Recent Posts by David Fox

Analysis: Perform automatically selects, transcodes and distributes sports highlights

Perform Media Group, the multi-national sports media company, operates one of the largest transcoding systems in the industry. “We create and distribute sports content that millions of fans around the world interact with every day,” said Adam Smith, its senior workflow integration engineer. It currently manages more than 20,000 diverse media files per day, which […]  More

Best of BVE 2015: New product launches around the camera

Broadcast Video Expo at London ExCeL has become so well established, not only as the main show in the UK but also as one of Europe’s main shows, that exhibitors are increasingly likely to launch new products there rather than wait for NAB. This year there were several new cameras, numerous lights and camera support […]  More

Live from Six Nations Rugby: Creating a universal language for graphics

“For the first time, this year, we’re working with the 6 Nations and all the other broadcasters on an homogenous look for all the graphics,” explained Paul Davies, BBC Sport’s executive producer and match director for England v Italy coverage from Twickenham. “Previously, all the broadcasters have run their own style. They have tended to […]  More

Live from Six Nations Rugby: BBC Sport and Telegenic team up for England-Italy

For the 6 Nations, the BBC is host broadcaster for Twickenham, Murrayfield and the Millennium Stadium, while at the other three stadia (in Paris, Rome and Dublin) it does an add-on broadcast, with its own presentation/commentary team and cameras. Although it never has three host matches on a weekend, it does sometimes have two (as […]  More

Live from Six Nations Rugby: Making a complicated sport less complex

“By its very nature, The RBS 6 Nations is always a massive annual event for the BBC, involving complex host and domestic operations across six European cities, requiring detailed logistical planning and execution. With multiple primary rights holders, it’s not uncommon to have four or five different broadcasters at any one match,” said Paul Davies, […]  More

SVGE FutureSport: IP revolution – delivering true interoperability and stable infrastructure

IP-based production could allow broadcasters make cost savings, and increase efficiency, particularly for one-off events where much of the production could be carried out at base, with only the acquisition done on site. FutureSport 2014 devoted two sessions to the topic, with the first looking at how IP might impact complete productions (the second session […]  More

Sports analytics populate Spanish TV and second screen with Mediapro’s VirtualArena

Barcelona-based Mediapro has leveraged its work in sports analytics for clubs (using its Mediacoach system) to provide information and graphics for broadcast and second-screen use, with its app, VirtualArena now in use in Spain for football. Mediacoach was originally developed in 2010 for football professionals, and has been deployed in all 42 first and second […]  More