Malaysia’s Merdeka Race 2020 Streams Live Four-wheel Race Coverage to Fans Across the Globe with AJA HELO

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Last Updated: October 5, 2020 10:00 pm GMT
(Malaysia--October 5, 2020) For four-wheel motorsports fans in Malaysia, Malaysian National Independence Day signals the start of the local racing season as drivers rev up their engines to compete in the annual Merdeka Race at the Sepang International Circuit. Though circumstances prevented spectators from cheering on their favorite drivers in the stands this past August, the event organizers developed a plan to ensure no one would miss out on the high-stakes action.

MSF Saga Cup Double Header Enduro Race Screen Display Powered by AJA HELO Streaming

Enlisting the help of TWMR Productions and Blonde Robot, they produced and delivered comprehensive coverage of the two-day event via local satellite TV channel Astro Arena, as well as a Facebook Live stream, which was powered by an AJA HELO H.264 streaming, encoding and recording device. The event drew in more than 100,000 viewers.

The AJA HELO H.264 Stream Record Device Front View

“Merdeka only takes place once a year, and this year’s race was especially important, as it marked the first local return of sports since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” shared Blonde Robot Territory Manager Azrina Jane Abdullah. “With the competition closed to spectators, the event organizers wanted to ensure audiences could tune into every second online, which meant streaming full coverage of the event via Facebook Live, in addition to highlights shared on local channels, and HELO proved a perfect tool for the job.”

Malaysian Editors Stream Race with AJA HELO Equipment

For the production, TWMR provided an OB truck outfitted with a host of equipment, including a combination of traditional and RF cameras, which captured HD footage of the event that was then distributed via fiber or RF to a production switcher. Once mixed with graphics overlays and audio, a 1080i output of the produced feed was then sent through AJA HELO and encoded to H.264 at 1080p 25fps and distributed to Facebook Live.

Malaysian Editors Stream Race with AJA HELO Equipment

Using HELO’s intuitive web-based user interface, Jane was able to control the device and monitor the feed for the event organizers from a laptop stationed at a safe distance from others on-site. Given limited bandwidth (less than 10 Mb), the footage was then redistributed to other content delivery networks with help from the Restream.io service. In addition to supporting encoding and live streaming for the event, AJA HELO also allowed TWMR and the event organizer MSF (Malaysia Speed Festival) to record the event for archival and on-demand viewing purposes.

Jane concluded, “On a production like this, workflow stability is crucial, and downtime is not an option, which is why we went with HELO. HELO performed solidly, delivering an incredibly low-latency, high quality stream, even with our limited bandwidth allocation, and was so easy to set up, and control from a laptop. It’s a powerful, intuitive and cost-efficient tool for getting any live stream to audiences around the world.”

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About HELO
AJA’s HELO allows users to simultaneously stream video signals to Web Content Delivery Networks while encoding and recording H.264 files to SD cards, USB storage or network-based storage with the push of a button. Supporting a range of professional workflows, the H.264 streaming, recording and encoding device includes 3G-SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs and the power to handle up to 1080p recording formats among other features. www.aja.com/products/helo

About AJA
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high quality, cost effective products to the professional broadcast, video and post production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at www.aja.com.

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