EPC speeds ahead at the World Rally Championship with Quantel Enterprise sQ

Date: 24/10/2012
EPC speeds ahead at the World Rally Championship with Quantel Enterprise sQ

Eurovision Production Coordination (EPC) had just three weeks to select a broadcast production system for its HD coverage of the World Rally Championship for the 2012 WRC season.  

EPC required a system that could be built and tested within three weeks of the initial contract agreement, ready for the use at the Vodafone Rally de Portugal, with editors and producers fully trained in this time. The ability to integrate GoPro files was also a key consideration for EPC when selecting a system as a lot of footage comes directly from GoPro cameras fitted in the rally cars themselves. And finally, the system had to have easy handling of HD material and quick time-to-air as EPC would be shooting the seasons programming entirely in HD with a very short turnaround time between rally heats. Quantels Enterprise sQ fast-turnaround production system was selected as the winning tender, successfully meeting EPCs key criteria. 

World leading distributor

EPC, a subsidiary of the European Broadcast Union (EBU) is based in Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland. EPC is the production arm of EBU, the premier distributor of sports and news content for many of the worlds leading broadcast and media platforms. EBU produces over 20,000 hours of live sports programming every year, including the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, the Tour de France and the IOC Olympic Games, as well as highlights and distribution packages for many others. With the EBUs ability to reach over 650 million viewers in over 70 countries through some of the worlds top channels, it was vital that EPC chose a broadcast production system that could deliver outstanding results. 

Franck Choquard, Director of EPC says, We had a very tight schedule in the build-up to our first rally in Portugal. We had to select a system, build it to our specifications and finally train our editors on the brand new equipment all within three weeks of the initial agreement. Quantel were able to provide a system we could rely on 24 hours a day, seven days a week and one that all 36 members of the team had access to and could be trained to use quickly. Our turnaround time between rally heats is only a few hours so it was vital that we chose a system that could keep up with the speed and intensity we require. We chose Quantel Enterprise sQ because of its easy handling of HD, its straightforward file-based workflows and its very quick installation speed. Our editors can be trained within hours of getting their hands on the system, a real time-saver in such a short timeframe.

System overview

EPCs Quantel Enterprise sQ fast-turnaround production system runs the latest V5 software and supports file-based workflows with excellent handling of HD material. The system includes 200+ hours HD workspace, with finished files archived at the end of each rally. Video and file ingest are handled by sQ Record and sQ Load applications. Three sQ View and five sQ Edit stations provide timeline viewing and editing, with playout under the control of sQ Play. The system also includes a Quantel Qube craft editor for graphics template creation and a Final Cut Pro system for feature clips production.

 

Fast-turnaround

The crew put together six ten-minute news feeds during each rally showing the days highlights and three 26 minute daily highlights programs per rally (one shown at the end of each rally day), all full productions with music, commentary and effects. At the end of the rally a longer 52 minute program is produced, again fully edited with music, commentary and effects. 

We record about 150 hours of footage per rally, usually ten hours per stage, with a turnaround time of a couple of hours, depending on the stages per day and the scheduled broadcast slots, says EPC Editor Joshua Preiswerk. It can get very busy and stressful at these times but the Quantel system handles it with ease. We take all of the recordings and segment the different feeds into individual WRC driver clips, cutting away the large chunks of nothing in-between. Its then down to the producers to decide which of the clips are the most important and tell the best story. We can then cut it down and have a finished highlights package within the hour.

 

GoPro Integration

The Quantel Enterprise sQ system is designed around EPCs unique requirements. A big issue for EPC was to ensure that GoPro files could be ingested and edited easily and quickly within the system. Using Quantels Essence Driver technology, EPC can soft-mount the GoPro files directly into the sQ Edit timeline without spending time importing hours of single long files, which is inevitably what is delivered from the unattended in-car cameras. Footage from the main production cameras is ingested via sQ Load applications. Additional footage from Canon 5D and 7D cameras and Cineflex shots from the EPC helicopter ingested using a transcoding farm. 

The Quantel system is built especially for our use of GoPro cameras which are located in dangerous places on the track and inside the rally cars, adds Preiswerk. Now that we can soft-mount the GoPro files on the sQ system we have access to hundreds of hours of footage from the GoPros without wasting time importing the vast quantity of empty footage. It truly is a fast-turnaround workflow.

Quick to build and train

The system is delivered, set up and tested at each rally within two days. EPC Producer Paul King says, We have used the system for rallies in Portugal, Argentina, Greece, New Zealand, Finland, Germany and now France and it has been consistently high-performing. Our technicians can build the system in a couple of days and then test it, ready for five days of editing, then pack it up and send it off to the next rally so easily. Its such a user-friendly system; all of our editors are very happy using it and have produced some excellent high quality work.  

