Mobile Viewpoint enables revolutionary live broadcast of 12 hour during pride-ride of Tour de Flanders
In March 2017, Mobile Viewpoint’s powerful broadcast contribution solutions enabled major Belgian broadcaster VRT to pull off a revolutionary and ambitious live broadcast of the ‘Voor de Ronde’, the pre-tour event for the Ronde Van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders). As part of VRT's ongoing ‘Slow TV’ project, the 12-hour broadcast followed Belgian journalist Ruben Van Gucht as he cycled the entire route of 260 kilometer, with four different cameras tracking his every move and live broadcasting the action over publicly available 3G and 4G network connections.
The four cameras were placed at various vantage points to deliver an immersive experience for viewers. One was operated from a motorbike that followed the cyclist, another was situated in a helicopter providing a birds-eye view of the action, a further camera was located in a camera-car ahead of the cyclist and a final one was positioned on the cyclist’s bike for a first-person perspective. Each camera was then connected to a Mobile Viewpoint mobile Agile LiveLink encoder, which was either mounted to the camera itself or placed inside a backpack, and was responsible for transmitting each feed directly to the VRT television studio in Brussels over 3G and 4G. All feeds were managed and maintained by the production company, Videohouse, using Mobile Viewpoint’s 2K4 decoder, part of the 2Kx range of Mobile Viewpoint decoders, LinkMatrix management software, and the use of the mobile Agile LiveLink encoders meant that the entire broadcast was also H.265 encoded for optimum video and audio quality.
A short summary of the event can be seen on the Videohouse Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VideohouseNews/videos/1264672290254857/