HBS is providing the host broadcast production for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, which will be held June 26 to July 17, writes Adrian Pennington. Live match production involving multiple OB facilities and production companies will rely on EVS systems for all live replays, highlights, and graphics analysis during the event.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup is promised to have a first rate TV coverage in terms of production and distribution and represents a major step in women’s football competition, putting it on par with the men’s tournaments when it comes to broadcasting.
HBS has hired outside broadcast facilities from Germany’s Top Vision, Studio Berlin and TVN.
Each match will be played in one of the nine stadia (Augsburg, Bochum, Frankfurt, Monchengladbach, Wolfsburg, Berlin, Dresden, Leverkusen, and Sinsheim) and will be covered by 12 cameras (for regular matches) and up to 18 HD cameras (for top matches).
Every camera angle will be recorded on five XT series servers (with six channels each) controlled by ten LSM remotes, all connected through a high bandwidth media sharing network allowing live operation teams to control any shot instantly for slow motion replays, or prepared highlights packages and closers.
All systems will also be controlled and managed by an IPDirector, the EVS production content management system that allows the review and smooth handling of all recorded media and key sequences. The system will be used to transparently exchange files with Avid and Apple Final Cut Pro edit suites for more sophisticated montages.
The Epsio live graphic analysis system (pictured top), which was introduced at the first time by HBS in Johannesburg last summer, has been added to the live OB set up for the replay of offsides.
Integrated into the XT system, and controlled by the LSM remote controller, Epsio offers auto-detection of the playing field with auto graphic overlay creation, allowing operators to draw a line showing the offside position of a player in less than five seconds.
All live programme feeds will be gathered at the International Broadcast Centre, in Frankfurt. Live incoming feeds will be recorded on two EVS XT servers allowing the production team of German broadcaster ARD-ZDF to create extra highlights and polished edits using either EVS live editing tools or Avid suites. All media will be recorded natively as Avid DNxHD.