Since the advent of live streaming technology, 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. As events continue to draw in substantial audiences, production value has rocketed to the point that it rivals traditional television broadcasting.
In September, we had the pleasure of forming the production crew for the CVR World Cup in Paris, an international eSports cycling event — and our first major live streaming event as a company.
The journey across the from Wakefield to Paris was as eventful as can be expected, with half of the team 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, but we all eventually made it to the 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 production of this scale. We used a grand total of five Canon XF305 cameras, along with a range of microphones for both recording commentary and essential behind-the-scenes communication. For the live stream, we made use of a couple of rather “beasty” computers — with the latest i9 processors and GTX 1080 graphics cards — to manage and mix all video inputs and live streams while simultaneously recording the stream for later use.
With all equipment in place, we spent two days filming the competing cyclists. The event saw professional riders from across the world — including former World Champions, Tour de France riders, and Paralympians — compete against one another on a virtual course. It was our job to ensure that both the virtual and live-action footage were captured and streamed seamlessly online for 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, with the entire team rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in, it’s safe to say that the whole event ended up being 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: