Sony Digital Rapids Pixel Power calrec Sony

NBC Sports' Tour de France Coverage Adds Augmented Reality, Live On-Bike POV Cameras

19/07/2019

NBC Sports' Tour de France Coverage Adds Augmented Reality, Live On-Bike POV Cameras The studio is traveled to every day's finish line By Jason Dachman, Chief Editor

Friday, July 19, 2019 - 10:30 am

Print This Story

Story Highlights

As the peloton treks through brutal Pyrenees stages of the Tour de France this weekend, NBC Sports Group is providing U.S. cycling fans with a deeper look at the action than ever before. The Peacock has deployed several new production tools for its coverage of the 21-day race, including an AR-based virtual-graphics and telestrator system in the studio and, for the first time, live feeds from POV cameras mounted on several competitors' bicycles.

We definitely feel like we have more tools to work with this year than ever, says NBC Sports Coordinating Producer Joel Felicio, and we have an amazing team as always. It's 60 of us that are all in this together. Once a year, we gather together, and you get to see all your friends again. It's a long journey, but everybody absolutely loves to be here, which is great because this is one of those events where you cannot survive without everyone being positive.

On-board 4G cameras are fitted on up to eight bicycles per day transmitting live feeds for Tour de France coverage.

By the end of the final stage on July 28, NBC Sports will have presented more than 350 hours of live, primetime, and encore coverage of the 106th Tour de France, across NBC, NBCSN, and the NBC Sports Gold app. Although most of NBC's actual race coverage will be derived from the world feed produced by France T l visions and Euromedia, NBC will once again travel its studio show and commentators daily to the finish line of all 21 stages.

We're at the finish line every day, notes Felicio. That means we do a full set and strike every single day. We finish our show around 7:30 or 8:00, and our caravan of trucks pack up and drive to the next finish location overnight. Then, we do it all over again the next day.

Studio Operation Gets Virtual With New AR System

NBC Sports' studio production has a new tech toy in its arsenal this year: an augmented-reality graphics and telestrator system developed by Israel-based Morpheus, which produces virtual cyclist graphics. NBC commentators can virtually move and analyze up to 15 cyclists within a hologram-like 3D space in NBC's mobile studio set.

NBC's coverage features 3D animated maps that track in real time where the riders are on the route.

While AR tools like this are often used in a fixed-studio environment, NBC and Morpheus must deal with the added challenge of moving and recalibrating the highly complex system on a daily basis.

That's the ambitious challenge that we're facing here with this technology; I don't think it's ever been done before in this sort of mobile environment, says Felicio. [The system] is obviously more suited for a [fixed] studio, where you can set it and forget it and don't have to move it. But, in our case, we are moving our studio to a different location every day. We have someone dedicated to making sure everything is set up correctly each day, because the studio desk has to be put back and rebuilt in the exact same [configuration] every day in order to calibrate the system.

The AR system also has the ability to virtually represent elevations and wind currents, allowing NBC analysts to visually explain the concept of a pace line and how drafting can impact the race.

It's going to make it easier to explain some pretty advanced [cycling] concepts to people in a visual way, says Felicio. Once we start really playing with this tool, I think there is going to be an infinite amount of great things we can do with it.

NBC's coverage also features 3D animated maps that track where the riders are in real time on the route.

Live On-Board Cameras Take Viewers Inside the Peloton

For the first time, NBC Sports is integrating live feeds from cameras mounted on several competitors' bicycles. 4G cameras on up to eight bicycles per day transmit live to the world-feed control room (based on the strength of the signal). The cameras can be mounted under the rider's saddle and on under the front handlebar.

As always, Tour de France coverage relies heavily on RF cameras.

This is something that we've been talking to the ASO about for years now, and we're excited to finally be able to make it happen, says Felicio. We've had cameras on the bikes for years recording footage, but this year will be the first time we can put it up live. You get a lot more sense of how closely packed in they are and riding elbow to elbow.

