In Broadcast - February 2014 - 42
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WWW.INBROADCAST.COM | ISSUE 28 - FEBRUARY 2014
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Behind The Scenes With L'Equipe
'Equipe, a French national
sports newspaper, continues
its signiﬁcant online presence with
weekly live web series Chats Video
Orange-Ligue 1 L'Equipe.
The programme features
interviews with players, managers
and club owners involved in France's
top ﬂight football league.
Each interview lasts 30 minutes
and the topic is determined by the
watching audience. A moderator
selects questions from the many
thousands of live contributions
and feeds those to a tablet used
during the interview by journalists.
Filming takes place at one of 20
clubs currently competing in
France's Lique 1.
Handling the production and
streaming of this series is Parisbased Canalchat Grandialogue. The
15-strong team has over the past 14
years produced more than 3,000
The ﬂyaway kit is based around Blackmagic Design products
live video webcasts for a variety
of companies, including France
Television, Orange, Clarins, Citroën,
HSBC, Michelin and McDonald's.
At the heart of these live
productions is a compact ﬂyaway
kit built around Blackmagic Design
products. Reliability and mobility
were big factors when it came to
developing the rig, according to
COO Frank Fellous.
"We are always on the move
whether it is by car, train or plane.
Typically our live productions require
between two and three people.
Bearing that in mind, I wanted
to build a reliable, light weight
multi camera studio capable of
filming and streaming events in
broadcast quality HD."
The L'Equipe series is shot on two
HD cameras. "Once the camera
positions are set up, we take the
two SDI sources straight into an
ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher
and monitor both of the feeds
on Blackmagic's SmartView Duo.
We then produce our programme
output using the ATEM Software
Fellous said that the new 4K ready
live event rig around Blackmagic
Design's ATEM Production Studio 4K
will futureproof our business for 4K.
"For title clips and lower third
graphics, we use a MacBook as
a video source over an HDMI
connection. This allows us to
move graphics as ﬁles between
our laptop and the production
switcher. Accessible through the
ATEM's Media Pool, we then create
our mixed programme feed. We top
and tail the show with title clips and
record the mixed programme output
in ProRes 422 onto solid state
drives (SSD) using a Blackmagic
HyperDeck Studio. Our workﬂow
also features a secondary recording
device for backup purposes.
"No two events are ever identical.
And when you are out on the road
you need a set-up that is reliable
and flexible enough to handle
whatever might come your way
during a live production. That is
why Blackmagic Design was an
obvious choice. ATEM was the
only rack mount broadcast grade
production switchers to offer this
many I/O possibilities, whether it be
HDMI or HD-SDI," he said.