For a number of reasons, wireless camera links needed time to migrate to 4K. However Broadcast Sports International, BSI, designs their own cameras and builds their own hardware and their transition to 4K is already complete.
In an industry where innovation is key, hire companies buy what is on offer from the manufacturers, however BSI has taken a different path and has created a series of specialist wireless cameras to enhance any sports or news coverage.
BSI, provides wireless cameras and other specialist cameras on a hire basis. The company offers roof-mounted cameras, goal cameras, ref-cams, and wireless microphones, all of which were originally designed for motor sports applications, but now find uses in all kinds of live broadcast situations. BSI has become something of an industry heavyweight - its kit is used in some notable large projects, such as the on-board cameras for NASCAR, the cameras and mics for the PGA Golf, and the wireless cameras for the Presidential Inauguration in the USA.
BSI has always designed and created their own kit, and the company has recently developed the new Tilting Ref-Cam – a body-worn POV camera now with remote tilting capability - a fully remote controlled drone camera with zoom and focus, and two special cameras created for Rugby coverage: the Lineout camera with wireless remote heads and the wireless corner post camera, a specialist POV camera which adapts from Rugby to Snooker.
BSI’s own HD wireless camera-back system, ‘Real Freedom’ is a complete solution for wireless cameras in live productions, comprising of integrated Ethernet camera control which allows RF, audio and paint parameters to be controlled by telemetry via the camera control unit which is located back in the OB truck.
BSI’s UK office is working on some huge productions, among them the Aviva Rugby Premiership and F1 motor racing. BSI also provides wireless cameras and specialist cameras on a daily hire basis with technical crew if required. The Real Freedom system has proved invaluable with a quick and reliable set-up for the dry hire market.