Streaming Downtown Showdown


Kate Phibbs TV-Bay Magazine
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by Kate Phibbs
Issue 82 - October 2013
With summer well and truly on its way out, what better way to send it off than a trip to Paris to produce and live stream the Vans Downtown Showdown 2013.

After the success of producing and broadcasting the Vans Spring Classic in Italy in April, we here at 3xScreen Media knew that Downtown Showdown, Europes largest skateboarding competition, would need an extensive and envelope-pushing solution. Though the client was more than happy with our efforts in Italy, we were ready for the challenge of upping the ante for this much larger event. So, we assembled our best production and live streaming crew of fifteen, including seven cameramen, two directors/ vision mixers, two broadcast engineers, one producer, one graphics operator, and a floor manager and we sent them south across the Channel.

The key challenge presented by Downtown Showdown was that we were essentially required to provide a production solution that covered four skate competitions in one. The competition was spread out over one day with teams of riders competing on four different obstacles. With five cameras per obstacle, there were twenty cameras positions in total spread throughout the venue with very little time to move cameras and operators between obstacles. The resulting solution was an intricate combination of near-range wireless and pre-wired camera positions with fibre cable runs of up to 250 metres.
The tried and tested 3xScreen Media event live production and streaming kit remained at the heart of the solution we provided for this event, though it required substantial supplementation. At the core of our production workflow is our suite of NewTek live production equipment. Starting with two, eight-channel NewTek Tricaster 855 video production studios, we utilised two directors for the two different elements of the broadcast. We wanted to maximise the competition coverages suitability not only for the general public but also for the expert skateboarding community watching from their PC or mobile device. Hence, in addition to our non-skateboarding content director who took care of things between the actual competition, we had one specialized skateboard director and a team of skate-experienced cameramen.

The TriCaster system we use offers a number of benefits. The integration of audio engineering and VT operator roles reduces crew size and production costs. The Tricasters ability to record multiple combinations of program output with and without graphics and commentary allows us to provide content for the creation of a post-edit TV program as well as clips for uploading later to YouTube.

The sibling to the TriCaster is the NewTek 3Play. For the modern sports broadcast, the inclusion of instant live replays is assumed as a given. For the integration of slow motion and real time replays within the production, 3xScreen Media uses the NewTek 3Play 425 six-channel replay machine. Our 3Play operator worked alongside the competition director to ensure no Kick Flips or Ollies went uncovered. Finally, completing our trifecta of NewTek production gear, we equipped our graphics engineer with Newteks LiveText computer. The key thing that Livetext offers is the creation of dynamic fully animated graphics for rider names, score sheets, presenter and interviewee names and more. Our graphics operator further improved the live graphics work-flow by introducing Young Monkeys Master Control Unit. This third-party technology enables macros to automate Tricaster operations, making it possible to perform complex multi-key actions with the push of a touch screen panel button.
As far as new additions to our kit go, Master Control wasnt the only new piece on the scene. Any cameraman will tell you great coverage of an event all starts with having the right cameras and with a sporting event as dynamic and unpredictable as skateboarding, we knew it was essential that our camera crew be mobile enough to follow the fast-paced action but also to get out of the way quickly too! With this in mind, we acquired the Teradek Bolt. The Bolt is a wireless HD-SDI monitoring system that transmits zero delay uncompressed HD video. This new addition to our camera kit gave our cameramen scope to get amongst the action with ease and minimal disruption to the competitors while capturing some amazing up-close footage.

We relied on a number of different cameras for this production. There were manned Sony EX-3s, GoPro Hero 3s on fixed mounts and, thanks to our friends at Broadcast Services Sony PMW-350s with 33x lenses. To get cameras in the thick of the action smaller, we chose to equip the lighter EX-3s with the Teradek Bolts since a camera with a traditional broadcast wireless unit is much too heavy to fling around. The Bolt proved highly effective as a near-range wireless solution. For the event hosts who roamed the event over a wide area, we chose to use ABonAirs to send their feeds to our production booth. The live feeds from the other cameras set up around the venue were sent back to our production team via fibre optic cables.
To add further excitement to the live coverage of a skateboarding competition, we sought to share the excitement of the crowd at the venue while keeping production costs down. To avoid the cost of a conventional jib we paired a GoPro with an Aviator micro jib to get some crowd shots to show the audience at home what they were missing out on. As great as this was, most fun of all was our new DactylCam Go Rig. The DactylCam is a remotely driven sled and GoPro that flies above the action on a zipwire, enabling us to get some great new angles and capture some eye-catching aerial footage of the event.

