AE Live (AE) is proud to be working on its 9th consecutive IPL tournament for the BCCI. Since its inception, the IPL has grown into the world’s largest T20 tournament and AE’s provision of services has increased year-on-year with the growth of the competition.
This year, AE, with its four crews of five personnel, will be present at every match of the IPL, to score match data and deliver core match graphics for the world feed, in addition to producing stadium big-screen graphics. AE will also be delivering the new 15-second referral countdown clock, which is being used within the 3rd umpire DRS system for the first time in 2019.
In addition to this, AE will be delivering a range of stunning augmented reality graphics using Stype kit on a jimmy jib, or via Spidercam’s vector system at selected venues. AE is also producing on-pitch virtual graphics and the ‘Six Tracker’ using ChyronHego’s Virtual Placement and Paint tools, respectively.
Remotely, AE is also managing a large operation in Mumbai, where 13 of AE’s personnel, which includes operators, a project manager, a designer and an engineer, are simultaneously producing an additional 8 feeds for Star Sports at their production hub. This includes six separate language graphics feeds in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, and for the first time, Marathi.
Sudeep Saha, AE’s Director of Business Operations Asia, commented, “The IPL, which has grown significantly both on and off the pitch in recent years, has become the benchmark for cricket broadcast graphics, and this is something that we are extremely proud to be associated with. In collaboration with the BCCI and Star Sports, we have always pushed the broadcast boundaries with the IPL by constantly innovating, both in term of how the graphics look and the technology used to deliver them. There was added pressure on us this year as we extended ours services to within the match official’s room, delivering the simple but extremely effective DRS clock. However, I’m delighted to report that the system has been universally praised by both umpires and players. After a successful first few weeks of the tournament, we’re excited about delivering, what we hope, will be another successful event”.