Burbank, CA (June 30, 2014)—Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division, has supplied a complete production environment for Univision’s broadcast of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
The Bexel-designed system consists of two large control rooms with Grass Valley 4 M/E Kayenne switchers and Calrec audio consoles. The file-based workflow consists of 11 Avid editing systems, four EVS XT3s for playback and instant replay, and a graphics system including augmented reality. Bexel has also provided Sony HDC-2500 cameras complete with a camera stabilization system and jib for their studio at the IBC.
A senior team of engineers, IT experts and senior executives travelled from Univision’s Miami headquarters to Burbank to collaborate with the Bexel team. “Univision had an initial concept of what would be needed for this project,” noted Johnny Pastor, director of technical services for Bexel. “We then provided our expertise and worked with their teams to help the system evolve and get even stronger. We were with them step by step, ready and willing to accommodate any last-minute changes along the way.”
It was determined that Bexel would build out the studio at its headquarters in Burbank, break it down, crate it using a proprietary inventory and shipping system, transport it to Brazil via boat and rebuild it on-site in Rio de Janeiro. Once the cases were removed from the ship and cleared Brazilian customs, there were just two weeks to reassemble the system, followed by two weeks of rehearsal time before live programming began.
Collaboratively, a plan was developed for Univision to deploy 18 people from Miami to Burbank in the weeks leading up to the ship date. Bexel sent approximately 15 engineers to Brazil to reassemble the Univision system. Six members of the Bexel technical team are staying on for the entire run of the World Cup to provide 24/7 coverage and support.