Behind the scenes at the production of the Italian Values Award ceremony

Presented by the AIASC – Italian Association for Art, Sport and Culture, the Italian Values Awards are given to personalities drawn from the worlds of sport, culture, entertainment and other disciplines who have “distinguished themselves by successful achievement or experience that symbolised human values and gave an important message about personal growth and development”.

This year’s event – which took place in October at the Campidoglio in Rome – also occasioned official recognition by World Values Day, which involved another 67 countries around the world.

Production details

The Italian Values Awards event was produced in Full HD 1080p and broadcast via Sematron with the H.265 format and the Teradek Bond 757. This device is part of a new generation of video encoders that use the latest compression to transform video sources into IP streams, while simultaneously employing bonding technology that allows – through the use of multiple connection radio-keys – to ‘unpack’ this encoded stream and send it to a central server with Sputnik license.

The latter is configured to reassemble the stream as received and then send it to the platform used for live streaming, or to one or more decoders.

The broadcast took place simultaneously for both traditional broadcast TV on the national circuit of Gold Italia (ch 128 digital terrestrial Italian service) and live streaming on YouTube and Facebook, thanks to the use of the Teradek Core cloud management platforms, which allow simultaneous live streaming on different video streaming platforms without needing to generate multiple streams.

As an aside, in 2011 Sematron Italia became the first Italian company to produce and distribute live streaming of the FIGC-Italian Football Federation Serie A youth championship races in the Allievi and Giovanissimi categories. Today, thanks to agreements with the LND-National Amateur League and the FIGH-Italian Football Handball Federation, it also produces and transmits the national championships of women’s football and men’s handball with the new H.265 compression.

Award winners

Hosted by journalist Gianluca Meola and actress Elisabetta Pellinki, the event brought recognition for champion sportspeople including boxer Clemente Russo, fencers Arianna Errigo and Paolo Pizzo, soccer player Elena Linari, European heavyweight champion Mirco Scarantino, and the blind golfer Stefano Palmieri, winner of the prestigious British Blind Open 2017 international tournament.

There were also awards for sports journalist Darwin Pastorin, Crazy for Football director Volfango De Biasi and actor Simone Riccioni, protagonist of the film Free Will, which depicts a touching story of sports and disability.

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