09.01.19

First 4K esports live stream over 5G is claimed

Gamer on broadcast screens

The first 4K esports live stream over 5G is being claimed after Huawei’s Global Mobile Broadband (MBB) Forum achieved the milestone.

The set up included a mast from mobile network Three and a Blackmagic Design live workflow to broadcast the esports livestream featuring YouTuber Vikkstar123, playing Fortnite Battle Royale. 

Freelance audio and video specialist Jon Pratchett chose a Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K to mount on a specialised gaming chair on stage and capture Vikkstar’s reactions. 

“The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K was perfect for this,” he says. “The image quality from such a small package is incredible, and easily matched up with the more expensive cameras we were using for filming wider action shots, showing the screens, Vikkstar’s movements and live gameplay.” 

Camera signals were fed into an ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K for vision mixing. The different content feeds were then sent out via the six aux outputs to a variety of screens such as two monitors facing the audience, running logos and animated sequences, and shifting to gameplay as the action on stage kicked off.

The live transmission that was relayed over the 5G connection, was encoded directly to YouTube in 4K 30fps at 30Mbs. 

Pratchett said: “I was really impressed with the speed and ease at which we could deliver this stream.

“And I’m looking forward to seeing how the 5G mobile network progresses, especially for live broadcasts. Combined with a professional system such as Blackmagic Design’s, it will open up an endless amount of opportunities.” 

Watch the recording: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCjl-92YVRQ
 

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