Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
11/12/2007 10:04 AM
Enitre Series Broadcast Using MRC Airborne & Ground Links
North Billerica, Massachusetts- Microwave Radio Communications (MRC) today announced that its Link High Definition (HD) Wireless Diversity camera systems powered FOX-TV Sports‘ state-of-the-art, high resolution coverage of baseball‘s American League Championship Series, and the Boston Red Sox World Series sweep of the Colorado Rockies. The Link HD Wireless Diversity system provided true HD transmission without down/up conversion, complete freedom of camera movement, and elimination of the latency issues often found in competing systems. FOX-TV production crews could inter-cut camera shots seamlessly with no vision or sound delay problems.
CP Communications provided the Link HD wireless camera systems to FOX for use with Thomson LDK6000 camera heads and OCP400 camera controls panels. Kurt Heitmann, VP of Marketing at CP Communications commented, “These Link HD wireless camera systems perform flawlessly. By utilizing the Thomson Operators Control Panel system with the Link data transmitters, we get full paint and control including scene files for the LDK6000. This provides complete control - not just iris and pedestal; and reds, greens and blues.”
Jerry Steinberg, Fox Television VP of Production states, “Fox has no control over the games other than putting on the best production we can, and we do a pretty good job of that. It takes a collaboration of the best people, vendors, equipment and a lot of team work to get it done. You have to rely on the best technology when you are broadcasting the World Series. There are no second chances."
The Link HD Wireless Diversity camera system was also used for airborne coverage of the ALCS and World Series games, with the Lightship Group from Orlando, Florida broadcasting live aerial coverage. Toby Page, Director of Marketing at Lightship, stated “The Link HD Wireless Diversity system exceeded our expectations. We‘ve been operating for years in standard definition, and our migration to HD using MRC Link technology has been trouble free. I now focus on capturing the action, not communicating the action.”
About CP Communications - CP Communications is a leading source for the rental of production communications equipment and services. With over twenty-two years experience, CP provides high quality, sophisticated wireless and wired video and audio, fiber optics and communications systems to the Broadcast, Theatrical, Live Event, Film, Corporate and other entertainment industries.
About Microwave Radio Communications- MRC has played a critical role in supplying systems for television broadcasting, government, law enforcement, emergency services, satellite and telecommunications worldwide for over forty years. MRC provides the Next Generation of Workflow Solutions to facilitate microwave connectivity in support of distribution and contribution applications utilizing the latest enhanced transmission products and technologies. The latest MRC Workflow Solutions support the migration to HD, IP and diversity applications. From the most basic system design to the most complex integrated system, MRC is “the” solution provider for video microwave communications. MRC is an independent operating division of Vislink plc.