Televising Swan Lake in live 3D from St Petersburg


Tim Highmoor TV-Bay Magazine
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by Tim Highmoor
Issue 79 - July 2013
Stereoscopic television may still be in its infancy as a home entertainment medium but it is thriving in the cinema world. Freed from domestic distractions, cinema audiences are ideally placed to give their full attention to the images on the big screen.

On Thursday 6 June 2013, the Mariinsky Ballet company in Russia performed Tchaikovskys Swan Lake live to 1,200 cinema screens located in 55 countries. The performance was conducted by Valery Gergiev with Yekaterina Kondaurova, Timur Askerov and Andrei Yermakov in the lead roles.

The Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg is where this version of Swan Lake had its premiere in 1895, with choreography by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. This venue was also the first Russian theatre to experiment with live stereoscopic production, transmitting an experimental closed-circuit live relay to a cinema audience in Paris.

The June 2013 project was managed by London-based Glass Slipper Live Events. We were asked by Glass Slipper to supply five Skquattro pedestals and a wide range of additional support equipment as part of a total system to be used for the 3D relay. TCS was chosen as an equipment provider by the projects camera supervisor, David Gopsill. Having worked on large-scale television productions over many years, David knows from personal experience that Vinten pedestals deliver precise pan and tilt movement together with smooth on-air control of camera height. The Skquattro adds to this the freedom to move the camera equally smoothly along a track.

Innovating beyond the catalog


Established in 1996 and based in West London, The Camera Store (a Vitec Group company), draws on many years of experience as television cameramen to guide clients in their choice of equipment. We hold a large stock of standard equipment, including pedestals, tripods, heads, crane arms, lighting, fibre-optic cable and camera-support accessories. Our service includes rapid-response delivery and collection of large or small items.

Unlike many other equipment hire companies, we are always ready to think outside the box, or beyond the catalog, by improving existing kit or developing new production tools that will meet unusual challenges. This ability to provide bespoke solutions has won TCS a lot of friends in the television production community where the need to deliver innovative programmes sometimes generate demand for new technical resources.

The Skquattro pedestal is proof of this ability to innovate. Developed by TCS from the Vinten Quattro pedestal and therefore unique to us, the Skquattro gives camera operators the creative freedom to deliver low and high angle shots, plus the ability to shift the camera laterally as a separate or simultaneous action.
The set Opened in 1860, the Mariinsky Theatre became the pre-eminent music theatre of late 19th century Russia, where many of the stage masterpieces of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov were first performed. Through most of the Soviet era, it was known as the Kirov Theatre. Today, the theatre is home to the Mariinsky Ballet, Mariinsky Opera and Mariinsky Orchestra. Since Yuri Temirkanovs retirement in 1988, Valery Gergiev has served as the theatres general director. The new building, opened in May, is located opposite the 19th century original.

Production configuration

Many seats in the theatre were moved to make room for eight large 3D camera rigs. Two of the Skquattro pedestals were mounted on tracks at the far left and right and three more were positioned in the body of the stalls. These were augmented by a MovieBird crane to capture movement of the Mariinsky dancers from very high angles.

We used three static and two tracking TCS Skquattro pedestals for the live relay, David Gopsall details. They enabled us to achieve the stable imaging essential for 3D cinema audiences while retaining the freedom to vary camera height and lateral position throughout the live performance. Each pedestal was fitted with stereo-paired Sony HDC-P1 cameras operating in 1920 x 1080 high definition. We were initially asked to source the grip equipment locally but nothing was available that could match the versatility of the Skquattro. We also brought in from TCS a Vinten OB Quattro, eight Vinten Vector 750 pan and tilt heads, plus a Vector 430. These supported cameras delivering video from various angles.
Photo 1 is a close-up of the Skquattro pedestal itself which supports a camera and viewfinder combination weighing up to 100 kilogrammes and allows up to 99 centimetres of on-shot elevation adjustment. Originated in 2010 for operation in the restricted area of a theatre, the Skquattro is now used on some of the largest productions in British television.

