Port 9 Labs

Port 9 Labs is a small company in Portland Oregon working on new architectures for live remote video, music production, and broadcasting in the cloud.

Our tenets

These are the ideas we are betting on:

  • IP media studios are great, but they are expensive to build and run, and require highly trained technical staff.
  • It has become possible to build IP media studios in the public cloud, but to take the best advantage of cloud technology the cloud-based architecture will differ from what is used on the ground.
  • Cloud IP media services should be managed as SaaS. The broadcasters' creative teams will control the programming from anywhere they choose, but the underlying service will be maintained by the service provider.
  • Many broadcast companies are consolidating, and can afford their own IP studios and technical personnel. But they could still use a cloud service for special events, disaster recovery, and resilience.
  • In a challenging market, completely bypassing the need for ground-based IP media studios may enable smaller broadcasters to afford IP based production.

Most of our work is directed toward designing the technology to run these cloud based IP services in a reliable, secure, and cost-effective manner.


PDX Video Tech graphic

We're speaking at the next PDX Video Tech Meetup on March 14 in Portland Oregon.

We enjoyed speaking here last year and are really looking forward to presenting again. We will discuss our progress making a live production SaaS in the cloud. Our topics will include:

  • Details on how asynchronous processing enables resiliency in the cloud.
  • A gateway that allows NDI products on the ground to be used with our service, with a use case involving sports replay.
  • More examples of integrating media such as motion graphics.
  • A demonstration using Apple's Vision Pro, showing how AR can greatly improve the distributed production experience.
Also speaking at this meetup: Al She, Sr. Staff Production Engineer, Skywalker Sound, discussing Audio Essence, Compression, and Muxing: Jedi Techniques.

And one more talk will probably be added.

Hope to see you there!