Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

Getting the Balance Right: The Inside Track on the eSkootr Championship

16/05/2022

Getting the balance right: The inside track on the eSkootr Championship By George Bevir

Friday, May 13, 2022 - 10:03

Print This Story

The first stage of the new eSkootr Championship (eSC) takes place in London on Saturday (14 May), which is a fitting location given that co-founder Khalil Beschir came up with the concept while in the city. Someone arrived at a meeting in London and said they just saw two people on scooters racing each other, and something in my head just clicked, he says. I was sitting next to my partner (eSC co-founder and chief executive) Hrag Sarkissian, and I said, why don't we do a racing scooter?' He thought I was joking, but it grew from there.

That idea has now evolved to a six-stage championship, with races in London, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain and the US. In each location, thirty riders from 10 teams backed by the likes of F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg and former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will race against each other in a series of short heats.

The riders, who are from a variety of sporting disciplines such as speed skating, BMX biking and snowboarding, will race specially designed electric scooters that can reach speeds of over 60mph, on inner-city circuits.

We wanted to look at production from a completely different perspective. What we didn't want, was another slightly different version of motorsport.

Sharon Fuller, ex- global head of central content creation for Red Bull and a former BBC Sport exec, is responsible for the creation of all eSC content. Her remit also includes overseeing distribution, media partnerships and production partners, including outside broadcast and production services provider NEP and production firm Boombox.

Fuller says that one of the things she has most enjoyed about her role at eSC is the joint vision of the organisation. What can happen [when you work on sporting events], is that as content person you are asked, here is an event, can you cover it?' But with eSC, I have been involved in much wider conversations from a very early stage.

Being involved in the start has allowed Fuller to ensure that content and broadcast plans were considered from the start and as the sport was developed. The placement of cameras on the scooters is a prime example of this, with the fittings and cabling integrated into the design of the scooters rather than retrofitted.

We have a fully integrated content and sport plan, says Fuller. We're as much of a tech business as we are a sport, and we have the unique opportunity to consider the tech, sport and the content all together. I'm not sure that anyone else has done that in the same way as us.

The Electrik City created in Unreal Engine will help us to blur the boundaries between real life racing and esports. It's really breaking new ground.

NEP was selected to provide broadcast and technical services, and Fuller says eSC has pushed them to do things they haven't done before, for example with regards to the onboard cameras. That's why they're such a great partner, because we know we can do that, she says.

Using the BSI miniTX UHD for onboard coverage, up to six scooters at one time will have up to three live pictures each during each race, including a forward, rear and rider-facing HD Minicam Marshall cameras. An onboard mic will provide feedback from the riders, plus noise from the scooters.

NEP director of sales Brian Clarke says the BSI transmitters are key to the onboard coverage. They can be configured to send 4 x 1080p signals, so you can send all signals from one very small form factor transmitter, he says.

Given the size of the scooters, weight and power consumption are very important, so we together with our BSI division have worked closely with the eSC team to make sure we have the right form factor integrated into the scooter. You have to do that; you couldn't strap this stuff on.

With Fuller opting for a belt and braces approach for the first event in London and a lack of fibre at the venue of the second stage in Switzerland, the first two races won't be remotely produced.

That means in London, NEP's Caspian and Mercury trucks will support the outside broadcast, with NEP Connect sending a dual dish truck transmitting five feeds, four in a MUX. These will be received by the Media City UK operations centre and passed on via the Anylive network to NEP Oslo for Mediabank and to NEP's London production centre at Gray's Inn Road.

There will be a shift to remote production for the rest of the season, in keeping with eSC's commitment to sustainability and the constraints of racing in city centre locations.

Clarke explains what a remote production for eSC could look like further into the season. Talent could be on site or offsite; you might have some production that are producing on site, but you've effectively moved the bulk of people including EVS operators, graphics and so on.

All signals will be taken back, via connectivity, so they can be used to produce full shows but also additional content and individual angles along with various broadcast and OTT and streaming formats.

