More than 500 2015-16 crew assembled in Portsmouth Guildhall with their family and friends to discover which team and professional skipper they will be sailing with when the tenth edition of the Clipper Race starts on Sunday 30 August.
The twelve teams were addressed by our founder and chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston with encouraging words about the challenge and adventure that lies ahead. He commented afterwards: “This is where final preparations for the race of their lives begin. Most of the crew have almost completed their training but now they can start to develop their strategies and dynamics as a team.”
1080 Media together with equipment supplied by Surtees Audio Visual covered the event for Clipper, live streaming the two hour presentation, producing news feeds and also videos for social media. The 3/4G WMT transmitter was used from inside the Guildhall in Portsmouth, uplinking at a solid 5MB throughout, enabling an HD stream to YouTube and also to our special VidZapper player which was used to stream live into China. This was important for both sponsors and crew based in the city of Qingdao, who although 7 hours ahead, were able to enjoy the live show throughout.
There was a tremendous atmosphere during the day, and huge excitement as names were read out for each team. Video sample here: https://youtu.be/ccmqkqH_q3o
Some fabulous tennis as the Fed Cup semi-finals rolled into Sochi in Russia for their tie against Germany, and defending champions Czech Republic faced up to France in Ostrava.
Our teams were there providing news coverage with a satellite playout for the International Tennis Federation once again, plus videos for social media. We cover all facets of the ties, from the players dinners to the official draws, the post draw interviews and we are on court working with the host broadcasters for the winning, and then losing interviews with the players and Captains.
The dominant Czech team which includes Petra Kvitova, ranked No.4 in the world, won with a 3-1 margin, and are perhaps favourites to win the title for the fourth time in 5 years.
Meanwhile over in Russia, it was an excellent tie between two strong teams. Russia went 2-o up on the first day, but then Andrea Petkovic (ranked 11) and Angelique Kerber (ranked 12) led a German fightback to level the tie at 2-2. That set up a Doubles rubber that would decide the finalists, and the Russian duo of Pavlyuchenkova and Vesnina prevailed with a 2-0 victory to send the spectators home happy. The finals are next November in Prague.
Our team was lucky enough to be invited to cover the recent Joe Strummer Charity bash at the stylish Boisdale Restaurant in Canary Wharf.
Working together with Surtees Audio Visual who provided screens, vision mixers and recording equipment, we covered the evening as some top performers did their thing – these included MIKE D’ABO singing Handbags and Gladrags,
JOOLS HOLLAND & HIS BOOGIE WOOGIE SHOW (who is a patron of Boisdale), with Axel Zwingenbergerand Ben Waters and guest star appearances from MICK JONES, SUGGS from Madness, and CHRISSIE HYNDE of the Pretenders.
For the first time, Goodwood chose to stream the coverage of their Members Meeting – a weekend that is literally only open to this group of enthusiasts. Working together with Aurora Media who were providing the live coverage, our team streamed both days live from early morning until it was so late, the cars needed their headlights to see the race track!
With multiple streams to suit different requirements and demands, it’s a huge event and lots of work for everyone, but also hugely enjoayble.
Fabulous event loved by all – well done to all involved.
Working together with the Rocket Agency, we were appointed to manage the live stream on Channel 4’s website, as people filed past the coffin of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral.
There was no IT connection on site, so we used our 3/4G WMT transmitter system from Mobile Viewpoint to link the signal from
Leicester back to base from where we streamed for up to 8 hours a day live to the website. Due to possible issues with profanity, protests and more, we were asked to add a 10 minute delay to the stream. The team at Mobile Viewpoint were able to configure the system to enable us to achieve this with some complicated programming.
We had a single camera looking down from a high balcony on the King’s coffin, the guards and the public, with the Transmitter next to the camera inside the Cathedral. It was a tense three days, as our team had to be aware of anything seen or heard that may cause offence, and be able to switch the stream away to a pre-recorded slate in case of incident. Despite queues of up to 4 hours to get a glimpse of the King’s final resting place, and tens of thousands of visitors, there public was hugely respectful throughout and the coverage Channel 4 produced for TV and on-line was hailed as a solid success.