There are many sources to deal with on the course , including the main cameras on the edges of the track, attached cameras for the stables, giant screen returns for tribunes, bettors, for weighing of the horses and jockeys, as well as for the needs of refereeing.
“We needed a long-lasting technology which offered flexibility, ready for an IP-driven future and possible upcoming expansion. [AV engineering consultancy] MTCE Consulting and [AV expert integrator] EV Corp recommended Sony, as a pioneer of live production and IP, as well as its maturity, expertise and interoperability with the Cisco infrastructure,” commented Thierry Migeon, Technical Leader in charge of France Galop. “The support of EV Corp. and Sony, which was one of the pioneers of IP live production was instrumental for the delivery of this turnkey project. And, thanks to training conducted by Sony, our production teams were immediately operational.”
“From a global perspective, since the installation of IP based production, we have been able to use fibre cabling for transporting video signals without the need for a huge HD-SDI gate and to eliminate HD-SDI/fibre optic conversion. The goal was to be able to offer a set of future-oriented IP solutions, especially for audio, intercom, KVM and video,” added Kevin Bonnaud, project manager at MTCE Consulting.
“Before we chose the solution for the racecourse, we had made a comprehensive study of the technical and financial offers on the market, a key factor was also our visit to both the BBC Studioworks’ installation of IP and Sony’s IP set-up, located at Pinewood Studios.”