Some of the world’s most recognizable brands – from major financial institutions to leading technology providers, universities, and world-class medical centers – rely on AVI-SPL VideoLink to deliver broadcast quality video from any lens to any screen. With our rich legacy of broadcast video and creative content production, the VideoLink team knows how to transform customers’ communications concepts into powerful enterprise video strategies.

For the last 30 years, the centerpiece of our broadcast video offerings has been the ReadyCam® Studio. What started as a tool to help put people on live television, controlled over a dial-up modem, is now a multi-purpose executive video broadcast center. Today, it is powered by our patented, cloud-based control system and is constantly evolving to meet our clients’ changing needs.  

In 2022 we took the ease of use of the single-camera ReadyCam Studio and added ReadyCam MCS, our multi-camera solution, using the same cloud-based control system, VLGateway


But the technology did not develop itself overnight. Our VP of Engineering, Leigh Willis, reflects on the lengthy development process to make ReadyCam MCS a reality.   

Staff member operating a studio remotely for live TV appearance

Designing a prototype

Our first client inquiry to expand from single-camera to multi-camera studios occurred over five years ago. Though VideoLink had decades of experience designing and building ReadyCam Studios, creating a multi-camera solution posed many challenges.

First and foremost, the request meant tripling the input sources (cameras). This would dramatically increase processing load, adding the potential for camera synchronization issues.

Our initial approach was to prototype the functionalities that we knew we needed through a hardware-based approach. This gave our production and development teams the opportunity to learn what operational challenges resulted from remotely producing multi-camera content. We held mock productions followed by in-depth analyses to determine what features would be necessary to turn the hardware-based prototype into a scalable, software-based solution. 

With the new required functionality identified, it was up to VideoLink’s software engineers to implement and test them. Leveraging our experience with video encoding and our EnhancedIP video transport, we were able to overcome the technical challenges.

Then came time to build one. 

Building the prototype

Multi-camera studio in Baltimore with two men behind news desk

The AVI-SPL VideoLink Baltimore, MD office housed the first ReadyCam MCS installation and subsequent remote productions. And it was a success!

From both our Newton, MA and Philadelphia, PA control rooms, we were able to remotely control:

  • All three cameras
  • Sending return video
  • Adjustments to mic levels
  • DMX lighting values



What we didn’t have was a way for all three locations to communicate with each other throughout the production. The final obstacle to implementing a smoothly operating, remotely controlled, multi-camera studio was adding a universal method of communication.    

To ensure that everyone felt as though they were working in the same room, much like a standard studio control room, we added a flexible intercom capability that enables all parties (on-screen talent, technicians, remote producers, stake holders, etc) to communicate in real time.  

With that last crucial capability enabled and another few months of fruitful testing, we were finally ready to roll out the ReadyCam MCS to clients in January of 2022. Just a month later, an Eastcoast financial service company was home to our first client system.  

Client multi-camera studio

Hear more from Leigh Willis, VP of Engineering, on ReadyCam MCS:

AVI-SPL VideoLink is uniquely positioned to enable global organizations to meet their enterprise video production needs. ReadyCam MCS enables clients or VideoLink to produce multicamera content from anywhere in the world, over the Internet. To learn more or take advantage of the quick turn-around and high-quality video production that the ReadyCam family provides, contact or call 617-340-4200.