Extreme E, the new electric off-road racing series, is partnering with NEP on its global broadcast production.
NEP, Extreme E and Aurora Media Worldwide have spent 18 months designing a technical solution that reaches the most remote locations whilst reducing the environmental impact across the entire production.
The full end-to-end solution includes flypack, remote production, crewing, satellite and fibre connectivity, edit, ingest, AR, GFX, display and projection, and specialist cameras including RF.
The system has been designed and built under the direction of Donald Begg, NEP’s director of technology for Major Events.
The specialised flypack has been designed to survive extreme temperatures and conditions, and will be connected back into NEP’s new ‘UHD ready’ centralised Broadcast and Media Centre, which is located at 200 Gray’s Inn Road, London. The production will make use of the centre’s extensive connectivity, remote production galleries, remote replay, edit and live centre monitoring, which are all currently being built at the London location.
NEP’s Netherlands based team in Hilversum has also developed new AR tools for drone tracking and in-car GFX, along with innovative RF technologies to work around environments where cable runs have to be limited. The company has developed a ground-based system of remote IP RF links and integration of the coverage systems to maximise the number of feeds.
Combined with advanced drone technology, the AR GFX teams have worked with Extreme E and Aurora to develop live mapping and overlays of the diverse course from the drones providing the viewer with a whole new experience in race time GFX AR overlays.
NEP’s solutions have been designed for workflows and a system that will support a smaller-sized team – with all crew members working as one team, supporting each other across disciplines from video to audio to cameras to rigging.
The technology has recently been put to the test at the ex RAF Bentwaters airfield in Ipswich.
Dave Adey, head of Broadcast and Technology at Extreme E, said: “After spending months working on these innovative broadcast solutions, many of which have never been used before, it has been great to see them all put into action at our recent test. We are travelling to such remote locations with Extreme E, which means there will be no second chance when we get to site, so this test has proved essential, and seeing all the hard work in real life has been very gratifying. We can’t wait to go racing later this year and show the world Extreme E through one of the most innovative productions I’ve ever worked on.”