THE OLD adage that ‘Content is King’ means little if the metadata about that content is limited or missing. That is never truer than in the competitive sports production environment. Highlighting incoming footage of a soccer game with points of interest in order to grab those re-play moments and get them to air quickly is all very well, it’s when dealing with the increasing accumulation of metadata as the game progresses that problems can occur. Metadata adds colour and depth to the footage; meaning that adds more than the value of a simple slow-mo replay. The challenge for production companies comes in harnessing this data to enrich the production process quickly and accurately.
This is the challenge being tackled head-on by the IBIS and Orad fast turnaround product PowerPlay — allowing instant HD replay to air combined with the flexibility to capture
of metadata between the truck and the edit suite. Employing the concept of a metadata ‘store’ which is accessed by both the OB truck and the studio/edit facility, the data captured at
process. This openness of data is proving vital to those broadcasters who need to maintain a competitive edge to get the best out of their production workflow.
The quality of any post-match show is governed by the quality of the highlights and data about that footage
validated metadata about the match as it unfolds and to use that metadata throughout the production workflow. Currently, unless there is some
kind of removable storage device, metadata captured at the point of occurrence is lost post-match. With IBIS MAM that disconnect is eliminated. The production workflow facilitates movement
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point of ingest is never lost; it is available immediately with the video footage. This data is available to
everyone in the production process — on-screen talent; editors; producer; archivist. The IBIS MAM web client allows access to this valuable data from anywhere at any stage in the capture and production
Match metadata One area where this fast exchange of metadata is proving to be most useful is that vital post-match analysis show. The need to hold on to the audience for the pundits’ view of the game is as important as the game itself. The aim of most broadcasters is to be able to ramp up the revenue by maximising the
Metadata is key in sports production. The view of Andrew Winter, marketing director, IBIS
number of commercial breaks during the post-match production. With the right on- screen talent and the right mix of pertinent highlights and commentary that show can keep the audience for much longer than the duration of the match. Watch any live game or sporting event on any TV channel anywhere in the world and you’ll see the same formula being applied. The quality of any post-match show is governed by the quality of the highlights and data about that footage — how many times have you seen a show that limps along with the presenter filling for time while someone in the gallery finds the right clip to illustrate a point — a dangerous moment for any live show.