Sydney-Gravity Media and MENA Sports & Entertainment Group partnered on 5 June coverage of the head-to-head Men’s Endurance Sport Race in Germany, relying on an advanced REMI (Remote Integration Model) production setup.
The race, a one-on-one contest between Kristian Blumenfelt and Joe Skipper and between Nicola Spirig and Kat Matthews, was not only one of the history books, with a full-distance triathlon lasting less than seven and eight hours, respectively. was completed. But it also proved to be a remarkable achievement for Remy Models.
“This event was a great opportunity to showcase a ‘proof of concept’ and shed light on what can be achieved through experience and innovation. I loved watching the program. Technically [a] great achievement; John Newton, CEO of Gravity Media, said everyone involved should be very proud.
Around 50,000 people worldwide watched the race on YouTube and Facebook. Nine and a half hours of live coverage of the Pho3nix SUB7 SUB8 Triathlon in Germany was produced from the Gravity Media Production Center in Sydney, operated by Zwift Racing.
Coverage of the event highlighted Gravity Media’s technological innovation. Sixteen cameras mounted from the Lastitzering racetrack in Brandenburg, Germany, feed remote IP broadcasts switched from Sydney. Live coverage of the racing was booked with pre- and post-race content, including special guests, pre-recorded material and technical analysis.
Saul Shtein, Director of Production & Content at Gravity Media Australia, said, “Gravity Media has a great reputation globally for not only providing complex technical solutions, but also for our highly reliable and talented production team.” “Sub7 and Sub8 is an example of cost-effective, complete turnkey production. From working with clients to initial concept, pre-production, graphic design, crew…
Live coverage was streamed on the Pho3nix Foundation’s YouTube channel. A peak of 28,880 concurrent spectators saw the racers finish under goal time. Gravity Media said 202,300 were watched after 24 hours, and the stream is estimated to have more than a million views over the next week.
The coverage was also shown on Facebook, where it was viewed 174,438 times and clicked on 15,995 links. Related social media post engagement registered a 600% increase from baseline, it said.
More than 90 Gravity Media personnel from Australia and France produced the coverage, said Mike Purcell, head of production and executive producer at Gravity Media Australia, adding that equipment was used from all of the company’s offices, including Germany and the UK.
“The event has been a great achievement at every level. Apart from the brilliantly executed technical feat by the technical teams on a complex and very advanced set-up, it has also been a great collaboration between Gravity Media offices across the globe,” Solen Zavagno, general manager of Gravity Media, said in France.
Gravity Media used a large amount of equipment to provide the necessary communications and used video circuits. TalkBack was delivered through Unity Communications using bonded devices. A total of 20 cameras, including specialized cameras, were deployed on motorcycles and a drone. A shotover camera with a polecam and gyro-stabilized head was also deployed.
All feeds were carried through AVWest bonded IP transmitters. Other technology includes 20 EVS record ports spread across three XT3 servers connected to the control panel, SRT return video charges in Germany and Australia, three GFX engines and multiple edit suites. Personnel included two dedicated highlight loggers, a social media team that manages all social content and on-screen graphics from Gravity Media’s Australian design team and built by Giraffe, the company said.
“The project required complex engineering solutions. We worked closely with the Gravity Media team in France to connect the two sites via IP com and bonded camera technology. Our facility was designed to support both remote productions and traditional broadcast methods. This unparalleled flexibility allows us to remain agile for any production, small or large, anywhere in the world,” said Adam Dodman, studio engineering manager for Gravity Media Australia.
More information is available on the company’s Website (opens in new tab). Video coverage of the triathlon is available online (opens in new tab).