Photo 2 shows the left-hand side of the auditorium (from a production perspective) including the MovieBird crane just right of centre. With its telescopic capabilities, this gave the director the option of capturing shots from a very wide range of distances and angles.

Photo 3 is a close-up illustrating one of the track-mounted Skquattro pedestals at the front of the auditorium, perfectly positioned for operation across the entire width of the stage. Combined with the inherently smooth height adjustment made possible by the pressurised-gas central column, the Skquattro is about as near perfection as any camera mounting system in the television production armoury.

A floor-mounted Quattro in mid-aisle can be seen in Photo 4. Another camera rig was located in the orchestra pit, trained on the conductor and artistic director Valery Gergiev.
Breathtaking performance

Only a minority of the cinemas which participated in the live link are currently equipped for 3D but even in 2D the performance was breathtaking. The relay was also screened in the newly opened Mariinsky 2 auditorium adjacent to the companys home theatre in St Petersburg.

One of the projects organisers was Ross MacGibbon, a former Royal Ballet dancer who has danced in Swan Lake himself. MacGibbon described the 3D version of the ballet as an exciting adventure:

The shapes made in classical ballet can only be fully appreciated on screen in three dimensions as dance is all about movement through space. 3D transforms the cinema experience. The entire 6 June live performance was recorded for subsequent processing by Nevafilm Studios (also based in St Petersburg) before going on general release throughout Russia from 18 June.


