Focal Point VR completes live streaming Champions Tennis

Focal Point VR completes live streaming Champions Tennis

Focal Point VR’s live stream featured three cameras

Focal Point VR has completed the live streaming of the Champions Tennis from the Royal Albert Hall. The project has included several firsts for UK sport broadcasting as well as for Focal Point VR.

 

The live stream featured multiple cameras, each streaming in multiple formats simultaneously to both a proprietary Focal Point VR app over a Content Delivery Network and to YouTube. The combination of Black Magic based VR rigs and Focal Point VR’s optimization technology allowed viewers to experience the event in 6k UHD.

 

The playback was available on headsets, an HTML5 microsite and via YouTube. Using Focal Point VR’s custom app for Android offered the highest quality stream as well as real time, gaze control enacted, viewer camera selection between the different cameras. There was also viewer selectable resolution/bitrate to allow for bandwidth variation amongst different users.

 

“Working with IMG and the Royal Albert Hall teams to live stream the Champions Tennis was a great opportunity to explore the impact of VR cinematography and production techniques for streaming”, has claimed Paul James, Focal Point’s Head of Production. “It’s an intrinsically different set of problems to normal 2D television production and the team responded fantastically as new insights were learnt at the event”.

 

Three cameras separately streaming live, in multiple formats and to multiple destinations was also a new area for Streaming Tank and Webcast Sport, Focal Point’s broadcast partners on this project.

 

For each camera, the lack of cameraman and need to move the camera, its compact size and remote operation opened up new possibilities over traditional broadcast. Focal Point VR partnered with Webcast Sport and Streaming Tank to deliver this VR stream.

 

A VR video of highlights of the match between Ferreira vs McEnroe can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvsE3OgvRg8.


The live coverage consisted in cameras streaming in multiple formats simultaneously to both a proprietary Focal Point VR app over a Content Delivery Network and to YouTube.
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Focal Point VR has completed the live streaming of the Champions Tennis from the Royal Albert Hall. The project has included several firsts for UK sport broadcasting as well as for Focal Point VR.
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