Telestream's Wirecast to support Extreme Sailing streaming

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 02 July 2015

Telestream has announced that its Wirecast live video streaming software is being used to connect sailing fans worldwide with the global sporting phenomenon known as the Extreme Sailing Series.

Now in its ninth season in 2015, the series pits Olympic heroes, World Champions and record breakers against each other on 40-ft, high performance catamarans, racing just metres from the spectators on shore.

This year, with events being staged in Singapore, Muscat, Qingdao, Cardiff, Hamburg, St Petersburg, Istanbul and Sydney, the organisers will stream live HD content from each race over a dedicated YouTube channel. To further enhance the visual content, 3D sailing analytics provided by SAP are embedded within the live stream.

At each event, the production team will have a multi-camera set-up on shore and on the water. These feed into a central control room where TV production takes place. A dedicated streaming operator receives two feeds from the video production crew: one of SAP 3D Graphics and another of the live TV production of the race. They use capture cards to bring the feeds into a computer running Wirecast and then stream the event with the graphics to a Wowza cloud server and YouTube.

"When we evaluated the various video streaming platforms, Wirecast was the stand-out choice for us," explained Liam Lavers, IT support specialist at OC Sport. "The key for us is the ability to stream more than one HD channel to more than one location. In some of the countries that we visit, securing sufficient bandwidth is difficult and in this situation Wirecast actively monitors the output. It continually shows us our bandwidth usage and flags when we need to lower the bit-rate to improve the performance of our streams and prevent them from dropping out. Overall this leads to a much better viewer experience."