Production
24H Le Mans

Production

Editorial and Camera Plan

An unprecedented edition an exceptional production

The fact the 2020 edition of the 24H du Mans is held behind closed doors, makes it a historical event.

Regarding TV coverage of the race, the absence of spectators and certain broadcasters forces us to innovate.

Regarding the free practice, the new timing and a different format for the qualification require a new production scheme.

This document introduces you to the particularities implemented this year.

The ACO has decided to give the production all possible means to ensure a complete coverage of the event. More than ever, the TV coverage will bring to the fans in the four corners of the world, who cannot be present at the circuit, a true experience of the race.


Free Practice

The production starts Thursday September 17 at 13.45 CET, to cover the Free Practice 2. From 17.05 to 18.15 CET we will focus on the Qualifying Practice sessions. These sessions will decide which are the 6 cars of each category that will participate in the Hyperpole on Friday. The TV coverage will cover the track from the start of the last section, the stands and the track up entering the Hunaudières. The on-board cameras will be working as well, and specific motion graphics will allow to follow, in real time, which cars are qualified or not for the following day. In the evening, from 19.45 to 24.15 CET, the Free Practice 3 will be covered.

On Friday, the Free Practice 4 from 9.45 to 11.15 CET will be filmed.
The Hyperpole will benefit from a specific approach and filmed from 11.15 to 12.30 CET. Specific motion graphics will allow a real time experience of the 24 cars who battle it out to determine the grid order for the first 6 cars in each category. At the end of this session, an official ceremony for the pole men will take place on the track and will be filmed with attention (TBC).


The Race The international feed

Similar to the last editions, this feed does not include interviews or split images in order to allow broadcasters to personalize their program with their own interviews and stories. This signal starts Saturday 14.00 CET and ends Sunday at 15.15 CET. It is the account of the action.

The editorial team working on the international feed take into account the fact that at Le Mans, you have 4 categories and an over-all result that plays out simultaneously.

We choose the best action and the best angle, thanks to some 40 cameras along the track and in the pits. It is also possible to put on-air one of the 14 cars equipped with 3 or 4 on-board cameras.

Two ‘cinéflex’, one onboard a helicopter and the other below an airship, a travelling on a 400-meter cable along the pits as well as a mobile ‘hyper-slowmo’, allows us to include exceptional footage.

Brand new motion graphics (already used during the World Endurance Championships) add a significant number of important information to ensure a better understanding of the race.

A selection of radio communication from the teams and the race director will be on-air, to explain and humanize the race.

Day and night over 300 people, who work in shifts during the 30 hours we produce, run this technical set-up to ensure that each broadcaster may offer their viewers all over the world a full coverage of the race. Producing at the 24H Le Mans means bearing in mind that anything can happen, at any moment. This is why we continuously record from over 75 different image sources to be able to use this on air slightly offline.

The 24H Le Mans is an exceptional human and sport endeavour. The story also plays out on the faces of the crew in the pits, therefore we have several cameras in the pits to capture the emotion and share the passion.

This being said, the International Feed at the 24H Le Mans should remain as neutral as possible to enable those broadcasters who wish, to personalize their program. For the first time this year we add an editorial feed, to enable the networks who are not on-site to access interviews and race highlights and tell the full story of the race.

The 24H Le Mans is covered by 102 cameras and 44 of these cameras are on board 14 cars. For the editorial feed we have 3 pit reporters in the pitlane to make as many interviews as possible, we also have a journalist and an editor who edits a highlight every two hours during the race.

For your information the podium ceremony will also happen this year. It will be staged at the entry of the pitlane, not on the traditional podium, this in order to respect social distancing in waiting areas and avoid gatherings. The ACO TV production team will covers this from start to finish.


A new Graphic Chart for the 2020 edition

The TV graphics have been completely redesigned and have been in use on the live transmissions since the start of the 2019/2020 WEC season.

The main objective being to bring tools to the viewers that enables them to easily follow the four different categories and the results.

Lots of new information is available: the differences in time and distance, track time for the drivers, time spent in the pits, overall views with the position of each of the cars, history of the time differences and the pit stops…all this appear at appropriate times. This new information makes it possible to follow and anticipate the strategy of the teams.

With this new approach the emphasis has been on the layout of the graphics on the screen to allow the live images to be fully appreciated and give the whole a modern and dynamic approach. The design of the onboard cameras have been completely revised for more immersion, the ‘crawl’ of the standings have been replaced by an animated ‘bar to the left’ totally following the evolution of the story unfolding to allow the viewers to look for the information that interests them.

The replay wipes have also been adapted to immediately identify the category concerned by the rebroadcasted images.

