Input Media’s Production Centre is located in Chiswick, west London, and has been equipped to deliver live and fast-turnaround TV, digital content and traditional post-production work.
Services range from remote live world feed production to wrap-around studio shows and fully scripted highlights programmes to social media clips, along with all the features expected of a traditional post-production house.
With sports production at the heart of what we do, the Production Centre regularly serves a number of the world’s highest-profile sports bodies and broadcasters, including UEFA, The FA, BBC Sport, ITV Sport, the International Tennis Federation, the Federation of International Hockey and Arena Racing Company (ARC).
From this base, all manner of sports are covered, from hockey to darts to horse racing, although Input Media is probably best known for football and tennis production. UEFA is a good example – one of our longest-standing football customers, and one for whom we’ve provided a range of services for UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League rights-holders all around the world. Notable among this content are the highly acclaimed Instant Highlights Feed, half-time and full-time highlights for showing in-venues, and ready-to-air highlights programmes edited and voiced on the night.
The Production Centre offers a versatile television production solution for multi-platform delivery using file-based workflows. Facilities comprise a five-camera HD studio, fully networked EVS/IPDirector/Avid integration, and a dedicated EVS/IPD production area, as well as 10 Avid Media Composer Edit Suites and a ProTools Audio Suite. There are seven HD production galleries, seven two-man commentary booths, and a further eight individual commentary booths, alongside an extensively connected Master Control Room via satellite and fibre. All media can be saved into a state-of-the-art asset management system, and customers also benefit from media transcoding and file-based delivery-acceleration technology.
It’s a flexible space, and we’re happy to create dedicated broadcast solutions to accommodate our customers’ needs. For example, ARC was looking to deliver consolidated content from its horse and greyhound race days to its betting partners. So we assigned a permanent production gallery for every race day of the year, installing a dedicated broadcast and automation system to enable single-director operation of The Racing Partnership live service.
ARC’s production system is fully integrated into the fabric of the Production Centre, and supported by our in-house team of technologists and engineers. ARC arranges connectivity to its racecourses, and we supply matrix capacity, rack space, power and cooling for the network termination and video decoder equipment. ARC also uses our voiceover facilities, so its commentary team always work in familiar surroundings, along with full technical and engineering support whenever they’re on air.
Input Media’s Production Centre offers outstanding facilities, expert production and technical support, and an unparalleled understanding of live sports broadcasting. It’s the place to be for sports TV.