The Quantel sQ Cut application we have here is very useful; we can select the shots we need with very little training or guidance, King adds. This then leaves the editors more time to edit rather than go through choosing shots with us! Outside broadcasters can come to us and pick which parts of the recordings they would like with the touch of just three buttons. Even if they are not trained on Quantel, the simplicity of sQ Cut allows them to shot-select very quickly.

Fast and efficient

Quantel Enterprise sQ is very effective, says EPC Editor Andrew Wassal. It is fantastic at HD; unlike others the system doesnt lag at all at HD. Its quick, efficient and I can always publish on time. It has only taken me a day to learn the system and I am already putting together highlights packages for the afternoon broadcast. Of course no system is without its faults, especially when we are the first to try out this way of working with Enterprise sQ, however the system has been fantastic and any minor discrepancies have been dealt with instantly.

 

Worldwide distribution

The completed programs have a wide distribution to some of the worlds largest broadcasters. The German rally was picked up by M6 France, Eurosport France, Fox Sports, TV Madrid, S4C and SESTV, plus many more. EPC also provides the online video services for the WRC website which has had a 15% increase in visitors this year compared with the last. With over 50 million page views since the beginning of 2012, it is one of the worlds most popular motorsport sites. The completed packages are also used for smartphone videos, WRC DVDs, sponsor websites and team websites.

Trustworthy

I trust the system completely, adds Preiswerk. Its an effective and solid system and I can always publish on time - vital in such a high pressure situation. Training on the system took me less than a day, and I was up to speed editing our longest news clip!

Our initial requirements for a production system would have been a challenge for any provider. Quantel took what we needed on board and designed a unique sQ system to cater for our demands. We needed a system built and that could deliver fantastic results in three weeks and Quantel certainly delivered. What we have done with Quantel at the World Rally Championship is fantastic, concludes Choquard. 

Quantel Enterprise sQ will be used for the remainder of the WRC season in Italy and Spain. 

At a glance:

  • EPC, a subsidiary of the EBU, is the premier distributor of sports and news content for many of the worlds leading broadcast and media platforms.
  • EPC selected a Quantel Enterprise sQ system for highlights packages for the 2012 World Rally Championships
  • Reasons: GoPro integration, easy HD handling, fast training and a very fast set up
  • The system was built and tested within three weeks. Editors were trained in one day.
  • 150 hours of footage per rally goes through the Enterprise sQ system for highlights packages distributed globally
  • We needed a system built and delivering fantastic results in just three weeks. Quantel certainly delivered.


Tags: Quantel | Enterprise sQ | EPC | EBU | Eurovision | HD | GoPro
Submitted by Kimberley Chaplin (Snell Advanced Media)
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Riedel Communications today announced that Studio Berlin, a German live TV production solutions provider, has deployed the company's MediorNet MicroN UHD media distribution and processing solution in its new Ü10 UHD/HDR OB van. Featuring a unique two-vehicle design that enables production crews to maintain social distancing, the Ü10 is outfitted with 38 Riedel MicroN UHD modules for decentralized signal routing.

Tags: Media Distribution | Outside Broadcast | Signal Routing | Signal Processing | Decentralized Routing | MicroN UHD
Submitted by Dundee Hills Group
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Increasing user-friendliness with multiple languages Posted: 27/01/2022
Increasing user-friendliness with multiple languages

New language variants in the configuration tool for KVM systems make operation easier

With the launch of the new firmware for the digital KVM matrix switches ControlCenter-Compact and ControlCenter-Digital and digital extender, G&D is once again emphasising user-friendliness. The configuration tool Config Panel 21 now also supports French, Chinese and Russian as language variants.

Tags: kvm | gdsys | switches | config panel21 | guntermann & drunck | configuration tool | matrix switches
Submitted by Guntermann & Drunck GmbH
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CGI partners with France Televisions in the successful modernization of its newsrooms with its CGI OpenMedia solution Posted: 27/01/2022
CGI partners with France T and eacute;l and eacute;visions in the successful modernization of its newsrooms with its CGI OpenMedia solution

CGI (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB), the leading newsroom and radio system provider in Europe, has announced that it is supporting the editorial staff of France Télévisions, the leading French audiovisual group, which brings together six national channels, 24 regional branches and nine overseas branches, in the modernization and standardization of its editorial tool, through its OpenMedia solution. Planned for a period of four years, this contract is valued at more than 3.5 million euros.



 




Tags: CGI | CGI Media Solutions | OpenMedia | Newsroom | Media and Broadcast | Radio Production | dira!
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Medialogy Broadcast Expands in South Asia and West Africa Posted: 26/01/2022
Medialogy Broadcast Expands in South Asia and West Africa

Medialogy Broadcast announces the opening of a newly-formed sales and support company in India plus an addition to the recently established Nigerian branch which serves the West African region.

Manoj Sharma joins the India office as senior manager, sales, with Dharamveer Grover as pre-sales support engineer. Both are based in New Delhi.

