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Shift 4 equips live Antarctic broadcast with NewTek

10 December 2013
Shift 4 equips live Antarctic broadcast with NewTek

Broadcast facilities and hire company Shift 4 has supplied a NewTek TriCaster 860 multi-camera production system for a purpose-built studio and control room streaming live footage from the Antarctic.

Nineteen-year-old Parker Liautaud (pictured), is aiming to set a new world speed record for a journey from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole. Content marketing agency Captive Minds contracted Shift 4 to provide MCR facilities in the studio built in the foyer of insurance company Willis Group’s London headquarters.

Willis Resilience Expedition TV will use the TriCaster to produce a live 60 minute show each day for 16 days during the expedition, including live updates directly from Parker, environmental news stories, news analyses and studio debates involving climate scientists, environmentalists and government figures. Programming will feature live video and audio satellite feeds from the expedition support vehicle in Antarctica, together with video from three Sony PDW-F800 HD cameras in the studio, previously edited VT material, on-screen graphics, and Skype calls from global contributors.

Alex Trezies, managing director, Shift 4, said, “For a live show like this, when there is only one chance to get it right, we know we can rely on TriCaster. It gives us all the inputs and outputs we need, plenty of graphics and effects, automation and built-in live streaming, with an intuitive interface. TriCaster enables us to produce professional quality programming that fits our clients’ budgets.”

Each live show will be mixed in the TriCaster and streamed to Willis’ YouTube channel, and will also be uploaded each day to to be viewed on demand. Viewers can watch live content on the site each morning at 08:30 GMT until 16 December.

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