Paddock TV is about to broadcast one or more races you will organize. Before we go any further here is an overview of the mod operation Paddock TV broadcasts for the organization that will take place. Remember that manages Paddock TV broadcasts independently, but must nevertheless provide work from our part. Therefore we must be aware that there is an interest on the part of the organizers. Before and after broadcasts, the main activity of the organizers and Paddock TV is to promote before the race and broadcast for maximum visibility.
Here are the different things we are going to review for a correct broacast with all the necessary elements:
- Significant visibility on the event (s) cover (s)
- Provision different elements to join servers
- Cameras placed around tracks, on vehicles and in vehicles to allow a realistic broadcast
- Adequate supports to be able to follow, lead and comment on the retransmission
- A dedicated space reserved for the chain during the retransmission
- Server Data from racing
In detail, here’s what each element:
1 – Significant visibility on the event (s) cover (s)
By broadcast race (s) requested (s), Paddock TV is now considered a sponsor of the championship or event. To show through this, it is necessary to have a very impressive sponsorship of Paddock TV during races and médias communication of the organizers, and not also on the various media Paddock TV. To materialize this, logos Paddock TV and organizers will be present on the different media used, namely:
Website and medias’s organizers
Paddock TV will be highlighted by the following means: on the home page of the site organizers, broadcast, Paddock TV’s logo, sharing broadcast on the forums and social networks of the organizers, the presence of Paddock TV in all media and supports (poster, ads, videos teasing, spotter guide, etc.). It will also be appreciated that the race participants highlight the different media organizers and Paddock TV by the means of communication with their provisions.
Tracks should highlight paddock TV by ads on support all around the track. textures are preset for this use on the link below :
Cars engaged on races had to highlight paddock TV as championship sponsor. In case of a part of the car is reserved for championship or event sponsors (Windshield banner, rocker or body part). In case of nothing was reserved, choice to have Paddock TV as a sponsor is a team, driver, painter choice it is allowed by rules.
2 – Provision different elements to join servers
Detailed schedule for each race
To plan more accurately the timing of the broadcasts the information below is essential. Thoses informations must communicate 7 days before broadcast :
- Date and time of each session (free pratice, qualification, warm-up, Grid positionning and race)
- Name of servers for each session
- IP adress and port for each session
- Password if it is activated to join server
- Information link to vocal server (IP adress with port, server password, Paddock TV’s channel password.
3 – Cameras placed around tracks, on vehicles and in vehicles to allow a realistic broadcast
Track must have cameras in differents views to allow the broadcast of the race and cover the entire circuit. We use two types of cameras.
- Fixed cameras: cameras are fixed and have a field of view directed towards the track, but do not follow a particular car. The cars go 1-1 on camera.
- The so-called “TV” cameras: Cameras are moving around the circuit. They follow a selected portion of the circuit on a car.
All the track must be covered by these cameras in order to have permanent vision of the track, not the sky, the stands, the trees, or bitumen in detail. In terms of cameras should be large enough so you can see the competitor monitoring, but also some of its immediate environment as the competitors who are around him. The field of the camera should not be too tight on the competitor monitoring.
Vehicles must also include external and embedded cameras.
Here is the list of cameras used by Paddock TV:
- Front headroom (just above the windshield on the roof). For this camera, the zoom is available and quite powerful.
- Rear roof (to see behind the flap over seeing the top plane of the wing). For this camera, the zoom is available and quite powerful.
- Frontfender (placed at ground level, above the blade body in a recess behind a grid, …)
- Rear bumper (placed at ground level or at the level of the bumper, a bodywork recess behind a grid, …)
- Onboard 1 (placed at the dashboard behind the windscreen)
- Onboard 2 (located next to the driver, at shoulder height (as if it were attached to the roll bar.) For this camera, the zoom is available and quite powerful.
- Onboard 3 (located at the driver side of the helmet) (Applies mainly cars)
- Onboard 4 (placed at the same level as the onboard 3 but sent to the rear to see through the rear window. (Only if the vehicle has a rear window to see behind)
- Headset (placed on top of the driver’s helmet)
- All these cameras must pivot on itself about 170 ° left and right without their field of vision is impaired by a visual barrier.
The types of exterior shots used:
- Helicopter before (which is high up so you can track vehicles in a space of about fifty meters around the vehicle ahead, the camera looks forward). For this camera, the zoom is available and powerful.