Tags: Medialogy Broadcast | IPTV solutions | OTT | cloud and multiscreen video systems | traffic management solutions | MAM systems | media asset management | storage | archiving | playout | terrestrial transmission | SNG flyaway systems | satellite uplinks | studio systems
Submitted by Stylus Media Communications
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NEW Fiilex Q10 - 900W Full-colour Water Resistant Fresnel Posted: 26/01/2022
NEW  Fiilex Q10 - 900W Full-colour Water Resistant Fresnel

The Q10 COLOR is a powerful 900W Color LED Fresnel that floods and spots from 70 to 11 degrees. Like all the other Fiilex Color Fresnels, this offers more than 50 different operating modes, including the Tunable CCT (2000K to 10000K) and RGBW modes to the more advanced Gels and Effects modes, for users to choose.

Tags: Fiilex | Q10 | Color | Colour | LED | Gels | dense Matrix | wireless | intergrated | VAC | VDC
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Beautiful Mix for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Posted: 26/01/2022
and lsquo;HEAR and rsquo; Creates Beautiful Mix for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga and ldquo;One Last Time and rdquo; Concert Special

Renowned crooner Tony Bennett recently took to the stage for the “One Last Time” concerts at Radio City Music Hall alongside long-time friend and collaborator Lady Gaga, and the performances were nothing short of magical. As this is likely to be the last time audiences see Bennett perform live, the concerts were captured and aired as a CBS special on November 28, 2021. With sound at the forefront of considerations for this event, GRAMMY Award-winning Audio Engineers Jody Elff and John Harris of Harris-Elff Audio Resources (HEAR) selected a variety of DPA Microphones for the orchestral recording.

Tags: DPA Microphones | audio | live performance
Submitted by D. Pagan Communications
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Broadcast Solutions releases meshLINK to revolutionise wireless video transmissions Posted: 26/01/2022
Broadcast Solutions releases meshLINK to revolutionise wireless video transmissions

Broadcast Solutions, one of the leading systems integrators in media and content production, takes the next step in offering innovative product developments with the release of meshLINK.

Tags: wireless | meshLIINK | IP mesh | transmission | MANET
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Pebble releases trading update for the year ending 31st December 2021 Posted: 26/01/2022
Pebble releases trading update for the year ending 31st December 2021

Pebble Beach Systems Group plc has released a trading update today, announcing that it expects to report 2021 results significantly ahead of market expectations. Revenue was approximately £10.6m up 26% on the 2020 result, whilst orders were up 75% at £13.7m (which includes £1.5m of orders delayed from 2020 due to Covid).

Tags: Pebble | Pebble Control | Automation | Integrated | IP | Virtualised Playout Technology | Content Management
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Pixellot and The National Travel Basketball Association Team Up to Bring New Level of Exposure and Access to Youth Tournaments Posted: 26/01/2022
Pixellot and The National Travel Basketball Association Team Up to Bring New Level of Exposure and Access to Youth Tournaments

Pixellot, the world’s leading provider of AI-Automated™ sports video and analytics solutions, has partnered with The National Travel Basketball Association (NTBA), the nation’s premier youth travel basketball tournament operator to provide software and hardware solutions for the capture, production and streaming of basketball games and tournaments across the United States.

Tags: Pixellot | NTBA | AI | basketball | NTBA games | National Travel Basketball Association
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farmerswife announces global launch of Cirkus Posted: 26/01/2022
farmerswife announces global launch of Cirkus

farmerswife, which provides resource scheduling, project management, and team collaboration software for the demanding needs of today’s media industry, is delighted to announce the immediate availability of Cirkus, its powerful new SaaS task and project management solution. Designed to address the specific project needs of media organisations, the cloud-based Cirkus is available as both an integration for farmerswife, or as a standalone product, and has been built to reflect and adapt to the way teams work and collaborate in the real world.




 



Tags: farmerswife | Cirkus | SaaS | production software | post-production software | broadcasting software
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HPA Announces Tech Retreat Supersession Details: Beyond the Hype Posted: 25/01/2022
HPA Announces Tech Retreat Supersession Details: Beyond the Hype

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced further details for the much-anticipated 2022 HPA Tech Retreat Supersession, this year focusing on virtual production. The Supersession will take place in person on Tuesday, February 22 during the four-day Tech Retreat. Programmed this year by respected industry experts Kari Grubin and Erik Weaver, the Supersession boasts an impressive lineup of speakers, demonstrations, and case studies from leaders in the adaptation and evolution of virtual production and in camera VFX. The program presents an unusual opportunity to see what happens when the major technology innovators and manufacturers collaborate in real time. Speakers are still being added and further updates will be available at hpaonline.com. 

Tags: HPA | HPA Tech Retreat | virtual production | Supersession | AOTO | Planar | Sony
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