The Collectv helps ensure Dancing on Ice’s smooth return to UK screens
The workflow sees The Collectv provide an Avid station on location, for ingest, QC, and rapid editing in case of changes during the live broadcast. Alongside this, it provides Avid Nexis storage for handling VTs from the edits and to stream onto when the show is on air. This is linked in turn to multiple EVS units running IPDirector and XTAccess provided by host Outside Broadcast provider Telegenic. Connectivity between Bovingdon and London is provided by NEP Connect via a 10GB pipe.
“This set up gives us the ability to schedule and control the exact feeds the production will need,” explains Chris Sarson, Managing Director of The Collectv. “We have the ability to stream or clip up the clean or dirty TX streams on any number of the camera feeds. When on-site, we remain in constant communication with the post production supervisor for Dancing On Ice, Daniel Searle, and ensure we have the correct version of each VT. If they’re being edited close to transmission, we liaise with production and the EVS operators on-site to help ensure the right content gets to air.”
This workflow also operates the other way. Once the show is on air the team in London watches the live output and can flag up specific incidents that might help tell a story that has been developing outside of the main show, for instance. Then The Collectv team can simply find and clip up the specific ISO (ISOlated camera feed) featuring the footage and get it into the edit. Careful planning is needed with Telegenic to ensure the EVS servers can handle all that is being asked of them from both the live broadcast and The Collectv’s post teams.
“We have been involved with Dancing on Ice since we were ITV staff back in 2006,” comments Soraya Robertson, Commercial Director at The Collectv. “A lot has changed since, the production moving to its current purpose-built home after a hiatus and then implementing a remote production workflow, which is happily making it easier to deal with any Covid-related issues this season. Live TV is always challenging, but it is a great team we work with and we’re looking forward to the first broadcasts going out later this week.”
Dancing On Ice returns to UK screens on ITV1 every Sunday.
About The Collectv
Established in 2014, The Collectv provides systems integration, training, media management and support for broadcast, outside broadcast and post production systems. In 2015 and 2017, the team were awarded Emmys for Outstanding Technical Team Remote at the Sochi Winter Olympics and the Rio Olympics as part of NBC’s team.
The Collectv works with the television and film industry elite, with experience spanning the likes of Sky Sports’ Darts events, Formula One, ongoing support for Whisper TV, location services for the British Open Golf coverage for CTV & NBC and fixed rig shows such as Educating Greater Manchester for Twofour and 24hours in Police Custody for NEP & The Garden.
The award winning team have expanded their offering in 2020, with new office space in London and a growing team of like-minded professionals, combining broadcast, studio and post production expertise.