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BBC Sports Elevates UEFA 2024 Live Broadcasts with ROE Visual LED Technology

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BBC Sports Elevates UEFA 2024 Live Broadcasts with ROE Visual

Leek, The Netherlands (14 June 2024) – BBC Sports is ready to elevate its coverage of the UEFA 2024 Championship with a series of live broadcasts from a remarkable open-air studio in front of the iconic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. This cutting-edge studio, featuring state-of-the-art ROE Visual LED panels, uses advanced virtual production technologies.

The BBC Sport design team, led by John Murphy, Design Director, already had extensive experience using extended reality (XR) features, like chroma key technology, in their Salford studio. When Executive Producer Phil Bigwood and Lead Director Colm Harty saw ROE Visual’s presentation at IBC 2023, they were convinced they could elevate their UEFA 2024 coverage to a new, engaging level. Teaming up with Chris Izatt, Director of VP and Innovation at AE Live, they embarked on bringing this concept to life in Berlin.

As it was important for all parties involved to test the critical elements of the envisioned production in advance, the journey to this innovative setup began on a dreary November day when a delegation from BBC Sport visited ROE Visual and its rental partner, Faber, in the Netherlands. The BBC Sport, Faber, and ROE Visual teams convened to test the ambitious ideas for UEFA 2024. The series of tests provided “incredibly useful learnings,” prompting the team to refine their initial plans and carefully weigh creative and technical decisions.

Following these productive tests, a final comprehensive test was held closer to home for the BBC team at ROE Visual’s office in Production Park, near Leeds. This full-scale studio test, meticulously prepared by Simon Morton, Support Engineer for ROE Visual UK, included an OB truck, cameras, lights, and tracking systems and thoroughly evaluated the performance of the ROE Visual LED panels in daylight conditions.

Key tests included performance comparisons of different LED flooring products under varying lighting conditions and pixel pitch comparisons for indoor video walls. Additionally, various camera tracking systems were tested to ensure flawless execution during the live broadcasts in Berlin. The first setup involved an on-camera comparison of Black Marble 4 Matte vs. Black Marble 4 Glass, tested outdoors in full daylight and at dusk. The second setup tested a Ruby 1.9 BV2 wall and a Ruby 2.3 wall for pixel pitch and on-camera performance, simulating the ambient light conditions of the Berlin studio.

At this stage, the input of Jens Weber, the renowned German architect who has designed numerous international physical studio projects for BBC Sport, was crucial. Jens played a pivotal role in the seamless transition from the virtual to the physical world. “Jens dictates what is possible virtually with his layout of the interior studio and rooftop design,” said Chris Izatt from AELive.

With overwhelmingly positive outcomes, the BBC Sports team embarked on this visionary and challenging project with renewed confidence.