Hawk-Eye in collaboration with Sony reveals an intelligent solution to revolutionise small-scale live sports production

Date: 15/09/2014

With sports fans globally demanding more live sports content across TV and digital platforms, Hawk-Eye in collaboration with Sony has developed a solution that intelligently streamlines the live production workflow and significantly reduces the price of live sports production - without impacting on the quality of the output.

Hawk-Eyes Intelligent Production service combines automated player-tracking cameras with an IT based software platform to deliver a fully managed live production service, ideal for smaller sports events that struggle to secure broadcast coverage or larger sports events that want to cost effectively maximise their output across broadcast and digital channels.

All Intelligent Production servers utilise the same hardware, which can easily be integrated into any broadcast operation. The flexibility and control of the system is in the software which can be configured for any combination of functions including:

   Video capture (max of 12xHD SDI, 4xSuper Motion SDI, or 1xUltra Motion 340 fps per server)

         Vision switching

         Replay generation

         Graphics overlay

         Audio mixing

         Colour balancing

         SD/HD SDI output or transcode directly to the internet

         Tally light controls (when manned cameras are used)

         Simultaneous camera replay

With a normal internet connection on-site (30MB) cameras can even be controlled from a remote location and output can be configured to deliver live HD SDI to an uplink, or transcoded directly to an internet connection.

Intelligent Production has already been used by the International Cricket Council (ICC), Roland-Garros French Open, Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club and at the 2014 US Open opening up previously unseen live content to sports fans around the world.

We understand there is a huge demand for live sports content across both TV and digital channels. Intelligent Production helps fulfil this demand by providing a cost effective means to produce HD sports content for a live stream or broadcast. The highly automated process will keep costs manageable, as the need for outside broadcasting (OB) vans, multiple cameramen and operators is reduced, but importantly, without jeopardising the quality of the live output.

- Steve Carter, MD, Hawk-Eye

 Intelligent Production will be available in October 2014. Sony will showcase the new technology at IBC 2014; stand 12.A10, Hall 12, between September 12th and 16th at the RAI in Amsterdam.



Tags: Sony | IBC 2014 | IBC 2014
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