MediaKind solutions power NASCAR Productions and PSSI Global Services to Emmy Award success
- NASCAR Productions and PSSI Global Services honored with Technology & Engineering EmmyÒ Awards for ‘Large Scale “At-Home” Production for Live Sports with Minimal On-Site Production Assets’
- Cutting-edge production workflow enabled through range of market-leading MediaKind media processing solutions, including encoders, modulators and integrated receiver-decoders
- The Technology & Engineering EmmyÒ Award will be presented during an awards ceremony at NAB Show 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday, April 7, 2019
MediaKind, a global media technology leader, today announces that its industry-leading media processing solutions helped to play an integral role in enabling NASCAR Productions and PSSI Global Services to win a Technology & Engineering EmmyÒ Award for ‘Large Scale “At-Home” Production for Live Sports with Minimal On-Site Production Assets.’ The award, which will be presented at NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 7, 2019, came in recognition of NASCAR Productions and PSSI Global Services’ ability to deliver larger, more complex at-home productions through a range of technological advancements which remove the need for entire production teams to be located at the event itself.
Traditional productions of large-scale live sporting events have been challenged by the limitations of technology and reduced resources. Productions teams have often been required to be present on-site in order to receive and process a multitude of live camera, audio and data feeds, while addressing accompanying issues such as shipping logistics, setup and teardown time, staffing travel, equipment failure, and overall associated costs. Through the deployment of MediaKind’s compression technology, which includes AVP2000 Contribution Encoders and RX 8200 Professional IRDs, PSSI Global Services and NASCAR Productions have been able to simplify the overall live event production workflow and leverage the use of advanced, complex equipment from a permanent external facility.
Steve Stum, VP of Track Operations and Technical Production, NASCAR Productions, says: “To be recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with this prestigious award demonstrates NASCAR’s ongoing commitment to innovation. It’s a testament to the diligent work and great collaboration with MediaKind in helping us reimagine live-event production at NASCAR.”
In early 2018, PSSI Global Services, in partnership with NASCAR Productions, utilized MediaKind’s media processing solutions to successfully conduct the largest at-home production to date for the Rolex 24 in Daytona, Florida. The transmission from the event back to NASCAR’s headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, included 28 video paths and 75 channels of audio delivered synchronously for 32 consecutive hours, and was achieved using just two transponders on a single satellite, accessed via one antenna and one solid-state amplifier.
Brian Nelles, Executive Vice President, PSSI Global Services, says: ““Receiving this Emmy is a huge honor for all of us at PSSI Global Services, and it is the result of a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication. Our team invested countless hours alongside the engineers at MediaKind in developing this solution. Utilizing the flexible AVP encoding platform, we are able to meet the expanding transmission requirements for all of our clients’ large-scale at-home productions. We couldn’t be prouder of the results.”
MediaKind’s advanced media processing technologies played a key role in enabling PSSI Global Services and NASCAR Production to maximize data throughput and deliver higher quality images with low latency. The low-latency satellite path, as well as the availability and quality of fiber connectivity, provided the production of return feeds for large screens to take place onsite, driving fan engagement and ensuring the distribution for additional feeds on the same low-latency return path.
Angel Ruiz, CEO, MediaKind, says: “The production of large-scale live sporting events demands a high quality and reliable service, so that viewers receive the best possible experience on all their screens. This award is a testament to the strength of our media processing solutions and industry expertise in enabling high quality video throughout the production process, delivered with maximum efficiency at reduced costs. We are proud to have collaborated in this project with NASCAR Productions and PSSI Global Services and help them to realize a true feat of television broadcast engineering excellence by transforming large-scale at-home production.”
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About MediaKind at NAB Show
At NAB Show 2019, MediaKind (#SU720) will show how it is enabling content owners, broadcasters and service providers to evolve, adapt and shift to new and dynamic workflows with its portfolio of next generation solutions and services. During the show it will present the MediaKind Universe, a solution and service portfolio with industry renowned breadth and depth. Just as the consumer is positioned firmly at the center of today’s media universe, encircled by choice, the MediaKind Universe responds in kind, enabling content owners & originators, broadcasters and pay TV operators service providers to efficiently deliver unique, immersive experiences. For further information please visit here.
About PSSI Global Services LLC
Since 1979, PSSI Global Services, along with Strategic Television, has specialized in the coordination, production and distribution of domestic and international programming. As the world’s leading provider of mobile satellite transmission, production and streaming services, PSSI Global Services offers a full range of fixed, mobile and international flyaway satellite systems that provide live video, audio, IP and data services worldwide. The company currently owns and operates more than 70 Ku-Band and C-Band satellite uplink/production trucks — more than any other transmission services provider — based throughout North America, as well as the PSSI International Teleport and international and domestic C/Ku flyaway uplink systems. For more information, visit http://www.pssiglobal.com.
About NASCAR Productions
NASCAR Productions channels the energy and power of stock car racing into creating video content that excites, compels and inspires all audiences.We combine talent and technology to produce captivating and engaging content. Our expertise and experience form a vision that guides the production ranging from Emmy Award-winning television shows, commercials, documentaries to short-form videos used on digital and social. For more information, visit http://www.productions.nascar.com/