The World Cup Qatar: A Record-Breaking Event for Live Production
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar was a massive undertaking for production companies involved in broadcasting and news coverage of the games. Magnum Digital Solutions, a equipment logistics, and integration company based in Mexico, was one of the companies that supported the event. In a recent interview, David Camacho, COO at Magnum, shared a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the World Cup.
Magnum’s Role in the World Cup
Magnum Digital Solutions has been providing technical solutions for major events such as the Olympics and the World Cup for many years. David Camacho shared some insights into their involvement in the World Cup and their long-standing partnership with major broadcasters like Televisa. He revealed that Televisa usually begins their preparations a year before the games start and Magnum engineers provide a range of solutions such as live feeds, technical support, and logistics. During the Qatar event, Televisa rented around 25 units, and Magnum offered both technical and psychological support to ensure seamless broadcasting.
Magnum’s solutions can be as simple as providing a unit to a talent shooting capsules around the city or as complex as taking a unit to the field to deliver a different broadcast for social media. During the Qatar event, Magnum also provided logistics solutions, ensuring that everything was delivered on time. Magnum’s involvement extended to other groups as well, with around 80-85 units being used by different customers/production groups. David noted that the REMI solutions were popular during the event, and different broadcasters used different equipment and solutions.
LiveU’s Largest Deployment Ever
LiveU’s cellular bonded system was used extensively during the World Cup. Magnum deployed LiveU 5G and 4G field units, making it the largest deployment in LiveU’s history. David Camacho discussed how many field units they deployed and what they were used for. This technology allowed camera operators to connect their cameras to a field unit, which then decoded directly to a control room. This gave camera operators the freedom to move around and broadcast live content without being tethered by a cable.
Technical and Logistical Challenges
Preparing for the World Cup was a significant undertaking for the Magnum team. David Camacho talked about how his team set up and tested the broadcast equipment before the games and shared some of the technical and logistical challenges they faced. He also discussed how they handled unexpected issues or technical glitches.
Collaboration is Key
Collaboration was crucial to the success of the World Cup broadcast. David Camacho highlighted how his team collaborated with other production teams to ensure a seamless broadcast. With multiple games happening simultaneously in different locations, broadcasting the World Cup was no easy feat.
Innovations in Broadcast Technology
David Camacho discussed some of the innovative or unique technologies used during the World Cup broadcasts. He talked about new equipment or workflows used for this year’s broadcast, showcasing the latest in broadcast technology.
Securing the Broadcast
Ensuring the security of the broadcast was also a crucial aspect of the World Cup. David Camacho discussed some of the security protocols in place to prevent cyber attacks or other threats to the broadcast.
In conclusion, the World Cup Qatar was a record-breaking event for live production. It was a massive undertaking for production companies, and Magnum played a crucial role in supporting various productions during the event. With technological innovations and collaboration with other production teams, Magnum helped to ensure seamless broadcasts and meet the demands of broadcasting multiple games at once.