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Livewire onboard the Volvo Ocean Race

Livewire Digital’s video acquisition and media management system is being used in the Volvo Ocean Race. The latest system manages two satellite terminals, an Inmarsat FB500 and an FB150.
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Livewire Digital’s video acquisition and media management system is being used in the Volvo Ocean Race. The latest system manages two satellite terminals, an Inmarsat FB500 and an FB150. The complexity of video and audio acquisition from multiple fixed and handheld cameras and microphones, as well as management of the satellite terminals and data and voice communications, is presented to the Media Crew Member (MCM) as a series of intuitive workflows. System configuration then occurs behind the scenes, allowing the MCM to focus on his media objective rather than the underlying technology. The workflows include: live video calls with broadcasters and sponsors or for streaming to the internet, the delivery of high quality HD material, radio interviews and during the in-port racing, live HD using the on-board microwave links. Improvements for the 11th edition of the race include: reduction in size and weight and increased functionality of the fixed HD roll compensated and HD PTZ cameras; advances in the camera electronics has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of cables and therefore weight; integration of multiple Inmarsat Fleet broadband terminals; a more sophisticated delay-line technology and more intuitive user interface. Tristan Wood, managing director of Livewire Digital, commented, “This has been the most successful race yet, the quality of the media coming off the yachts has been outstanding, and I believe that the standards in media delivery and consumer expectation have been raised” Jack Lloyd, race director at Volvo Ocean Race said, “We are delighted that the media system, designed manufactured and installed by Livewire, has performed so well in this harsh and testing environment.” www.livewire.co.uk

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