05.23.2008 08:00 AM
The latest happenings from around the world in sports.

Ross goes into OverDrive with new version

Ross Video is now offering version 7 software for its popular OverDrive automated live production control system. The new version supports new applications for sports production by adding MOS integration for graphic and video server systems, enhanced client/server architecture and the introduction of sideCar, a compact remote control panel.

Other new features include multiple user-programmable timers, Preview CustomControls and the ability to enable or disable remote control of mixers or robotic cameras on the fly.

OverDrive is a scalable production control system with a real-time LiveLink MOS interface to the studio or newsroom editorial system. The platform’s device control capabilities of the Synergy multidefinition production switchers combined with OverDrive gives users the ability to execute a more consistent, efficient and sophisticated sports news production.

For more information, visit http://www.rossvideo.com/.

Camera Corps does swimmingly at FINA championships

Camera Corps supported BBC Outside Broadcasts in its coverage of the Ninth FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships at Manchester Evening News Arena in the UK. A total of 18 world records broken in five days of competition made it the fastest and most successful in the event's history.

The annual swimming meet was televised by BBC Outside Broadcasts using the latest version of the Poolside Trackcam, plus two underwater flip turn camera support systems provided by Camera Corps. The new Poolside Trackcam system allows up to eight preset camera positions.

As well as the tracking system, Camera Corps provided a Panasonic AWE800 16:9 SD-SDI underwater camera at each end of the pool to capture the swimmers’ flip turns. Each underwater camera was equipped with remote pan and tilt.

Camera Corps has provided the Poolside Trackcam for most major swimming events during the past eight years. The electrical track control has been completely updated to introduce higher controllability and more features. The entire tracking system can be operational within four hours of delivery and packed away within three.

For more information, visit http://www.cameracorps.co.uk/.

ESPN2 “Live Wires” AFL Monday night telecasts

Using a series of wireless microphone systems and coordinated spectrum, ESPN2 presented a special “Live Wired” telecast of its Arena Football League (AFL) coverage between the Philadelphia Soul and Georgia Force on Monday, May 12, whereby the two quarterbacks, coaches, defensive players and one of the referees wore live microphones.

ESPN analyst Ray Bentley narrated the game and led viewers in and out of breaks, timeouts and plays in the red zone as well as conducted live interviews throughout the telecast. But the majority of storytelling came straight from the on-field action and commentary from the players, coaches and referees.

The game aired in HD was also simulcast online at ESPN360.com, the network’s broadband service, and ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN’s 24/7 channel for wireless, delivered on the MediaFLO platform.

The game was the 12th of 29 AFL games being telecast on ESPN networks in 2008, including 18 regular-season games and Arena Bowl XXII in New Orleans, July 27.

For more information, visit http://www.espn.com/.


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