SIS LIVE has upgraded the technical facilities it provides for BBC Sport’s coverage of Formula 1 motor racing with the addition of a £2m flyaway HD OB set-up.


When fully rigged, the new system provides a production gallery, VT area, two main edit suites and two smaller edit suites.

It was first used at the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August.

SIS LIVE managing director David Meynell said: “The equipment fits into two easy-to-transport containers that can be taken anywhere in the world to cover Grand Prix. A third container holds the control services for the system. For all the European events, the same control services are fitted in the OB truck, which operates out of the UK.”

The production set-up is based around a Sony MVS-6000 multi-format production switcher and 96 x 96 Evertz Quartz router.

Also featured are three Sony PDW-F800 XDCam HD422 HD-capable radio cameras, four FCP editing suites, an HD and 5.1 Surround Sound capable LAWO sound desk, a radio talkback system, plus EVS, XDCam HD and XS recorders.

The whole system is connected by fibre.

BBC Sport provides coverage of each F1 race-weekend for BBC1, BBC Red Button and BBC online.