a bid to enhance its sports coverage, South Korea’s national
television station KBS has purchased SprintCam Vvs HD ultra slow-motion
technology from I-Movix of Belgium. KBS’ SprintCam Vvs HD has been
integrated with an EVS XT2 media server, inside KBS’s OB van.
This is the first time that KBS has purchased an I-Movix system, although the
station has been using ultra-slo motion cameras for some time. KBS is using the
SprintCam system to cover domestic and international baseball, basketball, football,
“KBS is using the Vvs HD for broadcasting indoor sports at this
moment, since it is winter here,” said Hwang Sutaek. He is Director
of KBS’ Outside Broadcasting department, and the person in charge of
the ultra slo-mo acquisition project.
The broadcaster’s SprintCam Vvs HD system was supplied by D2S,
I-Movix’s South Korean distributor.
“With this camera, KBS will be able to provide a differentiated
service and enhance viewer ratings,” said Bruce Kim, Director of
D2S’s P2 department. “We are glad to be continuing our
contribution to high-quality production at KBS.”
5,600 FPS CAPTURE
I-Movix’s SprintCamVvs HD is based on Vision Research's ultra slo-mo
technology. Vision Research won an Emmy for thist echnology, in the category of
“HD Super Slow Motion Systems for Acquisition, Recording, and
Playback for Broadcast Entertainment and Sports Productions”.
The SprintCam Vvs HD can capture slo-mo video at rates at up to 5,600 fps in
720p, and up to 2,600 fps in 1080i. It outputs instant replays at native HD
resolution and image quality.
The unit has dual outputs to support both live and replay video feeds. This
lets the camera operator shoot and record at the same time. The SprintCam Vvs
HD can also provide ultra slo-mo capture in 3D, by synchronising two camera
To win a place in KBS’ OB van, I-Movix’s SprintCam had to
win a shootout against two other ultra slo-mo competitors. They were
Ikegami’s Hi-Motion II and LiveMotionConcept’s Antelope
“We had a BMT (benchmarking test) last May,” said Sutaek.
“All competitors had a specification comparison stage, and an actual
shooting test.” The actual metrics and parameters used by KBS are not
SprintCam Vvs HD came out on top in the KBS shootout. It did best in reliable
image quality at high frame rates, and impressed KBS based on the
unit’s set of features and usability.
“Most of all, SprintCam Vvs HD was superior to any other competitors,
especially for quality of images, performance, and cost of the unit,”
Sutaek said. “Now we are looking forward to the upcoming development
of new products from I-MOVIX, like its de-flickering system.”
Due for release at NAB 2013, I-Movix’s de-flickering system will
address the common problem of artificial light source
‘flickering’, which can occur in ultra slo-mo. It will be
compatible with the company’s SprintCam Vvs HD and X10 systems. KBS
hopes to buy an X10 and deflickering system during its next budget year.
In the meantime, KBS’ SprintCam VvsHD ultra slo-mo is getting a
workout – indoors for now, but outdoors once summer comes to the