Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Gameday Hire OB Goes NDI for Wakefield Enduro 300

Wakefield 300 Enduro 2021 - GameDayHire (small)

Gameday Hire is a new, Sydney based facilities rental company specialising in live streaming and remote production and connectivity solutions. A joint venture between well-known industry professionals Andy Liell and Christopher Dredge, the company is focused on high-quality equipment rental solutions, coupled with in depth knowledge, advice and unparalleled support. Gameday Hire is particularly focused on the second and third tier sports market and have already provided facilities for a number of events in this space.

Andy Liell has a long pedigree in the production and rental industry in Australia. As State Manager of Videocraft Sydney and Canberra offices for over 12 years, he has intimate knowledge of the production equipment rentals landscape. Andy was also instrumental in establishing their Outside Broadcast business with many high-profile broadcast events under his belt, including major TV productions, live music coverage, sports and corporate events. Later, Andy established a Post Production rentals business for Gravity media, servicing clients like ITV, Warner Bros, Playmaker and Endemol Shine.

Chris’ heritage lies in transmission, but with a particular focus on live streaming and remote connectivity, which he has been involved in since the very beginning. Chris is also well known for his extensive knowledge of LiveU bonded cellular solutions and has recently developed satellite-based remote data connectivity solutions. Both Chris and Andy have a strong focus on building long-term customer relationships and providing the highest level of customer support.

Gameday Hire’s offerings include:

  • Turnkey, Multi-camera streaming solutions from compact desktop based options, to a full 32 input, IP based OB trailer, Gameday Hire can cater for any event big or small.
  • LiveU bonded cellular rentals from simple single channel LiveU Solo’s, up to 4 channel systems and beyond.
  • Satellite data connectivity and streaming solutions for extremely remote locations
  • Cameras, Audio, vision switching, recording and processing, audio, lighting and other associated bits and pieces
  • Technical and operational crew supply

Andy Liell said “Gameday Hire has a first-class inventory of equipment, hand-picked to service the live streaming, sports and production markets. The technology keeps evolving and bringing broadcast quality images and audio into the reach of every level of production. Our job is to understand these technologies, combine them into integrated solutions and rigorously test them then offer them as appropriate for your production. We only offer technology that we have used ourselves, so we know it will work.”

Chris Dredge said “It’s exciting to be able to bring together our combined wealth of experience, with the very best equipment solutions into Gameday Hire. Time after time we encounter clients who know what they want, but struggle to find a rental provider with the knowledge to bring their dream to reality. Gameday Hire is here to fill that gap.”

The company recently brought its expertise to bear on the Wakefield 300 Enduro. Established in 2007, the Wakefield 300 is one of the “must do” events for club and state level motorsport competitors. Held every February, the event attracts teams from all over NSW, and offers a test of cars, drivers and teams over a 300km endurance event.

After the events of 2020 and the impact on crowd gatherings at sporting events, organisers decided to live stream the Wakefield 300 for the first time, in an effort to bring this popular event to as many viewers as possible. Production of this 7-hour livestream was awarded to Krizmik Industries, who have long pedigree in live streaming and production for sport.

Michael Geddes, Managing Director of Krizmik Industries said: “The biggest challenge for this event was the limited connectivity from the site. I had heard that Gameday Hire was a new player in the rentals game, who had built an OB trailer based around NDI and bonded cellular connectivity.”

Andy Liell, General Manager of Gameday Hire said, “The approach from Michael at Krizmik could not have been more timely. The Gameday OB trailer was already part built and its capabilities ticked all the boxes for this event, and then some”

Designed and built in-house, Gameday Hire’s flagship Outside Broadcast solution is a small trailer facility, designed for multi camera production for broadcast and live streaming of second and third tier sports, eSports, corporate and events work.

The facility utilises the latest IP-based video and audio connectivity, with SDI redundancy, and can handle easily handle 6-8 cameras, plus multiple NDI video sources, as well as on board audio, graphics and replay. Outbound connectivity includes LiveU bonded cellular transmitters, and also has LiveU receivers built in, making remote production simple, reliable and cost effective.

Michael Geddes concluded: “The Gameday OB trailer was the perfect solution for the Wakefield 300 live stream. It is really a smart, IP based solution. The Tricaster TC2 Elite was more than capable of handling all the switching, graphics and replay requirements of the stream. The LiveU and ClearCaster streaming path was rock solid over 7 hours. I was really impressed at how quickly the team was able to roll out the 4 camera OB, and the Gameday team were a pleasure work with.”

Gameday Hire can be contacted on 1300 GD HIRE (434 473) or info@gamedayhire.tv

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