In September, we had the pleasure of producing our first major live video streaming event as a company. We formed the production crew for the CVR World Cup in Paris, an international eSports cycling event.
Since live video streaming technology appeared, the growing eSports industry has been bridging the gap between the virtual and physical world.
From competitive video games to modern variations of traditional sports, it has been taking the world by storm. Events continue to draw in substantial audiences; as a result, production value has rocketed to the point that it rivals traditional television broadcasting.
The journey to Paris
The journey across the from Wakefield to Paris was as eventful as can be expected; half of the team were transporting a van full of equipment and the other half taking the trip by air. Bags were lost, wrong turns were taken and language barriers were met. However, we all eventually made it to our destination in one piece.
After a well-earned night’s sleep, we were faced with two days of intensive preparation at the Vélodrome National.
As you can imagine, there is a lot of equipment involved in a live video streaming production of this scale.
We used a grand total of five Canon XF305 cameras. In addition, we had a range of microphones; we used these for both recording commentary and essential behind-the-scenes communication.
For the live stream, we used a couple of rather “beasty” computers with the latest i9 processors and GTX 1080 graphics cards. These managed and mixed all video inputs and live streams, while simultaneously recording the stream for later use.
With all live video streaming equipment in place, we spent two days filming the competing cyclists.
The event saw professional riders from across the world compete against one another on a virtual course. These riders included former World Champions, Tour de France riders, and Paralympians.
It was our job to ensure that both the virtual and live-action footage were captured and streamed seamlessly. In turn, this would guarantee the viewing pleasure of cycling fans and eSports enthusiasts across the world.
The event was certainly one of our biggest challenges of late, working with new eSports technology in an unfamiliar environment. However, the entire team rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in; as a result, it’s safe to say that the whole event was a massive success. So much so, we’ll be doing it again soon!
Take a look at the highlights of the CVR World Cup here: