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Sweden’s media solutions provider Net Insight and the country’s national public broadcaster Sveriges Televison (SVT) have teamed with Grass Valley to undertake what they say is unprecedented remote IP production of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
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Running from 4-17 February at Åre in Sweden, the competition’s production set-up boasts the largest number of cameras deployed and the highest volume of remote signals – video, audio and data – transmitted to date from a live location to SVT’s headquarters in Stockholm, over 600 km away. The remote production workflow is set up to support a team of around 150 camera operators and technicians on location in Åre, with the rest of the production workflow and staff in Stockholm.

The set-up comprises eighty LDX 86 Series cameras from Grass Valley, located along the ski course in Åre are delivering uncompressed HD signals over two 100 Gbps fibre circuits from telco Telia, to three control rooms at SVT’s Stockholm facility. Each circuit uses Nimbra transport solutions from Net Insight, including the recently launched terabit capacity platform, the Nimbra 1060. Grass Valley’s DirectIP capability is central to this workflow, enabling the XCU base stations to be situated in the central equipment room in Stockholm, while the cameras are in the hills of Åre.

DirectIP is said to hugely simplifies the interconnections that need to be made, allowing all the camera signals to connect straight into the XCU. In addition, the capability is attributed with enabling the shaders to match the cameras, without any delay, with fewer people traveling and in a comfortable environment in Stockholm.

A Grass Valley Kayenne video production centre switcher panel based in Åre gives the director access to a Grass Valley K-Frame X video production engine back at the studio. This sits alongside a multi-format Sirius 850 router that was purchased specifically for this event.

“This accomplishment demonstrates how far we’ve come in executing remote productions, especially looking back at our remote set-up in 2012 for the London Summer Games,” explained SVT director of technology, CTO, Adde Grandberg.

“To achieve this feat for the Alpine World Ski Championships, we knew from the beginning that we’d need more bandwidth, an adaptable workflow and very tight collaboration with Net Insight and Grass Valley — with no compromise to our ability to deliver high quality, synchronised images to our rights holders. The stunning pictures they deliver, with minimal latency, made Grass Valley’s cameras the brand of choice for us and this project. These, coupled with its DirectIP capability, were instrumental in enabling us to create a robust and reliable workflow that can cope with the unique conditions of a live ski event. Together we’ve set a new benchmark for live remote production at a major sporting event.”