Rockets Ltd., a live production company based in Osaka, has built the “Rocket Studio,” a live streaming and production studio in Tokyo, that uses numerous new Blackmagic Design products.
Real world experiences are what really counts to demonstrate how anything works, so we’re sharing here at ProVideo Coalition another story showing how a company uses Blackmagic Design products. This time it’s about Rockets Ltd., a live production company based in Osaka, that has built the “Rocket Studio,” a live streaming and production studio in Tokyo. Like so many other studios these days, it’s designed with Virtual Production and streaming in mind.
The new studio, that allows high quality virtual production, uses numerous Blackmagic Design products, including ATEM Constellation 8K live production switcher, URSA Broadcast G2 camera and Ultimatte 12 real time compositing processor. Rockets Ltd.’s relationship with Blackmagic Design is not new, in fact the company started using Blackmagic’s products more than a decade ago.
Kazuhiro Yoshitomi, the representative director of Rockets, mentioned, “Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there were fewer dedicated streaming service providers. We’ve been involved in streaming since 2010, around the time when platforms like Nico Nico Douga and Ustream were emerging. Back then, we used Blackmagic’s ATEM Television Studio. Without it, we couldn’t have done our streaming work. From there, we continuously upgraded to newer ATEM models.”
Early adoption of streaming services
Operating from its base in Osaka, Rockets provides internet live streaming and event broadcasting services, delivering more than 200 live streams annually. It offers end to end solutions, including planning, equipment selection, staffing, operations, and arrangements for complex network and outdoor power requirements, tailored to the client’s specific streaming needs. Not limited to the Osaka region, it also caters to clients across Japan, providing on location broadcasting services.
Due to its early adoption of streaming services before it became widespread, Rockets has managed many projects for clients in Tokyo as well. Yoshitomi said, “With the increased demand for streaming during the pandemic, we became busier. We received numerous inquiries from clients about a streaming studio, so we decided to build one. We wanted a virtual studio with flexible background options to be ready for the future, so we introduced Ultimatte 12 and Ultimatte Smart Remote 4.”
Additionally, Yoshitomi and his team equipped the studio with other equipment similar to those used at their Osaka headquarters, including ATEM Constellation 8K, ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel, URSA Broadcast G2 with Blackmagic Zoom Demand and Blackmagic Focus Demand, Blackmagic Videohub 40×40 12G router, Teranex AV standards converter, SmartScope Duo 4K monitor, Multiview 16, Smart Videohub 20×20 router, HyperDeck Studio HD Plus and HyperDeck Studio 4K Pro broadcast decks, UltraStudio 4K Mini capture and playback device and Mini Converters.
“Having used Blackmagic products for many years, transitioning to the new models is seamless,” said Yoshitomi. “ATEM Constellation 8K, with its numerous inputs and up/downstream keyers, makes compositing easy. Recently, we have received requests not only for streaming but also for various visual effects, and SuperSource is very useful in those cases.”
Control all the equipment with a PC or iPad
The studio is fully digitally green painted and equipped with a 2-sided R Horizon green screen setup. The background image is output through a virtual system as CG background. Using remote cameras capable of providing lens information, the studio sends lens data to the virtual system, where it is combined with the background output and real time composite with the footage captured by URSA Broadcast G2 using Ultimatte 12. The composite footage is then sent to the ATEM Constellation 8K for switching.
“All signals are initially fed into the Videohub 40×40 12G and then distributed from there,” said Yoshitomi. “While we were also using an older model, the Smart Videohub 20×20, we introduced the new one to accommodate more inputs. With the new version’s electronic clutch on the spin knob, it stops more precisely, making it easier to use. We use Teranex AV for final format conversions. For recording, we rely on HyperDeck. It can record onto SD cards, which makes it convenient for delivering the finished recording directly to clients.”
“Since we’ve equipped most of the studio with Blackmagic Design products, everything is connected through the network. With just a single PC or iPad, we can control all the equipment, making it incredibly user friendly,” Yoshitomi concluded.