As we progress, remote racking of the cameras will be back at Gray's Inn Road as well. People will always need to build and connect things on site, but you can get the footprint right down and maintain the sustainability and ethos of this new sport.

Electrik City

Boombox has created content across several Olympic Sports and X Games, as well as with esport leagues and Red Bull. It was selected following a tender process, but despite its list of credits the choice of the Canada-based company for production of live coverage and highlights may have surprised some, says Fuller.

We wanted to look at production from a completely different perspective. What we didn't want was another slightly
LINK: https://www.svgeurope.org/blog/headlines/the-inside-track-on-the-eskoo...
See more stories from svg

More from Sports Video Group

30/06/2022

Ratings Roundup: 2022 NBA Draft Goes Up 33% From Last Year; Yankees Stay Hot on YES Network Over the Past Week

Ratings Roundup: 2022 NBA Draft Goes Up 33% From Last Year; Yankees Stay Hot on ...

30/06/2022

Top Hat and Tails: NEP Uncovers the Drama and Excitement Behind the Production of ITV Racing's Royal Ascot

Top hat and tails: NEP uncovers the drama and excitement behind the production o...

30/06/2022

SVG On Demand: SVG Australia Summit Panel Asks Which Flavor of IP is Right For Your Organization?

SVG On Demand: SVG Australia Summit Panel Asks Which Flavor of IP is Right For ...

30/06/2022

USFL Championship 2022: FOX, NBC Wrap Season 1 of Sports' Live Production Laboratory

USFL Championship 2022: FOX, NBC Wrap Season 1 of Sports' Live Production La...

29/06/2022

A Legend and a Gentleman: The Sports Broadcasting Industry Pays Tribute to Barry Johnstone

A legend and a gentleman: The sports broadcasting industry pays tribute to Barry...

29/06/2022

Inside LIV Golf's Broadcast Plans With Chief Media Officer Will Staeger

Inside LIV Golf's broadcast plans with chief media officer Will Staeger By George Bevir Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 10:17 Print This Story LIV Golf chief...

29/06/2022

Stats Perform Transforms Sports Media Content Creation With PressBox Platform

Stats Perform Transforms Sports Media Content Creation With PressBox Platform By SVG Staff Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - 12:00 pm Print This Story | Subscrib...

28/06/2022

Hill Climb Fever: Behind the Scenes at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2022 With Host Broadcaster Gravity Media

Hill Climb Fever: Behind the Scenes at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2022 With Host...

28/06/2022

Death Diving Meets the Challenge With First U.S. Event Live Stream via Viz Now

Death diving meets the Challenge with first US event live stream via Viz Now By Jo Ruddock Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 16:30 Print This Story Death diving,...

28/06/2022

NEP Australia Rides IP Tech to Make Andrews Hub, In-Field Facilties Fully 4K Capable

NEP Australia Rides IP Tech to Make Andrews Hub, In-Field Facilties Fully 4K Cap...

28/06/2022

SVG On Demand: SVG Australia Summit Panel Addresses the Current State of Cloud and Virtualized Sports Production Tech

SVG On Demand: SVG Australia Summit Panel Addresses the Current State of Cloud a...

28/06/2022

Mobile TV Group Announces New MTVG Edge Live Production Solution

Mobile TV Group Announces New MTVG Edge Live Production Solution By SVG Staff Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 11:09 am Print This Story | Subscribe Story Highl...

28/06/2022

Gravity Media Awarded Contract For The 2022 Fina World Aquatics Championships

Gravity Media Awarded Contract For The 2022 Fina World Aquatics Championships By SVG Staff Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 4:53 pm Print This Story | Subscribe ...

28/06/2022

Telos Alliance Extends Container University Series That Educates And Empowers Broadcast Engineers

Telos Alliance Extends Container University Series That Educates And Empowers Br...

