Fox Sports Set To Take Fox Sports GO to New Heights With Car Channels

Two dedicated Car Channels live stream during the 2017 Daytona 500

The following is an excerpt of the article published by SVG.

The Super Bowl of motorsport, the Daytona 500, shifts into high gear on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET when Fox Sports begins its 17th season covering the sport. Among returning technology favorites is Gophercam  (for its ninth season), and there are also some new elements, including two dedicated Car Channels on the Fox Sports GO app, a “playbook” for the 3D-cutaway car that will help NASCAR analyst Larry McReynolds get analysis on-air more quickly, more high-speed cameras (two high-frame-rate 4K Sony HDC-4800 cameras for super zoom, four super-slo-mo HD units, and two Inertia Unlimited X-Mo cameras), and eight in-car camera packages.

The two Car Channels that will be delivered via the Fox Sports GO app are another example of innovation for the big race. Fox Sports is creating two Car Channels for each of the races this weekend, and each channel will focus on one driver. NASCAR fans who tune into the Car Channels will see a screen divided into segments that include a program feed of the broadcast (plus commentary and team communications), one that always shows the leader, another with telemetry data related to the driver, and yet another window to cut to shots of the driver who is the subject of the channel.

According to Zac Fields, SVP, graphics technology and integration, Fox Sports, the Car Channels require a Vizrt system with two outputs, some proprietary software from Fox, an AJA Kumo routing switcher, and two Marshall cameras in the pit positions of the drivers.

“The whole thing is automated,” he says. Output from the compound is encoded and sent to BAMTech for delivery.

Fields and his team also worked closely with McReynolds on revamping the cut-away car.

“He worked with our team and added so many new functions and animations, like aerodynamic animations,” says Fields. “He also now has his own telestrator in the booth as opposed to having it in the Hollywood Hotel studio. It’s really cool to see because he moved into the analyst role last year, and, once he figured out what he wanted, he helped make it and own it.”

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