Broadcast a LIVE Community Race using AWS DeepRacer League Production Playbooks - AWS DeepRacer

Broadcast a LIVE Community Race using AWS DeepRacer League Production Playbooks

LIVE races are real-time events that occur at a designated date and time. They range in scope from small events with one race organizer facilitating one private video conference to large events broadcast publicly by a small team of organizers, commentators, and broadcasters using a LIVE streaming service like Twitch.

The AWS DeepRacer League Virtual Circuit team behind the re:Invent Championship Cup and the monthly Pro Division Finale Twitch stream offers the following tips and templates to help you produce your own professional looking LIVE broadcasts.


                This is an example of the AWS DeepRacer Championship cup knock out round template.

Organizer Roles

The following are suggested roles organizers can play during an AWS DeepRacer LIVE event. The more complex the event you plan, the more help you may need to enlist.

Organizers

Race organizers set up the race and associated video conference to organize and guide the racers. During a LIVE race, organizers use the organizer controls to queue, launch racers, and call a winner. Organizers do not appear on the LIVE channel.

Commentators/MC

Commentators discuss the race while it’s happening, providing a play-by-play of events, additional information, and inside knowledge of the event and its participants. Commentators are the main speakers of the public event.

Broadcasters

Broadcasters use streaming software to create scene ahead of time and transition through them during the LIVE race. A broadcaster also manages the video feeds. The broadcasters does not appear on the LIVE channel, they act as producer of content during the event.

Broadcaster Scenes

The LIVE stream of an AWS DeepRacer event tells the story of your race. To promote engagement throughout the beginning, middle, and end of your event, use scenes. These are animations and layouts composed of graphic overlays and video streams that punctuate the different segments of your event.

An overlay is a graphic (usually a transparent PNG file) that sits on top of the broadcaster mode window of your race and the (optional) webcam streams or your commentators. It’s like a mask for your stream. Position your content underneath it so everything lines up seamlessly to create one unified layout.

Use streaming software, such as OBS, to set up your scenes before your broadcast. Smoothly transition through them during the event to create dynamic pacing and audience delight. For example, use an intro animation scene to kickoff the event. Then transition to your Primary content scene (PCS), which is the main layout containing the race view and one or two windows for commentators. Cut to a full screen dual commentator or commentator and interviewee scene to keep things lively, and end with a leaderboard scene. Optionally, create commercial scenes to cut in between races.


                    This is an example of a Single commentator view (1up).

AWS DeepRacer Scene Templates

The AWS DeepRacer League Virtual Circuit team has created a collection of template files for you to use for your LIVE community races. Download the AWS DeepRacer Scene Templates and use them to broadcast a professional looking event.

Scene Types and How to Use Them

  1. Intro AWS DeepRacer shield animation

  2. Console share only view:

    • Base layer - screen share of the broadcaster mode url of your race. Resize it to fit frames of scene.

  3. Single commentator view (1up):

    • Base layer - screen share of the broadcaster mode url of your race. Resize it to fit frames of scene.

    • Next layer - OBS Ninja or local webcam if commentator you are filming is in the same room. Pull in and resize under scene frame in upper right picture in picture (PIP) window.

  4. Commentator plus interviewee or dual commentator (2up):

    • Base layer - screen share of the broadcaster mode url of your race. Resize it to fit frames of scene.

    • Next layer - OBS Ninja or local webcam if commentator you are filming is in the same room. Pull in and resize under scene frame in upper right picture in picture (PIP) window.

    • Pull in dual webcam feeds or ninja feeds into upper right windows resizing to fit (in setup a week before your event - AV check all your feeds and assign cameras in OBS)

  5. Dual commentator full screen (no racing view; interview only):

    • No base layer console; only two camera feeds.

  6. Ending leaderboards:

    • In real time, manually enter leaderboard results over scene layer.

AWS DeepRacer Scene Template File Tips

  • 34 - Configure your titles for commentators (prebuild scenes with names in PIPs)

  • 234 - Racing views

    • Consider replacing the AWS DeepRacer League logo in the upper left with your company logo.

    • Replace the text in the lower left with your race name and your info in the vertical text.

An AWS DeepRacer LIVE Community Race Private Broadcast is a good fit for a small, informal race.

Organizer roles

  • For a standard race you only need one organizer.

Hardware

  • Recommended hardware - minimum 16 GB of ram

  • (Optional) Quality microphones, headsets, or AirPods

  • (Optional) LED ring light - To avoid seeing the ring light reflected on eyeglasses, position it at an angle to wearer’s face.

