All of the above factors helped to set up the 2024 Nendaz Backcountry Invitational for success, but it didn’t come easy. With just a week to prepare for the event once the call was made, problems with transportation set back the event crew by days, and the technical team had to work long hours in order to pull off the livestream broadcast.
“Due to humidity and frost during the night, nothing worked in the van that was to provide live coverage,” Cyril Lanfranchi explained. “Of the six cameras planned, only half of them were working. The fiber optics also suffered from the cold, and the images were jerky, overexposed or underexposed.”
“At 08:15 the production manager Steeve told me that even the connection with the FPV drones was impossible, so the live broadcast seemed unfeasible, and we considered canceling it,” he continued. “But that was out of the question, and I asked him to do his utmost to ensure a live broadcast even with the minimum number of cameras. The technical team managed to solve the connection problem with the drones, and at 10:00 we launched the event with the minimum setup: the two FPV drones filming continuously with a camera at the top and the camera at the bottom.”