This beautifully produced package created on site in Paris La Grande Halle de la Villette and sent by a program output feed to flat screens in the VIP and Riders areas as well as to Jumbotrons screens in La Grande Halle where over 15,000 spectators could see the action. This was accompanied by an audio feed sourced from the live commentary booth during the competition.

For the 300,000 online viewers, the program output was fed live to 3xScreens Master Control Room in London using two LiveU LU70 live mobile video uplink backpacks. We used two LU70s for redundancy and had both sit across two Ka and one Ku broadband broadband satellite connections as an alternative to their usual 3G/4G SIMs. Utilising LiveU in our live streaming workflow eliminates the need for a streaming engineer onsite and means that we can stream to multiple platforms without the need for shipping encoders or arranging onsite internet. For Downtown Showdown we live streamed to five destinations - Factory Media, VANS and other sites via our Tier 1 Global CDN accounts, plus YouTube, Livestream, UStream and DailyMotion - 30 Mbps of live stream publishing.

With online viewers from 99 different countries, twenty per cent of whom watched the action on mobile devices, we were satisfied that we delivered the highest quality production and streaming of the event. By enhancing our usual workflow with new innovations and equipment, we were chuffed with the resulting six seamless hours of comprehensive, professional coverage of an epic annual skate competition.

Kate Phibbs is 3xScreens Media Event Live Broadcast Production Manager, emergency camera(wo)man, graphics operator, cable-basher and crew-feeder..


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    BroadStream ARMADA at IBC 2014

