Whisper shortlisted twice in industry awards for remote production
Whisper has been shortlisted twice in the Broadcast Tech Innovation Awards for ‘Best Use of Remote Production’.
The scale of Whisper’s remote production capabilities is vast. Its two nominations include delivery of SailGP, the new global sports sailing series, for which it is host broadcaster (with partner Timeline Television) and also its widely acclaimed Formula One coverage for Channel 4.
For SailGP, Whisper produces the host broadcast for each of the six rounds, thousands of miles away from where the action takes place. For the season opener in Sydney, the production/broadcast and on-water action were happening simultaneously on opposite sides of the world.
Using specially installed bandwidth for each event, the operation involves 30 OB feeds being sent from helicopters, chase boats, drones, yacht onboards and land-based RF cameras, directly to London, where the host broadcast is produced, with no on-site production. From Sydney the delay was 18 frames, from New York it was 60ms.
The delivery schedule is significant. As well as producing the host broadcast, the London facility includes three additional galleries, which produce bespoke English, Japanese and Mandarin presentation feeds, as well as highlight shows, a dedicated US broadcast and various VNRs. Centralised, sustainable resources enable 22 feeds to be delivered to OTT platforms and/or the BT Tower.
For its Formula One coverage, a change to highlight shows and reduced budgets for 2019 saw Whisper shift its F1 production from onsite in 2018 to semi-remote in 2019, with impressive results.
Pre-event, a reduced on-site team leads the presentation, film interviews and features, which are sent back to London via a fibre network solution. During the weekend the operation shifts, as a UK-based gallery directs the on-site RF cameras and commentary, which are all fed back to London where the finished programme is produced and broadcast.
This highly effective use of budget means viewers have not noticed a change in the programme style and delivery of the C4F1 highlight shows, between last year and this. Whisper remains committed to ensuring all their broadcasts immerse viewers in the sporting action.
The Broadcast Tech Innovation Awards celebrates ‘the most outstanding use of tech in production, post-production and broadcast’ and the awards honour ‘those responsible for the most exceptional and creative uses of technology’.
The winners will be announced on Thursday 17 October, 2019.