- Rear helicopter (which is high up so you can track vehicles in a space of about fifty meters around the vehicle ahead, the camera looks backwards). For this camera, the zoom is available and powerful.
4 – Adequate supports to be able to follow, lead and comment on the retransmission
Management of late race
In order not to shift and drag on broadcasts in time, we can not ensure services if we do not know time limit. Once given the start (ideally at the time specified in the program) the time limit can not be variable. A typical example is a server crash. A crash server may require some time to recover servers in a stable condition. The time spent waiting for the return can not be deducted from the running time. This phase of the race must be reported as phase under red flag. This ensures a consistent schedule, and can also bring spice in the race because everyone will have to adapt its strategy. Different cases should be considered by the organizers (early in the race, limit switch, with a majority of competitors, only a few competitors, etc …) and the decisions taken will be communicated prior to Paddock TV
We need to know if the Safety is allowed to come on track. If we need to know conditions with :
- Rules of activation / desactivation (Crash or spin, number of cars involved, …)
- Number of laps/time that SC can stay on track
Is pit stop allowed and what can we do during pit stop :
- driver swap
If there are differents sort of tyres we need to know which sort of tyre is available. For exemple : Qualif / Soft / Medium / Hard / Wet
For each sort of tyre we need need to know if we can recognize each sort of tyre visualy on car. For exemple : Yes you can recgnize it with color band on tyre with thoses colors :
- Qualif : White
- Soft : Yellow
- Medium : Green
- hard : Red
- Wet : Blue
The live timing is essential to make a good retransmission. It essentially allows teams to see how they stand relative to competitors throughout the race, but it also allows the TV to know where are the hot spots on the circuit at any time and analyze the progress of the race. Useful information about a live timing are:
- The name of each crew
- The position of each car
- The number of laps covered by each car
- Identify the driver who is driving each car
- The best lap covered by each car
- The details of the last lap by sector
- The gap between each car
- The number of crossing the pit lane
- The status of each car (Stand, track, abandonment …)
- The presence or absence of a flag (especially yellow) in each sector
- The presence of the Safety Car on track
- The visual overview of each car
- Help locate each car on the track via a 2D preview of the circuit and a marker representing each car to its position
Spotter Guide is needed forbroadcast to allow commenters to identify a car and driver at the wheel. This document is in the form of an image (jpg for example, or in PDF format), bringing together key information from different concurrent. The information in the Spotter Guide are:
- The name of each team (required)
- Category team (required)
- The bib (required)
- Nationality, name and forst name of each driver (required)
- The make and model of the chassis used on each team (required)
- The brand of tires (only if several manufacturers are present)
- The type of fuel used (gasoline, Diesel, Petrol Hybrid, Diesel Hybrid, etc.)
- The logo of the championship (required)
- The event name (required)
- Sponsors of the event (required)
- The details that distinguish the car in case of similar cars in the same team (exemple : color mirrors if different)
- The information in the guide can be written spotter in words or with a picture if possible. These options are to free editor spotter guide. Here is a sample spotter guide with models allowing you to quickly set up a.
To create your own spotter guide click on link at right : Template for Spotter guide
5 – A dedicated space reserved for the chain during the retransmission
To make a clear broadcast it is essential to have a chanel reserved for the TV on a voice server (TeamSpeak for example). Paddock TV needs:
- A general channel “Paddock TV” with a good sound, and accessible without restriction
- A sub channel to the general channel “Paddock TV” called “Live – (Quiet)” with great sound. This channel must be protected by password and only the camera man Paddock TV has full control of the canal. He is the only one who can speak freely. Everyone else (including directors servers) are not lacking in “silent” mode and the camera man give / take the rights manually to avoid unwanted intrusion during a retransmission
- A sub channel to the general channel “Paddock TV” called “public room” with a good sound, and accessible without restriction
These channels will be used for broadcasts, for interviews and other interventions. The camera man Paddock Tv must have the highest status available on the server to maintain calm in its space in the case of unwanted incoming in channel despite the safeguards taken intrusion rights.
6 – Server Data from racing
Thoses informations must be available 24 hours after the end of race.
Replays of the servers should be in terms of Paddock TV in the case of deferred broadcasting but also to make some pictures taken after races. The servers are more reliable than replays replays called “client”.
Race’s summary and ranking
In order to replay replay, data describing the progress of the race are used to not miss important facts. Various tools exist to this as Auto Sim analizer, SLS (Simracing League System, GPCOS …). These databases must be well understood to date in every race.