found various other sources for these shows. And now it has gotten to the point to where I am seriously considering ending my very long relationship with DirecTV and going streaming. Working in the TV industry also helped to open eyes to this as well. This transition from "old" TV is coming and the networks (Les Moonves, I am looking at you!) had better plan for it.

  • Gary Reply
    2013-08-08 09:44:39

    You've left out a HUGE part of this story by not mentioning Howard Stern's effect on the Sharknado buzz! #siris-ly

  • Marybeth Harrison Reply
    2013-08-07 14:46:29

    I can almost hear the theme song from Jaws as I read your post!