  • (Optional) Webcams and GoPros - to diversify footage

Tips

  • Use a Chrome or Firefox browser (Check that your browser is up to date)

  • Disconnect from VPN if using

  • Close all extra tabs

To run a private LIVE AWS DeepRacer event

  1. Open the AWS DeepRacer console.

  2. Choose Community races.

  3. On the Community races page, choose Create race.

  4. Decide which date and time you would like to host a standard LIVE community race.

  5. Before following the steps to create a LIVE community race, under Race date, check to see that this time frame is available. LIVE community races can be as long as four hours. Contact customer support to schedule a longer race.

  6. When you settle on an available date time, create a corresponding video conference for race organizers and participants. If you are running a small race with little to no audience, one video conference is all you need. If you’d like to run a larger private race, create another video conference for broadcasting your race to an audience.

  7. Follow the steps in Create a Virtual Community Race: A Quick Start Guide and select To continue creating a LIVE race.

    1. Optionally, on step 8, choose Copy next to the Suggested email template and create an email for racers and race organizers. Fill in your prizes, model submission time frame, and the conference bridge link where your racers will meet to queue up and prepare for the race.

  8. On race day, follow instructions to Run a LIVE AWS DeepRacer Community Race.

  9. Distribute prizes, if any, to race participants.

An AWS DeepRacer LIVE Community Race Premium Broadcast uses multiple broadcast scenes, a crew of three or more to broadcast a race on a global streaming platform. The following instructions use Twitch as an example.

Organizer roles

  • Organizers

  • Commentators/MC

  • Broadcasters

  • Twitch moderator - optional

Hardware

  • Recommended hardware - minimum 16 GB of ram

  • (Optional) Quality microphones, headsets, or AirPods

  • (Optional) LED ring light - To avoid seeing the ring light reflected on eyeglasses, position it at an angle to wearer’s face.

  • (Optional) Webcams and GoPros - to diversify footage

Tips

  • Use a Chrome or Firefox browser (Check that your browser is up to date)

  • Disconnect from VPN if using

  • Close all extra tabs

Prerequisites

  • Twitch account - LIVE video streaming service.

  • Twitch stream key - lets the software know where to send your video.

  • Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) - Free and open source software for video recording and LIVE streaming.

  • (Optional) VDO Ninja (formerly OBS Ninja) - Tool for adding and switching to and from additional video feeds if you opt to include commentators and interviewees.

To run a public LIVE AWS DeepRacer event

  1. Set up a Twitch account by following the steps in How to sign up for a Twitch account.

  2. Locate your Twitch stream key. Learn how to find your Twitch Steam key.

  3. Download Open Broadcaster Software (OBS).

  4. Learn how to use OBS to manage your scenes. Set them up ahead of time. We recommend preparing your assets at least one week before your race:

    1. Download the included AWS DeepRacer scene templates.

    2. Load scenes and modify them.

    3. Update the source with your race url.

    4. Check your cameras.

    5. Assign people to their feeds.

  5. Optionally, if commentators and interviewee are part of your broadcast event, use VDO Ninja (formerly OBS Ninja) to manage multiple video feeds. Learn how to use OBS Ninja .

  6. Open the AWS DeepRacer console to create a race.

  7. Choose Community races.

  8. On the Community races page, choose Create race.

  9. Decide which date and time you would like to host a public LIVE community race.

  10. Before following the steps to create a LIVE community race, under Race date, check to see that this time frame is available. LIVE community races have a default duration of four hours. Contact customer support to schedule a longer race. There is no action to take if your LIVE race is shorter than four-hours.

  11. When you settle on an available date time, create a corresponding video conference for race organizers and participants.

  12. Next, create another video conference for your broadcasters.

  13. Follow the steps to set up a LIVE community race.

    1. Optionally, on step 8, under Description of race, add the link for your LIVE stream for racers to share with their families and friends. You may also include the racer room conference bridge for racers. The description will appear in your leaderboard details providing easy access to the links.

    2. Optionally, on step 12-g, choose Copy next to the Suggested email template and create an email for racers and race organizers. Fill in your prizes, model submission time frame, and the conference bridge link where your racers will meet to queue up and prepare for the race.

    3. Create another email or chat for your team of organizers.

  14. On the race day, follow instructions to Run a LIVE AWS DeepRacer Community Race

  15. Celebrate winners and participants, distribute prizes, write blogs, tweet, post, proliferate.