Tividoo Covers the Streets of Mainz With LiveU

The LiveU LU-Smart smartphone bonding app was again used for innovative coverage of the recent Mainz Gutenberg marathon, following its successful 2013 debut at the event. In combination with broadcast cameras, production company Tividoo provided significantly increased online and broadcast-quality coverage.

The popular marathon was held in the scenic German town of Mainz along the banks of the Rhine. It was again covered by German Regional Public Broadcaster SWR. Live coverage was streamed online and a roundup TV show was produced on SWR TV Sport.

Production company Tividoo worked in conjunction with OB provider Simon Media to capture and deliver the enhanced coverage. An Apple iPhone 5 with LiveU LU-Smart allowed footage to be captured in a moving vehicle especially tailored for the event by Tividoo, using a unit to hold the phone steady. This allowed the race to be followed as it moved through the city providing a real sense of the occasion. A second LU-Smart was used for redundancy.

The iPhone used 3G/4G connectivity bonded with Wi-Fi in the car, provided by a multichannel VPN router as well as additional SIMs in the router. The LiveU server received the feed in the stationary OB unit where it was vision mixed with signals from four other cameras, including broadcast units. In order to overcome fixed line difficulties, the final signal was also uplinked using a combination of cellular and Ka-Sat connectivity.

Tobias Gramm, Managing Director of Tividoo, said, “We were in charge of the technical planning along with SWR Sport Editorial this year for the expanded coverage. We wanted to be able to provide truly dynamic footage as cost-effectively as possible and to give a real sense of the movement of the runners in the race. Using LiveU’s LU-Smart allowed us to do that; it really is remarkable technology. We know that SWR was very happy overall with the quality of our expanded production.”

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