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Ferrari Challenge, the Finals at Mugello, with Global Production

From the 24th to the 27th of October the final of the “Ferrari Challenge” trophy, or “Corse Clienti”, was held. 
The Corse Clienti is a single-brand motor championship created in 1993 and which now includes three official championships in the United States, Asia-Pacific and Europe. The competitors gathered at the annual event of the World Finals at the Mugello Circuit Italy, the automotive and motorcycle circuit of Scarperia and San Piero, owned by Ferrari.

 

The 5,245-meter track winds through 15 curves and attracted over 170 Ferrari cars. 

Once again, Global Production from Turin was chosen because they are super-specialised in the production of "on-site" television footage and related content distribution, and also in fact, the executive producer of the television event, as well as the editor of the editorial part.

Since last July Global Production has been the new Italian partner of Euro Media Group, which, for its part, is a reference name in the European landscape of broadcasting and audiovisual services.

They offer the media world unique know-how and world-renowned expertise to manage the entire production chain, from image creation to distribution.

Global, thanks to its own high-level production facilities, has brought EMG all its firepower thanks to four high-level OB mobile vehicles and productive forces, becoming the operational structure for the external works of Euro Media Group Italy.

 

Davide Furlan, CEO and partner of Global Production, tells us "It is since 2010 that we have been chosen as official producers of the Ferrari Challenge, an event that, given our long experience in television shooting on automobile tracks, represents a very interesting event for us to be produced.

This is because making a motor sport transmissionensuring the continuity of the shots and maximising vehicle speed requires operational peculiarities that not all TV services can boast.

It is a question of knowing how to choose the most pertinent technologies and composing operational skills within a circuit that in any case always presents a dangerous component of no small importance.

It is no coincidence that the troupes and all the professionals who are called to operate on the circuit are selected by us and must possess particular skills.

We pay particular attention to everything concerning the safety of the workerjust think that the cars pass at 300 km per hour and therefore the whole event must be followed according to stringent safety constraints. Thanks to our capacities that have developed over the years, commitment, far beyond the basic laws against accidents at work always apply.

In addition to making the shooting spectacular, to tell the best sport event for viewers, we take great care not to put anyone in danger ”.

 

At MugelloGlobal Production OB6 Van HD mobile vehicle was used. It can be equipped, as standard, with up to 30 GrassValley LDK86N cameras with 4K HDR, 3x, 6x licenses. It is a 16.50m X 4m trailer that mounts Imagine Communications technologies as AV matrices, a Grass Valley Kayak HD300 video mixer heart - 4.5ME Multiviewer HViewSX PRO 64x6, 30 router panels, Audio and Video Glue by Imagine Communications for 96 3G video inputs, 3ME Panel and 2ME panels, Digico audio mixer with 96 inputs and 48 AES outputs, Riedel Intercom systems with 24 LCD panels, 55" LG LCD Monitor for production, 32" LG LCD Monitor for the Slomo section and SONY PVM-1741 for the Engineering area.

On board there are up to 10 EVS as LiveSlomotion Recorder and up to 10 VTR (HDCAM-XDCAM), 2 Hyperdeck 4K, and then distribution and re-clocking, 16ch Video Embedders and de-embedders, video and audio distribution including analogue, distribution, 10 3G Video and Audio Frame Sync cards with colour correction and Delay, 18 Video Cross Converter 3G and various signal measurement tools, master time clock generator, change over, audio analysers with DolbyE and more.

The images in Full HD were distributed all over the world and in Italy radiated live on SKY.

Global Production, in addition to having served as producer of the international clean host broadcast feed, also produced a second feed for international broadcasters in English and a third national feed for the personalisation of Sky Italia, with a different "running order".

The OB6 vehicle chosen for this engagement allows double production thanks to completely separate internal main and secondary control spaces.

 

Davide Furlan adds: "This final was carried out with a commitment of 20 GVG cameras, located on the circuit, covering the strategic parts of the track where overtaking and contacts between cars often take place whilst always givingcontinuity of the story and the competition. The standard shooting specifications are always adapted and interpreted by us according to the peculiarities of the circuit".

The audio has an increasingly important dimension in today's media and for the finals it was produced according to the 3D immersive audio technique in recording and 5.1 Dolby live.

For the audio recordings, in addition to the typical microphones on each camera that follows the video, two omnidirectional shooting systems were used with Soundfield heads placed in the paddock and near the compound TV.

A special Klang codec received the AES EBU signals of all in field microphones and a dedicated audio engineer decided the exact location of each sound to determine the typical virtual spatiality of immersive audio.

Following the director's shots and to creatan even greater presence effect with 3D audio, the sound source is better placed in three-dimensional space.

Given the heavy involvement of Global Production in the upcoming 2020 Olympics, in which the audio will be officially realised and transmitted in an immersive 3D way, the tests on this new shooting system continue and the Ferrari Challenge also returned important information.

The metadata used for this additional information is coded in the production phase and delivered together with the video signal. Then the software at home in the decoder performs decoding and sends discrete sounds to the extended surround speaker system.

Last year's production was in UHD while this year it was radiated in Full HD as a SKY choice as they currently only broadcast one channel in UHD.

At Mugello, the TV compound was positioned at the start of the paddocks and the satellite uplink connection was outsourced to Globecast.

In addition to two Eng troupes that took up various informative contents, there were many images around the live broadcast and it was no coincidence that the mobile medium included three editing suites that worked from day one to create sequences of images used in both pre and post race and in the tv magazine.

Davide Furlan concludes: "The Ferrari Challenge lasts three days from Friday to Sunday and we start with the preparations even from the previous Monday, to be ready on Friday morning. Timed qualification commences on Thursday and we start with tests and recordings of the contour contributions.

The team we deployed for this occasion included about 45 professionals, of which there were director, assistant director, video mixer, 5 rvm operators, 4 camera controls, sound mixer, the producer, and the technical leader.

One of the features that distinguishes the production of the Ferrari Challenge is the presence of miniaturised on board live cameras, in fact, we have five of them, four on the racing cars and one on the safety car. They are miniature Marshall cameras with VSN Vislink radio links”.

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