Greenlight Television | Covid 19 Blog Series | September 2020

Chamber Members, Greenlight Television conclude our Covid 19 Blog series by sharing with us how they had to rethink their production techniques in order to continue to deliver high quality programming, under lock-down conditions.

Date: Thursday 10 September 2020

 

GREENLIGHT TELEVISION REMOTE PRODUCTION

Chamber Members, Greenlight Television conclude our Covid 19 Blog series by sharing with us how they had to rethink their production techniques in order to continue to deliver high quality programming, under lock-down conditions.    

Headquartered on the Isle of Man since 1995, and with production offices in Manchester and the USA, Greenlight Television are well known on the Island for covering the TT and the Southern 100 for ITV. They have been producing live sports coverage for over 25 years and have been consistently at the forefront of new technologies. They were the first company to film the TT using a helicopter in 1996 and in 2008, the outfit produced live high-definition (HD) coverage for ITV4 of the Royal Automobile Club’s Tourist Trophy from Silverstone which was yet another first for British motorsport. As early adopters of drone technology, Greenlight were the first firm permitted to shoot aerially at American racetracks, including the famous Circuit of the Americas and Sebring International Raceway in 2015. To add to this impressive resume, Greenlight’s first 4K series became available in 2016.    

In the midst of the global Coronavirus pandemic, Greenlight had to rethink its production techniques in order to continue to deliver high quality programming, under lock-down conditions.   

Continually innovating has been the key to Greenlight’s success. So, when the USA Trans Am Series by Pirelli 

presented Greenlight with the conundrum of livestreaming their race without the usual high costs of a full Outside Broadcast truck, cabling crew and of course travel, they went back to the drawing board and thought about an entirely new approach to live production.   

Unsurprisingly, Greenlight rose to the challenge. In the first weekend of March, before the Coronavirus lockdowns took hold, the first round of the Trans Am Series held at Sebring International Raceway was successfully livestreamed from Greenlight’s Tampa Studio. Camera crew were trackside in Sebring and the production team were in Tampa.    

By mid-March the world was already starting to look very different and with the next rounds of the championship on the horizon Greenlight once again had to push the boundaries of technology.   

 

For the second Trans Am race, which took place at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course in June, the  production 

team were in Tromode, Isle of Man, with the camera crew at the circuit in Ohio.  Using the same 

bonded-SIMcard technology that made the first event so successful, the HD pictures from the track 

were received at Greenlight’s offices some 3,500 miles away. The individual track-side camera feeds,

drone pictures and live in-car cameras were mixed by the director and race graphics added showing leaderboards and timings.  ****

These pictures were then sent back to the commentators at the circuit in Mid-Ohio for live race commentary and this was fed back to the Tromode office. With only 1.6 seconds of delay, the final package was streamed live to the World from the Isle of Man.   

What would usually be achieved with a large on-site crew took just 3 staff on the Isle of Man and 13 

on-location. The result was incredibly well received, with the client, competitors and the fans all vocal in their praise. Here’s a short excerpt: https://vimeo.com/443043042/5f83b0caf9 

Remote TV production is now not just a cost saver but a production necessity in order to protect the industry during these unprecedented times. Greenlight’s innovative and high-quality solution allows fewer resources to be deployed in the field and for individuals to be able to work independently and, most importantly in these uncertain times, safely.