As always, Tour de France coverage relies heavily on RF cameras (provided by Euromedia), with two helicopters covering the race and five motorcycles covering the action. One helicopter carries a gyro-stabilized camera system with a telephoto lens for taking close-ups; the other is outfitted with a wide-angle lens for capturing the sweeping landscapes and the peloton. Two airplanes relay the footage via RF to the world-feed control room.

In addition, two fixed cameras are located at the starting line (five in the case of race-against-the-clock time trials, five others at an intermediary point), and 10-12 cameras are at the finish line each day.

NBC Sports cycling analyst Christian Vande Velde rode several key stages of the Tour in advance, wearing special raptor sunglasses (the same technology used by U.S. fighter pilots in the visors of their helmets) to preview critical points on the course. On several of the previews, onscreen telemetry shows his speed, power, and cadence.

Plenty of Personalities on the Set, Throughout the Course

NBC's Tour de France production operates out of four trucks in the technical compound near the finish line: two production trucks, one sat
LINK: https://www.sportsvideo.org/2019/07/19/nbc-sports-tour-de-france-cover...
See more stories from svg

Most recent headlines

08/12/2019

Ericsson reaches resolution on U.S. FCPA investigations

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announced the resolution of the previously disclosed investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and...

07/12/2019

Im A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! Saturday 7 December preview (video)

Im A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! Saturday 7 December preview (video) Jacqueline Jossa, Roman Kemp, Kate Garraway and Andy Whyment undertake tonights Bushtu...

07/12/2019

December 06, 2019

Scripps Research scientists garner 20 spots on annual ranking of world's highly cited researchers The prestigious list identifies scientists who've dis...

07/12/2019

Rising Sun Pictures Co-Founder, Gail Fuller Named as Santos Leader-of-the-Year Award

-- Gail Fuller, Rising Sun Pictures Co-Founder, was recognised for her ongoing...

07/12/2019

Primetime Ratings: Fox Wins With Cowboys-Bears

Fox won Thursday prime by a mile, as a hearty Thursday Night Football gave the network a 3.7 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and an 18 share. In a...

07/12/2019

Quibi to Offer Season Seven of Reno 911!'

Season seven of comedy Reno 911! will run on Quibi. The ensemble comedy was created by and stars Robert Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney-Silver and Thomas Lennon, all w...

07/12/2019

Watch: Uzalo latest Episode 220 S5 Thursday, 5 December 2019

The story follows the family whose wealth was built in the murky criminal underworld, as well as the more wholesome Mdletshe family who's day to day life, i...

07/12/2019

FUJINON Techno Stabi TS-X 1440 - high-end binoculars redefined

FUJINON Techno Stabi TS-X 1440 - high-end binoculars redefined A strong partner for highest demands with 14x magnification and the worlds most powerful image st...

07/12/2019

ITV launches brand new promo for Love Island

ITV launches brand new promo for Love Island [Friday 6 December] Tonight, ITV will premiere the brand new advertising promo for Love Island. The promo for th...

07/12/2019

Im A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! Friday 6 December preview (video)

Im A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! Friday 6 December preview (video) Roman Kemp and Andy Whyment undertake tonights Bushtucker Trial - Pump of Peril Im A Ce...

07/12/2019

UCLan cJAM - Attracting the talent of the future.

Posted on 06 Dec 2019 On Friday 22 November, our Creative Director, Simon Couchman, attended the UCLan cJAM: Media event at Lancaster Uni. Hosted by the Facul...

07/12/2019

Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame 2019: Bob Fishman, A Directing Virtuoso and Creator of Iconic Moments

Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame 2019: Bob Fishman, A Directing Virtuoso and Cre...

07/12/2019

SVG Esports Production Summit Videos and Presentations Now Available

SVG Esports Production Summit Videos and Presentations Now Available By SVG Staff Friday, December 6, 2019 - 8:00 am Print This Story Story Highlights Vi...