27/06/2022

SVG On Demand: Aussie Sports Production Tech Innovators Look to the Future in SVG Australia Summit Panel

SVG On Demand: Aussie Sports Production Tech Innovators Look to the Future in SV...

24/06/2022

Behind the Mic: CBS Sports' Nick Faldo To Retire at End of 2022 Golf Season

Behind the Mic: CBS Sports' Nick Faldo To Retire at End of 2022 Golf Season By SVG Staff Friday, June 24, 2022 - 6:50 am Print This Story | Subscribe ...

24/06/2022

SVG On Demand: Charleston Southern University's Nick Case on Coming Back Strong for the 2022 Collegiate Athletics Schedule

SVG On Demand: Charleston Southern University's Nick Case on Coming Back Str...

24/06/2022

Stanley Cup Final: Big Sound for the Big Games

Stanley Cup Final: Big Sound for the Big Games ESPN is combining technique and technology to put fans on the ice By Dan Daley, Audio Editor Friday, June 24, ...

24/06/2022

SVG On Demand: SVG Australia Summit Panel Advocates for Gender Equality in the Workplace

SVG On Demand: SVG Australia Summit Panel Advocates for Gender Equality in the W...

24/06/2022

Men's College World Series 2022: ESPN To Deploy Top-Tier Technology for Championship Series in Omaha

Men's College World Series 2022: ESPN To Deploy Top-Tier Technology for Cham...

24/06/2022

Robert J. Ross, Former CBS Head of East Coast Operations and Engineering, Dead at 70

Robert J. Ross, Former CBS Head of East Coast Operations and Engineering, Dead a...

24/06/2022

EMG UK Chairman Barry Johnstone Dead at 76

EMG UK Chairman Barry Johnstone Dead at 76 In 2013, Johnstone became the first European inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame By Ken Kerschbaumer,...

24/06/2022

SVG On Demand: NHL's Matt Celli Goes Inside the Creation, Success of League's Third Period Live YouTube Show

SVG On Demand: NHL's Matt Celli Goes Inside the Creation, Success of League&...

24/06/2022

SVG Sit-Down: NHL on ESPN Producer Jeff Dufine Talks Stanley Cup Final, Skate Cam, and the Crazy Journey Reuniting With the NHL

SVG Sit-Down: NHL on ESPN Producer Jeff Dufine Talks Stanley Cup Final, Skate Ca...

23/06/2022

LIV Golf Aims To Take Golf Audio on a Really Long Drive

LIV Golf Aims To Take Golf Audio on a Really Long Drive Upstart association puts sound near the core of its broadcast identity By Dan Daley, Audio Editor Thu...

23/06/2022

SVG On Demand: Key Industry Leaders Tackle Next-Gen Technologies in SVG Australia Summit Roundtable

SVG On Demand: Key Industry Leaders Tackle Next-Gen Technologies in SVG Australi...

23/06/2022

NBC Sports Executive Producer Sam Flood Says NBC, USA Network Ready for NASCAR Run

NBC Sports Executive Producer Sam Flood Says NBC, USA Network Ready for NASCAR R...

23/06/2022

SVG On Demand: University of Notre Dame's Alessandra Dickos on Developing a New Direct-to-Consumer Platform for Fighting Irish Fans

SVG On Demand: University of Notre Dame's Alessandra Dickos on Developing a ...

23/06/2022

SVG On Demand: Mississippi State University's Bennie Ashford on Producing a Wild Baseball Postseason, Adapting to Remote Workflows

SVG On Demand: Mississippi State University's Bennie Ashford on Producing a ...

22/06/2022

SVG On Demand: University of South Carolina's Valerie Gerfin on New In-Venue Enhancements at Williams-Brice Stadium

SVG On Demand: University of South Carolina's Valerie Gerfin on New In-Venue...

22/06/2022

New York Islanders Augment HomeIce Digital Experience With Virtual Watch Parties

New York Islanders Augment HomeIce Digital Experience With Virtual Watch Parties Powered by BlueJeans by Verizon, the platform is connecting fans around the glo...

