The ‘world’s first’ uncompressed UHD 4K IP remote production trial has taken place successfully during the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Final.

UEFA U21s final

Technology company Snell Advanced Media (SAM) and systems integrator Gearhouse Broadcast worked with UEFA to cover the event using IP.

The IP setup replaced a traditional OB setup to deliver live camera signals from five Sony HDC-4300 4K/HD cameras more than 1,600 km from the Marshal Józef Piłsudski Stadium in Krakow, Poland to UEFA at BT Sport’s facility at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. The signals were ready for live edit and playout with no noticeable latency.

SAM and Gearhouse Broadcast worked together to ensure the system design would result in smooth integration with the rest of the workflow, with SAM delivering UEFA a complete proof-of-concept IP-based remote production system.

The live UHD signals were sent via a pair of fully-redundant 100GB Ethernet links to BT Sport where a director, vision mixer, PA, graphics, audio supervisor, LiveTouch operator and producer were based.

André Nel, UEFA’s Senior Broadcast Engineering Manager, said: “This successful test represents a major milestone for UEFA as we continue to innovate and explore remote production solutions ahead of the incredible challenges future finals and UEFA Euro 2020 – with matches played in 13 different countries – will present.”

Robert Szabó-Rowe, EVP and General Manager, Live Production and Infrastructure at SAM, added: “It’s the first time uncompressed UHD signals have been delivered over such a distance with ultra-low latency. The production team didn’t see any perceived difference to sitting in an OB truck on location.”