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Sports Information Services bets on Grass Valley

Will employ LiveTouch highlights and replay solution

Live betting company Sports Information Services (SIS) has selected Grass Valley to provide an upgraded automated workflow for its horse and greyhound racing production services.

SIS will employ Grass Valley’s LiveTouch highlights and replay solution which will be integrated into the company’s newly automated production workflow.

The new SIS workflow includes a LiveTouch Max 2 server, in a 6 in/4 out configuration, along with two LiveTouch panels. Also included is Grass Valley’s FileFlow engine for transwrapping or transcoding camera and file formats. This setup enables the SIS production team to create replay clips from a range of input sources, storing them for later use or playing them out to a relevant racing channel. Using the Live Touch Controller’s T-Bar, live replay clips can also be slowed down to give viewers more detailed images.

Chris Thornton, head of engineering and distribution at SIS, said: “We were endeavouring to automate our workflow and required a system that allowed us to manually select the best clips for replay – and to do this with as few operators as possible. We have a longstanding working relationship with the Grass Valley team; they have a deep understanding of how the live production environment works, understand our requirements and deliver the best. LiveTouch provides all the capability we need and packs in a lot of extra features that make the manual sections of our workflow hugely efficient.”

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