  • BroadStream OASYS at IBC 2014

    BroadStream OASYS at IBC 2014

  • BroadStream CURRENT at IBC 2014

    BroadStream CURRENT at IBC 2014

  • BroadStream HARBOR at IBC 2014

    BroadStream HARBOR at IBC 2014

  • Panasonic show VariCam at IBC 2014

    Panasonic show VariCam at IBC 2014

  • Thomson Broadcast at IBC 2014

    Thomson Broadcast at IBC 2014

  • Dalet at IBC 2014

    Dalet at IBC 2014

  • Glensound Dante at IBC 2014

    Glensound Dante at IBC 2014

  • Tedial at IBC 2014

    Tedial at IBC 2014

  • NOA Archive Solutions at IBC 2014

    NOA Archive Solutions at IBC 2014

  • Phabrix RX series at IBC 2014

    Phabrix RX series at IBC 2014

  • RTW at IBC 2014

    RTW at IBC 2014

  • Tektronix at IBC 2014

    Tektronix at IBC 2014

  • Clear-Com LinQ at IBC 2014

    Clear-Com LinQ at IBC 2014

  • Clear-Com FreeSpeak II at IBC 2014

    Clear-Com FreeSpeak II at IBC 2014

  • Ross Video Acuity at IBC 2014

    Ross Video Acuity at IBC 2014

  • openTruck from Ross Video at IBC 2014

    openTruck from Ross Video at IBC 2014

  • WohlerGateway at IBC 2014

    WohlerGateway at IBC 2014

  • Wohler MPEG Monitoring Series at IBC 2014

    Wohler MPEG Monitoring Series at IBC 2014

  • Hive Lighting Wasp Plasma Par at IBC 2014

    Hive Lighting Wasp Plasma Par at IBC 2014

  • Cooke Optics technology at IBC 2014

    Cooke Optics technology at IBC 2014

  • Cooke Optics talk anamorphic at IBC 2014

    Cooke Optics talk anamorphic at IBC 2014

  • Photon Beard Platinum Blonde at IBC 2014

    Photon Beard Platinum Blonde at IBC 2014

  • Photon Beard Photon Beam at IBC 2014

    Photon Beard Photon Beam at IBC 2014

  • Dejeros products at IBC 2014

    Dejeros products at IBC 2014

  • Zylight Fresnel updates at IBC 2014

    Zylight Fresnel updates at IBC 2014

  • Pronology at IBC 2014

    Pronology at IBC 2014

  • TMD summarises their work this year at IBC 2014

    TMD summarises their work this year at IBC 2014

  • Thomson Video Networks at IBC 2014

    Thomson Video Networks at IBC 2014

  • BBright at IBC 2014

    BBright at IBC 2014

  • WORK Microwave at IBC 2014

    WORK Microwave at IBC 2014

  • EBS at IBC 2014

    EBS at IBC 2014

  • Visual Unity at IBC 2014

    Visual Unity at IBC 2014

  • Gearhouse Broadcast OBLite at IBC 2014

    Gearhouse Broadcast OBLite at IBC 2014

  • Comigo at IBC 2014

    Comigo at IBC 2014

  • AVIWEST at IBC 2014

    AVIWEST at IBC 2014

  • Viaccess-Orca at IBC 2014

    Viaccess-Orca at IBC 2014

  • Harmonic at IBC 2014

    Harmonic at IBC 2014

  • Guntermann and Drunck DP-HR range at IBC 2014

    Guntermann and Drunck DP-HR range at IBC 2014

  • Ateme at IBC 2014

    Ateme at IBC 2014

  • Cobham satellite EXPLORER products at IBC 2014

    Cobham satellite EXPLORER products at IBC 2014

  • Cobham new receiver at IBC 2014

    Cobham new receiver at IBC 2014

  • Fibrenetix with StorageDNA at IBC 2014

    Fibrenetix with StorageDNA at IBC 2014

  • Cinegy at IBC 2014

    Cinegy at IBC 2014

  • Front Porch Digital at IBC 2014

    Front Porch Digital at IBC 2014

  • TMD Mediaflex at IBC 2014

    TMD Mediaflex at IBC 2014

  • TMD at IBC 2014

    TMD at IBC 2014

  • Pixel Power Buzz at IBC 2014

    Pixel Power Buzz at IBC 2014

  • Blackmagic MultiView at IBC 2014

    Blackmagic MultiView at IBC 2014

  • Facilis at IBC 2014

    Facilis at IBC 2014

  • Fibrenetix with Quadrus at IBC 2014

    Fibrenetix with Quadrus at IBC 2014

  • Sonnet Technologies Thunderbolt Chassis at IBC 2014

    Sonnet Technologies Thunderbolt Chassis at IBC 2014

  • Volicon Products at IBC 2014

    Volicon Products at IBC 2014

  • Volicon at IBC 2014

    Volicon at IBC 2014

  • Blackmagic and Fusion at IBC 2014

