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Evertz DreamCatcher with Royal Ascot debut

Evertz DreamCatcher Production Suite technology made its Royal Ascot debut this year when it was deployed by RaceTech to televise this world-famous racing event for live production, archiving and VAR support for racecourse officials.

RaceTech, a company owned by the British Racecourse Association, provides Outside Broadcast vehicles, cameras and crews to capture the action at all of the main horse racing venues around the UK. In October 2018, RaceTech introduced DreamCatcher into six of its fleet of high spec fully HD mobile control units and is now using Evertz technology on over 770 horse races each year.

At Royal Ascot, an annual highlight of the flat racing season, RaceTech delivered broadcast coverage to Sky Sports Racing, the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Ascot TV’s large screens at the racecourse. It also supported independent productions by bookmakers throughout the meeting and its feeds were made available to ITV Racing. Two Outside Broadcast vehicles, both equipped with DreamCatcher, were used throughout the event, including OBX, RaceTech’s largest and latest vehicle that can seat a crew of 17 in two separate production areas and monitor up to 32 cameras.

Evertz DreamCatcher was used to record up to eight cameras per race across five days of racing. As well as speeding up workflow and providing all the essential tools needed for demanding live production, DreamCatcher also played a vital VAR role as the Stewards Video Enquiry system, taking feeds from camera positions covering all angles including head on, side on, high level hoists, gantry cameras, drones and portable radio cameras, to ensure that races were properly and legally adjudicated.

Guy Fontaine, Media Department Manager at RaceTech, says: “DreamCatcher’s ability to replay crystal clear Super Slow Motion without any stuttering was a key reason why we chose this system for our Outside Broadcast vehicles. DreamCatcher’s touch screen and quad split output to a 75” monitor allows racecourse stewards to view any split as full screen. It also offers features such as zoom, jog and slow motion so images can be closely scrutinised by officials in the event of any dispute or rule infringement.”

RaceTech worked closely with Evertz over a two year period to help develop DreamCatcher for the racing industry and it continues to provide feedback to the company’s R&D team in Canada. (6/19)

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