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Technically brilliant racing
C hannel 4 announced that the number of viewers for the Grand National
this year was in the region of roughly 8.9 million, representing 61% of
the UK television at 4.15PM. Overall, judging from social media networks,
the audience was more than happy with the Channel 4 coverage this year as
were production and all of the technical facilities providers.
Broadcast RF are exclusive RF suppliers to NEP Visions for the Channel 4
horseracing coverage which since the new deal was established in 2013,
now includes events such as The Grand National, The Epsom Derby and
Royal Ascot. These ‘Crown Jewel’ events have been broadcast on the BBC
for over 50 years, so all eyes were focused on Channel 4’s inaugural delivery
of the recent Grand National at Aintree.
The wireless cameras provided were two steadicams, two tracking vehicles
equipped with gyro stabilised cameras, five roving reporter cameras, 1
“Camcat” wirecam, 1 helicopter camera and a roving super slow motion
camera. The roving super slow motion camera required a special remote
control system to allow the VT (EVS) operator to “recall” the slow motion
recorded packages, that the camera operator had captured, over the
RF link. This was Broadcast RF’s bespoke remote control system which
provides the recall control in addition to the usual camera “paint” functions.
Denise Large, Programme Director, Channel 4 Racing stated:
“It was an excellent three day meeting at Aintree, where everything worked
outstandingly. Technically it was brilliant and it was organised with great
precision. The wireless cameras went into areas never covered by the BBC,
namely the stables. The performance of the tracking cameras, helicopter,
and hand helds was a credit to Broadcast RF both at the Cheltenham
Festival and Aintree. Wonderful guys, thank you very much.”
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www.aja.com TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 77 MAY 2013 | 21