    Blackmagic and Fusion at IBC 2014

  • Metus at IBC 2014

    Metus at IBC 2014

  • ChyronHego Metacast at IBC 2014

    ChyronHego Metacast at IBC 2014

  • ChyronHego Lyric PRO at IBC 2014

    ChyronHego Lyric PRO at IBC 2014

  • BVE 2014

    BVE 2014

  • Cambridge Imaging Systems at BVE 2014

    Cambridge Imaging Systems at BVE 2014

  • RTS Omneo at BVE 2014

    RTS Omneo at BVE 2014

  • Angelbird SSDs at BVE 2014

    Angelbird SSDs at BVE 2014

  • Tally Technologies at BVE 2014

    Tally Technologies at BVE 2014

  • Sony Monitors at BVE 2014

    Sony Monitors at BVE 2014

  • Sony Wireless Microphones at BVE 2014

    Sony Wireless Microphones at BVE 2014

  • Sennheiser HDM Pro at BVE 2014

    Sennheiser HDM Pro at BVE 2014

  • Wohler DPP at BVE 2014

    Wohler DPP at BVE 2014

  • DPA Microphones and Bubblebee Industries at BVE 2014

    DPA Microphones and Bubblebee Industries at BVE 2014

  • Guntermann and Drunck at BVE 2014

    Guntermann and Drunck at BVE 2014

  • Metus Ingest at BVE 2014

    Metus Ingest at BVE 2014

  • Wohler MPEG Monitoring at BVE 2014

    Wohler MPEG Monitoring at BVE 2014

  • TSL Products SAM1 MADI at BVE 2014

    TSL Products SAM1 MADI at BVE 2014

  • Polecam Toshiba Minicams at BVE 2014

    Polecam Toshiba Minicams at BVE 2014

  • ERA at BVE 2014

    ERA at BVE 2014

  • ERA Avere at BVE 2014

    ERA Avere at BVE 2014

  • Polecam Slow Motion Minicams at BVE 2014

    Polecam Slow Motion Minicams at BVE 2014

  • Glensound Cub at BVE 2014

    Glensound Cub at BVE 2014

  • TSL Products PAM1, SAM1 and PAM PiCo at IBC 2013

    TSL Products PAM1, SAM1 and PAM PiCo at IBC 2013

  • Calrec Callisto at IBC 2013

    Calrec Callisto at IBC 2013

  • Dalet at IBC 2013

    Dalet at IBC 2013

  • DPA Microphones at IBC 2013

    DPA Microphones at IBC 2013

  • Gearhouse Broadcast HD OB trailer at IBC 2013

    Gearhouse Broadcast HD OB trailer at IBC 2013

  • Glensound with the USB Commentary Mixer at IBC 2013

    Glensound with the USB Commentary Mixer at IBC 2013

  • Broadstream Solutions on the Oasys stand at IBC 2013

    Broadstream Solutions on the Oasys stand at IBC 2013

  • Oasys Chameleon at IBC 2013

    Oasys Chameleon at IBC 2013

  • Loft London Solutions with Cubix on the Oasys stand at IBC 2013

    Loft London Solutions with Cubix on the Oasys stand at IBC 2013

  • RTW at IBC 2013

    RTW at IBC 2013

  • Thomson Broadcast at IBC 2013

    Thomson Broadcast at IBC 2013

  • Atomos Ninja2 Recorder at IBC 2013

    Atomos Ninja2 Recorder at IBC 2013

  • Atomos Ronin at IBC 2013

    Atomos Ronin at IBC 2013

  • Atomos new Samurai Blade at IBC 2013

    Atomos new Samurai Blade at IBC 2013

  • Autocue DSLR Prompter using iPad at IBC 2013

    Autocue DSLR Prompter using iPad at IBC 2013

  • Blueshape Batteries at IBC 2013

    Blueshape Batteries at IBC 2013

  • Datacolor Spyder on the Atomos stand at IBC 2013

    Datacolor Spyder on the Atomos stand at IBC 2013

  • i-Movix Slow Motion and D-Flicker at IBC 2013

    i-Movix Slow Motion and D-Flicker at IBC 2013

  • Marshall Monitors at IBC 2013

    Marshall Monitors at IBC 2013

  • Metus MAM and Ingest at IBC 2013

    Metus MAM and Ingest at IBC 2013

  • Polecams range of accessories and minicams at IBC 2013

    Polecams range of accessories and minicams at IBC 2013

  • Tektronix at IBC 2013

    Tektronix at IBC 2013

  • TSL Products at IBC 2013

    TSL Products at IBC 2013

  • TSL Systems at IBC 2013

    TSL Systems at IBC 2013

  • Zylight LED Fresnel at IBC 2013

    Zylight LED Fresnel at IBC 2013

  • Pixel Power at IBC 2013

    Pixel Power at IBC 2013

  • Albis Technologies celebrating ten years at IBC 2013

    Albis Technologies celebrating ten years at IBC 2013