Please find below the Graphics Guide including most of the main visuals we are using.


The Contenders

For all you should know about the categories, the teams and what’s at stake - just download the document below.

Live Signals

Free Practice 2Live Signal

Audio configuration
International sound: 1 2
English mix commentary: 3 4

Available on
European satellite + BT Tower

calendar_today September 17 Thursday access_time 11:3515:05 GMT
International feed starts at 11:45 GMT and ends at 15:10 GMT

Running Order - International Signal
Please find below the provisional running order

Qualifying Practice SessionsLive Signal

Audio configuration
International sound: 1 2
English mix commentary: 3 4

Available on
European satellite + American satellite + BT Tower

calendar_today September 17 Thursday access_time 15:0516:15 GMT
International feed starts at 15:05 GMT and ends at 16:15 GMT

Running Order - International Signal
Please find below the provisional running order

Free Practice 3Live Signal

Audio configuration
International sound: 1 2
English mix commentary: 3 4

Available on
European satellite + BT Tower

calendar_today September 17 Thursday access_time 17:3522:55 GMT
International feed starts at 17:45 GMT and ends at 22:45 GMT

Running Order - International Signal
Please find below the provisional running order

Free Practice 4Live Signal

Audio configuration
International sound: 1 2
English mix commentary: 3 4

Available on
European satellite + BT Tower

calendar_today September 18 Friday access_time 07:3509:15 GMT
International feed starts at 07:45 GMT and ends at 09:15 GMT

Running Order - International Signal
Please find below the provisional running order

24h HyperpoleLive Signal

Audio configuration
International sound: 1 2
English mix commentary: 3 4

Available on
European satellite + American satellite + BT Tower

calendar_today September 18 Friday access_time 09:1510:30 GMT
International feed starts at 09:15 GMT and ends at 10:30 GMT

Running Order - International Signal
Please find below the provisional running order

Warm-up Live Signal

Audio configuration
International sound: 1 2
English mix commentary: 3 4

Available on
European satellite + American satellite + BT Tower

calendar_today September 19 Saturday access_time 08:0509:00 GMT
International feed starts at 08:15 GMT and ends at 09:00 GMT

Running Order - International Signal
Please find below the provisional running order

24 Hours Le Mans Race International Feed

Non-stop live race coverage (25 hours of live programming)
Starting 30 minutes before the start of the race and ending 45 minutes after the finish

Pre race: grid presentation
Post race: celebrations and overall podium

Audio configuration
International sound: 1 2
English mix commentary: 3 4

Available on
European satellite + American satellite + BT Tower

calendar_today September 19 Saturday access_time 11:4513:25 GMT
International feed starts at 12:00 GMT and on Saturday until 13:15 GMT on Sunday

Running Order - International Signal
Please find below the provisional running order

News Edits

Qualifying Practice SessionsNews Edit 5'

5 minutes news access distributed by satellite after the qualifying practice sessions.

Language
A full English transcript will be provided by email

Available on
European satellite + BT Tower + FTP Server

calendar_today September 17 access_time 16:2016:30 GMT
Feed start at 16:15 GMT

HyperpoleNews Edit 5'

5 minutes news access distributed by satellite after the qualifying practice sessions.

Language
A full English transcript will be provided by email

Available on
European satellite + BT Tower + FTP Server

calendar_today September 18 access_time 10:3510:45 GMT
Feed start at 10:30 GMT

Race News Edit 5' & 10'

A 5' news edit is distributed by satellite every two hours, starting on:
Saturday September 19 at 13:00 GMT and the last one at 22:00 GMT
Then we start again every two hours on Sunday September 20 at 04:00 GMT

Each feed is 5 min, save Night highlight & Post Race news feed

Language
A transcript will be provided by email for each news feed

Available on
European satellite + BT Tower + FTP server

calendar_today September 19
access_time 13:00 — 13:10 GMT (Race start)
access_time 15:00 — 15:10 GMT
access_time 17:00 — 17:10 GMT
access_time 19:00 — 19:10 GMT
access_time 22:00 — 22:10 GMT

calendar_today September 20
access_time 04:00 — 04:20 GMT (Night highlight — 10min)
access_time 06:00 — 06:10 GMT
access_time 08:00 — 08:10 GMT
access_time 10:00 — 10:10 GMT
access_time 12:00 — 12:10 GMT
access_time 13:00 — 13:15 GMT
access_time 13:30 — 14:50 GMT (Post Race News Feed — 10min)

Magazines

52 min Highlight Program Magazine

Race highlights with interviews, drivers & team manager analysis of the race

Language
Full mix English commentary – English transcript

Available on
European satellite + BT tower

calendar_today September 21 at access_time 16:30 GMT