Medal-Worthy Media Transfer

Four lessons from the 2018 Olympics

There’s no question that the Olympics in PyeongChang set world records — from the youngest snowboarding gold medalist, American Chloe Kim, to the highest-ever score in women’s figure skating, Russian Alina Zagitova.

American Chloe Kim, youngest snowboarding gold medalist (Twitter)

latakoo set its own Olympic records for the amount of media transferred, shared and downloaded during the Olympic games. Here are a few lessons we learned along the way to our personal best.

Connection matters.

South Korea is celebrating the country’s best showing in a Winter Olympics, but they have long boasted a blazing-fast Internet infrastructure. (South Korea is #1 in the world for Internet speeds.) That, plus latakoo servers strategically positioned in South Korea, made for smooth and fast transfers for crews covering the Winter games.

latakoo’s addition of UDP transfer technology made the most of these fast Internet connections. And, with latakoo’s machine learning technology, the latest Flight application recommends the fastest way to send video to the cloud.

Amplify your efforts.

Norway topped the medal count with a total of 39, and also won the most gold at a single Winter Olympics. Teams build on each other’s success. That was true for many latakoo clients who sent teams to cover the Olympic games.

More than 1600 files were uploaded from sites around PyeongChang to latakoo. In total, those files accounted for more than 1 terabyte (1TB) of data. Every day of the games, as many as 124 videos were sent for broadcast.

On average, each of these uploads were downloaded an average of eight times and streamed an average of nine times, showing the power of sharing resources among latakoo users and station groups. Some files were downloaded up to 75 times each!

This chart shows the amplification of each upload in corresponding downloads and streams. Note: Files uploaded are counted in twenties, files downloaded or streamed, in hundreds.

latakoo’s cloud sharing platform, Pilot, allows groups of users to easily share content across station groups and affiliated teams.

American Hockey player Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (Twitter)

Augment efficiencies.

USA hockey player Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson made the fastest back-to-back goals in the history of Winter Olympic hockey. Just six seconds separated her goals. Now, that’s efficient.

Having content in the latakoo cloud provided efficiencies for teams back in the US. More than 22,000 minutes of Olympic content was viewed on latakoo Pilot during the Winter games. That shows that anchors, producers, and editors were previewing the content to incorporate into their newscasts and special programs. Because the video is in one location, teams across station groups can simultaneously view and download content from one central repository.

Consistency counts.

Japanese Ski-jumper Noriaki Kasai set a world record at the PyeongChang Olympics by participating in his eighth consecutive Winter Games. He’s been at every Winter Olympics since 1992.

At latakoo, we value consistency, especially when it comes to video workflows. A portion of Olympic content uploaded to the cloud was automatically downloaded by latakoo HUB, depositing the files into the asset manager for further editing or broadcast. Not only does the automation save time associated with manual downloads, HUB can encode files to a desired codec and bring in the associated metadata into the asset manager, removing another step in the video workflow.

At latakoo, we’re amazed by the Olympic athletes and the journalists who covered them. We’re pleased we could play a small role in telling these stories to the world and we look forward to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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