The just:live production software from ToolsOnAir was deployed during the live broadcast of the opening ceremony of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest, held in Copenhagen. The largest song contest in the world sees artists from 37 countries competing for the title which will be honoured at the live finals on 10 May.
As part of the broadcast from Copenhagen City Hall Square, Best Broadcast Hire used just:live in its OB vans to streamline the playout of artist interviews and video clips. Lower third graphics with artist information were integrated in realtime with the video feed, then simultaneously broadcast live and streamed over the web.
"We chose to work with ToolsOnAir products in our OB van setup because of their straightforward approach to live production needs, their swift setup times, their great support and the stability of their applications," explained Michael Krautwald, technical director of Best Broadcast Hire.
Georg Deisting, product manager for Playout Solutions at ToolsOnAir, added: "just:live delivers the high-quality video and audio playout you expect from a professional broadcast environment. Our integrated playout engine provides supreme quality and back-to-back playout of mixed codecs, aspect ratios, pixel sizes and field orders. Interactive real-time graphics can be integrated to display live source-data, including news or stocks tickers and weather feeds. The tight integration with composition:builder, our graphics template creation tool, enables pre-produced templates to be layered on top of the video layer, which enables content changes to be made during playout and delivered in realtime."