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The Fellas Studios Formula 1 Podcast Streamed with Blackmagic Design

The Fellas Studios, the operation behind world renowned podcasts including "Saving Grace" and "The Fellas," is using a multi camera workflow featuring the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro for its new Formula 1 podcast, "The Last Lap."

Fremont, CA(27 Feb 2023)

The show began as a pre recorded podcast hosted by Tom McCluskey (@TommoF1) and Niran Yesufu (@TheOfficialFNG). However, Elliot Hackney, managing director of The Fellas Studios, recognized that shifting to a live format could lead to even greater audience engagement, particularly when it came to the race season.

"After the success of shows like 'The Fellas' and 'Saving Grace,' now the biggest female led podcast in the country, we wanted to keep building a community. Live shows are a great way to do that," says Hackney. "'The Last Lap' is our pilot concept for a watch along show, which meant rethinking our studio capabilities."

Powerful Performance

The Fellas Studios turned to livestream consultant Alex Pettitt from Alex.Live for the build and opted to base its new studio workflow on five Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro units. Four are designated as singles for guests, with the final unit as a wide position.

Video feeds run over fiber optic HDMI into a racked ATEM Mini Extreme ISO live production switcher, providing one cable operation for two way communication to the ATEM for tally and camera control.

With no camera operators and a production team of just two, simplicity and ease of use were key. "While it is typically a case of set and forget, the ability to jump into the ATEM Software Control while live to adjust a camera's focus was important given there are no camera ops," explains Pettitt.

In fact, the cameras are used across multiple live and prerecorded shows, not just “The Last Lap.” To allow for a different look and style per show, custom LUTs are loaded onto the cameras.

Inside the Rack

"One key benefit of this build is that it has a small footprint and can be packed up and moved for external shoots and streams. There are no big audio, lighting or video surfaces that require table space, with everything controlled over the network from a mouse, keyboard and control deck," says Pettitt.

At the heart of everything is a broadcast rack that holds an Ethernet switch and WiFi router to manage the internal broadcast network. The rack also houses a Behringer audio mixer and the ATEM Mini Extreme ISO, with an original ATEM Mini providing additional inputs.

The streaming encoder on the ATEM Mini Extreme ISO is then used to push a program to Restream for live distribution. At the same time, the ATEM is ISO recording to an SSD so that a show can be clipped and repurposed after the live stream for social media.

Smart Control

Whether it’s focusing the cameras, controlling mic levels and talkback, triggering playback from a HyperDeck Studio HD Plus, or making camera cuts on the ATEM Mini Extreme ISO, all aspects of the studio workflow can be operated from a control deck, or the ATEM Software Control.

The HyperDeck Studio HD Plus feeds into the ATEM Mini Extreme ISO as a source via the ATEM Mini, freeing up an input and making it easier to swap out when live.

An UltraStudio HD Mini capture and playback device facilitates key and fill graphics from a Mac Mini to the ATEM Mini Extreme ISO. With graphics playing an essential part in telling a race's story, this allows the production team to incorporate data fed graphics on the stream using

"Our audience engagement has gone through the roof, giving us the confidence to do more live,” notes Hackney. "Historically, people used to watch live TV muted, with their favorite commentator playing on the radio. We're now seeing a generation that uses second screens similarly, only with more interactivity, so in some ways, it's unsurprising that this format works so well."

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About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to