Sprinting for Success at Tel Aviv Marathon

SPRINTING FOR SUCCESS AT TEL AVIV MARATHON

Attracting more than 40,000 runners to the city, the Tel Aviv Marathon is one of Israel’s most popular road races, and one of the city’s core annual international events. Technical production company, Point 2 Point Production was responsible for delivering all live coverage of the 2017 event, including big screen production around the marathon route for spectators and broadcast feeds for Israeli television channels. Point 2 Point’s owner, Erez Kuriel, tells us more about the company’s new OB van, which has been built with a Blackmagic Design infrastructure and was deployed for the marathon coverage.

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“The OB van is five meters long and has been designed to house up to eight crew members comfortably, including a live director, CCU, audio, graphics and director roles. When we planned out the truck, I envisioned it as one large working space, rather than divided into sections. This gives us a very flexible and spacious environment which can be adapted to our very varied calendar of OB jobs.

SPRINTING FOR SUCCESS AT TEL AVIV MARATHON

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“For the Tel Aviv Marathon we set up the van next to the start/finish line, and to capture the atmosphere and scale of the race, we set up four of our Blackmagic URSA 4.6K cameras, equipped with 7” viewfinders, intercom system and tally over Rockah Avenue, which were connected to the van via fiber optic. Simultaneously, to track the leading racers, we had one cameraman shooting from the back of a motorbike, and two drones also transmitting signals into the van. 

SPRINTING FOR SUCCESS AT TEL AVIV MARATHON

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“The live program mix was delivered through an ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K paired with a 1 M/E Panel, with the team adding live graphics, runner and race information into the mix. Interestingly, the ATEM’s multiviewer was not only used by the production team, but also by the race’s safety and security team, so we had 2 50” LCD screens set up in the van. Signal distribution for the whole workflow is handled by the van’s Smart Videohub 20x20.

SPRINTING FOR SUCCESS AT TEL AVIV MARATHON

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“As well as transmitting to the screens throughout the course, we also provided a live signal feed for national broadcasters who were covering the event on their morning shows. We also captured the content using our HyperDeck Studio Mini recorders, so that our footage could be edited for clips and highlights for the Marathon’s official site. The recorders are so compact, just a third of a rack, so they are perfect for an OB set up, where space is at a premium.

SPRINTING FOR SUCCESS AT TEL AVIV MARATHON

Production Area for eight crew members

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“The team did an amazing job and produced some fantastic footage which really captured the excitement and enjoyment that the race generated throughout the city, and the Blackmagic production kit performed perfectly. As a company, our range of event production is extremely varied; from medical conferences and conventions through to live demonstrations at exhibitions and trade shows. We’re planning to expand even further into concerts and events, and the flexibility of the Blackmagic kit will be a key element in this strategy, as the cameras and switcher can be deployed in so many different live scenarios.” 

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