Antarctic Expeditions Go Live

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A NewTek TriCaster 860 is streaming live footage from the Antarctic from 19-year-old adventurer Parker Liautaud, who is aiming to set a new world speed record for a journey from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole.

The expedition is being streamed to their YouTube channel, and will also be uploaded each day to to be viewed on demand.

The TriCaster is being used to produce a live 60 minute show each day for 16 days during the expedition.

A Toyota Hilux 6×6 truck is following the explorer and carries the communications gear. The communication system will employ two Iridium Pilot systems and a remote camera rig. The truck will not provide expedition support during the race to the Pole.

The 2013 Australasian Antarctic Expedition is also underway, with coverage on the Guardian’s Antarctica Live blog. In the spirit of Douglas Mawson’s original expedition of 1911, which was the first to send regular wireless messages from Antarctica, their website will publish daily updates from the expedition, sent daily tweets, pictures and videos from Guardian journalists taking part in the expedition.

The Antarctic is looking like rush hour during the 2013-14 season, with more than a dozen teams on expeditions, both assisted and solo. Other Antarctica expeditions this year include Antony Jinman’s walk to the South Pole solo for the 2013 ETE Teachers South Pole Mission. He will be in daily contact with schoolchildren from across the United Kingdom and will make films using the world’s first drone flights at the South Pole. Shackleton’s centenary re-enactment expedition follows the journey of the James Caird aboard the replica Alexandra Shackleton.

2013 South Pole teams

Unassisted, unsupported:

Unassisted, Supported (traverse):

Assisted, Unsupported

Assisted, Supported

Partial route:

Meanwhile, Elemental Technologies this week demonstrated full-frame 4K Ultra HD real-time video coding. Elemental wants to show the capabilities of an end-to-end workflow for processing HEVC content at 60 frames per second.

Elemental first announced support for HEVC/H.265 a year ago and introduced real-time HEVC video processing at the NAB Show this year.

The Elemental Live video processing system received a 4Kp60 AVC video in MPEG-2 as the source, to encode and deliver a 4Kp60 HEVC output, rendered on an 84-inch Planar 4K TV. Elemental executives believe that sports will drive UHDTV/4K to deliver higher frame rates like 60 Hz.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 at 12:49 pm .

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