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and with a sporting event as dynamic and unpredictable as skateboarding, we knew it was essential that our camera crew be mobile enough to follow the fast-paced action but also to get out of the way quickly too! With this in mind, we acquired the Teradek Bolt. The Bolt is a wireless HD-SDI monitoring system that transmits zero delay uncompressed HD video. This new addition to our camera kit gave our cameramen scope to get amongst the action with ease and minimal disruption to the competitors while capturing some amazing up-close footage. We relied on a number of different cameras for this production. There were manned Sony EX-3s, GoPro Hero 3s on fixed mounts and, thanks to our friends at Broadcast Services Sony PMW-350s with 33x lenses. To get cameras in the thick of the action smaller, we chose to equip the lighter EX-3s with the Teradek Bolts since a camera with a traditional broadcast wireless unit is much too heavy to fling around. The Bolt proved highly effective as a near-range wireless solution. For the event hosts who roamed the event over a wide area, we chose to use ABonAirs to send their feeds to our production booth. The live feeds from the other cameras set up around the venue were sent back to our production team via fibre optic cables. To add further excitement to the live coverage of a skateboarding competition, we sought to share the excitement of the crowd at the venue – while keeping production costs down. To avoid the cost of a conventional jib we paired a GoPro with an Aviator micro jib to get some crowd shots to show the audience at home what they were missing out on. As great as this was, most fun of all was our new DactylCam Go Rig. The DactylCam is a remotely driven sled and GoPro that flies above the action on a zipwire, enabling us to get some great new angles and capture some eye-catching aerial footage of the event. This beautifully produced package created on site in Paris’ La Grande Halle de la Villette and sent by a program output feed to flat screens in the VIP and Riders areas as well as to Jumbotrons screens in La Grande Halle where over 15,000 spectators could see the action. This was accompanied by an audio feed sourced from the live commentary booth during the competition. For the 300,000 online viewers, the program output was fed live to 3xScreen’s Master Control Room in London using two LiveU LU70 live mobile video uplink backpacks. We used two LU70s for redundancy and had both sit across two Ka and one Ku broadband broadband satellite connections as an alternative to their usual 3G/4G SIMs. Utilising LiveU in our live streaming workflow eliminates the need for a streaming engineer onsite and means that we can stream to multiple platforms without the need for shipping encoders or arranging onsite internet. For Downtown Showdown we live streamed to five destinations - Factory Media, VANS and other sites via our Tier 1 Global CDN accounts, plus YouTube, Livestream, UStream and DailyMotion - 30 Mbps of live stream publishing. With online viewers from 99 different countries, twenty per cent of whom watched the action on mobile devices, we were satisfied that we delivered the highest quality production and streaming of the event. By enhancing our usual workflow with new innovations and equipment, we were chuffed with the resulting six seamless hours of comprehensive, professional coverage of an epic annual skate competition. Kate Phibbs is 3xScreen’s Media Event Live Broadcast Production Manager, emergency camera(wo)man, graphics operator, cable-basher and crew-feeder.. Checkout the highlights from Downtown Showdown Paris 2013 TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 82 OCTOBER 2013 | 69