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We’ve now done EYE IN THE SKY projects at a number of football, rugby, and other major events and a number of broadcasters worldwide have expressed interest in taking some of the footage, most likely as a pre-record for cutting into highlights packages. Broadcasters always want to show the colour and atmosphere of a major sporting event, for which EYE IN THE SKY provides a compelling, and fun- filled, perspective. Although there are a number of micro camera transmitter/receiver systems that we could have used, having spoken to GoPro and Vislink at length about our idea – both of whom have been really supportive - it became clear that HEROCast would be our answer, and it was GoPro that put us in touch with Presteigne Broadcast Hire, one of the only major UK hire companies that had stock. Since that moment, it’s been a smooth running and seamless process. Presteigne has a great understanding of what HEROCast is, how it works, and the way we needed to incorporate the RF transmission and receive aspects into our overall EYE IN THE SKY product. Presteigne engineers have now done a number of these jobs and we have always found that, as well as the kit being very good, they are really on board with us. They don’t just come in, set the kit up, and leave or sit in a corner, they’re actively involved in the operation of the Sphere. They bring the EYE IN THE SKY into the stadium and help us deploy it into the crowd, but before that it’s tested thoroughly to ensure it’s switched on, transmitting properly, and that we’re getting a good signal. You may wonder how on earth we get a partly helium filled balloon back, and that’s one of the subtle strokes of genius about our revised approach. There’s just enough helium to keep it operating smoothly without floating out of the stadium. The natural camber of stadium seating means that gravity will always eventually bring the ball back to us, and as well as making sure the kit is completely operational, Presteigne engineers very much work as part of our overall experience delivery, and retrieval, crew. As a result, we’ve built great relationships with those engineers, which has led us to do a number of unusual jobs with them now. For example, we manage a season- long contract with the Saudi Pro Football League, who love the EYE IN THE SKY. Presteigne arrived with the complete bag of tricks, every spare you could imagine that might be required to enable us to deliver in a fairly harsh, dusty, hot environment. They now come in to see us to explore others areas where they might be able to help out. In fact, with Presteigne’s help we’re now incorporating the HEROCast in ways beyond the EYE IN THE SKY concept, basically as live RF cameras to stadium screens – almost as selfie shots to the big screen. We’re now fully invested in incorporating these micro RF camera and transmitter systems and want to keep finding interesting new perspectives and angles to film all of our sport presentations, in many cases becoming an integral part of the show. That’s 360 event coverage, if you like. Streamline your broadcast workflow Courtesy of BT Sport Draco tera KVM switches connect operators to vital production equipment, without compromise. With no transmission delay or picture degradation, they are the ideal solution for today’s broadcast and post facilities, increasing efficiency and streamlining the production workflow. IHSE GmbH - Headquarters Maybachstrasse 11 88094 Oberteuringen  Germany IHSE GmbH Asia Pacific Pte Ltd 158 Kallang Way  #07-13A Singapore 349245 IHSE USA LLC 1 Corporate Drive Cranbury, NJ 08512  USA www.ihse.com  info@ihse.com KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 120 December 2016 | 59