The new servers are providing essential content record, storage and replay facilities during the ongoing broadcast of the Astana-based international exhibition, EXPO 2017.

Dominator at Kazakhstan’s EXPO 2017 broadcast workflow

Slomo.tv has provided its newly introduced Dominator AT/3G production servers to the state broadcaster Kazakhstan Public TV & Radio Corporation.

The new servers are providing essential content record, storage and replay facilities during the ongoing broadcast of the Astana-based international exhibition, EXPO 2017, which started on June 10 and will run until September 10.

With 115 participant countries and more than two million visitors attending, this event takes on great political as well as cultural significance in the Central Asian region.

The broadcast of EXPO 2017’s opening ceremony presented several key challenges for host broadcaster Kazakhstan. The opening ceremony involved several hundred actors and special effects, and included Kazakhstan President Nazarbaev welcoming exhibitors and participants to the event.

Another significant challenge was the restricted opportunities for rehearsal of the opening ceremony as there were very few occasions for the artistic teams and TV production teams to rehearse together. The cost and logistical challenges prevented several re-takes, but with Slomo.tv’s Dominator AT/3G servers, the broadcaster’s team could “turn the clock back” and review the live material to select the best camera positions, focus, shot sequences and many other parameters.

The broadcaster used a Dominator feature called ‘The Academy’, a software-based option that enables the Dominator system operator to synchronously replay and mark all recorded channels — in order to choose the best and most impressive shots to be included within the live broadcast stream.

“With Dominator servers, we created a unique opportunity to train and rehearse the entire team, from directors and cameramen through to replay system operators,” said Eduard Tkachenko, head of Technology for the Ceremony Video production, EXPO 2017.

“With Slomo.tv technology, we’ve managed to find the best camera combination and create within a live broadcast a ‘presence feeling’ for our audience around the globe.

“With all content saved on just two servers, this saved us costs in several areas and simplified the production of the souvenir Blu-Ray Disc of EXPO 2017. We benefited from our relationship with Slomo.tv in terms of its cutting-edge technology, and also the great support it provided to our production team.”

During the rehearsal, two Dominator servers took live feeds from 16 HD production cameras. Immediately after capturing content, the production director and producer could replay and mark up all the streams to create the best combination of shots. Also, this facility provided the broadcaster with a backup copy of all videos of the opening ceremony for contingency purposes.

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