Each year, tens of thousands of visitors visit the GSMA Mobile World Congress, widely regarded as the must-see event on the mobile industry calendar. To ensure that all news from the show is shared daily, the GSMA has created Mobile World Live TV (MWL TV).
For the 2015 show, MWL TV Executive Producer Jacquie Luscombe reached out to XL Video Project Manager Nick Askew to participate in a competitive bid for the MWL TV studio setup. Prior to joining XL Video, Nick had worked with the client for the previous four years.
For this year’s event, XL provided a set that included HD cameras, an on-site production studio, HD recordings and media servers, as well as LED truck screens for the exterior of the Fira Gran Via.
Mobile World Live TV was operational throughout the show’s four days and included interviews, speeches, press conferences, studio panel discussions, show reports, coverage of the 20e GSMA Global Mobile Awards, and even a visit from the BBC ‘Click’ TV show crew, who recorded part of an episode of their show in the studio!
The studio stream was broadcast to 150 screens via the venue’s multicast system and was available throughout Barcelona on multiple channels, allowing the over 93,000 delegates attending Mobile World Congress to follow the show’s news outside of the venue. . MWL TV was broadcast live for six hours a day, with prerecorded features and reruns filling the remaining 18 hours of programming.
On site in Barcelona, the event was managed by Chris Ellis of XL, who worked with Bruce Gauthier, MWL TV’s technical and studio director, to ensure the studio set-up went smoothly, and with Greg Klein, who was responsible for television feeds for external providers. .
The studio location used three of XL’s Sony HXC-100 cameras on carts or pedestal kits, two of which had prompt kits built into the camera. An additional wireless HXC-100 was used in Hall 3 for showroom footage and interviews. The cameras were operated by Swavek Zukowski, Gabi Llombart and Rob Batalla, Simon Burley acting as RF engineer for the wireless camera.
XL Video provided a Grass Valley Kayak PPU with Turbo 2 playback machines triggered from the desktop for Alpha transitions and emergency video loops. Simon Albu was the director of MWL TV, and Richard Burford of XL was the PPU engineer.
XL used its new Mac Pro media server racks loaded with Softron OnTheAir Broadcast software for content playback. The drive racks also used XL’s Mac Pros running Softron Movie Recorder 3 and were managed by Greg Scoble.
An additional Mac Pro was used for content edits for daily news wrap-up schedules and edited highlights at the end of the live stream. Editing and video playback was handled by Alex Thomas.
XL also provided character generation software for the lower third animated name bands, logos, and graphic PiPs for news articles. It was controlled by Lee Whitehead.
A NAS (Network Attached Storage) and network, provided by XL, allowed the MWL TV editing team to access all content for studio playback and recording. Additionally, XL Video provided fiber kits to create a live stream from the studio to the GSMA Pavilion at GSMA Innovation City located in Hall 3. Computing and networking was handled by Nick Deacon.
For the Mobile World Live keynotes and the Mobile World Live Extra session, XL provided a Small Vision system, operated by Richard Ellis, which made it possible to link live streams from the main AV provider to the TV studio via a fiber connection.
Outside, four LED trucks were located around the conference venue. Two large 100m² trucks took their power from the city-wide TV transmission, while two smaller 27m² trucks took their power from the site’s multicast system. XL Video LED trucks were operated by Kay Steinhaus.
Comment from Nick Askew: “Having been involved with MWL TV with Jacquie and Bruce since its inception, this is a show that I feel particularly committed to and wanted to make sure that the improvements we made this year only do so. ‘add to the smooth running of the show. Chris and I (well, Chris especially!) Paid special attention to the packaging and rapid deployment of all systems, which was good for the workflow and created many happy faces! Our team did a great job as always and the Mobile World Live TV team always makes us feel like part of the extended family.
Photos: Chris Ellis