In Broadcast - July 2017 - 49
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Top Solutions To UEFA
setup for UEFA
EVS live production
earhouse Broadcast is providing a
range of solutions to UEFA for its
European football finals.
Operations Centres (TOCs), EVS live
production infrastructure and all
commentary services for the UEFA
Champions League, UEFA Europa
League and UEFA Super Cup finals.
UEFA and Gearhouse Broadcast have
a long history of working together.
Last year, Gearhouse successfully
provided TOCs, Cable Interconnection
Rooms, special cameras and EVS slowmotion operations facilities as part of
a comprehensive installation at all 10
UEFA EURO 2016 venues in France.
The TOC is used to distribute the
live stadium world feed and requires
around 100km of high-quality
fibre cable to be installed on site.
Gearhouse's bespoke TOC design was
so well received that UEFA has used
it as the blueprint for its domestic
For the first-time UEFA, is using
Gearhouse to provide the commentary
infrastructure at each match. Running
the flexible Lawo Commentary Unit
(LCU) which is based on RAVENNA, a
real-time Audio-over-IP networking
technology, Gearhouse is delivering a
contribution network which eliminates
the need to use ageing ISDN lines
and patch in each commentator
manually. It means that UEFA can now
offer a large number of high-quality
commentary lines at each match,
either within the stadium, or remotely,
helping to keep down production costs.
Engineering Specialist at UEFA said:
"This solution allows us to streamline
and futureproof onsite broadcast
services and also provide the highest
quality of service to rights holders."
Ed Tischler, Head Of Projects at
Gearhouse Broadcast said: "This new
service from Gearhouse addresses a
growing trend we're seeing within live
productions, with rights owners and
broadcasters increasingly wanting
to use a specialist partner to handle
the technical requirements. This
means that they can concentrate on
delivering the best production possible
to a growing number of international
viewers, without needing to dedicate
valuable resources to oversee
Lawo's Barry Revel added: "The
Lawo and Gearhouse engineering
teams worked together to spec up
a commentary system that ticked
all the boxes for UEFA's extensive
At the UEFA Champions League
final in Cardiff, Gearhouse provided
a range of technical services to host
broadcaster BT Sport including an
on-site special cameras facility.
This received feeds from the UEFA
helicopter camera, in-goal cameras,
handheld radio frequency cameras and
the stadium shots.
The May 25, UEFA Europa League
final in Stockholm saw Manchester
United beat Ajax. The UEFA Champions
League final in Cardiff on June 3 saw
Real Madrid beat Juventus.
The winners face off for the UEFA
Super Cup on August 8 in Skopje,