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  • Pronology at IBC 2014

    Pronology at IBC 2014

  • TMD summarises their work this year at IBC 2014

    TMD summarises their work this year at IBC 2014

  • Thomson Video Networks at IBC 2014

    Thomson Video Networks at IBC 2014

  • BBright at IBC 2014

    BBright at IBC 2014

  • WORK Microwave at IBC 2014

    WORK Microwave at IBC 2014

  • EBS at IBC 2014

    EBS at IBC 2014

  • Visual Unity at IBC 2014

    Visual Unity at IBC 2014

  • Hitachi at IBC 2014

    Hitachi at IBC 2014

  • Gearhouse Broadcast OBLite at IBC 2014

    Gearhouse Broadcast OBLite at IBC 2014

  • Comigo at IBC 2014

    Comigo at IBC 2014

  • AVIWEST at IBC 2014

    AVIWEST at IBC 2014

  • Harmonic at IBC 2014

    Harmonic at IBC 2014

  • Guntermann and Drunck DP-HR range at IBC 2014

    Guntermann and Drunck DP-HR range at IBC 2014

  • Ateme at IBC 2014

    Ateme at IBC 2014

  • Cobham satellite EXPLORER products at IBC 2014

    Cobham satellite EXPLORER products at IBC 2014

  • Cobham new receiver at IBC 2014

    Cobham new receiver at IBC 2014

  • Fibrenetix with StorageDNA at IBC 2014

    Fibrenetix with StorageDNA at IBC 2014

  • Cinegy at IBC 2014

    Cinegy at IBC 2014

  • Quantel deal with AFP at IBC 2014

    Quantel deal with AFP at IBC 2014

  • Front Porch Digital at IBC 2014

    Front Porch Digital at IBC 2014

  • TMD Mediaflex at IBC 2014

    TMD Mediaflex at IBC 2014

  • TMD at IBC 2014

    TMD at IBC 2014

  • Pixel Power Buzz at IBC 2014

    Pixel Power Buzz at IBC 2014

  • Blackmagic MultiView at IBC 2014

    Blackmagic MultiView at IBC 2014

  • Snell Kahuna Production Switcher at IBC 2014

    Snell Kahuna Production Switcher at IBC 2014

  • Facilis at IBC 2014

    Facilis at IBC 2014

  • Fibrenetix with Quadrus at IBC 2014

    Fibrenetix with Quadrus at IBC 2014

  • Sonnet Technologies Thunderbolt Chassis at IBC 2014

    Sonnet Technologies Thunderbolt Chassis at IBC 2014

  • Volicon Products at IBC 2014

    Volicon Products at IBC 2014

  • Volicon at IBC 2014

    Volicon at IBC 2014

  • Blackmagic and Fusion at IBC 2014

    Blackmagic and Fusion at IBC 2014

  • Metus at IBC 2014

    Metus at IBC 2014

  • ChyronHego Metacast at IBC 2014

    ChyronHego Metacast at IBC 2014

  • ChyronHego Lyric PRO at IBC 2014

    ChyronHego Lyric PRO at IBC 2014

  • Sonys new cameras at IBC 2014 - including the FS7

    Sonys new cameras at IBC 2014 - including the FS7

  • Broadstream Solutions at NAB 2014

    Broadstream Solutions at NAB 2014

  • PacTV Truck at NAB 2014

    PacTV Truck at NAB 2014

  • BVE 2014

    BVE 2014

  • Cambridge Imaging Systems at BVE 2014

    Cambridge Imaging Systems at BVE 2014

  • RTS Omneo at BVE 2014

    RTS Omneo at BVE 2014

  • Atomos Samurai Blade at BVE 2014

    Atomos Samurai Blade at BVE 2014

  • Atomos Ronin at BVE 2014

    Atomos Ronin at BVE 2014

  • Atomos Ninja Blade at BVE 2014

    Atomos Ninja Blade at BVE 2014

  • Videosys Wireless Transmitters at BVE 2014

    Videosys Wireless Transmitters at BVE 2014

  • Angelbird SSDs at BVE 2014

    Angelbird SSDs at BVE 2014

  • Ross Video at BVE 2014

    Ross Video at BVE 2014

  • Tally Technologies at BVE 2014

    Tally Technologies at BVE 2014

  • aQ Broadcast Production Suite at BVE 2014

    aQ Broadcast Production Suite at BVE 2014

  • Sony Camcorders at BVE 2014

    Sony Camcorders at BVE 2014

  • Sony Monitors at BVE 2014

    Sony Monitors at BVE 2014

  • Sony Wireless Microphones at BVE 2014

    Sony Wireless Microphones at BVE 2014

  • Sennheiser HDM Pro at BVE 2014

    Sennheiser HDM Pro at BVE 2014

  • Wohler DPP at BVE 2014