07/12/2019

SVG Summit 2019: New Workshops Spotlight Cloud Services, Graphics & AR, and Live HDR Production

SVG Summit 2019: New Workshops Spotlight Cloud Services, Graphics & AR, and Live...

07/12/2019

College Football Conference Championships Notebook: CBS, FOX, ESPN Line Up Big Shows On Critical Final Weekend

College Football Conference Championships Notebook: CBS, FOX, ESPN Line Up Big S...

07/12/2019

SVG On-Demand: Behind the Scenes of Esports Live-Production Workflows

SVG On-Demand: Behind the Scenes of Esports Live-Production Workflows By SVG Staff Friday, December 6, 2019 - 1:27 pm Print This Story Story Highlights W...

07/12/2019

Esports Production Summit: How Observers' and REMI' Define the Breakout Era of Live Esports Production

Esports Production Summit: How Observers' and REMI' Define the Breakou...

07/12/2019

Change in Magyar Telekom's top management

Change in Magyar Telekom's top management Budapest, December 6, 2019 08:00 Magyar Telekom announces that Chief Financial Officer J nos Szab will leave ...

07/12/2019

Magyar Telekom changes its management structure

Magyar Telekom changes its management structure Budapest, December 6, 2019 08:00 Magyar Telekom's Board of Directors decided to simplify its governance ...

07/12/2019

Hitachi to Provide CNAO with Proton Therapy System

Tokyo, December 6, 2019 --- Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, Hitachi ) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to provide Centro Nazionale di Adroterapia...

06/12/2019

Broadcast Film & Video: 2019 - The Year of Change!

Broadcast Film & Video: 2019 - The Year of Change! The advent of IP has driven significant change. No longer are people combing the marketplace for bespoke...

06/12/2019

NEP Announces the Appointment of Lise Heidal as SVP, Global Media Solutions to Lead Worldwide Initiative

NEP Announces the Appointment of Lise Heidal as SVP, Global Media Solutions to L...

06/12/2019

Thuraya & Airbus Demonstrate Aero Mobility Capabilities At Dubai Air Show 2019

Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 19th : Thuraya, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of the UAE-based Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), in partners...

06/12/2019

Sony and Verizon Demonstrate How 5G Stands to Transform Live Sports Production

Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc., Sony Mobile Communications Inc. and Verizon joined forces with NBC Sports to test how 5G can change the way live sports ...

06/12/2019

Qube Wire delivers Studiocanal's Knives Out and Bombshell to 48 theatres in Australia and New Zealand via electronic delivery network

Qube Wire delivers Studiocanals Knives Out and Bombshell to 48 theatres in Austr...

06/12/2019

Best Wishes of the Season to All Our Customers!

December 2019 We would like to thank all our customers for their valued business in 2019 - this has been one of our busiest years! Our thanks also go to all ...

06/12/2019

Xilinx Issues Statement in Response to Analog Devices Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Xilinx Issues Statement in Response to Analog Devices Patent Infringement Lawsui...

06/12/2019

Disrupting the Beauty Industry with Consumer Neuroscience

Myriad trends exist across the consumer product goods (CPG) landscape, but few are as noteworthy as health and wellness. In the U.S., the economy and immigratio...

06/12/2019

All Things Being Equal highlights role of PSM in promoting gender equality

All Things Being Equal highlights role of PSM in promoting gender equality...

06/12/2019

Taking a holistic approach to fighting streaming piracy

The worldwide content distribution industry - from traditional cable, telco and satellite TV providers to the growing number of direct-to-consumer (DTC) players...

06/12/2019

Track Matching with the Project Page

Okay, this is an unusual one. Please fasten your seat belts, and set your tray tables to the upright and locked positions. Personal bias alert: With pop and ro...

06/12/2019

The future is video: IPV secures and pound;4m investment to accelerate global growth

Media asset management software provider IPV has confirmed details of new growth...

