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InStudio

A Test of Endurance
Long distance events such as Ironman triathlons require effective
and robust live production workflows, Blackmagic Design contributes
to the coverage challenges...

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ronman triathlons have now grown
from its inaugural race in Hawaii in
1978, to become a major global series
of events, offering racers some of the
most challenging events under some of
the harshest conditions. And with the
explosion in streaming and the ability
for fans across the world to track every
stroke, pedal and pace, the life of the
long-distance athlete is no longer as
lonely as once depicted.
A Long Haul
However, those producing the
streams, which can last up to 17 hours
for some of the longest events, face
a dual content challenge: how do
you keep a stream entertaining and
informative for such an extended
period, and for viewers who will,
for the most part, dip in and out of
following the event.
"Storytelling is such a key part of
our video work for any of the Ironman
races," says Claudio Schuetz, who
produces live streams at Ironman 70.3
(half distance) races across Austria,
Portugal and the Middle East. "In some
races, you can have someone leading
the field for the majority of the race;
so once they leave the rest of the
pack, how do you create interesting
coverage that will keep people
watching?"
Claudio has worked at Ironman
events for the past 14 years, initially
as a presenter, but as interest and
demand for video coverage at events
grew, he began to investigate effective
live production workflows. "The
content we produce now encompasses

production desk that we know can be
relied on to perform, regardless of
the conditions or location," continues
Claudio. "We've worked with the ATEM
range of switchers from the original
ATEM Television Studio onwards,
and for us, the balance between low
latency, capability and price point is
one that is rarely seen."
In order to keep viewers updated,
the stream is overplayed with a live set
of race analytics, updates and athlete
information, with graphics built with
NewBlueFX and delivered through
a UltraStudio capture and playback
device. "Most viewers will dip in and
out, but about 8-12% of our stream
audience do watch the entire race, so
we have to be able to cater for both.
On average, most people will see about
50-60% of the coverage, so we have to
make sure our onscreen information
reflects what they will need to know."

Going the Distance
Claudio believes that the secret to
success is the production team's indepth knowledge of long-distance and
The compact production desk has to be mobile
multiple feeds at each event,
endurance racing. "There are
from big screen coverage
a huge amount of decisions
for spectators, as well as a
that have to be made during
comprehensive live streams
each race, and some of
and highlights packages."
these are almost intuitive
To track the competitors
because we can foresee the
though an event, the cameras
different ways a race might
have to be mobile. "During
unfold. If you don't know
the open water swimming, we
the sport well, you're going
shoot on kayaks, and then we
to struggle to work with the
switch over to motorbikes to
duration and how to anticipate
cover the road sections for
developments
that
can
biking and running. Even then,
change the entire shape of the
Some of the longest events run for 17 hours competition," he explains.
we have to be very organised
with our camera positioning, as the the production gallery, where Claudio
"Combining our experience and
races cover such immense distances. cuts the feeds on a PPU built around understanding of what Ironman events
Otherwise, we can miss really critical an ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K demand from the competitors along
developments during a race."
switcher and an ATEM 1 M/E Advanced with a robust and scalable production
Panel.
workflow means that we can create
Production Links
"The events take place in such a a live stream that truly depicts the
All are linked to LiveU backpacks, variety of locations and conditions, incredible stories of these amazing
which transmit the signals wirelessly to we have to have a very compact athletes."

Storytelling is a key part of the multi-camera video work

Keeping the action in focus


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