Eurovision Song Contest 2014 finds a role for ToolsOnAir
Continuing a long and legendary tradition, this week Copenhagen plays host to the 59th Eurovision Song Contest. In the largest song contest in the world, artists from 37 European countries are competing for the title that will be decided in the final round on May 10th. The week got off to a grand start on Sunday evening. At the red carpet opening ceremony, broadcast live from the Copenhagen City Hall Square, ToolsOnAir played an integral part in ensuring that the broadcast was a success.
Working from OB vans, Best Broadcast Hire used ToolsOnAir just:live production software to streamline the playout of artist interviews and video clips. In live interviews direct from the red carpet with each contestant, lower third graphics with artist information were integrated in realtime with the video feed, then simultaneously broadcast live and streamed over the web.
“We chose to work with ToolsOnAir products in our OB-van setup because of their straightforward approach to live production needs, their swift setup times, their great support and the stability of their applications,” explained Michael Krautwald, Technical Director of Best Broadcast Hire.
Georg Deisting, Product Manager for Playout Solutions at ToolsOnAir, added, “just:live delivers the high-quality video and audio playout you expect from a professional broadcast environment. Our integrated playout engine provides back-to-back playout of mixed codecs, aspect ratios, pixel sizes and field orders. Interactive realtime graphics can be integrated to display live source-data, including news or stocks tickers and weather feeds. The tight integration with composition:builder, our graphics template creation tool, enables pre-produced templates to be layered on top of the video layer — which enables content changes to be made during playout and delivered in realtime.”