  • ATEME at IBC 2013

    ATEME at IBC 2013

  • Brainstorm with Aston demonstration at IBC 2013

    Brainstorm with Aston demonstration at IBC 2013

  • Brainstorm at IBC 2013

    Brainstorm at IBC 2013

  • Bridge Technologies QoE Monitoring with Mobile Videowall Display at IBC 2013

    Bridge Technologies QoE Monitoring with Mobile Videowall Display at IBC 2013

  • Broadpeak at IBC 2013

    Broadpeak at IBC 2013

  • Cobham transmitters at IBC 2013

    Cobham transmitters at IBC 2013

  • NOA Audio Solutions at IBC 2013

    NOA Audio Solutions at IBC 2013

  • Cinegy at IBC 2013

    Cinegy at IBC 2013

  • Global Distribution with mLogic at IBC 2013

    Global Distribution with mLogic at IBC 2013

  • Viaccess-Orca at IBC 2013

    Viaccess-Orca at IBC 2013

  • Quantel Pablo Rio at IBC 2013

    Quantel Pablo Rio at IBC 2013

  • Quantels Stream-based Workflows at IBC 2013

    Quantels Stream-based Workflows at IBC 2013

  • Matrox Maevex at IBC 2013

    Matrox Maevex at IBC 2013

  • Matrox Avio at IBC 2013

    Matrox Avio at IBC 2013

  • Matrox Video with Monarch HD at IBC 2013

    Matrox Video with Monarch HD at IBC 2013

  • NuGen Audio at IBC 2013

    NuGen Audio at IBC 2013

  • Studio Technologies at NAB 2012

    Studio Technologies at NAB 2012

  • Root6 at BVE 2012

    Root6 at BVE 2012

  • Sensio at IBC2011

    Sensio at IBC2011

  • Globecast at IBC2011

    Globecast at IBC2011

  • SADiE at IBC2011

    SADiE at IBC2011

  • Social Media Virtual Production Switching from Sony

    Social Media Virtual Production Switching from Sony

  • The Latest Production Control Solution from TSL Products at IBC 2018

    The Latest Production Control Solution from TSL Products at IBC 2018

  • Playbox Production Air Box shown at IBC 2017

    Playbox Production Air Box shown at IBC 2017

  • The all in one production system from Ross Video at NAB 2017

    The all in one production system from Ross Video at NAB 2017

  • Blackmagic Design: Products at NAB 2013

    Blackmagic Design: Products at NAB 2013

  • Bexel at NAB 2012

    Bexel at NAB 2012

  • Davinci Resolve 14 with Fairlight from Blackmagic Design at NAB 2017

    Davinci Resolve 14 with Fairlight from Blackmagic Design at NAB 2017

  • Calrec at BVE 2017

    Calrec at BVE 2017

  • Prime Focus Technologies at NAB 2016

    Prime Focus Technologies at NAB 2016

  • SGL at NAB 2014

    SGL at NAB 2014

  • Sound Devices at NAB 2014

    Sound Devices at NAB 2014

  • AQ Broadcast at NAB 2014

    AQ Broadcast at NAB 2014

  • Facilis at NAB 2013

    Facilis at NAB 2013

  • Pixel Power at NAB 2013

    Pixel Power at NAB 2013

  • Autocue at BVE North 2012

    Autocue at BVE North 2012

  • Miranda at NAB 2012

    Miranda at NAB 2012

  • Autodesk at NAB 2012

    Autodesk at NAB 2012

  • Autocue at NAB 2012

    Autocue at NAB 2012

  • Ross Video at BVE North 2011

    Ross Video at BVE North 2011

  • SGO at IBC2011

    SGO at IBC2011

  • Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera BMPCC 4K at IBC 2018

    Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera BMPCC 4K at IBC 2018

  • JVC 4K Connected Camera GY-HC550 and 500 at IBC 2018

    JVC 4K Connected Camera GY-HC550 and 500 at IBC 2018

  • Marshall Electronics Miniature Cameras at NAB 2018

    Marshall Electronics Miniature Cameras at NAB 2018

  • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K at NAB 2018

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K at NAB 2018

  • Front Row Camera with VER at NAB 2018

    Front Row Camera with VER at NAB 2018

  • IDT O10 Camera at BVE 2017

    IDT O10 Camera at BVE 2017

  • Antelope Camera Systems at IBC 2016

    Antelope Camera Systems at IBC 2016

