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SIS (Sports Information Services), a leading supplier of live betting technology, has chosen the LiveTouch replay and highlights solution from Grass Valley to provide an upgraded automated workflow for its horse and greyhound racing production.

SIS grassvalley 7Feb2019The 24/7 Live Betting Channels encompass horse racing and greyhound racing meaning that SIS handles a large number of sources from multiple race venues, a set up that would usually require more operators to support clip creation and live replays.

The new investment is designed to enable SIS to deliver slow-motion and instant replays, supporting the creation, editing, metadata entry and playback from multiple venues by just two operators. LiveTouch integrates with the rest of SIS’s newly automated production workflow, which includes two Grass Valley Kahuna 9600 live production switchers.

The new SIS workflow also includes a LiveTouch Max 2 server, in a 6 in/4 out configuration, along with two LiveTouch panels. Also included is the FileFlow engine for transwrapping or transcoding camera and file formats. This setup enables the SIS production team to create replay clips from a range of input sources, storing them for later use or playing them out to a relevant racing channel. LiveTouch enables each replay clip to be saved to either internal or external storage, which is made available as a network directory to all users on the SIS network. Operators can access every clip without copying or storing locally to deliver replays or montage packages.

“Live racing production requires fast, agile and robust workflows that leave no room for error,” commented Chris Thornton, head of engineering and distribution at SIS. “We were endeavouring to automate our workflow and required a system that allowed us to manually select the best clips for replay – and to do this with as few operators as possible. We have a longstanding working relationship with the Grass Valley team; they have a deep understanding of how the live production environment works, understand our requirements and deliver the best. LiveTouch provides all the capability we need and packs in a lot of extra features that make the manual sections of our workflow hugely efficient.”