21/06/2022

SVG On Demand: University of Michigan's Kurt Svoboda on Slowly Returning to Pre-Pandemic Productions

SVG On Demand: University of Michigan's Kurt Svoboda on Slowly Returning to ...

21/06/2022

SVG On Demand: Harvard University's Imry Halevi on Winning the 2022 SVG College Pioneer Award, Impactful Trends in the Industry

SVG On Demand: Harvard University's Imry Halevi on Winning the 2022 SVG Coll...

21/06/2022

Live From the U.S. Open: NBC's Allison McAllister, Marc Caputo Reflect on Championship Efforts

Live From the U.S. Open: NBC's Allison McAllister, Marc Caputo Reflect on Ch...

20/06/2022

Stanley Cup Final: ESPN Offers Visually Appealing Return With Two On-Ice Skate Cams, Cabled Aerials, 10 Super-Slo-Mos, and More

Stanley Cup Final: ESPN Offers Visually Appealing Return With Two On-Ice Skate C...

20/06/2022

SVG On Demand: Ross Video's Kevin Cottam on the Company's Continued Support of Collegiate-Video Production

SVG On Demand: Ross Video's Kevin Cottam on the Company's Continued Supp...

20/06/2022

SVG On Demand: University of North Carolina's Ken Cleary on the Importance of Being In-Person at the 2022 SVG College Summit

SVG On Demand: University of North Carolina's Ken Cleary on the Importance o...

20/06/2022

Stanley Cup Final: ESPN Offers Visually Appealing Return with Two On-Ice Skate Cams, Cabled Aerials, 10 Super Slow Mos, and More

Stanley Cup Final: ESPN Offers Visually Appealing Return with Two On-Ice Skate C...

18/06/2022

Live from the U.S. Open: USGA's Kevin Landy on the 2022 World Feed Efforts and the Future of Production

Live From the U.S. Open: USGA's Kevin Landy on the 2022 World Feed Efforts a...

17/06/2022

Live from the U.S. Open: Sky Sports' Katie Harrison, Jason Wessely Discuss Evolution of Remote Production

Live From the U.S. Open: Sky Sports' Katie Harrison, Jason Wessely Discuss E...

17/06/2022

SVG College Summit: Industry Celebrates SVG College Pioneer Award Recipient Imry Halevi

SVG College Summit: Industry Celebrates SVG College Pioneer Award Recipient Imry...

17/06/2022

CBS Sports, Exceptional Minds Create New Career Paths in Media Management for Autism Community

CBS Sports, Exceptional Minds Create New Career Paths in Media Management for Au...

17/06/2022

Live from the U.S. Open: Sky Sports' Katie Harrington, Jason Wessely Discuss Evolution of Remote Production

Live from the U.S. Open: Sky Sports' Katie Harrington, Jason Wessely Discuss...

16/06/2022

U.S. Open Tech Gives NBC Sports Lead Golf Producer Tommy Roy Storytelling Tools

U.S. Open Tech Gives NBC Sports Lead Golf Producer Tommy Roy Storytelling Tools Bunker Cams, FlyCam, Augmented-Reality Graphics Provide All the Angles for Fans ...

16/06/2022

MediaPower and ClassX Create Light' Virtual Graphics Studio for Mediaset

MediaPower and ClassX create light' virtual graphics studio for Mediaset By Roberto Landini, Italian Correspondent Monday, June 13, 2022 - 17:36 Print...

16/06/2022

RaceTech Gallops Back to the Start Line to Support ITV Racing at Royal Ascot 2022

RaceTech gallops back to the start line to support ITV Racing at Royal Ascot 202...

16/06/2022

SVG College Summit: 400 Attendees Reunite in Atlanta for First In-Person Summit Since 2019

SVG College Summit: 400 Attendees Reunite in Atlanta for First In-Person Summit ...