06/12/2019

Alchimie appoints head of UK operations

Follows Alchimies recent acquisition of TVPlayer Jenny Priestley 4 hours ago Follows Alchimie's recent acquisition of TVPlayer target=_blank title=...

06/12/2019

Netflix pledges more transparency on audience metrics

Head of original films Scott Stuber discusses measuring audience numbers Dan Meier 4 hours ago Head of original films Scott Stuber discusses measuring au...

06/12/2019

Broadcast Solutions looks back on successful Broadcast Innovation Day 2019 in Bingen, Germany

Broadcast Solutions looks back on successful Broadcast Innovation Day 2019 in Bi...

06/12/2019

MRC Buys Rights to Kids' Character Eloise'

MRC said it bought film, television, live stage and related ancillary rights to the Eloise children's books written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilar...

06/12/2019

Vazquez, Tweedie Hired to Host New E! Morning Shows

E! said it has hired Lilliana Vazquez and Scott Tweedie to co-host its two new New York-based morning news shows. Lilliana Vazquez and Scott Tweedie The new ...

06/12/2019

Primetime Ratings: Fox Wins With Strong Singer'

Fox won Wednesday ratings with a robust The Masked Singer. The network scored a 1.2 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 6 share. That topped the...

06/12/2019

Syndication Ratings: Progress Impeached by Public Hearings

Wall-to-wall coverage of public impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives across major broadcast affiliates caused massive preemptions and skewed rat...

06/12/2019

Riedel Bolero and MediorNet Provide Comprehensive and Wide-Ranging Comms Solution for World-Renowned Winterthurer Musikfestwochen

Riedel Bolero and MediorNet Provide Comprehensive and Wide-Ranging Comms Solutio...

06/12/2019

EVS' Overcam Wins IABM's Peter Wayne Golden BAM Award

EVS Overcam Wins IABMs Peter Wayne Golden BAM Award posted: 05/12/2019 Judges say new AI-driven solution is promising for budget conscious live sports pro...

06/12/2019

That Station, Yep Roc Team Up for Steep Canyon Rangers at Schoolkids Records

Music lovers fill Schoolkids Records in Raleigh on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Steep Canyon Rangers stopped by for a short concert to launch their new live alb...

06/12/2019

TurboSquidTurboSquid Adds Arnold & USDZ Support To 3D Converter

NEW ORLEANS - TurboSquid (TurboSquid.com) has increased the capabilities of the StemCell automated 3D converter by adding compatibility with 12 file formats and...

06/12/2019

Tommy Finke Talks Theater, EDM and Studio One!

Tommy Finke, also known as T.D. Finck von Finckenstein, is a singer-songwriter as well as a composer of electronic computer music, theatre music, and modern dan...

06/12/2019

Fox Corporation Announces Correction by FTSE Russell and Removal from Gambling Business Activity Exclusion List

New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA - December 5, 2019 Fox Corporation (Nasdaq: F...

06/12/2019

AICP Introduces Updated and Revised Bid Form

AICP Introduces Updated and Revised Bid Form New York, NY December 5, 2019 Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, and Danny Rosenbloom, VP, Digital and Po...

06/12/2019

METLIFE TO ACQUIRE U.S. PET HEALTH INSURANCE ADMINISTRATOR, PETFIRST

METLIFE TO ACQUIRE U.S. PET HEALTH INSURANCE ADMINISTRATOR, PETFIRST Enters Fast-Growing Pet Insurance Market To Leverage MetLife's Leading Position in Grou...

05/12/2019

ENTERTAINMENT ONE WELCOMES COUNTRY ARTIST KALIE SHORR TO ITS PUBLISHING ROSTER

BACKENTERTAINMENT ONE WELCOMES COUNTRY ARTIST KALIE SHORR TO ITS PUBLISHING ROSTERDecember 5, 2019 - Entertainment One ( eOne ) is happy to announce an exclusiv...