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Case study: Behind the scenes at Catch Me if You Can

05/12/2023

nxo Noya Castro, technical director, Voz Audiovisual, reveals how technology from Blackmagic Design helps produce the Spanish game show

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Published: December 5, 2023 Updated: December 6, 2023

nxo Noya Castro, technical director, Voz Audiovisual, reveals how technology from Blackmagic Design helps produce the Spanish game show

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Quiz show Catch Me if You Can, broadcast by Televisi n de Galicia (TVG), is a co-production between Mediapro and Voz Audiovisual.

Filmed in one of four permanently equipped studios operated by Voz Audiovisual, the show utilises a multi-camera workflow featuring Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 cameras and the ATEM 1 M/E Constellation HD live production switcher.

With TVG's commitment to a daily broadcast, we produce five episodes each day, as well as special one-off editions. This requires us to streamline our workflow for rapid capture and turnaround, delivering masters to TVG, explains nxo Noya Castro, technical director, Voz Audiovisual.

Recording each episode involves five URSA Broadcast G2 camera chains patched to a Smart Videohub 40 40 12G router via SDI, with remote shading from an ATEM Camera Control Panel, and capture using four HyperDeck Studio HD Pro recorders.

The flexibility of the URSA Broadcast G2 delivers exceptional value for the money, and meant we could maximise our investment in previously owned equipment, such as lenses and tripods, adds Noya Castro.

Additionally, the camera's superior image quality and the ability to directly record in 1080p50 streamlines our post production process.

The master control room (MCR) is also equipped with an ATEM 1 M/E Constellation HD paired with ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel 10 for vision mixing the programme. The contest format involves complex graphic packages and multi-screens.

Using ATEM macros, we have automated the transitions, improving our agility and creative capacity, says Noya Castro.

After live production, the output, complete with integrated graphics, is fed into a network-attached storage (NAS) device through a 10GB Ethernet network for post production.

Voz Audiovisual produces five programmes daily, spread over 13 recording days each month, including some specials. This equates to approximately 140 episodes over two months, totaling around 50 terabytes of data.

Our workflow facilitates the capture of shows onto the NAS, where camera feeds are synchronized. Our editors then cut and finalize a 35 minute episode, which is subsequently exported and mastered using DaVinci Resolve Studio, Noya Castro explains.

With an average audience share of 13.3 per cent and 101,000 viewers, the programme is well established, he concludes. Blackmagic provides a combination of flexibility, a diverse product range, and functionality at a price point that stands alone in the market.
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