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08.28.2003
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Covering Le Mans gets a little easier thanks to LinkXP wireless camera systems

The LinkXP digital wireless camera systems from Link Research provided live coverage of the Le Mans 24-hour race this year.



Radio Camera Systems provided LinkXP systems for all of the pit lane cameras and a live trackside feed for TV ASAI in Japan. Link Research provided live coverage of the Le Mans 24-hour race this year.

Radio Camera Systems provided LinkXP systems for all of the pit lane cameras and a live trackside feed for TV ASAI in Japan.

The cameras began coverage at 9 a.m. for coverage of race warm ups and were not switched off until 4.30 p.m. the following day at the conclusion of the race. Le Mans is regarded as one of the toughest sporting events to cover; however, this year the digital systems transformed the way the camera feeds were managed.

Tony Valentino of Radio Camera Systems, who has covered Le Mans for 10 years, said the people management aspect of Le Mans used to be a "real headache." Analog cameras needed two operators, he said, one pointing an antenna at the camera transmitter one at the camera, pointing the receive antenna.

"As it's such a long race, the operators needed to be rotated, and there was always a risk that someone would lose concentration and lose the picture, or a cable would get pulled and have to be repaired. It used to be a very draining event to work on but this year it needed less people and it was much easier. And of course the quality of the pictures was a hundred times better," he said.

For more information visit www.linkres.co.uk.

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