LiveU provided Optical Media with coverage of the FastNet Yacht Race
UK production company Optical Media extended coverage of the FastNet Yacht Race using LiveU’s on-site production solution
Streaming and broadcast production company Optical Media was commissioned by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (organizer of the FastNet Race) to provide coverage of the start of the race, which took place at the end of July. This biannual competition, the world’s largest offshore race, starts in Cowes on the Isle of Wight and finishes in Cherbourg, France.
The company initially considered RF technology, in addition to fiber connectivity, for some parts of the shore-based coverage, but knew that, in addition to other complexities, it could result in very high costs. So Optical Media turned to LiveU, and its recently launched on-site production solution. This enabled wireless transmission from several LiveU field units – two on land and one on a camera boat in the water, moving at 15-20 knots – directly to the production truck, set up with a single click, as the production company explains.
The OB unit was next to the Royal Yacht Squadron, the building from which race officials started the race, and with the three LiveU units connected, there was enough flexibility to create the necessary coverage. From the on-site production server, an SDI signal was broadcast and then other production processes were applied.