IBC 2019: Mobile Viewpoint adds multi-camera functionality to IQ Sports Producer
Mobile Viewpoint has added new multi-camera functionality features for its IQ Sports Producer all-in-one production suite. The addition of two new panoramic cameras to the suite, placed on the penalty area lines of play, increase flexibility and allow producers to capture multiple shots for enhanced sports coverage—removing the need for full production suites and teams at live sports events.
The addition of multiple cameras enhances sports production, brings attention to key moments in a game, and provides a high-quality video experience. IQ Sports Producer’s artificial intelligence (“AI”) functionality also means more exciting and enticing sports clips can be generated through automatic highlights and summaries.
Mobile Viewpoint’s IQ Sports Producer can be used to produce and stream sports events from any location. It removes the need to install expensive camera and production facilities at sports grounds, and does not need dedicated camera crew or a director to operate.
IQ Sports Producer consists of a fixed position 32MP 180° camera that can cover an entire field of play. The solution now features two additional panoramic cameras, which can be placed at the penalty area lines of a playing field, to enhance coverage. The additional cameras can be used to capture more detail across the entire field of play, or moments not integral to a game or match—for example, focusing on fans and spectators, coaches, or injuries—meaning the fixed camera doesn’t need to detract from the main game. The cameras use AI to track players, balls or other objects during a live game.
With IQ Sports Producer, sports clubs can capture and stream live games without the need for a large production team and facilities—allowing them to become owners and manage their own high quality content in a cost-effective way. IQ Sports Producer is aimed at smaller and lower league sports clubs and teams who receive little regular TV coverage, which might otherwise contribute important revenue opportunities, for example, from fan and member subscriptions and local advertisers.
“Sports fans are craving more and more content, and they want to be able to watch every single game. Major league sports clubs have the muscle and deep pockets to stream every match, but smaller clubs don’t always have the technical and financial means to produce and stream content,” said Michel Bais, CEO of Mobile Viewpoint. “With our IQ Sports Producer solution, small teams can become content producers and streaming platforms in a cost-effective way—giving fans exactly what they want. The new multi-camera functionality now means these clubs can capture even more content, and offer sophisticated coverage and TV experiences that competes with the bigger players. It’s important for clubs to be able to compete with broadcast-quality content, using higher frame rates for a better viewer experience. We are continuing to develop IQ Sports Producer to meet content producers’ demands and ensure they can bring the very best content to sports fans.”
IQ Sports Producer works with Mobile Viewpoint’s LinkMatrix management dashboard, offering sports clubs an end-to-end content management solution. LinkMatrix allows sports clubs to publish their coverage to the web or any CDN quickly and cost-effectively. Using real-time analytics enabled by IQ Sports Producer’s AI capabilities, IQ Sports Producer can also automatically detect, generate and add highlights, replays and social media clips before distribution.
Mobile Viewpoint will be showcasing its new IQ Sports Producer solution, along with a range of content production and distribution solutions, live at this year’s IBC Show. Mobile Viewpoint will be exhibiting in Hall 14, stand F24.