Recent Posts by Michael Burns

ACS helps Goodyear Blimp soar back into motorsports at Le Mans 24hrs 2020

Aerial Camera Systems (ACS), part of Euro Media Group (EMG), has been appointed by Goodyear Europe to provide camera services for the Goodyear Blimp’s return to European motorsports later this month. Delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour will commence with live aerial coverage of the rescheduled Le Mans 24hrs 2020 on 19 September. […]  More

Live from Edinburgh: Sky Sports hosts European Rugby final coverage in Murrayfield

It’s four hours before kickoff at Murrayfield and the dressing room benches are lined with attentive faces. There might be some anxious expressions among the Stade Français Paris team, but it’s probably not regarding the question about post-match DVD operations. Apart from a quick discussion (and equally quick decision by Sky Sports) regarding team on-screen […]  More

eSports in the ascendant as production goes high-end

If you’re looking for the next big opportunity in sports video, eSports could prove to be a very exciting prospect indeed. “eSports are a strong and growing segment of the market and we see it continuing on the upswing,” says Jeremie Mekaelian, contribution services sales & projects director, Globecast. “Statistica reports that in 2015 there […]  More

An exploration of VR and AR for sports: part II – is VR a long-term opportunity or short term fad?

Does VR in sport have a future? We’ve seen [in Part 1] that production companies and technology providers are recognising the considerable challenges of VR and mixed reality video in sports coverage. Despite all the trials going on, some of them involving major fixtures and events, there’s still a sense of ‘trying the water’. “Everyone […]  More

BBC Wales debuts Six Nations in 360˚at Principality Stadium for VR trial

BBC Wales has been wowing viewers of its website with the first-ever 360˚ video shot at an inter-national rugby game. For Wales vs Scotland, the second game of the 2016 RBS 6 Nations Championship, Atticus Digital was at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium to film 360˚ video as part of a VR trial for the broadcaster and […]  More

Not so plain sailing: innovation takes the helm in the Volvo Ocean Race

Taking in 11 ports, and covering 38,739 nautical miles, the Volvo Ocean Race is the leading round-the-world sailing race for teams. Beginning this month, sailing’s biggest offshore race takes place in the most extreme conditions yet offers one of the most coveted prizes in the sport. Seven teams set sail from Alicante on this 12th […]  More

Live from the Commonwealth Games: S+V’s Jeff Foulser delivers report

It’s halfway through the XX Commonwealth Games and SVG Europe finds Sunset +Vine chairman Jeff Foulser in a calm and happy, but still cautious mood. A Royal visit is expected to the central Games’ SECC Precinct and security is tight, but inside the IBC the continuing sunny weather and warm reception for the broadcast coverage […]  More

Live from the Commonwealth Games: a look inside the IBC

SVG Europe has been onsite at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, deep in the heart of the IBC, which is situated on the banks of the River Clyde at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC). Or to be precise, it’s located in the car park of the sprawling SECC Precinct, which also hosts […]  More

Commonwealth Games 2014: BBC Sport ups the production ante

London 2012 was the biggest OB event ever undertaken by BBC Sport, but Glasgow 2014 isn’t exactly going to be a small operation. With 1,300 hours of live video coverage planned from up to 17 live HD video streams for this home-based, multi-sport event, the BBC production is on a truly Olympian scale. “It’s a […]  More