  • Ikegami 8k camera at IBC 2016

    Ikegami 8k camera at IBC 2016

  • Ikegami UHK-430 camera at IBC 2016

    Ikegami UHK-430 camera at IBC 2016

  • Den Lennie considers what kit and cameras to buy for 2015

    Den Lennie considers what kit and cameras to buy for 2015

  • Cineline Fluid Head from Miller Camera Support at NAB 2014

    Cineline Fluid Head from Miller Camera Support at NAB 2014

  • Blackmagic Studio Camera at NAB 2014

    Blackmagic Studio Camera at NAB 2014

  • Hireacamera at BVE 2013

    Hireacamera at BVE 2013

  • Hireacamera at BVE North 2012

    Hireacamera at BVE North 2012

  • Hireacamera at BVE 2012

    Hireacamera at BVE 2012

  • Hireacamera at ProVideo2011

    Hireacamera at ProVideo2011

  • Hague Camera Supports at ProVideo2011

    Hague Camera Supports at ProVideo2011

  • Hireacamera at BVE North 2011

    Hireacamera at BVE North 2011

  • Camera Corps at IBC2011

    Camera Corps at IBC2011

  • Skyline 90 from Miller at NAB 2017

    Skyline 90 from Miller at NAB 2017

  • JVC at BVE 2017

    JVC at BVE 2017

  • Videosys at NAB 2016

    Videosys at NAB 2016

  • Miller Cineline tripods at IBC 2015

    Miller Cineline tripods at IBC 2015

  • Miller Compass tripods at IBC 2015

    Miller Compass tripods at IBC 2015

  • Softron MovieRecorder updates at NAB 2014

    Softron MovieRecorder updates at NAB 2014

  • Libec ALLEX slider system at NAB 2014

    Libec ALLEX slider system at NAB 2014

  • Blackmagic URSA at NAB 2014

    Blackmagic URSA at NAB 2014

  • Cintel Film Scanner: Blackmagic Design at NAB 2014

    Cintel Film Scanner: Blackmagic Design at NAB 2014

  • Holdan on BroadcastShow Tour May 2013

    Holdan on BroadcastShow Tour May 2013

  • Gearhouse Broadcast on Tour May 2013

    Gearhouse Broadcast on Tour May 2013

  • JVC GY-HM70 at NAB 2013

    JVC GY-HM70 at NAB 2013

  • MultiDyne: SilverBACK at NAB 2013

    MultiDyne: SilverBACK at NAB 2013

  • Thear Technology at BVE 2013

    Thear Technology at BVE 2013

  • Tiffen Steadicam at BVE 2013

    Tiffen Steadicam at BVE 2013

  • Lemo at BVE 2013

    Lemo at BVE 2013

  • DJI Innovations at BVE 2013

    DJI Innovations at BVE 2013

  • Cambo at BVE 2013

    Cambo at BVE 2013

  • VideoSys at BVE North 2012

    VideoSys at BVE North 2012

  • Featured Clip: Geoff Boyle comments on NAB 2012

    Featured Clip: Geoff Boyle comments on NAB 2012

  • Vinten Radamec at NAB 2012

    Vinten Radamec at NAB 2012

  • JVC at NAB 2012

    JVC at NAB 2012

  • Blackmagic Design at NAB 2012

    Blackmagic Design at NAB 2012

  • Atomos Samurai at NAB 2012

    Atomos Samurai at NAB 2012

  • JVC at BVE 2012

    JVC at BVE 2012

  • Thear Technology Limited at BVE 2012

    Thear Technology Limited at BVE 2012

  • Vision Research at BVE 2012

    Vision Research at BVE 2012

  • Editec at BVE 2012

    Editec at BVE 2012

  • Real Life Kit at ProVideo2011

    Real Life Kit at ProVideo2011

  • JVC Professional at ProVideo2011

    JVC Professional at ProVideo2011

  • Thear Technology Limited at ProVideo2011

    Thear Technology Limited at ProVideo2011

  • Audio Developments at ProVideo2011

    Audio Developments at ProVideo2011

  • JVC at BVE North 2011

    JVC at BVE North 2011

  • Holdan and DaVinci at BVE North 2011

    Holdan and DaVinci at BVE North 2011

  • Holdan and Panasonic at BVE North 2011

    Holdan and Panasonic at BVE North 2011

  • FOR-A at IBC2011

    FOR-A at IBC2011

  • Brickhouse Video at IBC2011

    Brickhouse Video at IBC2011

  • Argosy at IBC2011

    Argosy at IBC2011

  • Sony at IBC2011

    Sony at IBC2011

  • Marshall Electronics at IBC2011

    Marshall Electronics at IBC2011

  • Bradley at IBC2011

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