    Wohler DPP at BVE 2014

  • DPA Microphones and Bubblebee Industries at BVE 2014

    DPA Microphones and Bubblebee Industries at BVE 2014

  • Guntermann and Drunck at BVE 2014

    Guntermann and Drunck at BVE 2014

  • Metus Ingest at BVE 2014

    Metus Ingest at BVE 2014

  • Hireacamera at BVE 2014

    Hireacamera at BVE 2014

  • Wohler MPEG Monitoring at BVE 2014

    Wohler MPEG Monitoring at BVE 2014

  • TSL Products SAM1 MADI at BVE 2014

    TSL Products SAM1 MADI at BVE 2014

  • Polecam Toshiba Minicams at BVE 2014

    Polecam Toshiba Minicams at BVE 2014

  • Grass Valley at BVE 2014

    Grass Valley at BVE 2014

  • ERA at BVE 2014

    ERA at BVE 2014

  • ERA Avere at BVE 2014

    ERA Avere at BVE 2014

  • Camdec at BVE 2014

    Camdec at BVE 2014

  • Forbidden Technologies FORscene at BVE 2014

    Forbidden Technologies FORscene at BVE 2014

  • Forbidden Technologies FORscene App at BVE 2014

    Forbidden Technologies FORscene App at BVE 2014

  • Polecam Slow Motion Minicams at BVE 2014

    Polecam Slow Motion Minicams at BVE 2014

  • Glensound Cub at BVE 2014

    Glensound Cub at BVE 2014

  • TSL Products PAM1, SAM1 and PAM PiCo at IBC 2013

    TSL Products PAM1, SAM1 and PAM PiCo at IBC 2013

  • Calrec Callisto at IBC 2013

    Calrec Callisto at IBC 2013

  • Dalet at IBC 2013

    Dalet at IBC 2013

  • DPA Microphones at IBC 2013

    DPA Microphones at IBC 2013

  • Gearhouse Broadcast HD OB trailer at IBC 2013

    Gearhouse Broadcast HD OB trailer at IBC 2013

  • Glensound with the USB Commentary Mixer at IBC 2013

    Glensound with the USB Commentary Mixer at IBC 2013

  • Broadstream Solutions on the Oasys stand at IBC 2013

    Broadstream Solutions on the Oasys stand at IBC 2013

  • Oasys Chameleon at IBC 2013

    Oasys Chameleon at IBC 2013

  • Loft London Solutions with Cubix on the Oasys stand at IBC 2013

    Loft London Solutions with Cubix on the Oasys stand at IBC 2013

  • RTW at IBC 2013

    RTW at IBC 2013

  • Sound Devices PIX260i Recorder at IBC 2013

    Sound Devices PIX260i Recorder at IBC 2013

  • Thomson Broadcast at IBC 2013

    Thomson Broadcast at IBC 2013

  • Aframe Cloud Video at IBC 2013

    Aframe Cloud Video at IBC 2013

  • Atomos Ninja2 Recorder at IBC 2013

    Atomos Ninja2 Recorder at IBC 2013

  • Atomos Ronin at IBC 2013

    Atomos Ronin at IBC 2013

  • Atomos new Samurai Blade at IBC 2013

    Atomos new Samurai Blade at IBC 2013

  • Autocue DSLR Prompter using iPad at IBC 2013

    Autocue DSLR Prompter using iPad at IBC 2013

  • Blueshape Batteries at IBC 2013

    Blueshape Batteries at IBC 2013

  • Datacolor Spyder on the Atomos stand at IBC 2013

    Datacolor Spyder on the Atomos stand at IBC 2013

  • i-Movix Slow Motion and D-Flicker at IBC 2013

    i-Movix Slow Motion and D-Flicker at IBC 2013

  • JVC GY-HM600 series camera updates at IBC 2013

    JVC GY-HM600 series camera updates at IBC 2013

  • Marshall Monitors at IBC 2013

    Marshall Monitors at IBC 2013

  • Metus MAM and Ingest at IBC 2013

    Metus MAM and Ingest at IBC 2013

  • Polecams range of accessories and minicams at IBC 2013

    Polecams range of accessories and minicams at IBC 2013

  • Tektronix at IBC 2013

    Tektronix at IBC 2013

  • TSL Products at IBC 2013

    TSL Products at IBC 2013

  • TSL Systems at IBC 2013

    TSL Systems at IBC 2013

  • Zylight LED Fresnel at IBC 2013

    Zylight LED Fresnel at IBC 2013

  • Pixel Power at IBC 2013

    Pixel Power at IBC 2013

  • Albis Technologies celebrating ten years at IBC 2013

    Albis Technologies celebrating ten years at IBC 2013

  • ATEME at IBC 2013

    ATEME at IBC 2013

  • Bridge Technologies QoE Monitoring with Mobile Videowall Display at IBC 2013

