Remote Production Software with Hive and vMix

In the realm of quilting and patchwork design, Selina Toedter has established herself as a distinguished artist. Her journey from crafting her first quilt in 2012 to becoming a respected figure in the quilting community is a testament to her dedication and creativity. This case study explores the technical feats achieved during a live quilting session featuring Selina Toedter, utilizing advanced remote production techniques with vMix and PTZOptics Hive Studio.

Background on Selina Toedter

Selina Toedter’s passion for quilting began in 2012 with the help of online tutorials. Over the years, she has honed her craft through guild memberships, show entries, and commissions. Each piece she creates for Bean & Toad reflects countless hours of practice, stitching, and creative development. Selina’s work is not only a testament to her skill but also a source of joy for her, as her designs find their way into the homes and lives of others.

PTZOptics Hive - Remote Production with vMix
PTZOptics Hive – Remote Production with vMix

Project Overview

The live quilting session aimed to showcase Selina’s intricate quilting process in real-time, providing viewers with an intimate look at her technique and artistry. The challenge was to achieve this through a seamless remote production setup, ensuring high-quality video and smooth operations.

Technical Setup

1. Equipment and Software

  • vMix Software: The backbone of the production, vMix enabled versatile video mixing, switching, and streaming.
  • PTZOptics Cameras: High-quality PTZ cameras provided the necessary flexibility and control to capture detailed shots of Selina’s quilting process.
  • PTZOptics Hive Studio: Facilitated the integration of remote PTZ camera operators, ensuring smooth and precise camera movements.

2. Integration Process

  • NDI HX Integration: NDI HX was used to transmit high-quality, low-latency video streams from the PTZOptics cameras to vMix, ensuring seamless integration and optimal video quality.
  • Remote Camera Control: Hive Studio allowed remote operators to control the PTZ cameras in real-time, providing dynamic angles and close-up shots of Selina’s work.
vMix Remote Production Workflow
vMix Remote Production Workflow

Workflow Execution

1. Setting Up the Remote Production

  • Initial Configuration: The vMix setup was configured to receive video feeds from the PTZOptics cameras via NDI HX. Hive Studio was then integrated to manage remote camera control.
  • Testing and Optimization: Thorough testing was conducted to ensure minimal latency and optimal video quality. Network settings were fine-tuned to handle the increased bandwidth demands.

2. Live Session Execution

  • Real-Time Control: Remote operators accessed Hive Studio through a web browser, controlling the PTZ cameras to capture detailed shots of Selina’s quilting process. The operators coordinated with the on-site team to ensure smooth transitions and camera movements.
  • Communication: Effective communication channels were established using tools like Slack, ensuring seamless coordination between remote operators and the on-site production team.

Challenges and Solutions

1. Latency Issues

  • Challenge: Initial latency affected the synchronization between live action and remote control.
  • Solution: Fine-tuning network settings and optimizing Hive Studio configurations reduced latency to an acceptable level.

2. Bandwidth Management

  • Challenge: Managing network bandwidth to accommodate multiple high-quality video streams.
  • Solution: Lower bitrate streams were used for remote control, reducing bandwidth requirements while maintaining high-quality primary feeds.

3. Coordination

  • Challenge: Ensuring effective communication between remote operators and the production team.
  • Solution: Dedicated communication channels were established, allowing for real-time coordination and quick troubleshooting.

Outcomes and Benefits

1. Enhanced Viewer Experience

  • Dynamic Shots: The remote control of PTZ cameras allowed for a variety of dynamic shots, providing viewers with an immersive experience of Selina’s quilting process.
  • High-Quality Video: The use of NDI HX ensured high-quality video streams, enhancing the overall viewing experience.

2. Improved Production Efficiency

  • Streamlined Workflow: Remote camera control reduced the need for extensive on-site setup and adjustments, streamlining the production process.
  • Flexibility: The setup was easily scalable, allowing for quick adjustments and the inclusion of additional cameras and operators as needed.


The live quilting session with Selina Toedter was a resounding success, demonstrating the potential of advanced remote production techniques in enhancing live broadcasts. By leveraging vMix and PTZOptics Hive Studio, we were able to showcase Selina’s intricate quilting process with high-quality video and dynamic camera angles, providing an engaging and immersive experience for viewers. This case study highlights the technical feats achieved and underscores the importance of innovation and adaptability in the field of live video production.

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  • Client: Selina Toedter
    Bean and Toad

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