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France Galop revamps horse racing coverage with Sony IP Live

Sony’s multi-format video switcher now sits at the heart of France Galop’s control room

France Galop, the governing body of French flat and steeplechase horse racing, has chosen Sony’s IP Live production system to modernise its coverage of horse racing.

As part of a complete renovation of its prestigious Longchamp Racecourse, France Galop is now equipped with an IP production control room, allowing for greater flexibility and sustainability.

France Galop worked with AV engineering consultancy MTCE Consulting and AV integrator EV Corp during the selection and installation of Sony’s solution.

Sony’s XVS-6000 multi-format video switcher with mixed SDI and IP production capacity sits at the heart of France Galop’s control room, receiving up to 24 possible sources of video across the site, which are handled by conversion gateways. Sony’s NXL-FR318 chassis and NXLK-IP40F conversion board providing SDI to IP conversion, gives France Galop’s producers the ability to evolve content from HD to the latest 4K standards.

The entire racecourse system is being managed by Sony’s PWS-100NM1 IP Live System Manager workstation, controlling routing, security and the bandwidth of the network. France Galop is now able to control all its live IP network, with the possibility of managing productions remotely in the future. The installation has given France Galop the ability to futureproof its management by optimising the activity of the racecourse and post-race coverage.

“We needed a long-lasting technology which offered flexibility, ready for an IP-driven future and possible upcoming expansion. MTCE Consulting and EV Corp naturally recommended Sony as a pioneer of live production and IP, as well as for its maturity, expertise and interoperability with the CISCO infrastructure,” commented Thierry Migeon, technical leader in charge of France Galop.

“After multiple installations around the world, the first Sony IP Production Manager in France was deployed in just a few weeks to start the new season in April,” added Nicolas Moreau, Sony’s marketing manager of Live Production Solutions. “We are pleased to have contributed to the technical modernisation of France Galop’s prestigious site.”