    Bridge Technologies QoE Monitoring with Mobile Videowall Display at IBC 2013

  • Broadpeak at IBC 2013

    Broadpeak at IBC 2013

  • Cobham transmitters at IBC 2013

    Cobham transmitters at IBC 2013

  • Tony Taylor from TMD talks about LTFS at IBC 2013

    Tony Taylor from TMD talks about LTFS at IBC 2013

  • Tony Taylor from TMD talks about Mediaflex CI

    Tony Taylor from TMD talks about Mediaflex CI

  • Tony Taylor from TMD talks about Post Production

    Tony Taylor from TMD talks about Post Production

  • Multidyne SilverBack, BullDog and Spider at IBC 2013

    Multidyne SilverBack, BullDog and Spider at IBC 2013

  • NOA Audio Solutions at IBC 2013

    NOA Audio Solutions at IBC 2013

  • Lighting cameraman Jonathan Harrison shows the Celeb and Tegra at IBC 2013

    Lighting cameraman Jonathan Harrison shows the Celeb and Tegra at IBC 2013

  • Blue Lucy Media at IBC 2013

    Blue Lucy Media at IBC 2013

  • ChyronHego Paint at IBC 2013

    ChyronHego Paint at IBC 2013

  • Cinegy at IBC 2013

    Cinegy at IBC 2013

  • ChyronHego Virtual Placement at IBC 2013

    ChyronHego Virtual Placement at IBC 2013

  • Facilis at IBC 2013

    Facilis at IBC 2013

  • Blackmagic Design with the new ATEM Production Suite at IBC 2013

    Blackmagic Design with the new ATEM Production Suite at IBC 2013

  • Viaccess-Orca at IBC 2013

    Viaccess-Orca at IBC 2013

  • Quantel Pablo Rio at IBC 2013

    Quantel Pablo Rio at IBC 2013

  • Quantels Stream-based Workflows at IBC 2013

    Quantels Stream-based Workflows at IBC 2013

  • Matrox Maevex at IBC 2013

    Matrox Maevex at IBC 2013

  • Matrox Avio at IBC 2013

    Matrox Avio at IBC 2013

  • Matrox Video with Monarch HD at IBC 2013

    Matrox Video with Monarch HD at IBC 2013

  • NuGen Audio at IBC 2013

    NuGen Audio at IBC 2013

  • Cobham: Mini RF Transmitters at NAB 2013

    Cobham: Mini RF Transmitters at NAB 2013

  • Cobham: RF Transmitter at NAB 2013

    Cobham: RF Transmitter at NAB 2013

  • Studio Technologies at NAB 2012

    Studio Technologies at NAB 2012

  • IMT Broadcast at NAB 2012

    IMT Broadcast at NAB 2012

  • Root6 at BVE 2012

    Root6 at BVE 2012

  • Globecast at IBC2011

    Globecast at IBC2011

  • SADiE at IBC2011

    SADiE at IBC2011

  • House of Worship Multisite Streaming from VITEC at NAB 2017

    House of Worship Multisite Streaming from VITEC at NAB 2017

  • Streaming Media with Interra Systems at NAB 2017

    Streaming Media with Interra Systems at NAB 2017

  • VITEC EZ TV at IBC 2016

    VITEC EZ TV at IBC 2016

  • JVC at IBC 2016

    JVC at IBC 2016

  • JVC GY-LS300 at IBC 2015

    JVC GY-LS300 at IBC 2015

  • VITEC at IBC 2015

    VITEC at IBC 2015

  • Matrox at IBC 2015

    Matrox at IBC 2015

  • Matrox Monarch HD at NAB 2014

    Matrox Monarch HD at NAB 2014

  • Matrox Mojito at NAB 2014

    Matrox Mojito at NAB 2014

  • Matrox Capture Card at NAB 2014

    Matrox Capture Card at NAB 2014

  • Vimond Control Center at NAB 2013

    Vimond Control Center at NAB 2013

  • Matrox at BVE 2013

    Matrox at BVE 2013

  • StreamUK at BVE North 2012

    StreamUK at BVE North 2012

  • Radiant Grid at NAB 2012

    Radiant Grid at NAB 2012

  • Haivision at NAB 2012

    Haivision at NAB 2012

  • Broadcast Pix at NAB 2012

    Broadcast Pix at NAB 2012

  • Cinegy at NAB 2012

    Cinegy at NAB 2012

  • YoSpace at NAB 2012

    YoSpace at NAB 2012

  • Anton Bauer at NAB 2012

    Anton Bauer at NAB 2012

  • StreamUK at BVE North 2011

    StreamUK at BVE North 2011

  • Suitcase TV at IBC2011

    Suitcase TV at IBC2011


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